Why It Matters That Jesus Is Eternal

Monday, March 19, 2018 No comments

"The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:23-25 (ESV)

Have you ever thought about the ever-lasting nature of Jesus? Have you ever wondered if it matters that Jesus will live forever? Honestly, I hadn't thought too much about it. I mean, I knew that Jesus had to rise from the dead and defeat death, but I've never pondered whether or not it mattered that He will never die now that He has defeated death. I mean, couldn't God the Father live on and that be enough?

The short answer is no, that wouldn't be enough. Jesus is God. And God cannot be eternally destroyed.

Furthermore, according to Hebrews 7, Jesus' immortality is a huge factor in our salvation and in our ability to come to God with confidence. I'm sure if someone had asked me if it mattered that Jesus is eternal, I probably would have said "yes". But until Bible study this week, I wouldn't have been able to tell them why I thought that.

Thankfully though, this passage taught me the "why" I didn't know before, and hopefully it will encourage you too!

Does it matter that Jesus is eternal? As our High Priest and our Intercessor, it does. Here's why... | #faith #Christianity #eternity

Jesus' Divinity Prevails

Jesus is both 100% human and 100% God. Since he was human, he went through the same tests, trials, and experiences that we go through today. But since He is also fully God (and is connected to God the Father in a way that is inseparable), He couldn't be obliterated. Yes, He certainly died on the cross, but after defeating death there by rising again, He will now never die again. He won. His divinity prevailed and always will prevail. After all, a god who is destructible isn't much of a god at all.

We Need a Constant Intercessor

If we get really honest with ourselves, we will find that we don't just sin occasionally- we sin constantly. Even the "best" Christians have daily struggles with something. Whether it be pride, selfishness, impure motives, jealously, or whatever else you can think of, every Christian struggles with one thing or another. We all suffer from the frailness of humanity.

But Jesus, the only human to never sin, came in and changed everything. And because He is our ever-lasting High Priest, He intercedes for us forever. Whereas in the Old Testament, the human high priests would eventually die of old age, and would have to be replaced by someone else, we never have to worry about who will help us next time, because we know it will always be Jesus.

We don't have to worry about whether or not the new priest is going to do a good job. We don't have to worry about how long the new priest might live. Our High Priest is the exalted Son of God, and He lives on forever.

His eternal nature (along with the promise that He made to us) ensures that He will be our constant intercessor, so that we can always approach God with confidence.

We Want Him "In Office"

In politics, it isn't always a good thing to have no term limits, because if someone gets into office who is terrible at their job, but they keep getting voted back in because of their connections, it can cause a lot of issues. Thankfully though, since Jesus is both God and eternal, we can rest assured that not only will Jesus be our intercessor forever, but that He will do the job perfectly.

Jesus being a priest was never something I really reflected on until starting this Bible study. Savior? Yes. Lord? Yes. Lion and Lamb? Yes. But I am discovering that His priesthood is actually incredibly important as well. Without it, there would be a component missing that was prophesied about long before Jesus came to earth. And without Jesus' eternal nature, His priesthood wouldn't last. But God had already thought that one through, and He made sure that we had exactly what we needed. He gave us an eternal intercessor who will never leave His office.

Question: Have you ever thought about the importance of Jesus' eternal nature? What does this change (if anything) about your view of Jesus? 

Jesus is eternal- meaning He will live forever. This truth has a big impact on our salvation and our ability to trust Jesus completely. Find out why by reading the full post. | #faith #Christianity

5 Ways to Fight Loneliness As An Extrovert

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 No comments

I am a person who needs a lot of down-time. I've always been pretty low-energy, and having time to rest and lounge has always been critical to my sanity. However, having said that, I'm still definitely an extrovert overall. I need interaction with humans on a weekly basis (ones with the ability to have a conversation, unlike the infant I care for). When I don't stay connected with people, I become extremely lonely and struggle more with depression. But ever since we moved to Charlotte two and a half years ago, loneliness has been a pretty big part of my life, and something I have had to work hard to fight against.

The hubby and I have completely different work schedules, which means that we are rarely home at the same times. I have struggled to make many friends, which has been sort of a blow to the ego since I am usually a social butterfly. And then even the awesome friends that I have made are super busy too, so I don't really get to see them either. It's not anyone's fault; it's just part of adulting. But honestly, knowing that fact didn't change my outlook.

