It’s been awhile since I did a Simply on Sunday post, so I thought I’d share a few of the devotionals I’ve been working through (that seems like a good Sunday topic, doesn’t it?). Also, my husband has been home for his almost-monthly visit and while I’ve been working on my fall decorating, nothing is finished because we’re spending quality time together, y’all.
I mentioned the Patriot Foundation in last week’s Day in the Life post because I was decorating fifty pins for their annual soldier appreciation dinner, and we attended that event last night. The Patriot Foundation provides scholarships for children of our fallen service members, so it’s a philanthropy that our family is very proud to support. The organization is also run by a dear friend and former neighbor of ours, so Chris always makes a point to be in town for their week of activities in September.
I feel like we’ve been cleaning up the yard all week; it was a hot mess courtesy of Hurricane Flo but there are still more pine needles and magnolia leaves that need to be picked up.
I wish I could link to my dress but it’s from the wonderful local thrift shop and food bank where I volunteer one day a week; proceeds are used to directly assist families in need in our community. So yes, my dress was a whopping $3 and I was pretty happy with that. It’s an Eliza J which is one of my favorite brands, and one that I will pay full price for when I’m not lucky enough to find one on the sale rack.
The gold sequined shoes are several years old and from White House Black Market, but they don’t carry them anymore. I did find similar ones here. Honestly, if you don’t have a pair of sequined shoes you are really missing out–I get so many compliments when I wear them!
Oh, and my husband’s outfit is courtesy of the US Army and while he shouldn’t have his hands in his pockets (seriously, it’s some strange military rule), I still think he’s styling.
Moving on to what’s in my book pile right now, here’s what I’m reading:
I do best when I scatter these books around the house, so the Max Lucado book is in my car (it’s small), the Praying the Scriptures books are upstairs by my bed, and CS Lewis and Savor are in the living room (Amy recommended Savor to me; she’s the source of most of my best ideas, of course).
Here’s a link to each of them:
These books run the gamut from a fast, light read (Everyday Blessings and Savor), to ones that require some concentration (CS Lewis–but he’s so worth it!), to more challenging but important books (Praying the Scriptures–because you don’t just read them, you pray them). If you’re not in the habit of praying for your kids, the Praying the Scriptures books actually walk you through what to pray. They come for every age and stage and they walk you through specific Bible promises for a variety of parenting challenges. For example, the teen book covers honesty, an others-centered outlook, compassion and kindness, driving, friends, drinking, and so many more relevant topics. If you’re a parent, you worry about and for your kids; that’s just the way it is. I’ve found these books bring me tremendous peace.
I hope you all have a wonderful fall Sunday–I can say that since the first official day of autumn was yesterday!–and thanks for stopping by.
Funny, as a military spouse I couldn’t get past the hand in the pocket! We are a funny but proud culture. That being said, I love the picture and always look forward to your blog.
I know, right?! Chris was enlisted before he went to school on a ROTC scholarship and he swears he does it on purpose just to see if his CSMs are paying attention. They are–when I post pictures like this on my Facebook page, at least four or five will comment something like, “Christy, you look great; but sir, hands out of pockets, please.” It’s a hoot! Thanks for the kind words, Monica!!
You and your husband are a beautiful couple. thank you both (and your children) for the sacrifices you make for us. I’m sure what we see on the blog is only the tip of the iceberg. i’m buying the book to pray the scriptures for my teens. I’ve been realizing that I need to replace worry with prayer. Thank you for the recommendation!
Thank you so much, Sue! You are correct that it’s only the tip of the iceberg (good metaphor!) since there’s no need to put our entire lives on the internet–or to bore everyone with all the details. I appreciate your very kind words; you made my day!
Please let me know what you think of the book. If you ever have nights where you wake up in the middle of the night worrying about your kids (I do), then open this up to the section that speaks to you and read and pray through it right then. I skip around based on what we’re struggling with/working on at any given point in time. I hope you love it and that it does exactly what you want it to–replace worry with prayer!
Beautiful post. Beautiful couple. Thank you for your service to our nation. We appreciate you!
That is just lovely–thank you so very much, Patty!
You’re such a nice looking couple with children included. Thank you for your service to our country, Sir, and to the family for their sacrifices.
I’m going to purchase the Praying the Scriptures for adult children since my two are already adults.
My computer wouldn’t allow me to go back up and comment on the first sentence but I wanted to say, we appreciate our military for all they do.
Nita, thanks so much for that lovely comment–it made my day! You will really enjoy the praying the scriptures book; it helps replace worry with action (prayer) and has been so comforting to me. Please let me know how you like it!