Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dirty God: Jesus In The Trenches By Johnnie Moore Review

Y'all I just read an awesome book on Grace. I got it FREE from in return for my honest review. The book is called Dirty God: Jesus In The Trenches by Johnnie Moore.
The main thing that grabbed my attention was indeed the Title and the cover. Then I notice that it was written by someone I knew and have met in person. I went to LU for my freshman year of college and Johnnie Moore was the Campus Pastor. So not only did the Title and the cover peek my interest but also knowing the author. And the best part was that in my mind I could hear Johnnie's voice as if he were speaking the words write off the page.

The book like I said is about Grace. In the book Johnnie writes, "Grace is a gift of God through Jesus Christ." I love that. We do not deserve grace it is God's gift to us. Johnnie writes this, "God believes in us, and grace is his way of demonstrating it." I absolutely love that! God believes in us! And Grace (Jesus) is His way of demonstrating it to us. I could go on and on with quotes that I highlighted in my ebook (I'll leave a couple at the bottom.

This book has biblical accounts and biblical truths in it but also has Johnnies personal experiences woven into it as well. This book not only help me see that grace is a gift God gave to me but made it clear that it is my duty (and yours) to not hold that gift within us but disperse that grace to this desperate and hurting world that so needs it. One of the most moving and motivating pieces of this book (at least for me) was the 18th chapter and the afterword....not because it was the end....but because of the challenge and message that Johnnie leaves with his readers. It is as though Johnnie wrote a personal message to each of his readers in his afterword saying "Make a decision with what you will do with this book. Will you just shelf it? Or will you use it to change the world? Will you, _______________, change your lifestyle, change your mentality, change your outlook, and change this world that you live in today? Will you let the grace God gifted you overflow in you and in your life so that God will be glorified? Will you be the hands and feet of Jesus.... will you get dirty in the trenches of this world so that more people will be reach with Gods love, Gods grace, and Jesus Christ? Will you answer the call and spread a little grace to a world that is grace hungry?...." (Johnnie said this better than me).

I think this book is a great book for everyone. And anyone. I would encourage christians and non-christians to read this book and be touched by God's Grace. And I would encourage you all to answer the call in the afterword because its not about us, its about God and His people. Let us love one another and spread grace to one another forevermore.

- There is nothing you can do to make Jesus stop loving you. He chooses to reach into the mess and dirtiness of our lives to give us a past forgiven, a purpose for living, and a home in heaven.

- Grace is the word we use to describe the means by which God allows people to overcome their differences and become close again, and Jesus demonstrated this grace by touching the leper.

- of the greatest and most needed experience of a human being is to be fully known, yet fully loved and accepted. ... Meanwhile, God has broken open history and is shouting at us from heaven: "Jesus has died, he has risen, and I accept you because of his sacrifice for you. You are good now. You are saved now. Stop following all these futile paths and follow me! I can be trusted. I know you and I love you!"... He knows us fully, and He loves us just the same.

- Grace is not weak--It's meek. And the most needed kind of grace is sometimes the most difficult.

- An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, "If I have that, then I'll feel my life has meaning, then I'll know I have value, then I'll be significant and secure."

- This is how Christians should be different. We dress the same way and live in the same culture, but there's just something radically different- or at least there should be- about how we operate on the road of life. We have values and beliefs, a philosophy of life, and a motivation for doing good that are distinctly different from the world around us. We are in the world, but not of it.

- Grace is inherently radical because grace chooses to ignore what might be deserved and to dole out mercy instead.

- Our acts of compassion toward others are, in actuality, offerings of worship to God.

- Grace is generous, but it isn't free. It will always cost you something when you decide to give--whether or not you receive anything in return.

- Selfishness is the great vice that robs us of our ability to be gracious.

- He  would rather share his love with the willing few than fight to persuade the unwilling masses. Jesus, from the very beginning, came to planet Earth with a different set of values. Glory was to go where people least expected it and to love those who least deserved it. That was glorious to Jesus.

- Grace is the miracle that each of us can exercise at will in the world around us.

- ...real grace has nothing to do with what you get out of it. Real grace has everything to do with what you put into it. Real grace involves giving so that others can get more of God's goodness in this often difficult life.

I'll leave you with this awesome challenge and quotes from the book: 
God's solution is grace through us. The answer to all the problems of the world is the awakening of the people of God to care enough about those problems to actually do something about them. ...We must do everything in our power to make the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ as prevalent as possible on planet Earth. Each of us has a part to play, and each of those roles is of supreme importance. Each of us has the power to spread within our world an extra layer of the grace of God.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Influenster VoxBox Review!

Hey Loves! Do you see anything new on the sidebar??? YES I made label tabs thanks to Dana at Wonder Forest (First link is to the her youtube video and the second is to her blog please support her she is wonderful!)

Anyways, so I didn't do the vlog/post on my favorite Mary Kay product mainly because I wanted to post on my voxbox I got from Influenster...I am not sure the title of it because they forgot to send me a card with it but I am still gonna do some reviews!

Products I received:
1. Tampax Radiant Products (and a super cute bag to hold them!)
2. Green Tea Peel Off by Montagne Jennesse
3. NYC Nude Lipgloss
4. Kiss Nail Dress
5. Pink Chiffon Shower Gel from Bath & Body Works

I must confess I have already received 2 of these products: The peel off and the nude lip gloss. I love them both!

