Saturday, December 31, 2011

Next up:

Here's my pile of books for the year. We'll see how this goes. I also do Blogging for Books, so there will be those books as well. I am starting the year off with Eugene Peterson's Working the Angles: the Shape of Pastoral Integrity.

Happy 2012!

My Utmost for His Highest

I spent the year with Oswald Chambers. I had heard great things about this book. Here are some of my favorites:

January 2: “He went out, not knowing whither he went.” ~Hebrews 11.8
There is no logical statement possible when anyone asks you what you are doing. One of the difficulties in Christian work is this question – “What do you expect to do?” You do not know what you are going to do; the only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing.
Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is.

January 20: Guard jealously your relationship to God.

January 26: “Consider the lilies of the field” – they grow where they are put. Many of us refuse to grow where we are put, consequently we take root nowhere.
February 22: If our hopes are being disappointed just now, it means that they are being purified…. One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.

March 4: It is easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work for God without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God requires; common sense is your guide, veneered over with Christian sentiment.

March 19: Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One Who is leading.

March 25: A beautiful saint may be a hindrance if he does not present Jesus Christ but only what Christ has done for him. He will leave the impression—“What a fine character that man is!” That is not being a true friend of the Bridegroom.

April 18: We are so busy telling God where we would like to go.

April 29: The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently making our nests anywhere…. We are uncertain of our next step, but we are certain of God.

May 6: Jesus said, “Go and make disciples,” not “making converts to your opinions".

May 8: Trust yourself in God’s hands.
May 19: Rightly or wrongly, we are where we are, exactly in the condition we are in. I am sorry for the Christian who has not something in his circumstances he wishes was not there.

June 14: Think of the things that take you out of abiding in Christ –Yes, Lord, just a minute, I have got this to do; Yes, I will abide when once this is finished; when this week is over, it will be all right, I will abide then. Get a move on; begin to abide now. In the initial stages it is a continual effort until it becomes so much of the law of life that you abide in Him unconsciously. Determine to abide in Jesus wherever you are placed.
July 2: Many of us who call ourselves Christians are not devoted to Jesus Christ.

July 4: Resting in the Lord does not depend on external circumstances at all, but on your relationship to God Himself…. All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.

July 6: God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience.

August 30: It is the work that God does through us that counts, not what we do for Him.

September 11: The things that Jesus did were of the most menial and commonplace order, and this is an indication that it takes all God’s power in me to do the most commonplace things in His way.

September 23: The aim of the missionary is to do God’s will, not to be useful, not to win the heathen…

October 10: Obey God in the next thing He shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up.

October 19: You have no idea of where God is going to engineer your circumstances, no knowledge of what strain is going to be put on you either at home or abroad, and if you waste your time in overactive energies instead of getting into soak on the great fundamental truths of God’s Redemption, you will snap when the strain comes….

October 21: It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God; but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in the mean streets, among mean people, and this is not learned in five minutes.

November 2: … when I stand face to face with God I will discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed.

November 5: if you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a multitude of experiences that are not meant for you at all, they are meant to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what transpires in other souls so that you will never be surprised at what you come across.

November 16: It is one thing to go through a crisis grandly, but another thing to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, no one paying the remotest attention to us.

November 26: If I talk my own talk, it is of no more importance to you than your talk is to me; but if I talk the truth of God, you will meet it again and so will I.

December 9: Beware of refusing to go to the funeral of your own independence.

December 20: We are sent by God to lift Jesus Christ up, not to give wonderfully beautiful discourses.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After

Although this book was a quick read, the principles within will take time to apply. Craig Groeschel is a pastor with a past who honestly expresses his desire for people to wait for God's best.

His examples include stories from his own life and people he has counseled.

"If you want what few have, do what few do. Raise your standards. Pursue holiness" (63).

This book renewed my hope for a godly marriage. "People in my generation are making decisions way before marriage that actually sabotage what they really want for their futures" (5).

I really appreciated his two chapters on the differences between men and women (Thinking Differently about Husbands/Thinking Differently about Wives). Groeschel attacks some lies that women believe. Sadly, I have believed some of them, and it is good to know that someone cares enough about women to confront them with the truth in love.

I highly recommend this for singles. I'd even recommend it for married couples since I am sure they can apply what Groeschel talks about as well!

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Torn by Jud Wilhite

As someone who has seen my fair share of hard times, throughout this book I was nodding my head in agreement. Jud Wilhite is not afraid to tackle tough issues. It is obvious that Jud has been through his own tough situations where God has been there with him through it all. If you know of someone who is asking "Why is this happening to me", this would be a great book to get into their hands.