I've spent more time than I care to admit pouting that I'm lonely and that "no one wants to spend time with me". But that got me nowhere, because I was pouting over something that wasn't even true, and spending more time thinking about my loneliness than I was trying to change my situation.

God has provided me with more opportunities to be surrounded by godly friends lately, and I am very thankful for that. But if I get real with myself, some of the opportunities were already there, and I was just choosing to stay in my funk instead of paying attention to ways to fight the loneliness. Because there are always going to be ways to fight it, and there will also always be opportunities to choose to pout about how our "extroverted needs" aren't being met. We need to choose wisely and make sure we are doing our part in fighting our struggles.
So today, join me as I explore 5 ways that extroverts can fight loneliness.

5 Ways to Fight Loneliness as an Extrovert | #Loneliness #Extrovert #Faith

Be Open to Multiple Friendships

When I meet someone who I feel that I could be really good friends with, I'm pretty good about pursuing community with them. I invite them places, ask them how they are doing, and just stay in contact. But sometimes, I end up pursuing a friendship with that one person, without realizing that I could actually be pursuing several friendships at once.

That one friend can't go to lunch? Then why not see if someone else you'd like to get to know better can go instead. Your closest friend had to cancel plans? Then try asking the new woman at work if she'd like to grab coffee with you. There's no reason to ignore opportunities for friendship (and for encouraging others) simply because your plans with someone else didn't pan out.

Don't Assume It's About You

I've experienced a lot of cancelled plans in the last couple of years. I've had multiple people just forget that we had plans or double-book themselves and have to cancel on me because of it. And truthfully, it makes me feel like a loser, and like I'm easily forgotten. And while it's true that sometimes people just aren't going to like me or jive with me, I also know that I tend to assume the worst when people don't end up hanging out with me.

But guess what: life isn't all about Kristin Cook. Nor is it all about you. People have lots going on in their lives, just like I have plenty going on in mine. Cancelled or forgotten plans could be caused by so many different factors.

So if you are like me, remember that just because someone can't hang out with you doesn't mean they don't like you. They may be struggling emotionally, going through hard family times, not feeling well, or are so tired they can't see straight. Give grace to them and know that they probably had a good reason for cancelling on you. Most of the time, it's probably not about us- we just make it into that with our worrying.

Join a Bible Study (or Two)

The best thing I've done since moving to Charlotte is that I joined a women's Bible study at my husband's seminary. It has been both spiritually and relationally enriching. I have found myself less lonely during the time I've been attending and I have met some genuinely amazing women through it.

Then on top of that, we have also been trying to become a little more involved with our community group from church, and that has been an encouragement too.

Obviously, not all Bible studies are the same, and you do have to be wise in what you choose, since some are far more focused on Jesus than others. However, getting involved in a Bible study has not only been feeding my need for diving into God's word more, but it has also brought me the community and interaction that my extroverted heart has been longing for.

Click here to watch the Hebrews Bible study I attend. It's truly fantastic!

Welcome People Into Your Home

Some people don't really have the ability to invite you over to their home, nor do they have the budget to go out and do something. That means that the only other location is at your house. But most people feel impolite inviting themselves over to someone's home, so they just don't initiate any sort of interaction.

That means that the ball is in your court. Invite people to your home. Let them know that they are welcomed and loved. And don't fall into the trap of believing that your house has to look perfect before someone can come over. Hospitality isn't about your house looking like the picture-perfect Joanna Gaines home. It's about kindness, serving others, welcoming others into your space, and loving them well.

Be Joyful and Patient In Dry Seasons

Sometimes, we need to be lonely. Sometimes, God allows us to feel alone so that we will realize that He knows what it's like to feel lonely AND that HE is enough to break through the loneliness we are feeling. It's very unlikely that the loneliness will last forever, but we do still need to accept that God really is enough- even for the extrovert.

At the end of the day, we have to trust Him and His timing, knowing that He will bring people into our lives that He knows we need. He created us for community, and He will typically provide that for us in his perfect timing. But we were also made for Him, and He is always there. Only He can fill the loneliness in our hearts, and He will do so as we seek Him.

In short, fighting loneliness as an extrovert (or for anyone, really), is about being proactive. Self-pity and pouting don't work. Waiting for everyone to come to you is silly and unrealistic. Trust God and be patient in your dry and lonely seasons, while still looking for opportunities to be proactive.

