I Don’t Want The Crumbs

In my grandma’s house, on top of her piano, are old black and white pictures of her grandparents, great grandparents, cousins, etc… She has told me their names before and how I’m related to them but honestly, I couldn’t tell you if I was paid to (Sorry Nanny).
I do remember though, that whenever she talks about the people in the pictures, I can tell that they mean alot to her. Because she knew them personally, for herself, firsthand. The difference between my relationship with them, and my grandma’s reationship with them is that she knew them personally, while I just know second-hand acounts, stories, and basically just a brief overview of who they are. 


When I was first saved, I wouldn’t study the Bible for myself. My spiritual life was barely surviving on devotionals sent to my email each morning, seeing a verse against a pretty background on Instagram, and reading a cheesy, cliche, christian quote on Facebook. While those things can be good, they can’t sustain me a healthy relationship with God. 

I love to listening to John Piper’s Ask Pastor John videos on Youtube. They are short, thought provoking, and are filled with good Biblical principles that I can apply to my life. But I have noticed that instead of going and reading the Bible for myself to see what God has to show me, I will scrolll through Youtube and find a John Piper message that I feel like applies to me for that day. 

Going to church and listening to sermons is a good thing, but when you start to depend on the preacher to be your only line of communication between you and God, it isn’t so much a good thing anymore.

Whenever I tell people about Jesus, I want to speak of him like my grandma does with the pictures on her piano. I want to have a genuine care and relationship. A first hand account of my relationship with Him, not John Piper’s relationship with Him, or my pastor’s relationship with him, or even what a devotional says about my relationship with Him. I want a first hand account, personal relationship with Him. 

Psalm 119:103 “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Yes, reading daily devotions, listening to sermons, reading clever christian quotes can be a good thing. They can feed my spiritual life and sustain me. But in comparison for actually reading and studying the Bible for myself, those are just the crumbs. I don’t want to live off of the crumbs from the Bread of Life!

John 6:35 “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

So whenever I tell an unbeliever about Jesus Christ, I want them to hear it in my voice that I know Him. Not just second-hand stories, but personally know Him like my grandma knew the people in the pictures on her piano. Why settle for just the crumbs when I can open up the Bible and read what God has to say to me for the day:) 

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Best of Entertainment 2016

Here are my favorite books, movies, and music of 2016!

MOVIES

I love a funny movie. It is just so hard to find a clean one! Mom’s Night Out is now one of my top 10 movies. Even if you aren’t a mom, you will enjoy this!

This movie…. Blew. Me. Away. Wow. I don’t really know how to describe it but you just need to watch it! It’s funny, real, deep, and has an amazing ending. 

I was so excited for this movie! This is one of my favorite bible movies! It’s about a Roman centurion tryimg to prove that Jesus is dead.

I don’t own this movie (yet) but I do have a poster! I was not expecting to love this as much as I did! Now I need to read the book:)

MUSIC

This wasn’t a new album for 2016 but it was one I literally listened to almosg every day. In particular this song above

However Bizzle did release a new album this year and evem though at first I wasn’t crazy about it, I really do like it now:) 

Sevin is a newly discovered artist for me. He is a Christian rapper but he does rap about some rough topics so probably not the best for little ears. I did enjoy alot of the songs from this album this year:)

BOOKS

I have always liked Terri Blackstock but If I Run took her writing to another level. The story was so different yet amazing! The second to this series releases this year and I already pre-ordered it. If you like crime/suspense go for this book!

I have never met a Dee Henderson book I didn’t love;) Taken was a new release last year (i believe so anyways) and I was not let down! In my opinion…you can never go wrong reading a Dee Henderson book!! If you like realistic crime/police/FBI/suspense/romance genre then this is for you!

Francine Rivers is a new author that I discovered this year. I believe that there is not another author quite like her. This book made me get on my knees and praise God for saving me. True Christian fiction should be like this book. It should draw a reader closer to God and want to open up the bible.  This is basically a telling of the story of Hosea set in the 1850s.

As much as I love Redeeming Love, The Mark of the Lion series has to be my favorite from her. The first book (A Voice In The Wind) ripped my heart out and broke it into a million pieces.  The second book (The Mark of The Lion) was the continuation of the story and I finished it in a day. The third book in this series (An Echo In Darkness) was good, but it wasn’t about thr main characters and it is difficult to follow up after a story like theirs. If you like historical/biblical/romance/heroine/ fiction you will love this. If you don’t like those genres you will still love this;)

I never thought I would find an author I like as much as Dee Henderson…but I have.  Dani Pettrey is not as well known but her writing style and stories are incredible. The Alaskan Courage series was a favorite of mine but my favorite book in the series is Shattered. Hands down. If you like romance/mystery/adventure then read this series!

This book by Dee Henderson was definitely different from her usual story lines. But, I really really loved it. I will definitely be reading the second one when it releases! If you like true crime/mystery/political/small town murder/romance then read this

Once again I was really impressed with Dani Pettrey! Cold Shot was a bool tjay sat on my shelf for months before I decided to read it. It is so good! If you like crime/romance/suspense/action/history then read this

I only have this book out of this series. But Colleen Cobles Sunset Cove series took me by surprise to say the least. I had NO IDEA she could write such amazing mystery novels!!! All 3 books in this series were great! If you like mystery/suspense/crime/romance/beach life then read this series

A non fiction book that not only holds my attention all the way through but also ends up on my favorites list has to be good. Uninvites was more than good it was eye opening, funny, and relatable. 

I almost didn’t read this book because I don’t like Ted Dekker.  The Choosing is by his daughter and I assumed her writing style and plots were going to be similat to his.. They aren’t.  She is very talented and has a writing style all her own. If you like dystopian/action/romance/future america type books then read this. 

And that’s it! These were not in any particular order, and a lot were not new for 2016 but they were new to me:) I hope you found some good recommendations and if you have any favorite things from 2016 that stood out let me know!!!