Wow! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks! Last week I launched my new book, had my birthday (I may be at the top of the hill now), and we celebrated LLR’s BlogIversary for a whole week! Whew. I want to thank you for hanging out with me during the week and celebrating with me. It was such a great time.
I am a little disappointed because I thought I made up a new word with BlogIversary. But when I posted on Instagram and typed up a hashtag, I wasn’t the first. It’s okay, though; It was still a fantastic celebration.
I think I may have told you I’d share my cake with you too. Well, I decided that almost 40 and reaching the hilltop required a strawberry unicorn glitter cake. So, I made one. Who knew it was even possible to get a strawberry cake mix?! Well, here ya go! I’m sharing it today. I totally loved it.
What did I do after all the commotion because I haven’t been around for a couple of days? Well, after we came down from our sugar high, we went on a road trip to Cleveland to visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Brewing Company, and catch an Indians game. All were stellar, except the game got canceled. Thanks for asking, friend.
When we returned, we went to the National Air Force Museum in Dayton. Because we’re planning on leaving the state to move elsewhere fairly soon, and my husband hasn’t seen it yet. While there, he decided to purchase a Navy Gnome that he has told me I am not allowed to touch. He is a veteran and finally decided to get some “paraphernalia.” Isn’t it cute?!
Now, we’re moving through the week, and I have sufficiently tackled a basement full of laundry and cleaned up the house from the traveling things.
I forgot it’s a new month, and that always means another Good Life update! I totally love this part. We’re almost halfway through the year, and I’ve learned SO MUCH!
January – I explored how I imagined the Good life would look. In early January, I hooked onto what Jesus said about us in John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (NKJV) That sounds like a good life, right?
The fruit of the Spirit would have to be evidence of living a Good Life too, right? The fruit of the Spirit is found in Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
February – I addressed love. I talk about love a lot around here because we sometimes have problems identifying real love. If you’re here, you’ve likely experienced some form of abuse in the past, and that trauma affects how we handle romantic relationships. Sometimes, it affects how we handle friend and family relationships. Regarding all of these, we looked at boundaries.
You can look at the first of those posts HERE.
March – I addressed money. Oh ma gosh, Jesus talked a lot about money – we dove right in. I restarted a Financial Peace University course that I owned from many years ago. My husband and I got through the first few chapters, and we paused. We intend to restart it in June to finish before we move. Even so, it was fantastic to get on the same page together. I even bought my son a workbook so he can do the course when we’re finished.
I talked about purpose and money, tithing, and storing up treasure. You can look at those posts HERE.
April – We looked at rejuvenation because Easter made me think about our resurrection power. Jesus had resurrection power, and he still took breaks during his life. I issued a challenge for anyone who wanted to join me during the month for taking a small amount of time to yourself to see how you feel at the end. I also offered some encouragement and talked about Jesus’ resurrection power. You can check it out HERE.
May – It looks like I slacked a bit while pushing through the last weeks of editing and publishing. I missed my monthly intro post, but I looked at controlling my anger problem. In May, I read a Faith Box devotion on Peace which helped me so much. This followed their devotion from April on Harmony. So helpful. I’ll be sharing some of what I learned in the coming weeks.
April ended with Encouragement when times are hard. HERE. And May began with being kind to yourself. HERE. While I was finishing Fierce, I started to run out of time during the day, and we all do this sometimes. So, I came up with a list of self-care for when you have 1-minute to15 minutes (or more). HERE.
We finished with Launch week and all the freebies. These were so fun to make, and I hope you love them! (HERE)
June – Now we arrive in June. This month, I want to continue looking at some of the fruits of the Spirit from Galatians. But first, I want to expand a little more on this idea of living a Good Life.
At the beginning of the year, I started a plan to read through the New Testament, to which I invited you HERE. By the end of this month, I will be through the book of Romans and partially thought one or both Corinthians books. You can still totally join in. Come as you are. Begin where you are.
Romans is a fantastic book, and I totally want to share with you what I have learned. I’m not going to write you a mile-long article with all this information. I’m going to break it into three parts (this one plus two more). Here’s the intro:
Paul writes the book of Romans. Paul is introduced to us at the beginning of the Book of Acts of the Apostles.
Paul was a fellow who persecuted Christians. He was present and agreed with the murder of Stephen, the first person who died for following Jesus. Paul becomes the original mobster. He gets papers giving him permission to hunt down, capture, and bring Christians back to be murdered without trial.
On the way, Jesus gets pretty ticked at him. Jesus confronts him, blinds him, and then reveals to him the error of his way. Jesus sends a fellow to heal him. He has instructed this fellow to introduce Paul to the disciples. He does, and the disciples teach him to be a Jesus Follower. Now, Paul is set to begin answering the call that Jesus gave to all Christians before he ascended to heaven.
That’s the beginning of the Book of Acts. After that comes the book of Romans. This is where I want to pick up in the next couple of days and make the connection to our Good Life pursuit. In the first few chapters, Paul tells us why Jesus matters; then, he tells us how to live a good life because Jesus came for us to live a good life. See where I’m going here? We’re back at John 10:10.
That’s where I’m leaving off for today. I’ll come back later and link part 2 HERE and part 3 HERE.
As always, I’d love to hear from you. Have you been following along with me? What progress have you made? Join the conversation and leave a comment below! If you want to keep following along, type your email address in the box below, and you’ll get new posts delivered directly to your inbox. I won’t spam you, and I don’t sell your information. See you later!