My Current Reads

My Current Reads

So it’s been a while my friends. I guess you could say I have been slightly busy. HOWEVER, I would like to think it’s because I am sticking to my awesome 2014 bucket list, which includes “read 3 books a month.” (Or 2 1/2.. same thing right?) But really, I have been reading some INCREDIBLE books lately that I must share.

Before I begin, I will admit – I have restarted the Harry Potter Series. To my credit, it is ONLY my second time, so no need to judge. These books are just SO. MAGICALLY. GOOD.  If you haven’t read this series, disregard everything I say below and go start Harry Potter now!! I promise, this is a bandwagon you want to jump on and never leave.

But on to new books. I have one for everyone out there – funny (check!), WOAH i didn’t see that coming (check!) & of course, Jesus (check, check!). So pick out your favorite, get a copy for yourself & start readin’!


 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling 

I love this girl. Not only because she was Kelly Kapoor on my beloved The Office, but because she is even greater as Mindy Kaling. The book takes your through her awkward middle school years, the beginning of her “star” career, and her current life. There is a one page chapter explaining how men and women put on shoes differently, hilarious & totally true – it blew my mind! (Find it and read it for your self if you don’t believe me!) She even has an entire chapter dedicated to The Office and tid-bits on her love/hate relationship with Dwight Schrute. If you want a laugh-til-you-cry, I LOVE MINDY book, this is your gal.

 

Inferno by Dan Brown

Okay so I think I am about a year late on reading this one, but hey – finally got to it! This book is written by the same author who wrote The Da Vinci Code – so CLEARLY ya know it’s going to be good! It is about a man who wakes up in the hospital, not knowing how he got there & realizing people are trying to kill him. The clues of what happen unravel as they race to figure out Daunte’s Inferno. The book takes you through detailed pictures of Florence and Venice, which is fun if you have visited these places. If you are looking for a “WHAT?!! Where did that come from?!” book, here it is my friends.

 

Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard  – (devo edition by Darien Cooper)

I am currently reading this book and it is teaching me so much. It is about a deer, Much Afraid, who is following the The Shepherd to the Higher Places. In traveling to the High Places, Much Afraid must encounter loneliness, pride, sorrow, resentment and more – yet the Shepherd is always a call away. A book with a main character as a deer. Right….? No but really, it is about striving for Jesus despite what may come against us. The entire book uses nature to teach us lessons about “acceptance with joy,” humility and strength. If you love Jesus & love nature, this will be one to see His beautiful creation in a new way.

 

“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” Habakkuk 3:19

 

xx

Hannah

 

To Run the Race Set Before Me

The other day, I read this passage in a book called Way Off Base by Matt Mosler:

The truth is God does not expect you to be able to do what he has called you to do. Peter had never walked on water before. Noah had never built a boat. Heck, Noah had never seen rain! Moses was not just slow of speech; he was wanted for murder when God told him to demand that Pharaoh release the slaves. Think about it, if these guys could do what God called them to do, who would get the glory?

This immediately stood out to me. God equips those who aren’t able to do his mighty tasks? That was heaven to my heart as I kept re-reading to make sure I fully grasped the message.

You see, I just started a job with a nonprofit organization James127 Foundation. It was started by a friend that is my age, Anna Taylor, and was created to give widows a chance for employment by providing free sewing and jewelry training. But lets rewind. About nine months ago (go back to the first few posts of my blog and you will see my writings during that time), I was begging for the Lord to use me. I asked him every night to use my hands and feet for His glory; and if He did, I would go. I would go anywhere He sent me. But at the same time, It is evident He knew my heart. He knew I loved travel and adventure, but He also knew I loved so many things in America. I love being with my family and I treasure time with my friends. I think He put part of my heart longing for more and another apart loving where I am for a reason. So lets fast forward to now. God set me up with my dream job. I work with the most amazing people to bring Glory to God through love and fashion. Yes people, FASHION. We teach women how to sew for 18 months, Judith & James -J127’s sister for-profit company – hires the women, and then they make the clothing that is shown on New York Fashion Week’s runways. Widows who had nothing in Nairobi are making the clothes that are hitting the most prized of runways. Now this is what it is all about.

Serving the Lord is happy. It doesn’t always mean you are in a jungle hut (though you may be!), it doesn’t mean you are isolated from your current world. Hey, God may call you to serve exactly where you are! But let me reiterate, serving the Lord is happy. and fun. and an adventure. He knows our hearts and he desires to fulfill His passions for us, if He knows we will bring Him all the glory.

Lately Hebrews 12:1-3 has been everything to me. I recite it daily and it encourages and excites me. It says:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that entangles, and let us run with perseverance the the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

This makes me want to run the race and never slow down. Like Eric Liddell says in Chariots of Fire,” I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.”

May He be pleased as we run this race for Him.

xx

Hannah

Book Club: Follow Me by David Platt

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“Christianity does not begin with our pursuit of Christ, but with Christ’s pursuit of us. Christianity does not start with an invitation we offer to Jesus, but with an invitation Jesus offers to us.” – David Platt

Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men. – Matthew 4:19

Last night my bible study group finished for the year. I have been in my group for 3 years and God has led us down many different ways to discover his word; however, I believe our group would agree that this time has been the most challenging yet. Our group read through Follow Me by David Platt. We did not do the videos or the bible study, but chose to simply read and dive into the book to see what God would reveal to us. It. Was. Incredible! We were stretched, broken, lifted, & questioned weekly. We wanted to hold ourselves to a high standard of accountability and honesty, and the Lord poured His grace and love over us as we read words that were sometimes tough to read. If you want to be challenged deeply, read this book. Read it with friends. See what the Lord can reveal to you day by day.

Just a few of my favorite passages: (spoiler alert!)

“Faith is the anti-work. It’s the realization that there is nothing you can do but trust in what has been done for you in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Faith is the realization that God’s pleasure in you will never be based upon your performance for him. Instead, God’s pleasure in you will always be based upon Christ’s performance for you.”

“When you come to Jesus, his Spirit fill yours spirit. His love becomes your love. His desires become your desires. His will becomes your will. His purpose becomes your purpose. His power becomes your power. The Christian life thus becomes nothing less than the outliving of the indwelling Christ.

“Forgiveness is God’s greatest gift because it meets our greatest need.”

“Jesus is worthy of far more than intellectual belief, and there is so much more to following him than monotonous spirituality. There is indescribable joy to be found, deep satisfaction to be felt, and an eternal purpose to be fulfilled in dying to ourselves and living for him…. For the few who choose to abandon themselves to the will of God and put their trust in the character of God, following Jesus wherever he leads, no matter the cost, is the only thing that makes sense.”

Jesus, we will follow you. Make us fishers of men.

xx

Hannah

p.s. Shout out to my bible study gals! Thankful for another fun, hilarious, challenging & truthful time together. Thank you for sharing life with me weekly. I am encouraged daily by the way y’all live, speak, & strive to know  the Lord more. Love you all! (Kisses & Cookies)