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When Sinners Say "I Do" Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

The gospel is something we need in every area of our lives.  In marriage and in singleness.  In joy and in sorrow.  In good times and in hard times.  When life feels good and when life feels confusing.  This book showed so much of my need for Jesus and His grace. It calls us to look at our own sins and not be so easy to point out the sins of those around us.   It shows the great gravity of our sins.  We can all tend to point fingers and defend or blame our sins on others or life circumstances.  I think especially today it is so easy to do this and not truly see our sins.  "It is wrong, not because of what it does to me, or my spouse, or child, or neighbor, but because it is an act of rebellion against the infinitely holy and majestic God." -Jerry Bridges "There can be no small sins against a great God." -J.I. Packer Dave Harvey mentions in the book that with true sorrow of our "little sins", our awareness of God and His mercy grow. Be quick to see our own

NEW YEARS ~2017~

Well, it's been awhile... let's see, my last post was in, SEPTEMBER.  Yeah these last few months kind of slipped by at lightening speed.  I didn't write a single thing in my journal in that time, (that's a lot of catching up I had to do).  I also only wrote four blog post here: Journal of a Book Nerd
You have no idea how many books I need to post to catch up!  I'll probably never be able to do it...
I don't know what made these last months so crazy, but they where.  My dad's business, though a blessing and all by God's grace, has taken off, this has made our family (all of us) busy.  I've been working for my dad three days a week, it's a lot to get it (in bookkeeping standards) to where it needs to be, because if you know my dad, he isn't the most organized person!  He got an office/warehouse, so he has been there most days, working on keeping everything going and running.
Ethan is currently working for my dad two days a week.  Owen helps when needed, mom and Evelyn clean the office once a week and we all are trying to get use to this new craziness.
For me, my first semester in college, my first two real jobs, and it's all taking some time getting use to.  I find it all daunting at times, but I'm thankful for the opportunities. For the chance to work with my dad and learn the bookkeeping ways.  And though my nanny job has proven to be difficult, I am also thankful for ability to do it and the chance to work with kids.  I'm thankful that my employer is kind and understanding.  I'm blessed with both my employers! :)

In November we were able to take a couple days off and go to the Grand Canyon for the weekend, also my birthday!
It was great to get-away and spend time with the family.

December was a crazy month with Christmas parties and trying to get in all our traditions (P.J. shopping, christmas lights, etc...)

And now the New Year is here and I can't even believe it.  Like seriously, where did this year go?
Of course with the new year comes new goals and resolutions!

My biggest 2016 resolutions was to get a job and be able to pay for a couple of my own things.  I bought a car this year and am able to afford to use and take care of it;
  1. This new year I hope to use for God's glory!  I've found myself being governed a lot by my emotions and desires.  So much so that I sometimes miss the now and the time I have with my family or working or going to school.  So my biggest thing is to be thankful for each day and moment.
  2. I want to be more on top of my blog, Journal of a Booknerd, and also this blog.  I would like to get more followers and be more creative with both.
  3. I want to understand more what I want to do and how to do it.  I want to know if being a bookkeeper is what is right for me.  I want to do my best in school and I want to enjoy my family and friends.
  4. I want to read more books, this year I meet my goal of reading 50 books and exceeded it.  I read 60 books this year!  So this new year I want to read even more, plus read the Harry Potter series!  :)
These are my 2017 resolutions, but it may change in the next few hours or more may be added later.

But one thing I do want, is to use this blog as a journal.  I won't write all my personal struggles or embarrassing moments, but I want to write out my feelings and memories so that in years to come I can look back and see what I did in, 2017...


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