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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

I read the book Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson and finished it so quick.

This novel is a historical fiction piece that takes place in the 1790’s during the Revolutionary War.

It focuses on two sisters who are slaves. Their master dies and she freed them before her death, however, the lawyer had left town and there was no way to prove it. They are shipped off and sold to a Loyalist couple living in New York City where many events of the war take place.

If you love historical fiction books you will LOVE this novel. It stands true to the time period and keeps you hooked with events of the war.

Check it out!

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Prayer Challenge Days 3-8 + Vulnerability

As you probably noticed, I didn’t post the past 5 days. I’ll be completely honest and say some days I failed altogether to spend intentional time in prayer but some days I did make the time.

Yesterday, I was driving down the road and was praying and asking God to please help me find the time and stick with it.

He spoke to me sweetly but firmly and said, “You have the time. You just fill it with anything but Me.”

My heart dropped. I knew He was right. (He’s God, duh)

So that led to some interesting conversation with Him and more prayer into today.

I have the time. You have the time. We just don’t give it to Him. We fill it with reading, music, social media, and anything else that can keep us from talking to our Lord.

Today, on my way to school (for the last time this semester 🙌🏻) I prayed very intentionally about my prayer life and made one small step towards my goal. In the car, I’ll pray. I spend a large part of my day driving. To work. Back home. To school. And so on. Over and over. So I made the choice to pray in the car. I might play worship music, but I will sing it to my Lord! I feel good about this decision.

I also have continued to surrender these desires of my heart to Him daily. As I was giving these to Him this morning, He put a word in my heart that will be my word for 2019.

Cultivate.

Cultivate means to acquire or develop.

My church has started a women’s fellowship meeting called Cultivate, but I’ve noticed that I need to cultivate many things in my life for 2019.

My relationship with God, firstly. I need to cultivate that into what it can be. I need to speak to Him and learn about Him and love Him.

My relationship with Joe. We’re getting married in 4 short months! We need to cultivate our relationship to keep it centered on God and each other.

My family and friends. Those relationships need to be cultivated to be glorifying to God and to life Him up.

My job. I need to cultivate my view of my job to know that God gave it to me to glorify Him in some way.

My education. God has blessed me with my education in ways that are incredible. I need to cultivate that to glorify Him in all ways.

What I’m most excited about, is cultivating fellowship and community with other women in the community. I feel a strong desire for this and want God to use that desire for His glory.

As you can see, I have a lot to cultivate in 2019 and I can’t wait to get started. I plan to use this blog to share my journey and I’m hoping and praying you will share yours, too.

What do YOU need to cultivate in the upcoming year?

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Prayer Challenge Day 2 + Realizations

The second day of the prayer challenge went well! I realized a lot about my personal prayer life and some changes I need to make.

I spent intentional time in my car praying to God and thanking Him for everything. I feel such a peace when I’m talking to Him and laying out my feelings and thoughts. I definitely thanked Him for everything, but then I told Him of my desires and dreams. Dreams I’m afraid to say out loud. That seem crazy and not attainable. And I felt….

Relief. And peace. Telling my dreams to God felt like handing them to Him. That was a great revelation.

I also realized that it is so hard to create time to be with Him. How crazy is that? The God of the universe wants a relationship with me… and I can’t find the time? How crazy is that?!

I am hoping and praying that as this challenge continues, I won’t have to create time, but my prayers will never cease and be all day. I hope I will be in constant communication with Him.

How did your second day go?

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Facelift + 30 Day Prayer Challenge

As you can tell, Living Loved received a facelift. I have a fresh theme and updated my pages to be more current. This is a whole new season of life I’m entering and I can’t wait to walk through it with this blog. I’ve been pretty inconsistent, but that stops here! Living Loved is now a priority. Because I hope and pray that women can feel empowered through this and KNOW that they are loved.

With that, I want to invite you to join me in a prayer challenge.

Why a prayer challenge?

Let me super vulnerable with you for a second… I love Jesus. So much.

But I suck at talking to Him.

Prayer is a struggle and finding the time has proven difficult. However, I KNOW that prayer is the key to a relationship with God so it’s time to MAKE time.

Join me as a dive into 30 days of prayer. It’s a plan on YouVersion Bible app, but you don’t need it to join me.

Today, day 1 of the challenge, I prayed right before bed. I pray God will give me fresh eyes and ears for His voice. I prayed to pray consistently to Him over the next 30 days. With this, I hope to spend more intentional time with Him as well. I will update each day and hope you guys will, too!

Continue to Live Loved!

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The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller

This. Book.

Chills. Heebie jeebies.

Intriguing.

Captivating.

All words I would use to describe this novel.

We’ve all heard the rhyme at least once:

Lizzie Borden took an axe

Gave her mother 40 whacks

When she saw what she had done

She gave her father 41

The intriguing part is that that’s not accurate. There’s a lot more to the Borden case than you know. And this book covers it all. From the day of the murders, even a few days prior, all throughout the investigation, trial, and after the trial is over. It goes over every detail in an unbiased way. The author presents you with the facts and let’s you decide for yourself.

If you love crime, crime thrillers, or a good mystery, you will love this book! I couldn’t put it down.

Let me know what you think!

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

BOOK REVIEW!

I’ve read so many books this semester and they’ve all been so good! This is the first book I read.

It’s about Starr, a black girl, whose friend Khalil was shot by a cop when he was unarmed. It’s super interesting and really draws you in. It totally gives you a different on the whole issue and really shows it from their eyes.

Some downfalls I’ve read from other people is that they think it’s too stereotypical. But the writer is black herself and it reflected her life, I believe, so I think it was very appropriate for the book.

It’s a super important book for Young Adults that deals with racism, conflict, speaking up, and finding your voice. It’s essential for your library!

*it does have bad language throughout, so maybe keep it in a mature section.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back with more books!

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Fly Away

I’ve started this book for my book challenge! I went to the library and was browsing around looking at all the different books. I walked shelf after shelf, stroking the different books, flipping stained pages in worn novels when I remembered my favorite author: Kristin Hannah. Her books have always spoken to me and have always captured me completely. So, I went to her section in the Fiction shelves and found this book. It’s a sequel to Firefly Lane, which I LOVED! 

It’s full of sadness and will bring tears to your eyes! The way the author writes is just real and authentic and wonderful. You should definitely check this book out! But read Firefly Lane first! 

I hope y’all are having a wonderful Saturday!