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15 Ways to Care for Your Soul

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This was created by Nicki Koziarz, the author of Why Me? Proverbs 31 Ministries is starting an Online Bible Study over the book today. The study goes from April 9-May 18. You can sign up here. Here’s the blurb for the book and the focus of the study: Nicki Koziarz uncovers six truths we need to hear when trying to measure up leaves you falling behind. Because truth, like always, will set us free. And free women don’t have to measure up to anybody. Not even her.

Ladies, I’m betting you need this truth in your life.

Guys, tell your girlfriend, wife, mom, sister, or any other woman in your life.

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Second Chance

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Hello, everyone! I don’t think I’ve ever told you before, but I wrote another book! I finished my second book, Second Chance, back in January. I haven’t told you all about it yet because I didn’t think it made much sense to promote a secular book on a Christian blog. Don’t get me wrong, the book is not inappropriate. It’s just not inherently religious. Let me tell you a little bit about it. Anyone can tell you to read their book, but not everyone will tell you why you should. But that’s what I’m going to do.

This book was a labor of love for me. It took me about a year to write it, and I loved every minute of it, but it was hard work. It made it a bit easier that the book is based on my life. The main character, Bella, is based on me, and the other characters on my friends and family. Bella is who I might become if a certain event occurs in the future. For now, I get to live vicariously through her. The book is written from what I consider a unique perspective. Even though I am a girl, the story is told through a guy’s point of view: Logan’s, the other main character. You might find it interesting to see a girl’s idea of what goes on in a guy’s head.

This being a romance novel, you may be inclined to believe that it is cliché. I’d like to think that isn’t the case. Whenever I wrote something that could’ve been seen as cliché, I usually changed it because I try to avoid clichés like the plague (yeah, it’s an old pun, but it’s still a good one). Besides the main plot of a romance developing between Logan and Bella, there are a couple subplots. That way you get a break from all the lovey-dovey stuff.

Logan is breaking into the architecture business and he has quite a few interesting, and even humorous, experiences. Both in Logan’s job and his romance with Bella, things aren’t all rainbows and sunshine. I tried my best to keep it real. People appreciate honesty, after all. But don’t worry, no one dies. If you’re still reading, that means you aren’t completely opposed to the idea of reading my book. Yay!

If you’ll stick around for a little longer, I’ll give you a summary to help you make up your mind. Here it is: “When Bella was a young girl she fell in love with her brother’s best friend, Logan. She loved him for seven years, but her love was unrequited. Seven years after they last saw each other, Logan shows up on her doorstep hoping for a second chance. Bella locks him out, then lets him in. Things begin to change for them as she begins to trust him again. They start off as friends then, after facing some complications, Logan breaks down the walls around her heart and she gives him a second chance with it. Opposition meets them wherever they go, but they fight it together. As Logan struggles to find his place in the business world, Bella begins struggling to find her place with Logan. The relationship is far from perfect, but it’s definitely worth it. Logan and Bella grow in their love for one another and, with a little help from friends and family, end up where Bella always dreamed they would.”

Okay, so if you think you want to check it out, I should probably tell you where you can find it. Well, if you head on over to Barnes & Noble…Just kidding! Unfortunately, it is yet to be published. You can, however, find it on Wattpad, a story sharing website that also has a mobile app. All you have to do is create an account and then you can get started reading. If you like to read on your phone, you can download the app.

Most of the chapters are pretty bite-sized, so you can read them whenever you have a few free moments. You’ll find that Wattpad’s app is very user-friendly and you can change the settings so the font, font size, font color, page color, and more are just the way you like them. And if you’ve had a long day and just want to relax for a while and read, switch it into night mode and then turn on automatic scrolling at the speed you want so you don’t even have to do any work.

If you have something you’d like to say about something you read, just leave a comment! At the end of each chapter you can vote if you liked what you read. All this being said, it’s totally up to you whether or not you read the book, or even give it a chance. If romance really isn’t your thing, that’s totally fine. There’s no book that everyone likes. But if you start reading and you do like it, I encourage you to keep reading at your own pace.

You don’t have to comment or tell me if you’ve started reading it, but I’d appreciate if you did. It would be a nice self-esteem boost for this aspiring author. If you read this whole thing, which may seem longer to me than it actually is because it took me so long to type it, then I want to thank you. I had almost given up on trying to get more people to read my book, but then I thought of you guys and how you are, for some reason, interested enough in what I have to say to follow me. So I hope you like my book as much as you like my posts. But, even if you don’t, stick around here because I’ll continue to occasionally post good stuff. I’m thankful for every single one of you. God bless!

Find Second Chance here!

 

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DONE!!!!

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After about two years of hard work and struggling to avoid life’s many distractions, I’ve finally finished my book! My work is done for now. All I have to do is pray that God will bring me the publisher that He has for me. After that, things will get fun! Editing, and getting the cover designed, and working with professionals, and getting paid. Above all, though, I cannot wait for the world to get to read my novel that I wrote in hopes of winning hearts for God.

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God Thinks You’re Wonderful! A collection of encouraging thoughts from the published works of Max Lucado

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God is fond of you…If he had a wallet, your photo would be in it. If he had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, he’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and he chose your heart. Face it, friend. He’s crazy about you. By the way, it may be difficult for you to believe that God knows your name…but he does. Written on his hand. Spoken by his mouth. Whispered by his lips. Your name. Our hearts are not large enough to contain the blessings that God wants to give. So try this. The next time a sunrise steals your breath…or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless…remain that way. Say nothing and listen as heaven whispers, “Do you like it? I did it just for you.” If we give gifts to show our love, how much more would he? He could have left the world flat and gray…but he didn’t. He splashed orange in the sunrise…and cast the sky in blue. And if you love to see geese as they gather, chances are you’ll see that too. Did he have to make the squirrel’s tail furry? Was he obliged to make the birds sing? And the funny way that chickens scurry…or the majesty of thunder when it rings? Why give a flower fragrance? Why give food its taste? Could it be he loves to see that look upon your face? So promise me you’ll never forget…that you are not an accident or an incident…you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were knit together. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth…by the Master Crafts-Man. He thinks you are the best thing to come down the pike in quite a while. Turn to the sidelines; that’s God cheering your run. Look past the finish line; that’s God applauding your steps. God is for you. Had he a calendar, your birthday would be circled. If he drove a car, your name would be on his bumper. If there’s a tree in heaven, he’s carved your name in the bark. Maybe you don’t want to trouble God with your hurts. But “he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). He is waiting for you, to embrace you whether you succeed or fail. Your heavenly Father is very fond of you and only wants to share his love with you. Untethered by time, God sees us all. Vagabonds and ragamuffins all, he saw us before we were born. And he loves what he sees. Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, “You are my child. I love you dearly. I’m aware that someday you’ll turn from me and walk away. But I want you to know, I’ve already provided a way back.” You have captured the heart of God. He cannot bear to live without you. God’s dream is to make you right with him. And the path to the cross tells us exactly how far God will go to call us back. “Can anything make me stop loving you?” God asks. “You wonder how long my love will last? Watch me speak your language, sleep on your earth, and feel your hurts. Find your answer on a splintered cross, on a craggy hill. That’s how much I love you.” God does more than forgive our mistakes; he removes them! We simply have to take them to him. You can talk to God because God listens. Let a tear appear on your cheek, and he is there to wipe it. He has sent his angels to care for you, his Holy spirit to dwell in you…his church to encourage you, and his word to guide you. As much as you want to see him, he wants to see you more. If you want to touch God’s heart, use the name he loves to hear. Call him “Father.” He thinks you’re wonderful.