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I am so excited to share this book review!!  I've been following GirlDefined for a few years now and have enjoyed every book they have published and have grown and been encouraged so much by their ministry.  I signed up to be apart of their launch team for their new devotional and was so beyond excited to be chosen!  This journey has been so exciting and fun and I'm so glad I got a chance to be a part of it! I love Kristin and Bethany’s heart for the Lord.   They’re desire to put Him above all else in their lives and to share and encourage girls and young women to do the same.   The thing that first stood out to me as I began to read their Shine Bright Devotional was this line in their intro- “just keep in mind that this devotional isn’t intended to replace time in God’s word each day; it’s meant to supplement it.” I think this is so important to realize as we start each new devotional or christian book.   We are meant to read God’s word and be in daily fellowship with Him.   T

Thankfulness & God's Faithfulness


I'm so very thankful for this year.  God has always been so faithful to me.  He's protected me, loved me, and given my joy in hard times.  I remember this time last year, I did not want to celebrate any Holidays.  I did not want to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas.  I had a heart that wasn't ready to move on or let go.  I had a stubborn heart, one that wasn't willing to listen or heal.  I had a broken heart, one that was not allowing me to be thankful for yet another year.  Even then God provided ways for me to heal and the space I needed, in providing opportunities to stay home for Thanksgiving and to be traveling all through Christmas and New Years.  God was so good to me.  Today I look back and think of just how far God has taken me.  I'm thankful He protected me from a very bad situation and gave me healing in that.  I'm thankful He took me far away from two really hard circumstances and allowed me to start over.  I look back over this last year and the hurt of the beginning of the year, the uncertainty of being in a new place, going to two different churches, meeting so many different people, going through new relationships, trying to find a job, months of real estate classes and testing, and COVID.  It's been a year of emotions.  A year of fear.  A year of sadness.  A year of a lot of uncertainty.  A year of loneliness.  A year of healing.  But I'm so thankful for God's faithfulness in all of this.  I'm so thankful for how He provided and kept me.  I'm so thankful for how He is, even today, answering all my prayers and providing exactly what I need.  Friends.  Work.  Community.  New goals.  He's given me joy even in the midst of all of this.  I know there will be plenty more hard and uncertainty, but today I'm so very thankful for God's loving kindess through it all and for where He has brought me from November 2019 to November 2020.  


He's given me a loving family, many trips this last year, times of laughter and so much joy, good times with friends, and hope for the future and I'm so thankful for all of this.

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