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Book Recommendations, Pilgrimage, Reading Journey

Free Books!

Crossway is currently giving away a few free books if you are willing to fill out a quick survey. One of the books is titled The Gospel Comes With a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield. I had heard my pastor’s wife speak highly of it and intended to purchase it at some point. It touches on the topic of hospitality and how God can use it to draw unsaved souls to Himself. I am very glad I was able to snag this ebook for free and look forward to reading it in the future. You can find the survey for this book here. It’s is quick and does not request much personal information aside from your email, gender, marital status, and parental status. 

The other four books that are currently also being offered in exchange for filling out an identical survey are Confronting Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin, Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney, Side by Side by Edward T. Welch, and Awe by Paul David Tripp. Although I had not heard about all of these, I figured why not get them while they are free. I am familiar with David Tripp and had heard about the one titled Praying the Bible and now I own them in ebook. Can’t complain that I got them for free. I like free things! You can find the survey for those books here.

Enjoy!

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

You Are Not Enough Book Review
Adulting, Book Recommendations, Life, Pilgrimage, Reading Journey

Book Review: You Are Not Enough, (and That’s Okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

I had been listening to Allie Beth Stuckey’s podcast for a few months, maybe a year, when I heard, she was writing this book, and before I even knew what it was about or its title, I was excited. The book is titled “You Are Not Enough (and that’s okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love.” I knew it was going to be a good book, and I was right. Is it for everyone? I’d say so, but considering the topics, I’d say not everyone would agree. 

I say this because we currently live in a time where “self-love” and “self-care” are being pushed on us. We hear things like “you need to love yourself first,” “you need to take care of yourself and your feelings.” We hear people constantly say, “your emotions are valid” and countless other similar sayings, but these are not necessarily correct if we want to be biblical. Not to say you shouldn’t take good care of yourself, but you should not only focus on, well, you. There is more to life than bettering oneself, and as Christians, we are called to be Holy, for He is Holy; thus, the focus is not on us but Him. 

In this book, Allie covers the latest “self-care” trend and how we react to it as Christians, but she also touches on a few political matters and how we are to regard them through a biblical lens. She talks about “equality,” “social justice,” and many more. I put these words in quotation marks because although we hear them often, they tend to have different meanings based on who is speaking. “Equality” to a Christian is not the same as what “equality” is to the world. 

This is a book I would strongly recommend to my female friends and any bible believing woman. It is a much-needed book for the times we are in. I also recommend you check out a previous post of mine titled “You Will Never be Perfect (and that’s ok)” that touches on a few topics Allie discusses in her book, you can find that link here. I don’t want to give too much away but I will include some quotes below along with an Amazon link, in case you decide to purchase it. 

*I am an Amazon affiliate so I may get a small fee for any purchase you may make but this will be of no effect on the price you pay.*

“Without the Bible as our basis for justice, we get a system based on the only tool we have without a supreme moral Lawgiver: the self.”

Allie Beth Stuckey, You’re Not Enough (and That’s Ok): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

“The self isn’t enough—period. The answer to the purposelessness and hollowness we feel is found not in us but outside of us. The solutions to our problems and pain aren’t found in self-love, but in God’s love.”

Allie Beth Stuckey, You’re Not Enough (and That’s Ok): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

“When we follow Christ, we are never at risk of “losing ourselves,” because our identity is eternally found in him.”

Allie Beth Stuckey, You’re Not Enough (and That’s Ok): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

“Social justice is concerned not with equality of opportunity but equality of outcomes. In order to achieve this, it must hold back those who are ahead and push forward those who are behind. Equality of outcome is NEVER possible without government force.”

Allie Beth Stuckey, You’re Not Enough (and That’s Ok): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

“While it’s true that we have experiences and trauma that shape us, these things don’t equate to moral truths. They just happened. And maybe they were significant, and maybe they taught us something. But in order to know whether these lessons we learned are truths worth building our lives on, we have to compare them to the standard of truth, God’s Word.”

Allie Beth Stuckey, You’re Not Enough (and That’s Ok): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Adulting, Health, Life

Taking Charge of Your Fertility: Ovulation Prediction Kits (OPKs)

While I have been learning about how the female reproductive system works, I can’t help but be overcome with awe for God’s work. It is truly amazing what God has done. I am only aware of how a woman’s cycle can change throughout the month but can only imagine what else goes on in her body when a baby is growing. 