My take on the other stuff: 

The Shower Gel: Smells A-MAZING!!! It makes me feel so clean and feminine.

The Tampax Products: In the package are the following items: The cute pink bag, always radiant infinity pad, 2 tampons (a regular and a super size), 2 panty liners, and of course coupons and directions on how to use.

Because I have no nails and such sensitive nails I didn't try this product. Those it looks like a neat and fun thing to do. Also These colors are not for me. Black and gold no thank you.

I so hope you've enjoyed this and please come by tomorrow to see some of my favorite Mary Kay products! Who knows I just might do a vlog!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Redeeming Love Book Review And Honesty

So I just finished reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers....which is funny because I actually sold my copy of this book on instagram before I finished it. Thankfully the library had it.

I highly HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book! 
It is basically a retelling of the book of Hosea. More importantly it is our story! Yes, I said it your story and my story. A true love story! 

If you have never read Hosea it is a book in the Bible about a man (Hosea) who is called by God to love and marry a prostitute. Okay, Okay! Before you get excited because I just said it is your story and my story and just told you that its a story about a prostitute falling in love...Hear me out! 

See. When we were born (because we were born after the fall of man which means sin was in the world) we were dirty, sinful people. Believe me in my life I have done some of the dirtiest, ungodly, vile things. Mainly, I looked for love in all the wrong places. Let me explain if I may:

I grew up in a Christian home. Went to a Christian school. Proceeded to a Christian University (for a year). Then went to a regular community college. Along the way I went through some drama at home were I believed I was unwanted, unloved, ugly, weak, not bold, unaccepted. So I turned to the Internet specifically Myspace (which was popular at the time) and sought after boys. I had a suggestive background. Posted suggestive pictures. And wanted and needed the attention. What better way to get a guys attention then to be sexually suggestive. And the attention came from all directions. I was hooked. I started meeting local guys and really put myself in danger. One time I took my friend to a guys house who I had never met. He was x-military and when we walked in there on the table was a handgun. We sat down on the couch and this guy brought us some drinks (which we think had been drugged) but didn't know at the time. We then noticed that this guy did not like us using our cell phones. He also decided to demonstrate how to hold someone at gun point (my friend) which freaked us both out! Thankfully we managed to get out of there alive but sadly my friend had to file a restraining order on this man. I also met another local guy by myself he took me to a nice restaurant and then drove me to his house saying we would watch a movie. Little did I know he would try to have sex with me. Again praise the Lord he lived with his sister and when I ask to be taken home he agree (otherwise I would of started screaming bloody murder). I then started sexting with 2 guys one local and one in NY. The local one I really thought liked me and wanted to meet me. So, one day I text my best friend from high school and asked if she was still a virgin....she said she wasn't. So here I was 20 years old and felt like I was unwanted and unappealing. So I called the local boy who wanted to meet up who I was already sexting. One weekend when my parents were out of town I took the car and heading down to his house to meet him. He took me to a friend of his party. He got drunk but wouldn't let me drink (and I didn't want to because I hate beer). He took me back to his house and started to try to have sex with me. When I said no ! He continued. He didn't stop until I was bleeding badly. Which when he saw he was disgusted and didn't want anything to do with me. When I left he didn't utter a word. When I got home and checked my MySpace page all his comments were gone and he was no longer my friend. It was in the days that followed, no the months, that I felt alone, dirty, used up, ugly. And it was in those moments where I said to myself "why not I have nothing left to offer now." So I continued to talk to guys inappropriately until the day I met a guy on MySpace that changed everything. He is now my best friend and has been for 2.5 years. He showed me how stupid I was for doing that. He showed me that I had believed the lies others and myself told me. And he had show me how those guys I was talking to were a fantasy and only wanted to use me. Throughout the past 4 years God has been unmasking His love and healing. And y'all I think I am falling in love with Him! Yes I am falling in LOVE with God.

Y'all I know that this is my story. And this book is Sarah's story (the main character). But every time you open the Bible that is your story. Every time you are in the presence of God that is your love story. I came to Him so messed up. So broken. So dirty. So scarred. So weak. So used. So unworthy. And you know what He did? The very first thing He did? He held me. He washed me. He accepted me. He loved me.

Please don't be like me and believe a lie that put me in a bad situation. A situation that could have been a lot worse. And please don't worship idols like I did. Please. My life has been a mess but I wouldn't change it for the world because through my life God has been my stronghold. God has always been waiting for me to see Him. He has been waiting with arms wide open, already forgiven me for my offense, and is ready to love me unconditionally and without limit. I have years of lies, wounds, and scars that God is working to heal right now (hence the blog). God is unmasking His love story for me. He is captivating my heart. And I am overwhelmed with Him. Every facet of HIM. 

God loves you. If He didn't love us He wouldn't of sent Jesus. He loves you. You. You are His Beloved. You are His beautiful bride. And He is patiently waiting for you to abandon your idols, abandon your past, abandon sinful self. And surrender to His Love. Let Him consume you inside and out. Let Him heal you. Let Him unmask you. Let Him Love you! For there is NO GREATER LOVE than His. 

This book Redeeming Love will change your life. Believe me. God will speak to you if you listen. I so wish and hope that you read this book. And that God moves you. And that you visibly see His love for you. For I was a sinner. Used up and spit out. And God scooped me up and Loved me all the same.