I don’t know how many of you know
the story of Nick Vujicic. Nick says that he is living proof that God can use
anyone. You see, Nick was born without extremities. He has no arms or legs.
Just one little foot, but he travels the world sharing God’s love with others
and encouraging and empowering people. I
have read both of Nick’s first two books and they are wonderful so when I saw
that he had a third book coming out I was eager to read it.
is a devotional and Nick draws on
materials and stories from his previous two books. The devotionals are quick
reads and are inspirational in the reading. He uses stories from his life and
stories from people around the world to inspire and empower others to live the
life God has planned for them.
I was a bit disappointed when I
realized that this was a devotional. I am not big on devotionals in general. I
have a few favorites like My Utmost for His Highest, but in general I find them a little shallow.
With that being said, I have to
say that I am enjoying reading Limitless because it is full of stories meant to inspire. He gives practical
advice along with Biblical encouragement. He points out that it is not what we
can do ourselves, but what God does through us that is important. He encourages
us that whatever we are going through God can use it to His glory. While not a
book I would recommend for in-depth study, it is a great book when you need
encouragement and inspiration.
week I visited the blog Caravan Sonnet
and saw that she and a couple of other bloggers were starting an online study
using Made to Crave by Lysa
Terkeurst. I have owned this book for a while and I have been struggling with
my weight for even longer. I have started and stopped reading this book more
than once. I am praying that by following their blogs and with your support I
can finally stick with my journey to lose the weight.
the Intro to Made to Crave, three
things really stood out to me.
1.“In my case, the number itself was
not the issue. The issue was how I felt mentally, spiritually, and physically.”—Lysa
stands out to me because I can relate to it so easily. For me the number on the
scale is not the reason I want to lose the weight. It is just an indicator. How
I have been feeling lately is the real reason why I need to lose the weight.
2.The story that she used from
Matthew 19 about the rich man.
the past year, this story has come up in several different ways and in relation
to several different areas of my life. Each area it has come up in it has been
in relation to something that I have been making an idol of and putting ahead
of my relationship with Christ.
3.“God made us capable of craving so
we’d have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone.”
statement struck me because it was like a sudden awakening. I have noticed in
the past that when a person is addicted to something, it is because there is a
hole, a craving for something…something more, something that gives them
satisfaction and a feeling of completion…but that is a hole or a craving that
can only be satisfied with God. When I read that statement, it was like
blinders had been lifted…I had never applied that idea to my own life and I can
see how I have substituted my craving for God with things from this world. None
of which have brought me satisfaction.
am excited about this journey because I believe that the Lord is going to bring
great things through this.
the things that I have always struggled with is my self-esteem. As a child I
was usually the last one chosen for teams at school. In junior high, I was the
one who sat over at a desk alone when everyone else was sitting in groups. In
high school, I was the loner who sat alone at lunch and was everybody’s friend
yet nobody’s friend. I was the one everyone considered sweet and helpful, but
not the one who was invited to parties or who my peers wanted to hang out with
on the weekends. As an adult, I am still pretty much a loner.
shy and awkward around others I have trouble knowing what to say when I am
talking to people so I usually end up talking about myself…which isn’t a good
way to build friendships.
never felt like I was part of the group or like I fit in anywhere…even at
never felt like I was special or like I was chosen…but the good news is that those thoughts and feelings were lies and…
chosen by the One who sees beyond my awkwardness.
chosen by the One who died for my sins.
chosen by the King of kings.
chosen to be His child.
chosen to do His works.
chosen to do good things.
I may never
be chosen by other people, but I was chosen by God.
you are too! You are chosen by God to be His child and to do His works. You are chosen to do good things. You are His, and He CHOSE you.
it great to know that even when we don’t feel loved and chosen by others that
we are loved and chosen by Christ?
you are a chosen woman, a royal priestess, a holy daughter, God’s own special
possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of
darkness into His marvelous light.
Peter 2:9 (paraphrased)
glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
Ross is alone in the world and working as a governess for a wealthy family in
Ohio. When she loses her job as a governess, she is at a loss of what to do
until she remembers a letter from her deceased cousin’s business partner
informing her that she was her cousin’s heir and that she was welcome to come
anytime she could to work with him. What she didn’t count on was him dying
before she got there.
Caleb Nelson and his son. When his uncle Alvin invited him to Arizona to help
him run his store, the last thing Caleb was expecting was to be saddled with a
partner. When Melanie arrives in Arizona claiming half of the store, Caleb is
at a loss. He was already having trouble with someone threatening him. Now he
had Melanie to worry about too.
thought that this book was well written and a good book. The story got off to a
slow start though and was predictable. The first half of the book seemed to mainly be build up and
fill in to the actual story line. But about half way through the book it picked
up the pace and turned into an enjoyable story that was funny and adventurous. While
it is not a book that I would rush out to purchase, it is a good book for a
lazy afternoon read.