I am incredibly excited to share with you a new and exciting addition to this blog! Let me introduce you to – Share Four Somethings. Share Four Somethings is the brainchild of much thought and prayer. Ever since my dear friend, Mrs. Disciple had to let go of her weekly link-up #FridayFive, I missed the community and the accountability of a weekly link-up. However, knowing my life and the reality that it is, I knew I didn’t have the margin to organize and manage a weekly link-up. I started thinking of what a monthly link-up could look like, that carried the same theme throughout, yet could also be different every month, and the result is Share Four Somethings. I love reading about other’s favorites, so let’s share a few favorites every month in a few key areas!
Share Four Somethings
Every month on the last Friday of the month, I will post my #ShareFourSomethings post, and I will provide a link-up for you to share your four somethings. What Four Somethings, you may be asking? Something Loved, Something Said, Something Learned, Something Read. That simple! What is something you loved this past month? A movie, a lip gloss, or a fun activity. What is something that was said that made you think or laugh? What is something you learned? We are always learning new things. What is something you read? A book, a blog, or a child’s creative story? I am thrilled you are here, and I hope you will link up, so I can read your four somethings!
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Earlier this month our church had their annual Student Takeover. The student ministries ran the whole weekend. Everything from parking attendants, greeters, coffee makers, worship leaders, choir members, and message presenters – the students of our church did it all — and they did an AMAZING job. It warms my heart to see tweens and teens using their unique giftings for the Lord. The theme for the weekend was “You Belong,” and they focused on how we belong in our relationship with Christ, belong in community, and belong in the city. I would like to invite you to check it out here! I loved the entire service, and I am already looking forward to next year! Way to go students!
Over the course of this last month, my children have been on fire with some funny sayings. Being the proud mom that I am, I feel it is only appropriate for me to share these with you. It is not right for me to keep this humor to myself.
I need to preface that we hardly ever have the television on for regular programming. Except for football, and This Is Us (obvs!) we are not often exposed to commercial advertisements. That stated, there is power in advertising!
After Christmas, we were driving around looking at Christmas decorations. There was a house we had heard about that was supposed to be decked out, so we went and checked it out. I can’t even describe how many lights were on this house and covering the yard. EVERYTHING was illuminated. As we sat there taking it all in my son says, “They must have switched to Geico and got more lights.” Everyone in the car started laughing. Here is the commercial for reference. And here is a picture of the house we went and visited.
During the same week, the same son was sitting next to me on the couch as I pulled out my phone. He asked why it said Verizon in the top corner. I explained that Verizon is the cell carrier and without it, I wouldn’t be able to make any phone calls. He responded, “Is Verizon really the best network?” Seriously, this stuff cannot be made up!
I won’t single out what child this one was but in a moment of being disciplined these words came out of my child’s mouth, “It’s all Adam and Eve’s fault!”
There you have it. How do you even continue disciplining after that is said?
Last weekend, Jeff and I attended a parenting seminar by Jim Burns of HomeWord. It was a phenomenal seminar. Jim was an engaging speaker, and all the topics were relevant to our current stage of parenting. We left with several tools and ideas to incorporate into our home life. We all have seen the statistics that anywhere from 50 – 80 % of kids leave the church after high-school. However, the statement that blew my mind away, and that I want to share with you is this:
“Kids will 300% more likely stay in the church if they have faith conversations at home.” – Jim Burns
I don’t have the names of the studies he referenced, but he said that two separate studies concluded the same thing. As a parent and as a church middle school volunteer, this statistic hit home hard. Parents, it is our job, our responsibility, to talk to our kids about God, about Jesus, and about living a life of faith — not the churches’.
Last year, I did not meet my reading goal, but I did read some amazing books. I have set my goal this year at 24. I think two books a month is realistic and also challenging. It’s enough to keep me reading consistently, yet not so much that I feel like I can’t do anything but reading.
Earlier this month I read Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley. I had heard Emily on Jen Hatmaker’s podcast, and she sounded like someone whom I could easily relate. Additionally, the tagline of the book is “embracing SIMPLICITY, celebrating JOY.” Since one of my goals, this year is to simplify and my word of the year is Joy, I felt it was a great first book!. I enjoyed reading it and felt affirmed in many areas of my life. While I thought a lot of the words I read, I had already read or heard; they are the things that we as women need to read, and re-read, and re-read!
My second book for January is In Bloom by Kayla Aimee. I “know” Kayla through a writing group I am a part of and am excited to be on her launch team for In Bloom. I am over half-way through it and am enjoying the many stories Kayla shares. Everything from middle school dilemmas, to first dates, to her parent’s divorce and her marriage struggle. Kayla is relatable, raw, and relentless in her pursuit of encouraging women to know and embrace their worth and live with confidence. In Bloom releases on February 6, 2018, and if you pre-order, there are some AWESOME pre-order gifts. Check them out here!
#ShareFourSomethings Link Up
It’s your turn to share! Link to your #ShareFourSomethings post or leave them in the comments! This link up is for anyone and everyone who wants to share their Something Loved, Something Said, Something Learned, Something Read with others! I pray this becomes a community of writers and readers to share some of our favorites each month. I look forward to reading what you all have to share! Join me the last Friday of each month for the link-up. (Next link up is February 23rd). Click the blue link box to add your link!
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