One of my favorite quotes was: "Maybe if we regularly spent time staring up at the vast expanse of the night sky and meditating on the God who established and upholds it, we would spend less time questioning his ability to comfort and console us" (61).

Wilhite embraced counseling as a way of dealing with life issues. I am glad he mentioned it because so many people shy away from going to a counselor, even though it will help them. Wilhite also mentioned his love of playing guitar when he's upset about how life is playing out. "Whatever helps you express your hurts can be helpful in journeying through them" (131).

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Karen Kingsbury is a well-known Christian author. She and Nicholas Sparks have similar writing styles. Both authors know how to write loveable characters, interesting storylines, and can make you laugh and cry. They write about real life issues.
 Kingsbury writes of the real effects on a family when Tom and Alicia Ryan died from a drunk driving accident. It is heart-breaking to read this work of fiction, which is based on one of Kingsbury’s friend’s own experience. The very real battle of choosing to hate or forgive the drunk driver is expressed throughout the book.
Anyone who has experienced loss of any kind knows the struggle of trusting God during that time.
It was a little dated written in 1999, at one point mentioning tape players, but overall the storyline was good and easy to follow. I would recommend this book to Christians who would like to read good fiction. Waiting for Morning is a challenging book and the first in the Forever Faithful trilogy.
The theme of God being faithful is one that is very close to my heart. He has been my Rock in my own times of loss. The theme of forgiveness is also a hard pill to swallow, but Kingsbury tackles that issue in the book as well.

If you are interested in continuing the series, Book #2 is A Moment of Weakness and Book #3 is Halfway to Forever.

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sierra Jensen Series

Disclaimer: I have never read the Christy Miller series. If I had, I might have enjoyed the Sierra Jensen series a little bit more. Reading this was like watching a sequel to a movie without watching the first one. It was not a problem because the story was good on its own; but my sequential obsession drove me crazy coming into a story that obviously has more background.
I enjoy young adult fiction because they are cleaner than adult fiction. This story is about a 16-year-old and shares the ups and downs in friendships, family, and school relationships. I would recommend this to Christian teen girls who are looking for easy reading. They can probably relate to a lot of what was shared by Sierra in her longing to be grown up (like her friends from her mission trip and her older sister, Tawni) and still having a year and a half left of high school.
Common issues are raised throughout the books: readjusting after overseas mission trips, moving to a new area and how family members adjust differently, and the all-too-common vice of jealousy.
Overall a good book, but I had to laugh a few times remembering when I was 16 and looking back on it now.
I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Desiring God DVD

There is a small percentage of people I know who would enjoy this 2-DVD set on Desiring God. Piper is very educational and informational in his teaching.

This 2 disk DVD set had ten sessions on what it means to truly glorify God -- finding complete joy in Him. Piper was speaking to an audience of mostly older adults in an auditorium setting. He used an overhead projector as an aid in his teaching. It seems a little old and outdated, but there are little treasures throughout these DVDs.

Is this worth sharing with a class? Maybe if they are older adults who like being lectured to. I would not use this with jr/sr high. Piper shared some personal struggles from when he was in college, so college age would be the youngest I would go in using these DVDs.

~disclaimer: I have not read Piper's book, Desiring God. My opinion might have been different had I read the book or had the DVD study guide.

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Enemies of the Heart

Andy Stanley doesn’t waste time. The question he immediately poses to his readers: “How are things with your heart” (6)?
Unlike wearing a scarlet letter, greed, anger, jealousy, and guilt are heart issues that can be easily ignored. This book is focuses on taking care of heart issues that affect all of us. “The longer you’ve been living with guilt, hanging on to anger, clinging to your stuff, or comparing yourself to others, the harder it will be to exercise these four virtues. The longer you’ve neglected your heart, the harder it is to get it in shape. But in the end it will be worth the effort” (90).
Each of the vices were convicting, as I have dealt with each of these issues at some point in my life. “When discussing guilt, we said the antidote was to exercise confession. The habit that overcomes anger is forgiveness. Greed is overcome by generous giving. The habit that will enable you to strengthen your heart against jealousy is celebration” (176). It is not easy to change habits, but Stanley gives simple solutions.
Stanley was also honest enough to share personal examples throughout the book, including how to teach your children to guard their hearts and pay attention to what is going on inside of them. Pick up this book to dive deeper into Proverbs 4.23 and guarding your heart well.
I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Secrets of the Vine

This book was a little dose of encouragement. A quick, simple read on a very meaningful passage of the Bible. It helped give a little insight into God's perspective on our circumstances -- good and bad. 

