(As a side note, any products mentioned below are not paid endorsements. Val’s Thirty-One recommendations are part of her consultant business. Everything else listed are our honest choices to improve your week!)
Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
One of my favorite verses and a cornerstone of our journey as a family. Jeremiah is also one of my favorite books in the Bible. He’s one of the guys who laid it out honestly and his words speak to anyone going through a struggle in their lives.
Book: Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
I found Donald Miller’s work at a point in my life where my faith was changing. This book details his own path of belief as a college student and his attempts to figure out this thing we call faith. Miller is an author and speaker worth following on all forms of social media. Check out his book and you will find yourself asking deeper questions of faith. You can find it here.
Kristian Stanfill is coming to your area as part of the Passion 2014 tour. If you are not familiar with the Passion worship albums, download them as soon as you can. They are filled with great music that brings you closer to God.
Website: Writing.com. When I started writing, this site was a lifeline. They provide online workshops, portfolios, critiques, and readings. You can spend hours reading work and helping other writers improve their craft. They have contests and daily writing prompts to help defeat writer’s block. It is a great introduction to the world of writing.
Family Activity: Pick your own apples.
We are nearing the time of year where local orchards are letting people pick their own apples. Most do this throughout the growing season but, in the fall, there is something special with walking down lanes of apple trees and filling a basket. Get as many as possible and pick up some fresh cider on the way out. Our boys love it and your kids will too.
Marriage Activity: Find the trails.
There is no better time of year to search out your local hiking trails. Trees are changing and the weather is moving towards more temperate days. If you’re in for a challenge, head to some steeper elevations. In our times of stress, we always loved getting outside for a walk in nature and losing ourselves to the beauty of creation.
Val’s Style Pick of the Week:
A shout-out for the guys. You can’t beat shampoo with the name Clean Brew. Redken makes quality products for men and this is one of the more popular selections.
Val’s Bag of the Week:
The Oh-Snap Bin. These are great for storage and include snaps on the side where multiple bins can be joined together. They are only $10.00. Trust me, you can never have enough storage! You can find them here. You can find other specials for September and the entire new catalog for the month at Val’s personal Thirty-One site.