Wow, I can't believe summer is over! Where has the time gone? This summer has been insane and without going into too much detail I will say that I spent a lot of time in prayer and reading the Bible. Even though I have only blogged a few times this summer it's not because I didn't want to or that I forgot about you. In fact, it was quite the opposite. You see I have openly admitted to how I struggle with comparison. Every day it is so easy to look at other bloggers and writers sites and feeds wishing you could do the same thing. I always have been worried about making this blog "picture perfect" that I started stressing out over my posts. The passion was there but the energy and will to post became almost non-existent. I started worrying more about how it looked than the actual content itself.
The battle is not yours but God!!!! The enemy will try to sneak up on the blind side. Spiritual warfare is real my friends! I’m living in the middle of it right now. You see when you are trying to do GOD’S work you are inevitably going to be attacked by the enemy. When I chose to live my life for Jesus and be in ministry I knew all the risks I would face. I knew that the enemy would be after me. ⠀ I knew people would hate me.⠀ I knew this life would be hard.⠀ I knew I needed to be on guard. You see following Jesus is hard but totally worth it. You just need to press into Him and stay grounded in the WORD so that you are ready to stand up to this battle.
Wow! I can't believe that the last time I posted was on Memorial Day. This summer is flying by. I really hadn't intended to take this long of a break. I just wanted you to know that I hadn't forgotten about you. Truth is life has been crazy and rough. I know, you are probably thinking "here we go again". Yes, I admit that it has been my go-to phrase lately, but I'm not looking for attention or wanting you to feel sorry for me. If I am honest, sharing this part of my journey and story with you makes me feel very vulnerable. It’s scary sharing personal parts of yourself with others. Truth is God has been working and speaking into my life and I just had to share it with you. Many of you know that I struggle with chronic health issues. It’s a part of my life that I share about from time to time. Living with these health issues has taught me a lot. There are so many stages that I’ve gone through. There are so many questions that I have asked God over and over again. I’ve been sad, depressed, hurt, and angry. Questions I’ve demanded an answer that never came left me even more confused.
As we celebrate Memorial Day I wanted to take some time to reflect. ⠀ ⠀ It’s an emotional day as we remember all those who serve or have served in the military. We remember the brave men and women who gave their lives so we can be free. ⠀ ⠀ I just want to thank everyone that serves and fights for my freedom. To them and their families, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service. ⠀ ⠀ Just like we thank our armed forces we also need to thank Jesus as well. He was willing to die for us. Without His sacrifice, we’d all be lost. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice and for that, I am so thankful. Blessings, Grace Mae ❤
Today I have the honor of reviewing the CSB Women's Study Bible on the blog. Can I just get real with you? I'm just over the moon on cloud nine to be able to bring you this review. Bibles have to be one of my favorite things. I don't like to admit it but I'm pretty addicted to new Bibles. I always love stalking the Bible section at Lifeway everytime I go in so when I was given this opportunity I jumped at the chance. Please note that this is not sponsored in any way. This review is my honest opinion. I would never recommend or review anything that I didn't personally read or try out. I received this Bible free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review of it.