John 15 is much more real to me after spending a few months in Italy and seeing vineyards like this: 

It's amazing how God used simple reminders of His Words throughout Scriptures that are still visible to us today. This passage focuses on the blessing of being deeply connected with God and what it means to bear fruit. "As [Jesus] talked, I believe He was pointing to a branch, to leaves, to a vine. But He was looking right at His friends. With every word, He was thinking of His love for them, of the challenges they'd face, of the amazing and specific future God had in mind for each one of them. And I believe He was thinking of you" (12-13).

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Life, In Spite of Me

Are you tired of life? Are you so far down you don't think it will ever get better? Read this book! Even if your life is good for now, you know that hardships come. Kristen's story is one of hope. You should not be reading this book right now because Kristen should not even be alive. But God had plans for her, and it is obvious that He is using her story to give others hope and healing. "[I]n the quiet of my living room, I began writing my testimony. As I wrote, I suddenly realized I had a beautiful story to share. God had been working in so many of the details of my life through the years" (174). I highly recommend this book, especially if you are or have a young teen who is experiencing their first of many hardships.

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Love at Last Sight

Love at Last Sight is written as a 30 day adventure. Throughout the book, the Shooks look at love at first sight vs. love at last sight. There are four relationship deepening principles discussed in the book: being all there, acting intentionally, risking awkwardness, and letting go. While these principles can apply to any relationship, they focus on your spouse, children, and close friends.
It was interesting to see how they played out in real life. My favorite was day 14: Intentionally getting unstuck. The authors talk about how a lot of life is done in the “in-between” stage and how we need to keep investing in relationships.
I really liked that each chapter began with two quotes from outside sources. Each chapter ends with Love at Last Sight Challenges in case you want to journal and dive deeper into the book.
I recommend this book. The hard part is not reading this one; it is applying it!

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Book of Hope

If you are facing a hardship in life, pick up this book! There is a plan for your life, even if you cannot see it at the moment. This book challenges and encourages the reader to look at how your limits can be used by God. “Have the courage to pursue your own dreams, and never doubt your ability to meet whatever challenges come your way” (36).
The part that stuck out most to me was of a girl who talks to Nick about having conversations about God with her friends. She doesn't necessarily want all the answers... She wants to be able to put the puzzle pieces together on her own and figure out what she believes. This reminded me of college and the awesome adventure of making my faith my own, complete with conversations with friends about Jesus and what it means to truly follow Him.
This is a powerful book about Nick’s own personal challenges in life. He is unapologetic in giving glory to God; however this book is for everyone, not just Christians.
I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lazarus Awakening Put Me to Sleep

I was excited about this book. Little did I know that the author had already written two books. Had I researched a little bit better before selecting her book, I probably would not have chosen her book. I could not get myself to read one of her other books Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.

I love the passage she selected to base her books on (John 11), however I did not really connect with her writing style. It might be because of the different stages of life we are in that she would connect better with women who are older than I am.

Her emphasis of God not always acting on our timetable is one that needs to be heard, but I had a hard time motivating myself to pick up the book.

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Little Star

A short review for a short book. 

I do not have children, but I still enjoyed the story. It was nice to hear about the Christmas story from the perspective of the star. This story reminds me of the humility of Jesus Christ coming to earth as a baby and doing things unconventionally. It is a simple story that a Dad tells his son. It does not matter what time of year it is, it is always good to remember Jesus coming to earth. "The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world." - John 1.9

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Throughout Sun Stand Still there are little treasures. I liked Furtick’s authentic writing and that he sees the value of everyone’s testimony. “The story God has scripted for your life isn’t inferior to Joshua’s – or anyone else’s” (13).

I do not agree with everything in the book theologically, but the overall theme of dreaming God-sized dreams and asking God for the impossible is something I am holding onto for life.

Chapter thirteen redeemed the quality of this book a little bit. Furtick knows that some people expect a miracle when they pray prayers like Joshua’s Sun Stand Still prayer and that it might not happen. But he said: “Audacious faith doesn’t mean my prayers work every time. It means that God is working even when my prayers don’t seem to be working at all” (148).

“The glory of God often shines the brightest when the sun goes down… and we keep our eyes on Jesus anyway” (140).

“The time between the conception and the completion of a vision will test the limits of your faith. And a lot of people fail the test” (182). Ouch. People are given God-ordained dreams and give up for whatever reason. Earlier in the book, Furtick makes it clear that: “When you examine the lives of people who are called to do great things for God, regardless of their age, you’ll usually notice three things:
* They offer God a long list of excuses.
* God doesn’t seem surprised.
* God doesn’t change his mind.” (30)

This book was a slow read for me, but I get restless reading about ACTING on faith. There is only so much you CAN read about this topic before getting antsy.