I learned that a woman’s bones around her hips expand to give room for the baby to pass through, and that is only one change that I have learned of. Can you imagine what else occurs in the woman’s body? Organs are relocated temporarily, the uterus is expanded, it’s quite miraculous when you think about it.

Now to lead this back to my previous post, during a menstrual cycle one of the many things that happens that can clue us into when we might be ovulating are hormonal changes. In specific the luteinizing hormone level rise. This happens as your ovaries are preparing to release the egg. The luteinizing hormone is also known as the “LH” rises as ovulation approaches. When ovulation is about to occur, the hormone level reaches a peak. Once you spot this peak, you can assume that the egg is to be released.

How can you detect this peak? You can purchase an Ovulation Prediction Kit, also known as “OPKs”. These tests detect the LH levels in your urine. Kind of like a pregnancy test but for LH levels instead. Based on the peak of the tests, some tests will tell you the egg will be released within the next 12-36 hours. It’s not exact math but I’d say that narrows it down quite a bit. But I wouldn’t solely rely on this method to keep track of ovulation.

It can happen that the test shows an LH peak but your body won’t release an egg making it inaccurate. The reason for this I am not sure, but it can happen. This is why you should take these tests in addition to taking your temperature and mentioned in my last post. Below you can find a few of the top-rated Ovulation Prediction Kits on Amazon.

*I am an Amazon affiliate so I may get a small fee for any purchase you may make but this will be of no effect on the price you pay.*

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Book Recommendations, Pilgrimage, Reading Journey

Free Resource for Christians: Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Here is a free Kindle book I was recently told of. I think it would be a great resource for any Christian who wants to dig into Christ’s Resurrection. Below is a brief description of the book and the link for download.

**As a disclaimer, any Amazon links are affiliate links, which means that if you order from the link, I get a small advertising fee at no extra cost to you.**

“This book provides an original and comprehensive assessment of the hypotheses concerning the origin of resurrection Christology. It fills a gap in the literature by addressing these issues using a transdisciplinary approach involving historical-critical study of the New Testament, theology, analytic philosophy, psychology and comparative religion.

Using a novel analytic framework, this book demonstrates that a logically exhaustive list of hypotheses concerning the claims of Jesus’ post-mortem appearances and the outcome of Jesus’ body can be formulated. It addresses these hypotheses in detail, including sophisticated combinations of hallucination hypothesis with cognitive dissonance; memory distortion; and confirmation bias. Addressing writings from both within and outside of Christianity, it also demonstrates how a comparative religion approach might further illuminate the origins of Christianity.

This is a thorough study of arguably the key event in the formation of the Christian faith. As such, it will be of keen interest to theologians, New Testament scholars, philosophers, and scholars of religious studies.”

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Adulting, Book Recommendations, Health

Taking Charge of Your Fertility: A Brief Look at Ovulation

As a disclaimer, this blog post if aimed at a mature audience.

You have sex and you get pregnant. Boom! Done and done. That is all it takes, or at least that is what they tell you in school. Technically, it’s only partly correct. You do need to have sex to get pregnant, but at the same time, a very specific event needs to be occurring in your body, and this is something I didn’t learn until I was in my mid-twenties. This event is called ovulation.

Just as a reminder, I am not a doctor, I am just a  girl who wanted to learn how the female reproductive system works so my descriptions won’t be super technical. 

Anyways, ovulation is when your ovaries release an egg to be fertilized. As I’m sure most of us know when the sperm meets the egg and the egg is fertilized, that is when life begins.

Ovulation typically occurs during the second week of a woman’s menstrual cycle but vary from woman to woman.

There are a few signs that we can look for to see if ovulation is occurring. The most common one is called the Fertility Awareness Method. This is when you keep track of your body’s temperature upon waking up and keep a chart of the changes. By doing this, you can see how the shifts in your body temperature reveal what part of your menstrual cycle you are in. By following this method you can identify when you are ovulating and when your period is due to return.

A menstrual cycle follows a particular trend. The month starts off and after a few days, when ovulation is occurring, the temperature dips. After the dip it will rise again confirming that ovulation occured. The temperatures look different for everyone but follow the same ovulation dip and after ovulation temperature rise pattern. When your period is coming back your temperature will drop significantly and it will be followed by Aunt Flo.

