Thursday, January 01, 2015

#Review _ 40 Days to Lasting Change

Disclosure: I am participating in a Family Christian linky series for Kyle Idlemans’s newest book 40 Days to Lasting Change. This book was provided to me in exchange for participation. All opinions shared here are 100% mine.

Book Description

 January 1, 2015
Do you want to see change in your life—but don't know how to get there? In this thoughtful devotional, Kyle Idleman invites you to address that behavior or thought pattern using three key elements: You Awaken to the reality of your spiritual condition; you see yourself and your need for a Savior with brutal Honesty; and this realization leads to Action as you follow Christ's example.

Drawing on the example of the Prodigal Son, Idleman shows us why each of these three elements is essential to lasting spiritual transformation and gives us practical tools to live them out.

About the Author

Kyle Idleman is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth largest church in America. Author of the bestselling books Not a Fan and AHA, he speaks regularly at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four children.


I think we all start a new yer motivated. We have so many plans, so many things we just know we can accomplish by the end of the year. As the year moves forward, we seem to be less motivated, tossing our goals aside and figuring "There's always tomorrow." Then one day, we notice, as we're justifying another excuse, that it's almost Christmas. There's no more time in the year to get all the goals accomplished.

With this book, YOU can accomplish your goals. The set up is perfect and keeps you wanting to move forward - looking forward to taking on the next day's task.

My days are 27 and 28. I absolutely love the date set up. Each date provides enough detail and ideas to move forward without overwhelming the goal of making it through the book and achieving the results you want. As with any challenge, I always go in a little skeptical. The AHA Challenge was no difference (of course, due to my own curiosity, I can never walk away from a challenge without trying).

I enjoyed that with each day, you were giving something specific to focus on, with details of how someone else managed, or how someone else feels exactly as you do (and may not have realized it). You're not alone. With each day focusing on a specific scripture part, it's also helped me to pull more from things I may have missed while looking over scriptures.

Each day there is also a small space to record an entry. When your book is complete, you can go back over these entries. I'm looking forward to re-reading this book in a few month and seeing how my own entries would change - how I've grown (hopefully) for the better.

This book is available in ebook (here) and print (here)
What are you doing to improve your 2015?

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reader Favorites - Top 10 of 2014 ( #Top 10 #ReaderFavorites )

It's time to say goodbye to 2014 and open a new, empty chapter to write on for the new year. I'm certain many have made their goals and excelled in 2014. I'm also certain some aren't quite where they thought they'd be (Yes, I'm on that last list). This gives us a chance to regroup and have somewhat of a do over. While we can't start 2014 over, we can try to make the best of 2015.

I'm bringing you some of my favorite posts of the year on Facebook (posted one yesterday and about 10 the day before. I'm hoping to bring you a few more tonight and the rest tomorrow).

Here are my reader favorites - top 10 :-)

10) #Recipe Share: #Bacon Egg Garlic Cheese #Biscuits

9) #BrokeLikeMe ? #NewYear #Resolution Versus #JustDoIt - #Homesteading on a #Budget

8) #Notebooking Pages - #Gettysburg by Hallie Grace

7) My First Batch of #Seeds for the #Garden { #homesteading }

6) Homesteading #Livestock and #Gardens - #Grocery #Budget

5) Dear #Ebay - Am I missing Something?

4) #DIY Carpet #Cleaner + #StainRemover

3) Want a #Random #Free #Gift from me in 2015? #PayItForward

2) The Joys of #Homesteading (or trying to) #Chickens #Dogs #ToughLessons

and for the top read post of the year (keep in mind promo, product reviews and giveaways were not included in this list).

1) Want to make your own #EvaporatedMilk ? ( #FromScratch #Homemade )

For those that have made it this far, I'd like to share the top 5 of 2013 (only because my blog was only here for 3 or 4 months of that year). Then  I feel like I'll be all fresh for the end of 2015.

5) The Beginning of a New Journey - Losing #Faith and Gaining it Back ( Please note this post has #religious content)

4) Homemade: Infused Water ~ Take a little #summer along for the #winter

3) #Homeschool: Worried About Transcripts For Your High School Student?

2) Online Stock Up Staples (What's in your pantry?)

and the number one read post of 2013:

1) It's Never too Early - 2014 Christmas for the Kids #Christmas #ChristmasIdeas #Parenting #Family #Kids

Be sure to come hang out with me on facebook and stop in here during the new year. I'm hoping to be on track this year and create some better habits (blogging habits too) for the year - some of you will be interested on my "Broke Homesteading" series coming up in the new year as well.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

#BrokeLikeMe ? #NewYear #Resolution Versus #JustDoIt - #Homesteading on a #Budget

The last year I've been going through so many sites that are "homesteading" sites. I've even checked out a number or "Prepper" sites because some of the concepts apply to homesteading as well. After all, the goal of both is to be self sufficient.

Let's reverse a bit.

I moved to this area 3 years ago (Well almost 3 1/2 I guess). In any case, I thought my research was sufficient and a few months after my move I started gathering goats an chickens and ducks and turkeys (Oh my!). However, I was NOT ready after all. I sold some off before I moved to my new location a little under a year ago. Other unfortunately became coyote and owl food as they wouldn't stay penned in (Did you know chickens, ducks and turkeys can even be escape artists?).

When I moved into this house this past February I had big plans as a "regrouped" first year homesteader. I went back to research and found some amazing sites. The hang up with these amazing sites? It seems no homesteader is a broke as I am. They have huge homes and vast kitchens. Beautiful chicken coops and barns. They have acres and acres of land.

I got really bummed out and after pricing the things I wanted to do, I realized there was no way I'd be where I wanted to be by this coming spring. I thought I'd hire locals that needed the money to do some of the work they knew how to do.

This would have saved me money - IF they would have finished the jobs. The chain link dog area that I wanted to start out with, almost a year later, still is not finished and I've paid FOUR different people to do it and will have to hire a fifth. So, my saving money - has actually caused me to pay for the fence twice over.

I'm not making the same mistake with the horse stall I need built. (My first horse experience was a nightmare this summer - I'll share that later on). This time I checked around a bit more. This guy will get the job done and has a good reputation. He does charge double everyone (but if I hire a bonded contractor to do the job in this area, it will easily cost me 4 times that amount - they know no one likes to actually work out here and they price gouge.) - but it will be done and done right.

Budgets around here are very difficult to stick to and there's never any money inn savings. It seems when I get a bit of "extra" money - it goes right to the things I'm behind on or needed and couldn't purchase before then - leaving me broke yet again.

Now this isn't a "poor me" post - honest.

What it is, a place where those in my situation can come follow my journey and see how I'm going to manage on such a tight budget - with a grandbaby arriving in 2015 as well (living here, at my expense).

So, are you broke like me and want to homestead? Follow me and I'll be sharing my trial and error experiences. And a way to really create your homestead on a broke budget (it will take longer, but I'm determined to do it).

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