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Joanne Kathleen Rowling

I went to the library recently and was searching for missionary biographies. While I was browsing through the young adult biographies (because let's face it -- who has time to read 600 pages about someone -- gotta love young adult literature!), I found this book:

It was a super quick read and insightful into the mastermind behind HP. It's an unauthorized biography, but since I do not really know much about her anyway, any information about her would be new to me.

I devoured the HP series after graduating college. I was sick of reading books about ministry and welcomed the escape to Hogwarts... and I get a little skeptical of books that HUGE HITS right off the bat. I wasn't too impressed with Twilight.

But anyway, Rowling's story is worth telling. Her love of children certainly comes through... and I love that she placed HP in the awkward, not always appreciated jr. high stage of life.

Reading her story connected with mine in a lot of ways:

I was quiet, freckly, short-sighted, and rubbish at sports (35). Hmm... I was so sure that she was talking about ME!

Getting dressed up and presenting herself at job interviews was not something the young woman liked doing. It seemed like a silly, unnecessary game. It made her feel totally inadequate and very much like a little girl again. Besides, this was not what she really wanted to do, which was to write fabulous stories, see them published, and be able to keep writing, and live happily ever after. But since she was not willing to take the risks necessary to reach that pinnacle, Joanne would have to contend with the real world. (45)

Joanne was feeling confident in what she had jotted down and began seriously contemplating writing the novel. But she was torn between living out her dream of a life dedicated to writing and the guilt she was feeling at not being like everyone else (53-54). Torn between living the dream and comparing herself to others... I can relate.

I thought it was funny because this book came out in 2000 and they mentioned a possible title for the sixth HP book: Harry Potter and the Green Flame Torch (159).

I would definitely be interested in reading about biography on Rowling.

The Power of Whisper: Hearing God and Having the Guts to Respond

I know that it may seem like all I do is read, but I AM actually looking for a job, too... But I am enjoying the time I have to read a bunch of stuff -- and I'm open to suggestions (I'm currently looking for books about the life/ministry/church planting/missionary journeys of Paul).

The Power of a Whisper is the first book I read by Hybels -- and I plan to read more! 

God keeps reminding me of Isaiah 55.8: 

God’s ways and thoughts are rarely my own. I need to listen for God’s promptings in my life.

This was the first book I read completely on my Kindle! I plan to order the book because it was THAT good! You’ll have to excuse this post… I do not know where in the book the quotes are (and I'm not exactly sure how to quote something on a kindle)!

“My entire journey comes down to a series of unplanned promptings from heaven that have charted a course for my life even I never could have foreseen”.

“If there is a pattern in Scripture regarding whispers, it is that we serve a communicating God – a God of words. He created with a word, he healed with a word, he encouraged with a word, he rebuked with a word, he guided with a word, he prophesied with a word, he assured with a word, he loved with a word, he served with a word and he comforted with a word. Throughout all of history, God has communicated, and he still is at it today. The issue isn’t whether or not God is speaking; it’s whether we will have ears to hear what he says.”

This reminds me of Hebrews 1.1-4... and this Acappella song

“There is tremendous benefit to be gained from going slowly and systematically through the Word of God, asking him with every turn of events, ‘What were you up to here, God? Why did you pour favor on that woman or man?...’

“Whenever you find yourself on the receiving end of God’s prompting, be sure to obey – no matter the cost. Don’t let fear or doubt rob you of one bit of what God has in store for you. Whenever you hear from God, do precisely what he asks for you to do.”

“It’s one thing to say to God, ‘I want to obey the input I hear from heaven. I want to follow your whispers every step of the way.’ But it’s quite another thing to actually follow through.”

I was not expecting to be so saddened by the end of this book. But when you hear about how God is working in someone’s life, you find yourself not wanting their story to end. It was a good to time for me to reflect on how God's whispers have shaped my life.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Blogging for Books: Soul Print

SOUL PRINT: Mark Batterson (Soul Print comes out on January 18)

The only book I took with me to Italy was Mark Batterson’s Wild Goose Chase. I devoured it. So it’s no surprise to me that I devoured his new book Soul Print in just a few days.

Your soulprint is “who God has destined you to become from the inside out” (7). This includes your true identity: who you were, who you are, and who you will be.

