Sunday, January 25, 2015

Top 10 Books

I was challenged recently by my Auntie M to think of 10 books that have influenced my life. She probably thought I forgot about this challenge because it has been some weeks (months), but it keeps popping into my thoughts and I think, think, think {kind of like Pooh Bear}...

In no particular order, except for number one, here are 10 books that have influenced who I am as a Christian, Wife, Homemaker, Mom, Teacher....

1. Holy Bible  - Lord, please may be this always be Numero Uno. The Bible is the source for wisdom. It is how we know God. It is how we understand our place and purpose in the world. It is how we understand life. It is where I find out how great God is, how small I am, how great my sin is and how precious His Salvation Plan is for me {and the universe}.

2. Holiness - J. C. Ryle

3. The Excellent Wife - Martha Peace

4. Shepherding a Child's Heart - Tedd Tripp

5. Pathway to Freedom: How God's Law Guides Our Lives - Allistair Begg

6. The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother's Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America's Food Supply-- and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself - Robyn O'Brien

7. Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate - Jerry Bridges

8. Peacemaking Women: Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflic - Tara Klena Barthel & Judy Dabler

9, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition) - Susan Wise Bauer

10. Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs - Emerson Eggerichs

Looking over this list tells a LOT about who I am, doesn't it? I love to read so it was hard to narrow it down to a short list of 10.

What does your list look like? I would love to know your top influencing books! Reading is such a fabulous blessing!!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I'm Back

Well, hello.

Sometimes I find out that someone has been missing from my virtual world only when they reappear. Honestly, that happens to me in my real life as well sometimes {unfortunately}. Does that ever happen to you? Someone you know shows "back up" at church or in your email inbox and you ask yourself, "Wow, I wonder where they have been?"

Maybe you're asking yourself that question about me? Where has Dana been? She hasn't written on her blog in a looooonnnnnggggg time. 

The truth of the matter is my Dad went to meet Jesus in June '13 and I lost any and all ability to write. The words were gone. The thought of writing something my dear ole Dad wouldn't read and respond to broke my heart. 

My Dad was my first love. He was wise. He laughed with his entire body. He gave strong hugs. He loved greatly. 

And I miss him. 

There are days when I am still overwhelmed with tears and loneliness as I ache to chat with him. I long to hear him laugh again. 

I know I'll see him again in heaven {eternity gives us such hope}. I know he would love to see me still writing. 

And since I have so many ideas swirling around inside my head - I feel compelled to share with you! There have been many changes in our lives since I have written last. 

Be on the lookout for updated pictures {I cannot believe how big my girls are now!}.

Look for articles coming soon on - 

  • Healthy Living - including some fabulous recipes that are based on a whole food diet. Gluten-free. Dairy-free. Egg-free.
  • Essential Oils - Join me as I get started down this exciting adventure with healing naturally.
  • Homeschooling - Yes, I have a 4th grader and a Kindergartner now! It is such a fun and very challenging time in our lives! I am so excited to share schooling ideas and challenges.
  • God-centered living - The most important thing about me is my God and my Savior. I am always thrilled to share God glorifying articles to enrich your thought life. 

Looking forward to hearing from you as well! 

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.
-A.W. Tozer

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Drawing a Conclusion Pt 1

I admit it. I am a documentary addict. I love to learn and it turns out there are many, many documentaries available to watch {and from all different perspectives, so I must put on my thinking cap to separate truth from propaganda}.

I also love books, especially non-fiction books that glorify our great God and encourage my walk along the narrow path.

I am about to draw a conclusion that is disturbing, but at the same time, it is full of hope because I think I see a link. I'm going to introduce each piece of the pie as evidence.

Evidence #1

This past summer, I did a book study through the book, "Six Ways to Keep the Little in Your Girl" by Dannah Gresh. In chapter 8, she is encouraging parents to unplug their kids from electronic devices. She states that the lack of imaginative play eliminates {or decreases drastically} children's self-control. One example is a child's ability to stand still.

Before all the technical gadgets, TVs and gaming devices came along, a child ages 5 and above was able to stand still for an indefinite period of time. Can you imagine that? Can your child stand still for any amount of time? Now that our children are spending hours in front of screens, they have lost the ability to focus and stand still. They cannot self-regulate.

Sound familiar? I'll bet if you are a first grade teacher, you would understand this in a big way!

Evidence #2

Stay tuned...