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Book Review: Boundaries – When to Say Yes & When To Say No To Take Control of your Life

By | Book Reviews, Faith

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend wrote the book Boundaries: When To Say Yes and When To Say No To Take Control Of Your Life back in 1992. It has since sold over 200 million copies and after reading it I can see why.

The book is broken down into three parts. Part one is about “What are Boundaries?” Part two is “Boundary Conflicts”. Part three is about “Developing Healthy Boundaries”.  Each section of the book breaks down, clearly defines, and gives examples of what boundaries look like and the common results of living a boundaryless life.  The chapters help you to clearly identify where you may have healthy and not-so-healthy boundaries. The concept of boundaries is not a new concept, but rather comes directly from the very nature of God himself.

God defines himself as a distinct, separate being, and he is responsible for himself. He defines and takes responsibility for his personality by telling us what he thinks, fells, plans, allows, will not allow, likes and dislikes. He also defines himself as separate from his creation and from us. He differentiates himself from others. he tells us who he is and who he is not. For example, he says that he is love and that he is not darknesss ( 1 John 4:16; 1:6)

This book has helped me realize where I have had a lack of boundaries and how I can go about changing that in my own life. It’s provided a lot of “ah-ha” moments and I won’t lie, it has hurt a little bit to realize where I could have been better at setting boundaries. I’ll definitely be referencing this book a good bit in the days, weeks, and years to come.

Here’s a little clip to help you learn more about Boundaries from one of the authors Dr. Henry Cloud

 

If you’d like to learn more go ahead and grab a copy of Boundaries here at this link and dive into

this amazing resource.

Blessings,

Paige

Book Review: Ripple Effects: Discover the Miraculous Motivating Power of a Woman’s Influence

By | Book Reviews, Faith

Discover the God-inspired difference only you can make in the world . . . using the key you never knew you had.

Ripple Effects: Discover the Miraculous Motivating Power of a Woman’s Influence

Pam Tebow’s latest book “Ripple Effects” was an inspiring book that will remind you of the power of prayer and how not to give up even when circumstances are not going as you planned.

“Pam believes that every one of us can be influential—and that deep within a woman’s heart is the desire to use her influence for good. InRipple Effects, Pam uncovers and explores the miraculous motivating power of influence we can have on this generation and the next, no matter where we are planted in life. Whether we are in the midst of endless diaper changes, climbing up the corporate ladder, or simply doing our best to live, love, and serve well each day, Pam will encourage us to maximize our God-given opportunities for influence—and watch how far the ripples will spread.”

I especially loved each personal story Pam shared and how she kindly yet boldly reminds the reader that God hears and answers our prayers, even if we find ourselves in a place of doubt. She covers topics ranging from mastering your mindset, making prayer a priority to the power of your words.

My favorite thing she shared was the this poem by Edgar Guest, which she would often recite to her now famous son Tim Tebow.

There are little eyes upon you, and they’re watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly take in every word you say;
There are little hands all eager to do everything you do,
And a little boy that’s dreaming of the day he’ll be like you.

You’re the little fellow’s idol, you’re the wisest of the wise;
In his little mind about you no suspicions ever rise;
He believes in you devoutly, holds that all you say and do
He will say and do in your way when he’s grown up just like you.

Oh, it sometimes makes me shudder when I hear my boy repeat
Some careless phrase I’ve uttered in the language of the street;
And it sets my heart to grieving when some little fault I see
And I know beyond all doubting that he picked it up from me.

There’s a wide-eyed little fellow who believes you’re always right,
And his ears are always open and he watches day and night;
You are setting an example every day in all you do
For the little boy who’s waiting to grow up to be like you.

If you are looking for a mentor and can’t find one just yet, let Pam Tebow be your mentor through her book Ripple Effects. Grab your copy today.

Blessings,
Paige

 

The Art Of Work : A Proven Path to Discovering What You Are Meant To Do

By | Book Reviews, Faith

“It will take a few tries before you get your calling right. Failure isn’t what prevents us from success, then. It’s what leads us there.” Jeff Goins

In the area I live in there are a ton of thrift stores. A lot of times after I drop off kids at sports or when I need to run an errand I’ll stop by the thrift store just to see what they have. I’m always drawn to the book section though cause you can get an incredible education or inspiration for only .50 cents or $1.