A theme throughout the book was the reminder of becoming who God meant us to be. “When it comes to the will of God, we tend to focus on what and where. But what you are doing or where you are going are secondary issues. God’s primary concern is who you’re becoming (12).

Batterson really knows how to speak to people in their 20’s – something that is a real gift – but the book applies to anyone willing to read it. He challenges us to really evaluate and get to know ourselves better. This was a great read, especially since 2010 was a year of self-discovery for me. Reading Soul Print encouraged me to continue learning how God has created me.

A few good reminders for me:

“So you may not like your present circumstances, but they may be the key to your character development. And character development is the key to your future” (32).

“Integrity isn’t sexy…. Without it in your life, everything falls apart. And that includes your destiny. You’ll never fulfill your God-given destiny without integrity” (79).

“The only perfect mirror is Scripture. And the more you read it, the more you will reflect God. Why? Because the Bible is where God is revealed…. [The Bible] is not only the best cure for identity problems. It’s also the best prevention” (135).

“The reason so many of us are strangers to ourselves is because we don’t sit before the Lord. If you want to discover your destiny, you’ve got to spend time in the presence of God” (144).

I firmly believe in reading books at certain points in life. I am so glad that my circumstances of looking for a job and being at an “in-between” time coincided with reading this book. It was a great reminder of where I get my true identity.

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Best Book Ever...

Books can be dangerous.  The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life."  ~Helen Exley

Do you want to know the best Book ever?
It's full of adventure and romance.
War and betrayal.
Love and forgiveness.
Fit for men, women, and children.

What am I talking about?

The Bible, of course.

I'm reviewing it on here because in 2010 I went through it chronologically with the help of a plan from

I have failed EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I have tried to do the "chapter-a-day" type plan. I get frustrated with myself because I am a perfectionist... I get so far behind that I give up. But 2010 was different. It was a plan that went through chapters a day. And I LOVED IT! I remember reading the story of Joseph and LOVING that I got to read his whole life story in a day.

My journey was inspired by Dayna Smith, one of my MCC students. She read the Bible as her CIY Challenge 2009-2010. I'm so proud of her! I started my journey on January 11, 2010 and finished December 26, 2010. I found that I couldn't stop reading!

My favorite story continues to be Ruth. What a bold, hard-working woman. She was faithful to her mother-in-law (Thank GOD for this story that not all in-law relationships have to be bad!). She was faithful to God.

After nine months in the Old Testament I was SO EXCITED for Jesus to come. How fitting that it took nine months to read the OT... and what a wonderful thing to read about Jesus coming, His Life and the impact it had and continues to have! And people wonder why I love Christmas so much!

In 2011, I am hoping to study Paul's life and missionary journeys. Having been to Rome, I am interested in his travels, his method of church planting, and his overall life. I would also like to read missionary biographies and  study the book of Philippians.

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.  I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.... What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.  ~Henry David Thoreau

I must finish by acting....

Friday, January 7, 2011

Matthew 1: A Lineage of Grace

Lately I've been reading these five novellas:

Tamar: a woman of hope.
Rahab: a woman of faith.
Ruth: a woman of love.
Bathsheba: a woman who received unlimited grace.
Mary: a woman of obedience.

Rivers bases her historical fiction works on biblical characters and how things might have looked.  

While I was reading Bathsheba's story, I kept thinking to myself about The Bachelor.
If the Bachelor were placed in the Bible, I'm pretty sure it'd be King David.
I can't imagine the Bachelor house being real life... and even harder for David -- those women were his WIVES!
Add to that chaos sons who wanted the throne.... Whoa.

In our culture of instant gratification and not thinking about the consequences of our action, it is sobering to read the story of David and Bathsheba. One choice, one decision was enough for Bathsheba’s name to be connected with adultery even thousands of years later. 

What kind of legacy will you be leaving? What word will be attached to your name?

At the end of the book, Bathsheba tells her sons: 
“When you marry…. Choose a wife carefully from among the maidens of Israel. Find a young woman who fears the Lord, a girl who is trustworthy, who works with her hands and has joy in it, who can manage a household wisely and with compassion, a girl who cares for the poor. Let her be physically strong, so she will be able to give you healthy sons and raise them up to be men after God’s own heart.  But don’t go after a woman simply because she’s beautiful.”  (170 – Unspoken by Francine Rivers)

How many of us are women worth finding? Are you sulking over ice cream that you'll be single again this Valentine's Day or getting off your butt and exercising? Are you doing retail therapy and racking up a credit card debt or working toward removing your debt to be financially free? Even if it is just you, you are managing your household. Think about your actions. Be a woman worth finding.