Have you gone through times of loneliness? How did you shake it off? Or are you still trying to figure out how to fight it? Comment below. And remember, you are loved!

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3 Ways to Live a Life Defined By God's Promises

Friday, March 9, 2018 No comments

When I read the Bible, there are some things that stick out to me as "the big topics" and then other details that I skip right over because they seem insignificant. But sometimes the small things can speak to us more than we expected, and that's exactly what happened to me when a sweet friend pointed out a verse about God's promises that I would have just skipped right over; a verse that tells us more about what should define us as believers.

Growing up, I was always taught that God's promises were for me and for all his children. I was taught to take hold of the promises for myself. I was taught to remember those promises when times were tough. And all of this was true, and I'm thankful that I was taught that concept. But what I didn't ever realize, was that as a Christian, I was also someone who possessed a treasure that needed to be tended to. I didn't understand that what defined me more than anything was the fact that I possessed these promises- that they were mine.

Honestly, Hebrews 7 (the chapter we were studying together) isn't about Abraham or being a "keeper of the promises". The chapter is actually about a priest in the Old Testament that pointed to Jesus in the New Testament. And while that's all very interesting, like I said, this is more about a very minor detail that a friend pointed out to me. It's a side point. But I think it's one that needs highlighting.

In Hebrews 7:6, the author mentions Abraham and names him "the one who had the promises". Easy to skip over, right? I certainly would have. But my friend pointed out to me that this descriptor of Abraham was such a special one. Abraham was many things. He was a Hebrew, he was the father of many nations. He was a husband, a dad, a leader, and a very important figure to the Jewish people. But the author (and more importantly, God) chose to label Abraham as "the one who had the promises". In other words, he was the keeper of God's promises. He possessed them. They were his. He was defined by God and the promises that God had made to him. 

That got me thinking: what do people know me by? How would people describe me? Sure, I'm a woman. I'm a wife. I'm a daughter. I'm a sister, niece, cousin, friend, and dog-mom. But none of those things matter nearly as much as the truth that I have a special treasure that I can share with the world. And at the end of the day, I want people to know me as a faithful keeper of God's promises more than anything else. 

My friend and I were so struck by this! Would people ever look at our lives and define us as "those who hold God's promises"? Are we faithful keepers of the promise? Do we live them out in our daily lives? Plus, what does it even mean to be a keeper of God's promises, and how can we succeed at doing that? Keep reading to find out.

Do you live as one who possesses the promises of God? Did you know that even Abraham was described and defined by the promises of God that he had in his life? Find out more at The Peculiar Treasure! #Biblestudy #faith #Christianity

Stay Familiar with Them

In order to live a life in which we are defined by the promises of God, we need to familiarize ourselves with God's truths: His saving grace, His commandments, His Protection, and His gifts. He promises us so many things in His word, but if we don't even know what His word says about us and about what He promises us, then how can we live our lives in light of those promises?

Staying in God's word and increasing our biblical knowledge is critical to living a life in which we can truly say that we have been faithful "keepers of the promises".

Live It Out

What do people see when they look at our lives? Do they see love, joy, peace, patience, and self-control? Or do they see frown lines, worry, anger, and lots of stress? We all go through hard things, but we can always choose to live with joy and gladness because of the promise of salvation and love we have received from God.

Of course it won't be easy. But friends, a faithful keeper of the promises trusts God even when things are hard. Abraham, as "the one who had the promises", was not perfect. He struggled with sin and he made mistakes. But he persevered, held on to what he knew to be true, and lived out the truths of God despite life's uncertainty.

Share with Others

Being a keeper of the promises or "the one who has the promises" means that we have a hope that should not be kept to ourselves. Part of possessing the promises of God and living a life defined by those promises means sharing them with others. We have something special- incredible, really- and our heart should be that others become "keepers of the promises" too. We should want everyone we know to live a life defined by God's promises and to join us as "the one's who have the promises". To accomplish this, we need to share what we've been given. We can't be stingy, nor should we want to be.

Just like Abraham possessed God's promises in the Old Testament, I am a keeper of God's promises. All of us who are in Christ are "the ones who have the promises". Know them, grab onto them, live them out, and share them with others.

This post is part of the Blogging Through the Bible series and linkup, which you can find over at The Speckled Goat. I love being a part of this and would encourage you to check it out!

Are You Willing to Persevere for Jesus?

