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  1. I never did the Experiencing God Bible Study, but I’m currently reading the Experiencing God devotional every day. Oh my – it’s amazing!!! It’s the devotional with a journal and it has a space for writing (so you can write in it and then pass it on to your kids someday). I’m also reading ‘Radical’ by David Platt (just finished ‘Something Needs to Change’) and I’ve read several Francis Chan books lately. Oh, one I highly recommend is ‘Women of the Word’ by Jen Wilkin. It’s changed my life on how I study the Bible. So many good books out there!

    1. Thank you Lori! I didn’t realize Experience God had a devotional! So cool!! Love your book list — thank you so much for sharing. Big hugs-

  2. Leonora Found says:

    Hey Monica. It’s got to be said that this is the first post I’ve read of yours where I felt real disappointment… namely because I read it first thing in the morning BST and thought ‘oh my gosh, Monica’s online. She’s having virtual coffee… live… for us all to join.’ 😂 Clearly I wasn’t thinking straight. We live in hope though! 😉 Good news is that I got over my disappointment and read on … and as always connected with every word especially the inner pull between liking so much of isolation while equally disliking the same things. The feeling has caused a lot of confusion within. In addition, having had the experience of toddler tantrums and the discovery that teen’s brains revert a bit to toddler mentality, I thought I knew it all… only to discover that the ‘pre-menopausal nearly 50 year old mother’ is prone to tantrums too – thankfully not many and hopefully not too often. I am having to revisit boundaries with our family. I have loved having them all at home but I do find myself longing for some quiet uninterrupted time in our home. Moms are the go to people for everything and sometimes I feel a bit like the Queen Bee with a gazillion bees buzzing around. Boundaries are definitely something to work on.

    Re books – a absolutely wonderful read which I know you would connect with… The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer. Take a look at if you haven’t read it.

    1. Oh you’re the best, Leonora! Thank you. I really should do something live one day, shouldn’t I? 🙂 I appreciate your honesty walking through this season — I’ve seen some of your posts and totally resonate with them! I have a feeling you’re doing better than you give yourself credit for. And I totally relate to Queen Bee — recently it seems my days have involved many unexpected sessions of somebody’s big feelings…which is sweet and special, but indeed — it can be draining too. 🙂 Boundaries are always good.
      Oh and I love John Mark Comer but have not yet read his latest book. Must get it!! Big hugs to you! XO

  3. I am sad for cancelled trips but still plan to be on the island in February. I realize homeschooling is awesome and have loved having everyone home.

    1. Oh so glad you’re enjoying homeschooling!! And yay for February! It’s always good to have things to look forward to. 😉
      Big hugs!