Day 3348 – Dream Big, Think Small – A Book That Surprisingly Changed Everything – Read A New Book Month Day 10

I’ve talked about Dream Big, Think Small: Living an Extraordinary Life One Day at a Time* by Jeff Manion before, but it bears repeating during read a new book month, because this one completely changed my life and mindset about small steps.

Before I read this book, I stressed about how much work I was doing on this blog and really, all areas of my life. I felt like what I was working on just wasn’t making a difference in my life. But this book taught me that even little, bitty, baby steps added up to a lot over time. Just the act of showing up and writing for five minutes each day adds up to two and a half hours of writing in a month. Just the act of showing up for this blog every day and writing a few hundred words adds up to about half a million over the lifetime of the blog. I was floored by that one right there. This idea of just reading a few pages every day in a few books adds up to full books read.

If you’re feeling like you’re not making headway on things and find that you’re beating yourself up, this really is the book for you. I point to this book as a huge life-shifting book, and often. What’s funny, is I found it completely randomly. It wasn’t in the new books section, it wasn’t recommended by someone else. I was killing time in the library, and walking the stacks, and found it that way. I don’t do this type of library search often, but I’m so glad I found this book. I read it last year, but it is still helping me to not negate the small stuff I do every day.

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Dream Big, Think Small: Living an Extraordinary Life One Day at a Time*

As a reminder, the links to the book on Amazon are affiliate links. As a reminder, an affiliate link is one that if you click and purchase the book (or something else) I’ll receive a small percentage at no additional cost to you. I ruthlessly only share products, services, books, etc, that I have personally used and only recommend what I think is useful and valuable. I’ve marked all affiliate links in this post with this little guy –> *

This photo is a picture of how I track the “small stuff” in my life. I’ve since modified this to include quite a bit more, but the idea is the same, little bits, every day.

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Day 3347 – Sober Mercies – A Book About An Alcoholic Christian – Read A New Book Month Day 9

After I got sober, I tried to read a few memoirs by alcoholics. I found myself a little depressed and just not encouraged by what I read. While being an alcoholic and the journey to sobriety isn’t exactly a super happy one, there was just something missing from each book I tried. That all changed when I read Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk* by Heather Kopp. I found encouragement and a journey similar to mine. It was one of the best books I’ve read about drinking and really encouraged me to keep working on my own book about my sobriety journey. If you think you’re a Christian alcoholic or a non-Christian alcoholic or are just curious what it’s like to be a Christian alcoholic, this is the book for you.

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Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk*

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Day 3344 – A Devotional For Every Day Of The Year – Streams In The Desert – Read A New Book Month Day 6

I’ve read Streams in the Desert* by L. B. Cowman several times and I always get something good out of it. It’s like most year devotionals in the format (focus on a verse/passage, talk about the verse) but what I find different than others I’ve read is that it is very real. It doesn’t give a fluffy, this Christian life stuff is easy and great, type of advice. It’s a devotional that touches on when what we want is delayed (or never achieved), or we’re weighed down with sadness and regret. Here’s a great snapshot from June 4:

The verse referenced for the day – “All that night the LORD drove the sea back. (Exodus 14:21)”

There may be a great work occurring in your life when things seems their darkest. You may see no evidence yet, but God is at work. God was just as much at work ‘all that night’ as He was the next day, when the Israelites finally saw the evidence. The next day simply revealed what God had done during the night.”

In all areas of my life, I’m all about getting to the meat and potatoes advice, the things that work on the root, and cutting out all the fluffy (when fluffy isn’t needed, of course, a look through my blog posts reveals I’m definitely fluffy in a lot of ways). If you’re looking for a devotional that meets you in the dark times, this is the one for you. My copies are both falling apart and have underlines and stars all over the place, a quick flip through shows pretty much on every page. These are well-loved books.

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Streams in the Desert* by L. B. Cowman

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Day 3337 – When Did I Know I Was An Alcoholic – repost

I’m working through my second draft of my memoir, and I’m happy to see it taking somewhat of a logical shape.

Yesterday, we had so much fun hanging out with some friends at a beautiful waterfront bar. Chatting with one of my friends, we talked about what was success for my first book, which was that one person’s mindset was changed.

In my current draft of the memoir, I wrote “I don’t want to write this book. Thinking back to these times doesn’t make me happy. Trying to read other memoirs about drinking is hard to do. I want to forget it all happened. I want to leave those memories in the past. Why would I ever want to go back there? Why would I want to share even more about the things I did? I suppose, if just one person is helped. If one person can move past addiction and treat it finally as a sin, it is worth it.

I think I have my goal for this book.

So, when did I know I was an alcoholic?

Probably in the few days after my last drink. Here’s a snapshot from my journal, which is part thinking out loud, part praying, in the days after that last day.

September 29, 2014 (first day sober)
I do enjoy it and I have had some great times, yet I’ve quit so many times. Can I really not control myself or am I trying to prove to myself that I can? Am I holding on to sin? Should I cut it loose? Do I need to cut it out completely? Truly? Forever? Is it standing in my way?

On October 3, 2014
Thank you also for the clear “it’s time” to quit drinking. Thank you for the strength already against temptation. Let it open doors to honest communications about how Christians aren’t perfect.

Almost three years later and I think it’s so true – that it can open lines of communications. People are shocked when they hear about my sobriety – “but you’re a Christian!”

Thinking back to the months following this moment, I remember thinking that there is almost more stigma against people who don’t drink than people who do. Look at all the memes about drinking at the end of the day, or that say “how could I ever quit drinking, I’d be boring!” I was more embarrassed and nervous to say “no thank you” to a drink, then when I was downing bottle after bottle.

I’m so thankful for sober Jen, because she can go to places like we went yesterday, and remember every minute. I really hope we can live near the water some day.

originally posted 8/6/17

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Day 3303 – The Last Drink I Ever Had – Or – Sharing Our Mistakes Publicly – repost

On September 29, 2014, I had my last drink, ever. I’m going to share my testimony at church about my journey through alcoholism, not taking sin seriously and what God changed in me at a later time. I’m super excited to share the full story, but I’m sharing it there first….I’ll (hopefully) get a video and I can paste the full text in a blog post. Since I’ve been working on this the last few months and fine-tuning yesterday, not drinking has been on my mind.

I’m listening to How To Win Friends And Influence People In The Digital Age and it got me thinking about social media and the things we share online. Us humans are full of imperfections, mistakes, failures and just all around screw ups. I was thinking, what if we all openly shared our mistakes? What if, instead of making ourselves sound good and that we have it all together, we shared our mistakes? What if, instead of hoping no one finds out our secrets, what if we shared them?

I’m finding through being open about my drinking problem, that it is so much more freeing to discuss it in the light. The power it once held over me (What’s wrong with you Jen? How can you deal with this?) now is one I’m happy to talk about (Wait until you hear what God did in my life!)

I challenge you today, bring your sin out into the light. It’s a lot easier to deal with it there than hiding in the dark corner.

Here’s the bottle that spurred today’s post….funny enough, it was sitting outside the library….this is the last beer I had….not the same bottle of course…. 😉

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originally posted 11/13/15
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