Friday, February 23, 2018 No comments

Have you ever read Hebrews 6? I had a long time ago, but it had been a while until Bible study this week. And this passage is HEAVY, y'all! I'm talkin' an elephant-sized amount of heavy! Because reading about apostasy two weeks in a row, and discussing how people can see Jesus, hear His word, but in the end decide to reject it, it's just hard. But it's written so that we will persevere. In fact, that's one of the main reasons the book of Hebrews was written- to encourage us to persevere for Jesus and not give up.

The thing about apostasy is, no one ever thinks it's going to be them that turns their back on Jesus. Sometimes, people are blind to their own rejection of the faith, because they've invented a false version of Jesus that they follow until the day they die (in other words, "Christian" false teachers). 

My Bible study leader pointed out that even in the case of Judas, everyone thought that he was a true follower. When Jesus told His disciples that one of them would betray Him, no one said, "Well it's pretty obvious that it's going to be Judas. We've been seeing signs for months". On the contrary, the disciples started worrying and asking Jesus, "Is it me, Lord?" (Mark 14:19).

But the thing we need to realize is, apostasy can be avoided. That's the whole reason the author of Hebrews took the time to warn his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. He knew that a warning like this- one full of hard truths- would encourage them to persevere until the end. Because the Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. And the truth of the matter is that we just need to finish the race.

Most of you have probably heard by now that Billy Graham passed away. And when we talk about perseverance, Reverend Graham definitely fits into the category of someone who ran a long, hard, and fulfilling race for Jesus, and now he has finally entered his true home.

There's a lot about Billy Graham's life that I hope to emulate in my own. I want to share Jesus with others in a way that speaks to their hearts. I want to glorify God until the day I die, no matter what I go through before I get there.

But persevering doesn't mean we all have to be preachers or missionaries. Perseverance simply means running a faithful race for Jesus through the ups and downs, the fruitful seasons and the fruitless seasons. Persevering for Jesus means that even when we feel like we can barely hang on, we hang on anyway, trusting God to keep us.

But how do we do this practically? How can we make sure we persevere until the end? How do we make sure we don't give up?

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"And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." -Hebrews 6:11-12 (ESV)

Stay in Scripture

God tells us that His word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12), and that it is useful for correcting us and training us in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Something that powerful has the ability to shape us and renew our minds (Romans 12:2). It's no wonder that God tells us to write His word on our hearts (Deut. 11:18).

 Pray, Pray, and Pray Some More

God tells us to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:16-18). He tells us to bring all of our requests to Him (Philippians 4:6). And so that we have a good example to go by, He even tells us how to pray (Matt. 6:9-13). He doesn't expect that we always pray the same things or the same way, but He asks that we come to Him, trust Him, and commune with Him. And as we commune with Him, He will strengthen us with patience and endurance (Col. 1:11-12).

Seek Godly People

Whether we like to admit it or not, there's always power in community and accountability. The more we surround ourselves with people who love God, and who encourage us to seek Him and love Him more, the easier it will be for us to persevere until the end. People who do not surround themselves with wise and godly believers will tend to have a harder time persevering when the going gets tough. (Proverbs 11:14).

Unsure of where to find these godly people? Start by getting involved in a solid, humble, and Bible-believing church. From there you can meet Christian friends, get plugged into small groups, and find areas to serve (which also helps you meet people). Trust me, even the hard-core introvert needs godly people in their lives.

Persevering until the end is not easy. In fact, just like a marathon runner has to discipline themselves and train in order to finish the race, we also will have to discipline ourselves to take the steps necessary to finish the race. We can't just pray a prayer asking for salvation and then assume that we will make it until the end with no extra effort. No, we need the strength of God to carry on. Thankfully, He'll give it. We just need to keep seeking after Him!

3 Steps to Help You Avoid Abandoning the Faith. #Faith #Jesus #Christianity

Natural DIY Pain Cream for Chronic Joint and Muscle Pain

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 No comments

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and I am not giving medical advice in this post. I am simply sharing my journey with chronic pain, and the natural, DIY salve that's helped me with my joint and muscle pain. Always consult your doctor if you are unsure about proper treatment. 


When I was in high school, I played basketball. It was my favorite thing to do with my time and I was totally convinced I was going to play in college. But an injury I had had for a long while was getting worse, and at 18 years old, it was becoming clear that my body was already tired of all the practices and games. I had already been diagnosed with arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis in my left hip, and things weren't getting any easier as I also had bursts of pain from my sciatic nerve.

