Friday, April 11, 2014

33 Questions to Ask Your Heart

33 Questions is A digital booklet written by my encouraging and inspiring friend, Ashley. It is filled with thirty three power packed questions to empower you to have honest and soul stirring conversation with your own heart. In our hyper-connected culture, there is insane value in learning how to connect with the one person we're with all the time, ourselves.

I started going through this book recently, and really asking myself some of these challenging and thought provoking questions. I have to be honest with you friends. I didn't really know how to answer the "What Sets My Heart on Fire." ...I honestly am still working through that right now, and working through what it means to be that passionate about something.

Another question I am working through is "What gives me life?" And "What takes the life from me?" Because I think its important to know these things about ourselves. Its important to know what fills us up and brings us joy. Peace is such an elusive thing sometimes, I've found that its important to identify what gives me life so I can be sure to care for myself by doing those things.

But I also realized something else going through this book. Somethings, they might be draining me, but that doesn't mean that I get a free pass and don't have to do them, ever. God doesn't always call us to do the easy thing, to be comfortable and pursue our own interests and desires 100% of the time. Sometimes, he calls me to love on my friends or youth students when my introvert tendencies are tempting me to just sit in my own little house all by myself and enjoy my alone time. Sometimes, cooking dinner after work is the most draining thing for me after work, but its a way for me to love my husband well. Sometimes I honestly think that running sounds like the worst thing ever, but I feel refreshed and renewed when I am done.

I am still working through this amazing book-but so far what has stood out to me the most is the importance of B-A-L-A-N-C-E. It is crucial and necessary for me to spend time resting and loving myself by doing things that fill me up. I absolutely need to make that a priority. But I also can't live in my own little world, caring only about my desires and my preferences. Oh, how quick my selfish tendencies want to come out to play. There's no right or wrong here-it is just about finding a balance between resting and loving myself and loving others. Its about staying close to God's loving voice so when he prompts us with a nudge, a whisper, or a thought that can only be from Him, we immediately act.

The author of this book is my friend, Ashley. She writes an incredible blog that leaves me saying "YES! Me too!" and feeling so encouraged daily.  Ashley is so encouraging and genuinely cares for her blog readers. She has randomly reached out to me and offered words that encouraged me and prayers that I desperately needed. This girl is an absolute gem.I had a hard time picking my favorite posts of hers because I LOVE all of them, so if I were you, I'd go check out  her entire blog. Also, You can download her wonderful E-Book for free by signing up to get her weekly newsletter. Trust me, you will want this newsletter if you need some encouragement, truth, wisdom and hope in your life.

My top 3 favorite posts from Bright and Gutsy:

-When Adulthood Isn't What We Thought It Would Be (because its not...)
-25 Ways to Have The Best Day Ever
-3 Truths to Help You Rest Well (I needed this one, like woah.)

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