Thursdays will be the days that I share things that nourish our hearts, souls, and minds. The things that make us better people, better moms/sisters/wives/friends, and better leaders. This week is a very, very busy one for me work-wise in addition to being Launch Week, so today’s post is a little lighter than the others have been this week. At least I think so. You might not have even noticed the difference. (Which is why you are also not supposed to comment on the state of uncleanliness in your house – normally the guests have no clue and either don’t notice or don’t care. At least that’s what conventional wisdom says.)
Back to the topic at hand! Today I’m sharing a few resources for both categories that are my favorites of all time. These are to give you a place to start, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have any favorites in either category, I’d love to hear about. Share with me in the comments, by email, or Facebook/Twitter.
Heart & Soul
- She Reads Truth
- You know how you start out with the best of intentions when it comes to consistently reading your Bible and journaling and praying every day? And then those intentions become rapidly derailed with lack of a decent plan or outline? She Reads Truth fixes that. It gives you the reading and devotional material every day, along with journaling questions. I love it. It refreshes me better than anything I’ve found yet. And they have a gorgeous app. I don’t know what else they could do to make this resources any better. *If you don’t like or don’t use the Bible version they use on the website, a.) just read it out of your own Bible, like I do or b.) use the app, which has more than one version available for reading the Bible. As always, read with discretion and compare anything you are concerned with to what the Bible actually has to say.
- Proverbs 31 Ministries
- I don’t use their devotional material, but I do follow them on Facebook. There is normally an encouraging or thought-provoking status posted every day. With all of the negative things scrolling through your newsfeed every hour, it’s a pleasant and sometimes much needed change of pace.
- Ann Voskamp – A Holy Experience
- The author of One Thousand Gifts. I love her Friday posts which she describes as “multivitamins for your weekend.” Her writing style can be…strange, and it’s enough to really annoy some people. But if you don’t mind it, she is also very encouraging. I don’t read this every day, but I do enjoy seeing some of her Facebook statuses and reading the occasional post. Plus the emphasis on finding something to be thankful for every single day is unique and worth the reminder.
- Sacred Singleness by Leslie Ludy
- I want to start out by saying some people can’t stand the tone her books take. They sound too perfect, too starry-eyed, too soft and feminine. I get that, because I have most of her books, and sometimes it drove me crazy. But most of the time I welcomed it. And this little book was very encouraging when I went through the “I’m single and I hate it” phase. If you haven’t been single long enough to hit it, trust me, it’s coming. It helped me to embrace my singleness rather than look at it as another problem to be fixed. It helped me to move to a much better phase – “I’m single and I’m okay with it.” Give it a try.
Leadership & Self-Improvement
- Michael Hyatt
- I instantly think of Michael Hyatt anytime I stop to think of the number one resource for leaders. His posts are simple, thorough, and relatively easy to incorporate into your day to day. He posts regularly on personal development, leadership, and productivity, in addition to publishing and establishing your platform (something more applicable to the self-employed.) I recommend you read his blog, even if you don’t think you’ll ever be a leader.
- The In-Between by Jeff Goins
- His blog is really aimed at writers and creatives. It’s his books that shine. I have to stop here and admit that even though I’ve owned “Wrecked” for at least a year now, I’ve neglected to read it. I’m terrible, especially considering I loved his next book “The In-Between.” That one little book changed my entire outlook on life three years ago. Highly recommended.
- Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald
- If you struggle with time management, with being habitually late, or even simply with figuring out how to set priorities, then this is the book I recommend. It was recommended to me two or three years ago, and it helped immensely then. I personally need to revisit it now that I’m in a different phase of life. I know I could use the refresher.
- Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No – Henry Cloud and John Townsend
- I managed to grow up without a good understanding of boundaries in the adult world. Maybe it’s because I acted like the first-born in my family, and first-borns are usually people pleasers. I’m not sure, but I have a terrible time being able to say no or to enforce a personal boundary without gobs of guilt. I’d much rather be uncomfortable than make someone else uncomfortable. Sound familiar? Then you need this book. It won’t magically make you a better boundary setter. But it will give you “permission” to say no. It will show you what does and does not constitute healthy boundaries. I’m so much better at saying no now than I was two years ago. Definitely recommended for my fellow “yes people.”