Organized Chaos

Life as an Associate Pastor's wife: community, family and God

31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo September 14, 2011

Filed under: Book Reviews,Inspiration — Jessi @ 8:45 am

Have you lost your blogging mojo, or maybe you’re like me, and never had it, but wish you did? Then, 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo is just the book for you. Bryan Allain combines humor with knowledge that will help you get your mojo back on like Donkey Kong. What is that you said? You can’t possibly find an opening in your schedule to read some self-help book about blogging. No worries, it’s only 101 pages long, and part of that is the table of contents. Plus, you can read at your own pace… 31 seconds for all you speed readers out there or 31 days for the rest of us. At the end of each chapter you’ll find Today’s Mojo Action, which helps you put the knowledge that your brain just soaked up to the test. I’m not sure my review can give justice to all of the awesomeness and humor that Bryan has packed into this book so check it out. You, your blog readers and your momma will thank you. Get the pdf version here or the Kindle Edition here.

*Disclaimer – I received a free pdf of 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo to review, but it in no way, shape or form forced the outcome of my thoughts and opinions above.

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Baptism on the Beach August 31, 2011

Filed under: Inspiration,Ministry — Jessi @ 1:23 pm

Pastor Scott baptized this group of new believers. I had never been to a beach baptism... that is until this past Sunday. The setting was gorgeous and a really special moment for everyone involved. It's always a joy to celebrate with new believers and welcome them into the family...God's family.

Romans 6:4 – We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

 

Fresh-Brewed Life: A Stirring Invitation to Wake Up Your Soul by Nicole Johnson August 18, 2011

Filed under: Book Reviews,Inspiration — Jessi @ 11:09 am

Fresh-Brewed Life by Nicole Johnson is an invitation to wake up your soul in 3 major area of our lives. First to God, then to yourself and lastly to others. This book shows us areas of our lives we are sound asleep, and wakes us up from that deep dark slumber. Nicole shares her journey of living a fresh-brewed life and gives insight on how other women can have that same fullness in their lives.

This book is great for your morning time coffee/tea and devotions. It has a study-guide in the back which is great, especially if you are wanting to make this into a small group study for women. Each chapter has a journal assignment which allows you to think about the topic in that chapter and really get to the heart and soul of living a fresh-brewed life. The journaling takes you out of comfort zone and on an adventure to revive you. This book would be a great gift for any woman who wants to dive deeper into their their relationship with God, themselves and others. This could be a great mother’s day, birthday or thinking of you gift for a special lady in your life that needs a little inspiration to wake up her soul. I highly recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

For a Season March 22, 2011

Filed under: Friendship,Inspiration — Jessi @ 12:21 pm

Sunday was the official 1st day of Spring, and the sights and sounds of new life after a frigid winter have my mind spinning. In particular, I’ve been thinking a lot about new and old friendships/relationships that I have formed, and there is almost a parallel to those relationships and the changing of seasons. Some of the friendships that I have today may not be the same friendships that I had in the past or will have in the future. For someone who loves summer, I’d be happy to have nice weather all year round, but that’s not how it works. Likewise, we change…circumstances change…people change…we mature (or for some become more immature).

My question today is do you find that your friendships/relationships are ever-changing? Do you see this as positive or negative?

 

Share the Love #1 February 16, 2011

Filed under: Inspiration,Ministry,Wade Center — Jessi @ 10:23 am

This past weekend for Valentine’s Day, the small group that my husband and I lead spread a little cheer at a local retirement home. A couple of the college girls in our group got together with their friends and made homemade Valentine’s for the residents. We played Valentine’s Day Bingo and sang/played a variety of musical tunes. One of my favorite moments was when my husband Billy called out “boyfriend” as a Bingo word, and one of the ladies sitting up front asked him if he wanted to be her boyfriend. So precious! Caring for others truly is my passion. Thanks to my small group for helping make this special day happen! I hope this is the first of many opportunities we have to Share the Love of Christ to people in a tangible way.

Check out some of our pics.

 

The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV By Max Lucado February 1, 2011

Filed under: Book Reviews,Entertainment,Inspiration — Jessi @ 10:59 am

The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV Inspirational Applications for Living Your Faith by Max Lucado is exactly what the title implies. It is a Study Bible that gives practical advice about life lessons as it relates to scripture through the use of devotionals, which are written in the sidebars. Also, this Bible uses Christ Through the Bible sidebars that go along with the scripture reading for that day.

What I like about this Study Bible is that it not only gives us side notes about the passage, but it also shares life lessons through devotions. I really like that it gives a brief blurb about each book and who wrote it so that you can have an idea of the historical time line and setting. This Bible uses the NKJV, which is an understandable version, and the hardcover seems very durable. I believe this would make a great gift for those wanting to delve deeper into the Scriptures and learn how they relate to us today. One criticism that I have though is that the typeface seems a little small and very scrunched together. I would still recommend this Bible to others, especially for gifting purposes.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Musica Urbana January 27, 2011

Filed under: Entertainment,Exercise,Inspiration,Zumba — Jessi @ 3:36 pm

Recently, I started going to Zumba at my local community center with my friend. If you’ve never been and wonder what it’s like, it’s really, really intense dance-type exercise to latin/pop music or Musica Urbana, which I now listen to at home when I need cheering up. In my opinion, it is UH-Mazing! My instructor mentioned that doing Zumba for 3 hours burns about 1500 calories. Whew, now that’s a workout! That’s like a whole days worth of calories! One of my goals for 2011 is to lose 10 lbs so that’s gonna be a whole lot of zu Zu Zumba-ing. Oh, and did I mention that I have two left feet so I may just improve my rhythmically challenged self in the process.

*Funny side story –  I once slept-sang (not an actual word) in my sleep. I went to Zumba one night, and afterward, I went home and fell asleep. Bill came running in the bedroom because he heard me loudly singing some Enrique Iglesias song that I had just Zumba’d to. Did I mention I was asleep while all of this was going on?! Hence the made up word slept-sang sort of like slept-walked, but instead of walking in my sleep, I was obnoxiously singing in my sleep.