This month we asked for book recommendations or lyrics or any words that our panel of women read that were encouraging to them, so that we could then share with YOU.  Reading is a pastime and a privilege that many of us don’t have, if we’re raising kids, working, serving, and all of those things that women do.  However, it’s sometimes like a breath of fresh air if we can sit down and read or listen a tiny bit each day, to escape, heal or be escorted to inspiration and hope…

THIS song: "This Girl" by Lauren Daigle “There’s a God shaped hole inside of every persons heart; and if you sense that there is something empty inside of you- the reason that you continue to look for life all throughout this world and yet something can’t seem to satisfy the hole in your’s because your heart is longing for its maker, Jesus Christ.” ~Timothy Ateek

During my cancer battle of this past year, a lot of people sent me scriptures and encouraging songs.  One song stood out to me especially and gave me HOPE because it seemed to encapsulate the message of so many scriptures AND the battle I was fighting.  That song is "Something Good" by Levi Smith (Gateway Worship).  One of my favorite parts of the song says "When I'm broken and down to nothing, I know that you are always up to something good".  Whatever the reasons for walking this road, I trust God to bring something good out of the bad.  I am already seeing it.


In answer to this month’s panel question, I’m really not a reader. What I like to do and read is research so I guess you could say I spend a lot of time “googling.” I do enjoy reading the columns at A Bundle of Thyme. I also enjoy Bible studies and my husband and I just finished leading a group at our church through the book, Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. Several people in our church have done this study on their own. So whether alone or in a group this is a heart opening book to read! 

The Giver of the Stars was my book of the month choice in November and I really loved the story.  It’s about the women that started libraries by riding horseback through the woods, to deliver books to families so that they could read and learn, and be exposed to new ideas and inspiration.  However, those rides and visits were hard to complete, when many others were afraid that books were causing young minds to be open too wide, and that these “libraries” should be stopped.  The story focuses on two women who form an unlikely friendship, as they face their hard lives together. It’s a great read!



Have you read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts It’s not a new book, but it’s a stirring message – one of giving thanks in all things. The author is a farmer’s wife with seven children, and she has experienced her share of hard things in life.  You can also get the study guide to go with it.  She writes with a poetic voice and says so many heart-piercing things, you’ll definitely need to read it over and over again, as I’m hoping to do.  I want an attitude of thanksgiving to be my bridge to joy, but it takes practice…a thousand times over.


I have started really liking the magazine Real Simple.  Not sure why, but I have enjoyed reading it the past couple of months.  This magazine says it shares “good to know information” and inspiring ideas.

The book Woman has been a very impactful book for me this year. The author uses the “knowledge is power” approach to help the reader understand how we are so intricately designed and sheds light on the danger of chemical components in mainstream health and beauty products. It’s fascinating, empowering and informative! 

I don't mean to sound cliche but I have been really listening to the song “Mary Did You Know?”  The words to that song just speak to me and I don't think I ever really listened and let the words of that song sink in.  The words to me are powerful...and not just at Christmas!

These lyrics have been an anthem for me this past year! In every thing life brings - "Raise a Hallelujah!"


I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies
I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief
I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody
I raise a hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me

I'm gonna sing, in the middle of the storm
Louder and louder, you're gonna hear my praises roar
Up from the ashes, hope will arise
Death is defeated, the King is alive!

by Marcy Lytle

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