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You Simply MUST Do


For my class I had to read the book 9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life By Dr. Henry Cloud

These are a few of my thoughts and hopefully they will encourage you to take the time to read this fabulous book.

He starts out by defining Deja vu people as “People who found what they were looking for in life” and that these people had specific traits in common. None of these people had the same background, they were from all walks of life, upbringings varied, which encourages us that these things can be learned, we are not stuck. We can learn from these people and become successful.

He then proceeds to give us 9 Principles or word pictures based on the actions of successful people he has met and interacted with.

Since there are several of them that impacted me deeply, I will divide them up so you don’t have a novel to dig through, so to start:

Principle #1

Dig it up: Find your heart’s desire. Find that combination of interest and what lays deeply buried in your heart. So often we become distracted or lose that which makes us “come alive”–I firmly believe that God has given us all talents that must be used, and when we neglect them we lose the purpose for life. Find it, act on it, invest in it, hold on to it, fight for it. Do not ignore your heart, mind, and soul…Do not allow for it to be buried in the busyness of life.

Awesome quote “Those who take what they possess, invest it in life, and are diligent and faithful with it over time, grow and build something good. But those who allow fear to keep them from stepping out, not only fail to increase what they have, they actually lose it” 

I challenge you, search your heart, when you are feeling discontent and frustrated, seek those things you have buried away. We were created for a purpose and we must not neglect to use the talents and skills, passions that were given to us.

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{of Pride & Prejudice}

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”  ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice turned 200 years old yesterday.

{Confession} I have read Pride & Prejudice, fully at least five times, with many partial readings since.

Favorite Quote: “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”

I can honestly say it’s my favorite book.

Can you imagine having something you’ve written affecting audiences for 200+ years? A book that goes on to impact the world long after you are gone? 

Her character development, the witty verbal tongue lashings, the sarcasm, the English setting–all things that work together to make this an instant classic.

Miss Elizabeth Bennet is a heroine who’s quick wit and fun-loving personality keeps her relevant even in today’s world.

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”

Mr Darcy is a proud, rich young man that starts off his role in the book as well a snob.

“She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.”

But by the end of the book both characters are developed, lives are intertwined and inevitably love is in the air.

If you have not taken the time to read this lovely novel, let me encourage you–take the time to read it. You will not regret it!


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Reading: What’s the Point?

Reading is one of my favorite joys in life. Reading blogs, reading magazines, reading the economist, reading fiction, reading biographies, reading is just wonderful.

But why read? Well I read for many reasons, school (aka studying), general knowledge, to be intelligent, to know what’s going on in the world, to improve myself, and just for fun.  But in High School most of my reading was done for just pleasure. Lots of fiction, some biographies, but only about people I found interesting. I really didn’t do a lot of reading for information or intelligence.

I remember when I discovered that reading meant more than just…reading. When I was assigned 20 pages of history reading it meant read the pages and actually understand what was trying to be communicated. For some reason…this was a revelation to me. I was actually expected to complete the reading and have gained something from it.

So I had to start reading with a different intention. My nursing texts were to be read differently than I would read Lord of the Rings or Oliver Twist. They had to be read and underlined, highlighted, notes scribbled in the margins & if it was super important the thoughts were added to my notebook of nursing knowledge. A lot of thought was put into the reading, something I admit I didn’t do with my fiction reading.

Now I’m all about reading for fun and it can be very relaxing! But sometimes it is important to add some variety, mix it up! Read for lots of reasons…you know what…Just Read! It’s good for the Soul~

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What are you reading?

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” ~Bertrand Russell

I love reading.

I would love a house with a large and comfortable library.

Unfortunately during the semester I am very limited in the amount of time I can spend (or justify spending) reading fiction. I spend hours reading nursing books, journals, practice acts, and research articles.

But since I have less time to dedicate to outside reading I find myself drifting into a more serious vein of reading. I am amazed by how much has been written about God’s Word & the Christian life. It makes me almost embarrassed because there is a whole world of books that I have not discovered until rather recently. I receive daily encouragement and challenges as well as being forced to go back to the scriptures to compare.

The other area of reading that is now taking up more of my time are blogs. Daily I read thought provoking posts and am challenged by people I would never meet in person, yet they have encouraged me to grow closer to Christ. Most of the blogs I read are not super famous people, they are just people who love God and write about what they are learning and experiencing on life’s journey. Taking the time to read the posts and to ingest what is being said has helped me not only be encouraged, but it has challenged me to develop my beliefs and study out the scriptures.  Reading blogs expand your mind because you see how other people think, and challenges you to think outside the box.

I love reading.

What Christian books are you reading now?  Who are your favorite bloggers to follow?


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