In order to monitor your temperature, you would need to monitor your Basal Body Temperature “BBT”. For this, you would need to buy a BBT thermometer and take your temperature every morning at around roughly the same time. Not only do you need to be consistent with the time you take your temperature but you must also take your temperature immediately after waking up before your body starts warming up. If you don’t do this, your temperatures will not be consistent and it is important that they be. For more specific information refer to the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler, MPH. In this book, you can find detailed charts explaining what the temperature shifts during the menstrual cycle are.

*I am an Amazon affiliate so I may get a small fee for any purchase you may make but this will be of no effect to the price you pay.*

Ovulation usually lasts 24 hours, which is the optimal time to get busy in order to have a baby. And if you are trying to avoid pregnancy this is when you avoid “doing the deed” or are extra careful. In a nutshell this is how it works. You can only get pregnant during your ovulation period. After the egg is gone, the chances of pregnancy are very slim to none. This is why I made that first statement :).

Another way to track ovulation is with Ovulation Prediction Kits also known as “OPKs”, they are not as accurate but can help. I’ll discuss this more in the next post.

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Pilgrimage

Reflecting on this Past Year

As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to take some time and reflect on what this year has been. Oh, and what a year it has been!!! I can’t even count all the disappointments and I won’t because nobody has time for that and it won’t change a thing.

Although it may not have been the year I expected it to be, it was still a year full of blessings and much joy. God has been faithful even through the negatives. 

The world was suddenly changed within a matter of weeks beginning in March. Most of us were forced to stay indoors, jobs were lost, the economy plummeted and rose. There was an insane election, also much death but through it all God was faithful. 

As much as I would like to hop on the bandwagon and bid 2020 “good riddance” I must admit that God was good to me and has been sovereign through all this. 

I ask that you too look on the bright side of this year and remember that, instead of the bad parts. 

Below I wanted to share a few Bible verses to help bring us hope for the new year. 

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭31:23-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Happy New Year!!!

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Adulting, Health

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

Upon having a few conversations with friends, I have come to notice just how little women sometimes know about their bodies and how they work. I have discovered first hand how little we women are taught about our bodies. I, too, was once uninformed of so many things. The main reason I have come to gain knowledge of the female reproductive system is that prior to getting married, I decided that I did not want to take any sort of contraceptive. This left me no choice but to take to the interwebs and find a solution. What I came across were several posts talking about natural birth control. 

Curiously, I clicked and read many, but it was not enough. I finally found a post that mentioned the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler, MPH. I found it and purchased it immediately. When it arrived, I saw it was about the size of a textbook, which could be a bit intimidating, but I was convinced I had to learn all that I could. And that is exactly what I did.

In the next couple of posts, I will be sharing what I have learned from his book with you guys so stay tuned.

*I am an Amazon affiliate so I may get a small fee for any purchase you may make but this will be of no effect to the price you pay.*

Adulting, Life, Pilgrimage, Politics

How to Be a Better Informed Voter: 5 Non-Biased News Websites

With the Presidential Elections just around the corner and early voting in effect, I wanted to write this for those who are still undecided and haven’t voted. In this day and age, there is a huge amount of media bias in practically every news source out there. For years, I grew up watching the news and because I was young and not very into politics, I was not aware that I was being swayed to think one way without even noticing.

When I became an adult and obtained my own set of values and morals, was when I realized how biased some of the channels I watched were. I have since become pretty skeptical of many sites and TV channels. I do have my political leanings but I think it is important to get up to date news from websites that are mostly unbiased.

I think it is important, as an individual, to think for yourself and make up your own mind, regardless of what your family and friends may think. I typically don’t discuss politics outside of certain family members and close friends because of how polarized politics have made everyone. I am open to trying to understand why someone thinks differently than me but there have been times where I alluded to my own leanings and was immediately mocked. Hence why I don’t discuss politics with just anyone.

Anyway, I wanted to provide this list of websites where you can get your news and be able to formulate your own views and opinions without being swayed by media bias.

All Sides

All Sides gives your varying news articles on a subject from different websites and shows you which way they lean.

Real Clear Politics

Real Clear Politics provides articles from a mostly non-biased perspective.

C-Span

C-Span is a site with factual news and marked least biased by Media Bias Fact Check.

Gallup, Inc.

Gallup, Inc, is a research-based site providing factual information.

Media Bias Fact Check

Here you can check out most of the websites out there and see how they lean.

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Pilgrimage

Book Review: Do More Better by Tim Challies

“Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.”