A few weeks ago I picked up the book The Art of Work A Proven Path to Discovering What You Are Meant To Do by Jeff Goins. I had heard of the author, and the title intrigued me so for a whopping .50 cents I splurged to see what he had to say.

Friends, it is so good. I know all yall probably know your calling, purpose and you’re already “living your best life or #blessedlife.” You probably know without a doubt what you were meant to do in this life, but I’m not quite as confident as you all yet or as confident as hair and makeup make me appear. The enemy of lies shows up in my neck of the woods too and tries to sell me a package deal of lies then just says “FOR FREE” you can have them all. I thankfully know the enemy’s tricks but if I’m honest sometimes the lies have just enough truth that they seem believable.

Anyway, in the book, there were tons of great thoughts that I don’t want to forget and I imagine they might encourage you all as well.

1. The world can be cruel. It’s nobody’s responsibility to make your dream come true. Tough times will come, and what determines a person’s success during such trying times is the ability to Pivot.

2. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.

3. Every calling is marked by a season of insignificance, a period when nothing seems to make sense.

4. When we feel farthest from our purpose, we are actually already on the path, headed in the right direction.  This means that when you are confused and failing when all seems lost and you are about to give up, you are closer to your destiny than you realize. The message of the Pivot is what looks like a failure now is preparation for what’s to come, as long as you don’t give up.

5. What if we stopped saying “what if” and started saying “let’s.”

6. You are not just waiting on your calling your calling is waiting on you.

So what do you do? Stop talking and start doing. Don’t dream of being a writer – begin writing. Don’t dream of being an activist- go start something. Don’t dream of being an entrepreneur- launch something.

In closing, it will take a few tries before you get your calling right. Failure isn’t what prevents us from success, then. It’s what leads us there.

Thanks, Jeff Goins for the wisdom in this book.

Blessings,
Paige

Corrie’s Pajama Drive

By | Donate Life, Uncategorized

For those new around here, my daughter Corrie had a liver transplant when she was 2 years old. She is quickly approaching her 6-year liver transplant anniversary on Feb. 5th. In honor of that momentous occasion, we like to give back and one of the most fun ways we get to do that is to give away pajamas to kids in the hospital.

Often times when Corrie was younger she would spike a fever out of nowhere and we would have to go to the hospital at a moment’s notice. Sometimes we would have time to pack a bag and some times we just had to go with the clothes we had.  If you have ever had to stay in the hospital you know about those “lovely” hospital gowns. Let’s just say they are less than attractive and certainly don’t feel cozy when you are already feeling bad. Corrie sported those hospital pj’s on more than one occasion, and so some of our favorite gifts from others were a new pair of pajamas. When Corrie was healed from her transplant, I wanted to give back in some way to other kids and families that found themselves in the hospital. Thus the pajama drive was born.

I discovered that every January-February was actually the perfect time to buy up all the pj’s that never sold over the Christmas holiday. Many stores like Walmart, Target, Kohls, or Carter’s would have pajamas on sale and they would get cheaper and cheaper in the month of January as the stores were clearing out their inventory. Corrie loves to shop and I love having her help as well as teaching her it truly is a bigger blessing to give than it is to receive. Corrie and I somehow have been blessed with lots of great friends, and they are what is behind us being able to reach our goals each year of giving away a ton of pj’s.

We never want anyone to be left out of this kind of fun, so if you would like to join us this year in reaching our goal of giving away 1,000 pairs of pajamas then please join us. You can shop on your own and find the best deals then mail the pajamas to

Corrie Eavenson
225 Point Rd. 

Seneca, Sc 29672 or

16122 Vanderbilt Dr. Odessa, Fl 33556 (This is my parents and we will deliver PJ’s sent to them to St. Joseph’s Hospital in FL)

Or Corrie and I will shop for you. 
Venmo – @Elizabeth-Eavenson
Paypal – paigeeavenson@gmail.com or
Cash App – $paigeeavenson

A few years ago USA Today Humankind put together this awesome video about the Pajama Drive. Take a look and for more updates on the Pajama Drive be sure to “like” and “follow” Corrie’s Story on Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you friends for helping us give back!

Blessings,
Paige