Flash forward 9 years, and here we are. I don't talk a lot about my pain on the blog, and honestly, I never even knew I fit into the "chronic pain" category until a year or two ago. But it's true that I do, in fact, fit in there. There are days where I can't work on my blog because I cannot sit without pain. Those days don't come very often, and I am thankful, but they are still frustrating, especially since those days could show up at any time.

Twice in the last 4 years, my hip and back have completely locked up, rendering me bedridden. I had to be helped to the bathroom, and I couldn't just go into the kitchen to grab food if my husband was at work. It's miserable, painful, and a huge pain in the butt.

Fortunately, most of the time my pain is manageable. I am able to go for walks and do other fun things as long as I pace myself. I take a few Ibuprofen most days, and that's enough to ward off the major pain. About once a year, I get a steroid shot which helps too.

Overall, I'm truly, honestly fine. But there are days when I just don't want to take Ibuprofen because I don't want to take too many for my body to process. And there are days when I did take Ibuprofen, but it doesn't work as well. On those days, I need something more to help me get through. And recently, I learned how to make my own, natural pain salve for joint and muscle pain. Is it a cure-all? No. But is it a nice relief that helps me manage pain? Absolutely!

Natural, DIY Pain Cream for Chronic Muscle and Joint Pain. #chronicpain #essentialoils

I love modern medicine, and I think it has done wonders, but I also really appreciate any time I don't have to use an excess of it. And since I already take Ibuprofen frequently, I wanted to use something for my hip that was completely natural whenever possible.

Since my friend was selling essential oils and I was enjoying using them periodically, I decided to try mixing the oils into a pain salve. It was really simple and quick to do, and the salve goes a long way.


A GLASS jar (do not use plastic as it will mess up the essential oils)

1.5 Cups Coconut Oil (NOT the liquid, cooking kind)

15 Drops Peppermint Oil

15 Drops Lavender Oil

10 Drops Lemongrass Oil (optional)

*Lemongrass does add an extra boost of help with pain, but I'm not going to lie. I add it to the mix because it makes it smell like Fruit Loops 😁


Put coconut oil and essential oils into a glass bowl. Use a fork to whip together until smooth. This takes about three minutes at most. Make sure you are not using plastic in any of this process as plastic breaks down the oils and messes them up. Once everything is mixed together, add it to your glass jar and store in a cool, dark space.


This pain cream goes a long way. On my hip, I use the equivalent of two quarters in size, but that covers my hip and part of my lower back (and I am not the smallest person in the world. haha). So, to start, use about a quarter-sized (or smaller) dab of cream and rub really well into the area where the pain is. Use when needed. Give your body a day or so of using the oils. Sometimes there is an adjustment period.

If you are dealing with chronic pain, you might want to try this natural salve. It won't make everything magically right, but I do find it helpful for pain-management. Again, consult your doctor with any questions you may have. I am not a doctor, I just know what has helped me.

And if you do not have chronic pain, but you are someone who has sore-muscles from your workouts or your job, this salve could also benefit you.

What methods do you use to deal with pain? Comment below.

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4 Things That Keep Christians from Growing

Friday, February 16, 2018 No comments

This post is the third installment of my Hebrews series for the Blogging Through The Bible Linkup. Come see the other posts and join in!


The book of Hebrews is quickly becoming one of my favorites through the Bible study I've been attending. It's been eye-opening on so many levels, and it has been helping me grow in my faith, which is, of course, the goal. And one thing I didn't put together before this Bible study, is that the whole book of Hebrews is being written as a warning to those listening. The author has been made aware that though the audience is Christian, they have been considering going back to Judaism. But the author of Hebrews writes them to encourage them to hold fast, and to remember that Jesus is better than anything else. He wants to see them grow in their faith- not abandon it.

We see this theme in several different ways through the first five chapters of Hebrews, but the most prominent display of the author's warnings come in Hebrews chapters 5 and 6. These chapters deal with the theme of apostasy (the act of abandoning the Christian faith), and how the author is becoming concerned for the one's he is writing to, as he is noticing some worrisome signs.

For today, we are going to tackle Hebrews 5:11-14, which is all about what keeps Christians from growing in their faith. And as we dig in, let's remember that these warning are for us just as much as it was for the audience of Hebrews. God uses these types of warnings to keep us on track.