Tim Challies, Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity

I’ve known that we must be good stewards of our money but I didn’t always apply it to time. The way we spend our time is something we ought to think about more often. Do I do this always? Absolutely not. If you ever see the amount of playtime time I’ve put into Animal Crossing, you’d see I wasn’t kidding.

I don’t always look at how I spend my time on a grander scale but this book goes through practical ways in which we can do this. This is a book that would indeed help you “do more better”, and with that I end my review…Just kidding. 

In this book Challies explains why we must seek to be productive. Everything we do should be done for the glory of God and we must organize ourselves to do this as best we can. 

Godly productivity is a mindset. Challies makes sure to emphasize this. He actually tells the reader that if they are solely looking for ways to be productive to skip to the last chapters. What he does in this book, is break down what we need to be productive with and how it’s involved with our spiritual lives by breaking down tasks into categories and subcategories. I actually found this to be very helpful. It helped me organize myself better. 

For example, I am in a ladies discipleship group, this would be a subcategory under “Church” for me. Also in my church category is “Translation” a ministry I am a part of in my church. Here I would designate tasks revolving around the Spanish translation of the sermon. Usually, I need to gather all the Bible verses and have them ready in Spanish for when the preacher reads it, that way I don’t have to paraphrase. I’m not a fan of paraphrasing God’s word during sermons. So I set the task that needs to be done on my app, set a due date and a reminder because let’s face it, we don’t all remember everything always. 

Challies breaks down why it is important to be mindful of our time and how we manage it. He gives his own examples of how he does things and give life examples that are informative. 

This book will help guide you on how to practically set up a task management app, calendar and an information management tool such as Evernote so that you can do more better. It’s not a long book, you can definitely read it in a week or less and even setting up all the tools isn’t too complicated. I got a lot from this book. It’s worth the read. If you are looking to get your spiritual life together and want to be more productive definitely check it out. 

Here are a few quotes from the book I thought were notable: 

“You need to structure and organize your life so that you can do the maximum good for others and thus bring the maximum glory to God.”

Tim Challies, Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity

“Your good works are like a light, and when that light shines, it illuminates God. When people see that light, they aren’t meant to look at you and say, “He’s incredible” or “She’s amazing.” They are meant to look at God and say, “He is awesome.”

Tim Challies, Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity

“You haven’t begun to live a focused and productive life until you have said no to great opportunities that just do not fit your mission. There are many good things in this world that will go undone or that will have to be done by someone else.”

Tim Challies, Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity

“If you are a student and apply yourself to your studies, you are doing a good work that brings glory to God, because what you learn can and will be used someday to benefit other people. If you work in an office environment and do your job with consideration to your clients and coworkers, you are doing good works that bring glory to God, because you are living outside yourself, doing what benefits the people in your life.”

Tim Challies, Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity

“Busyness may make you feel good about yourself and give the illusion of getting things done, but it probably just means that you are directing too little attention in too many directions, that you are prioritizing all the wrong things, and that your productivity is suffering.”

Tim Challies, Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity

“There is no task in life that cannot be done for God’s glory.”

Tim Challies, Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity
Pilgrimage

Journey With Ang: Two Years Strong

Today is my second Blogiversary! Yay! I’ve been reflecting on the past two years of doing this and I am glad I started this. Initially, I wanted to monetize my blog, and possibly use it as a side hustle type thing because after all, every “Start a Blog” related post on Pinterest only talks about how to monetize your blog. But over time, I’ve discovered that I genuinely enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts in my very own space.  Thank you all for sticking around.

Here are a few things you can expect from me this year are:

  • More book reviews! I enjoy reading, and I especially enjoy sharing my thoughts on books. I intend to be a bit more structured when it comes to these reviews. I’ve made a list of questions to ask myself as I read so that way, I can provide better insight into the book. 
  • More recommendations for biblical resources. You can never have too many.
  • I’ve been dabbling in Cricut crafts lately, so I might also write about the projects I’ve made. What software I use and how I make my crafts from start to finish.
  • My personal view and convictions on current and not so current events. 
  • And as the subtitle of my blog indicates healthy habits. It’s been an interesting year and I’ve been making some changes, subtle, but good changes nonetheless, which I will share with you here. 

Again, I want to thank you all for coming along with me on this little journey and hope you continue to enjoy future posts. And remember, do all things to the glory of God.

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

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