Summer Reading List

If there’s anything I love, it’s reading. You can always find me with a book in hand no matter what season. There’s something about reading a good book that genuinely makes me happy! Words are life for me. But because I’ll be starting classes soon, most of my leisure reading time is replaced with have-to-read books for class. So I’m trying to squeeze in as many books of my choosing before August is over! I’ve compiled a little list of 6 books for those avid readers to choose from that are in my own personal library and have blessed me in some way or another.

  1. Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen

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This book reignited my passion for reading! It’s genuinely my top favorite!! It’s a compilation of short personal stories from the author’s experience working with people as a medical doctor and therapist. It is heart-wrenching, raw, honest, and so moving. I cried and laughed my way through this book.

2. The Emotionally Healthy Woman by Geri Scazzero

The Emotionally Healthy Woman: Eight Things You Have to Quit to Change Your Life

I recently read this book and it blessed me tremendously! It isn’t a how to book but more of an introspective book that causes you to go on a journey toward healing and wholeness as a christian woman. It is convicting and empowering!

3. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears

This book will forever be my most recommended!! I’ve bought this book about a dozen times and each time I’ve given it to someone in the hopes of it blessing them; it has! Go out and get this book!! It’s incredible and Pastor Mark Batterson is also one of my favorite authors. I’ve read 5 books of his and they never disappoint.

4. I am number 8 by John Gray

I Am Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God

I originally purchased this book with the intention of bringing a study on it for the youth/young adults I teach but God had a different plan. I was so challenged and moved by this book and it was in a way life changing. It spoke into my entire life and made me feel seen, heard, and understood! I genuinely recommend this book no matter what age you are!!

5. The Spirit filled life by Charles Stanley

The Spirit-Filled Life: Discover the Joy of Surrendering to the Holy Spirit

Charles Stanley is a mighty and profound teacher of God’s word and that’s exactly what this book does: it teaches you. It’s so enlightening and fortifying. If you want to go on a journey toward understanding the Holy Spirit and how He works in your life, then this book is definitely for you!

6.  Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

Lysa is such an incredible, witty, and dynamic writer that as I read through these pages, I felt as if she and I were sitting across the table from each other doing life together over a hot cup of coffee. I loved this book so much I taught a series titled “living loved.” I highly recommend this book to any young woman in search of love and acceptance. Lysa will take you on a journey toward seeing yourself the way God sees you!

If you choose to read any one of these books, let me know!! I’d love to talk about it with you 🙂

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On your mark, Get set, Goal!

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Happy Friday ! 🙂

As I was waiting for the infamous G train this morning on my way to work, I started reading “IF” by Mark Batterson. Now Mark Batterson is one of my favorite authors and I’ve read about 5 books of his. You can see which ones here. He’s one of those humorous inspirational kinda writers that really cause you to reevaluate where you are in life. Not the “You gotta change your life or else” but more like he challenges you to focus on the things that matter spiritually and relation-ally. So as I’m reading, I stop myself, close the book, and grab my phone (Typical New Yorker thing to do). And I wrote out this question, “What would happen if I did everything I wanted to do for 31 days?”

To be honest, I always start bucket lists and goals but hardly follow through. Am I the only one who does this? But this time, I’ve vowed to pray through each thing and put it in Gods hands. Because the truth is, when you put something into God’s hands, he will oversupply and over-multiply. I mean, let’s face it, God is a multiplying God that gives abundantly. He takes the little we have and feeds the multitudes. So here I am, waiting for a train that’s half an hour late during rush hour, and I have an “AHA” moment. And because I live in New York City, the City of dreams come true where the buildings touch the sky and the lights never go out; I have decided to do 31 things for the entire month of May. Things I’ve always wanted to do but have never done that make me feel like a tourist in my own city.

Although my list of goals isn’t nearly halfway done, here it is:

  1. Visit the empire state building and take a selfie with my city
  2. Have a girls “life giving” picnic at Brooklyn bridge park
  3. Take a ballet class
  4. Find the coolest graffiti street and take a picture
  5. Visit the botanical gardens with my family
  6. Catch a show at BAM
  7. Catch a show at Carnegie Hall
  8. Visit the statue of liberty
  9. Visit the MOMA
  10. Visit the transit museum
  11. Paint a canvas with my nieces
  12. Write a chapter of my book in my favorite cafe
  13. Walk all of central park with a friend

I’ll be updating my list and posting my progress but I think it would be really awesome if you joined me too. Maybe you can make your own list and vow to stick to it regardless of how you feel.

As always, be encouraged. Be empowered. And be blessed. 🙂

 

Mission 24

If you’ve ever watched the “Bucket list” then you’ve probably been inspired to create your own bucket list. Well that’s kinda sorta what I did last year, minus the bucket part lol. After turning 24, I decided to do my own list of things I wanted to accomplish that year. I decided to name my list “Mission 24” . ‘Mission’ because it would be a mission to carry out all the things on my list & ’24’ for my age at the time. I honestly wanted to go for the dangerous & adventurous things like jumping out of a plane but I decided to keep it small & simple. Let’s not get too crazy lol.  I knew I wanted my list to not only be realistic but to ultimately glorify God. So I didn’t want to focus on myself & what I could do for me, but things I could do for others too.

So this was my list:

Mission 24

  1. Hug a homeless person
  2. Mail letters to 12 important people to me
  3. Pray with a stranger
  4. Write a love letter from God anonomously
  5. Tell someone that they are loved
  6. Donate blood
  7. Write bible verses on post-its & put them in random places

It may seem like a pretty simple list but these were all things that I would’ve been either too afraid to do, thought it was silly, or it was way out of my comfort zone. But I remember praying over this list & asking God to take over. I placed it in Gods hands & prayed over it frequently. To put it simply, God answered these prayers in such surprising & beautiful ways; in ways I would’ve never imagined. His answers caused me to step out of my comfort zone & conquer some fears but it’s in those moments that I saw Gods love first hand. If I wouldn’t have put “mission 24” in Gods hands, I wouldn’t have accomplished anything. I used to be one of those people that got super excited to start something & midway I’d give up. I was a giver-upper. I didn’t know how to follow through with anything but when I put it in Gods hands, God showed up and showed off ! I am so blessed to say that I can check off every single thing from my list because God has helped me complete my first mission.

You see, when you put your goals, your dreams, and your missions into the mighty hands of God, you put it into the hands of the one that makes impossibilities possible. You put it into the hands of the one that sees everything beyond 360 degrees. You give it to the one that uses the earth as His footstool. You put it into the hands of the one that can never fail. You put it into the hands of the one God that can turn your finite ideas into infinite realities. Don’t allow your limitations to determine the unlimited power of God. I’ve learned first hand that when you pray through your goals, faith begins to replace fear. Doors that were once closed are now wide open. And in the words of Mark Batterson(my favorite author), God turns your prayers into unimaginable surprises.

So, my point is that you shouldn’t allow your dreams to be buried with you. Put them into the hands of God and watch them be magnified into holy vision. I pray you would dream bigger than I did & join me as I start my “mission 25” . . . 🙂