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"About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." Hebrews 5:11-14 (ESV)


The author of Hebrews makes the comment that it's hard to explain these truths to those he is addressing, because they have become "dull of hearing" (verse 11). In this verse, the word "dull" can also mean "lazy" or "numb". In other words, when they heard the truths of God, they were basically just like, "Yeah, yeah. I've got this. I already know truth".

Have you ever felt that way? I know I have. In fact, it happens a lot at church. I'll zone out during a sermon and comfort myself with the fact that I already know the truth. But we should never become lazy about hearing truth, and we should never desensitize ourselves to the message of God. Being lazy of hearing is a great way to stop growing.


The writer of Hebrews has also noticed that his audience has been in a cycle of learning a biblical truth but then quickly "forgetting" what they've learned and having to relearn it all over again (verse 12).

For any parents reading this, think about how it feels when you teach your child something. Do you ever get frustrated when your child acts as if they've never been taught in that area before? Because at that point, instead of getting to build upon what you've already taught them, and instead of getting to teach them even bigger and better things, you find yourself having to go back and reteach the same principle over again.

That's exactly what was going on in these verses, and that's what the author was feeling so frustrated with. He felt that they should be at a point spiritually where they could be teaching and helping others, but instead, here they were, staying stagnant and needing to be retaught themselves.

Unskilled (in God's word)

Part of the reason that the audience of Hebrews was so forgetful with what they had learned, is because they were not staying in God's word. The author uses the term "unskilled", which basically meant that their understanding of it was weak, and they didn't know nearly as much about it as they should (verse 13).

As Christians, we know that we aren't going to grow in our walk with God if we don't dig in to scripture. And we are also going to be unskilled (ie unlearned) in it's truths until we decide to change that.

Lacking Discernment

The last thing that the author of Hebrews addresses in this passage is the fact that the audience is lacking in discernment (verse 14). He directly ties this to the fact that they are unskilled in God's word, and that this lack of discernment makes it way harder for them to tell the difference between good and evil.

The thing about not being able to discern good from evil is that it will cause us to make really poor choices. And despite the fact that these poor choices may be unintentional, they will still end up taking us down a winding road of confusion and sin.

The author was concerned by this. He obviously didn't want to see these people end up falling into that life, and he knew that if they did, they would not grow in their faith.

The Remedy

The thing about it is, the author wanted the audience to understand that the remedy for all of this was to dive head-first into their relationship with God. He knew that they were capable of turning things around and he knew they were capable of growing in their faith.

He knew that if they would start really listening to what God was teaching them, they would grow. That if they would start putting what they had learned into practice so they wouldn't forget and have to relearn it all, they would grow. He knew that if they would seek to be knowledgeable of God's word, they would sharpen their powers of discernment, and they would grow.

He wasn't giving this warning in a rude way. He was giving this warning out of a deep love for his brothers and sisters in Christ. He was reminding them that Jesus is better, and they shouldn't settle for anything less. And he was reminding them that they need to keep growing.

Are you growing in your faith? Here are 4 things that can keep you from growing in your faith. Do any of these sound like you?

Products I've Loved All Year Long

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 No comments

This post contains affiliate links. This means that should you use one of my links to buy a product, I will earn a small amount of money, at no additional cost to you. All opinions are my own.

I tend to be a "stuff" person. I have way more "stuff" than I know what to do with, and my hubby says I shouldn't bring home any more furniture, because we can't fit any more in our house. And it's entirely possible that I am unable to fit any more clothes in my closet or very large dresser, even though I wear the same 8 outfits on repeat... Ooops 😳

I think it's safe to say that typically, this isn't a good thing. I buy things I don't need to be spending money on, and when I get the itch to shop, I tend to be impulsive. I do not- I repeat: do not- recommended this habit. It can be destructive. And though I have definitely improved in this area in the last year or so, it's still a struggle. Baby steps I guess? 😅

However, I will say that one advantage to my compulsive shopping is that sometimes I discover a product that really is awesome, and that I wouldn't have tried otherwise. I guess I could say that's the one redeeming factor of such a terrible habit.

I recently read an article by Joanna Gaines in which she said that for Christmas, she and her friends have a "favorite things" party. They get together and give each other gifts, but with a twist: each person is supposed to give the item that has been their "favorite thing" over the past year to the other guests.

