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"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  ~Matthew 6:33     What do you put first in your life? God says to put first things first and to seek Him first! Sounds so simple doesn’t it? Yet it’s so easy to seek our closest Starbucks and our best girlfriend first. Or maybe it’s our “To-Do List”, or maybe we even grab hold of our worries and anxieties first. What do you tend to choose first? What and who we choose to put first in our life is significant. It is so easy to numbly go through life as it everything is fine, all the while, we’re searching for something or someone who will validate our feelings and give us our worth. This week Patty and Lisa are talking about First Things First with special guest, Barbara Willis. Their conversation will go below the surface and explore such questions as:
  • Is it okay to not be okay?
  • In the midst of tragedy and loss, how can I find my way back home?
At the age of eighteen, Barbara Willis received a “call” upon her life to educate, encourage, and empower others to be all God intended them to be. Barbara serves as a Consultant for Kurt Warner’s Treasure House, a supportive living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also the Executive Director of Elevate International, which is called to provide unconventional, life-changing, world-wide ministry to transform and equip the urban community to impact culture--one youth, one family, one generation at a time. This is an encore presentation and a conversation you will find yourself leaning into as it taps into raw emotions we all feel but rarely verbalize. Barbara’s story is powerful and hope-filled.  To listen now, click here. Seeking first things first,
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”   ~ George R.R. Martin “You're never alone when you're reading a book.”   ~ Susan Wiggs Do you have a Summer Reading Plan? Summer is a great time to find yourself a relaxing, reclusive spot, either basking in the sun on a beach chair or in the shade of a tree in the mountains (we can dream!) – with your favorite beverage, comfy attire, and a good book!  Even a lawn chair in your backyard on a nice day works!  Summer is the best time for reading, allowing you to get lost in your imagination and thoughts and taking you on a journey with the characters to lands far away, or places of the heart where emotions run deep. Here’s how we usually categorize our book lists:
  • Books we want to read
  • Books we should read (recommended for our benefit)
  • Books we mean to read but there are others screaming louder for our attention
  • Books we want to reread
  • Books we have set aside for summer reading (for fun and adventure)
I (Lisa) started my summer reading with a favorite that has become a summer tradition: Gift From The Sea by Anne Murrow Lindbergh. This has been a good reading summer for me as I have experienced a variety of books, including classics like Jane Eyre and inspirational ones such as Love Does by Bob Goff. I always walk away from a book with something new to ponder or a challenge. Sometimes I like my new pondering thought and sometimes it creates tension, showing me something I need to change within myself. Books are great mentors in my life. How about you? We’d love to hear on our Girlfriendit Facebook page about a book that has captured your attention or inspired you recently – a book that you just couldn’t put down and caused sleep deprivation!  You can also tell us your favorite reading spot. Joining us this week on Girlfriendit Radio is a friend and author, Robin Lee Hatcher, who has penned many books. Robin is a winner of the Christy Award and ACFW’s Carol Award.  We’ll be talking about her latest book, The Heart’s Pursuit, a thought-provoking historical novel in which the characters embark on a life-changing journey to find forgiveness and healing.  Add this one to your reading list, and grab a girlfriend and listen in to the show! Happy Reading, Patty and Lisa
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