I loved this idea for a Christmas get together, but since Christmas is over, I thought I might as well share my favorite items from 2017 with all of you, and maybe you can enjoy them throughout 2018!

This is going to be a big, hodge-podge list. You are going to see everything from K-Cups to beauty products. My hope is to provide you with a list of awesome things to try and experience this year. You may end up finding your new favorite product.

11 Products I Love | The best coffee, tea, beauty products, and healthy snacks.

Coffee & Tea

Favorite K-Cup (Tie):

Trader Joe's French Roast & Peet's Coffee French Roast 

Obviously, I like French Roast. But what I love about both TJ's French Roast and Peet's French Roast, is that they are both smooth, bold, and don't break the bank. I can't afford expensive coffee unless it's a special treat, but with these, I can have really delicious coffee without worrying about that!

Favorite Store Bought, Whole-Bean:
Trader Joe's French Roast

If you've never purchased coffee at TJ's, it's a wonderful experience. Why? Because you pick a canister of whole bean coffee and go grind it yourself while you are there, which means you get to breath in the fumes of that fresh, "nectar of life" while you shop. Nuff' said, right?

Favorite Locally Roasted in Charlotte, NC:
Enderly Coffee ( I love the Guatemalan blend).

Enderly Coffee is sold in multiple sites throughout Charlotte, but I discovered it at the coffee shop at my husband's seminary. It's very good, locally roasted coffee. As usual, I go for the smooth, dark roast but they have other roasts as well. If you aren't in Charlotte, you can order online.

Favorite Tea:
Tiesta Tea (Blue Berry Wildchild)

I'm much more of a coffee person than a tea person, but every once in a while I crave a really good cup of tea. It wasn't until a couple of months ago that I discovered this tea, but I am sooooo glad I did. It's delicious, it's caffeine-free, it's not over-priced, and it's made almost entirely of dried fruit.

Heathy(ish) Snack Options

Favorite Protein Option
The Good Bean Chickpea Snack

I have absolutely fallen in love with dried and flavored chickpeas as a snack. They are high in protein, pretty filling, and oh-so-very delish! I linked to my favorite flavor/brand above, but there are lots of kinds you can try!

Favorite Salty Snack
Terra Root Veggie Chips

This is another snack I've been pretty addicted to lately! Terra has several types of chips I enjoy, but their original root chips are my favorite. They are better (in my opinion), than a normal potato chip.

Favorite Sweet Snack
Noosa Apple Cinnamon Yoghurt

Yogurt can have a whole lot of sugar if you don't pick carefully- I know that. And as far as health benefits go, I could find plenty of other types of yogurt that are better for me. But man-oh-man, Noosa Yoghurt (Apple Cinnamon flavor), is just incredibly good. It honestly makes a great dessert! At least there's protein, right? 😉

Hair & Beauty

Favorite On-the-Go Product
The Honest Company Leave-In Conditioner

Most of the time, I can just use conditioner when I am in the shower, but when I'm in a rush it's hard because my hair is so thick that shampooing and conditioning takes forever. But I discovered that The Honest Company's leave in conditioner is really great even in my thick hair, and it's a bit faster than trying to wash out my normal conditioner. It also smells fantastic!

Jason Peppermint

I really don't like using regular toothpaste, because there are so many chemicals. I have tried my hand at making my own, but I don't like the consistency. Jason toothpaste is natural and keeps me from having to make my own.

Favorite Mascara for Sensitive Eyes
Physicians Formula Mascara

I have super sensitive eyes and I really struggle with eye makeup. I absolutely love having mascara, eye liner, and eye shadow on, but my eyes are so sensitive that it's hard. But finding a hypoallergenic mascara is helpful, because it doesn't sting as much if it gets in my eyes. I also really love the applicator brush on PF mascaras.

Favorite Nail Polish
Wet n' Wild 1 Step Gel Polish

Wet n' Wild gel polish is the best nail polish I've ever used. I like it better than Essie or OPI, even though it's basically half the price of those brands. It stays on longer and it's brush is better. I highly recommend trying it!

There you have it, friends! I hope you end up trying and loving some of these products! In the meantime, comment below and tell me about a product that you've been loving lately! I'm always up for recommendations!

11 Products You'll Love: Coffee, Tea, Makeup, and Healthy Snacks