Wednesday, July 16, 2014

True Woman 101

Over the past year I went through a Bible study book called True Woman 101. It was written by two of my favorite teachers, Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss. It's a Bible study that is focused on looking in-depth at God's design for womanhood in His word. It's supposed to be an 8-week long study, but unfortunately grad school got in the way of the timing for me. But I have to say that after going through this book, I absolutely loved it! This book was so uplifting and encouraging and provided great, Biblical teaching on womanhood.

This Bible study is great because it moves a good pace. There are about four pages of the book assigned per day, which includes scripture, teaching, questions, and places to fill in your own answers to the questions. The book hits on many important areas related to womanhood such as, the purpose of manhood and womanhood, the distinction between the two and the importance of it, how Satan has twisted and marred manhood and womanhood, how this has affected our culture, and how to practically display Christ through our womanhood.

I think this book was so meaningful to me, because every day when I'm out in the world I hear such conflicting messages about what womanhood is meant to be. As believers, it is so often hard to distinguish God's truth from the values of our culture. I really loved this book and learned a lot about God's design for manhood and womanhood and a lot about God's view of gender. It really helped me sort through some of the lies that I have believed and bought into from things like psychology. One of the things the book brought to my attention was just how much my thinking about manhood and womanhood has been affected feminism and by the culture. It was crazy to see how (even in such little ways) Satan's lies have seeped into my own heart and mind and have affected how I view manhood and womanhood. This book really helps show that.

So, if you're looking for a good Bible study on womanhood, I would highly recommend this book. It is full of God's truth and admonishment from the Word. I think this book was great to do on my own and I think it would be even better to do with a group of women (of any age). This book is a great way to help us, as women, learn who God created us to be.

I hope you enjoyed my review of this book and I hope you will check it out for yourself! I will be holding a giveaway for a free copy of this book so, so stay tuned!

Disclaimer: I was given two copies of this book from Moody Publishers, 
in exchange for my review of the book. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

A New Journey & A Farewell

As many of you know, I have just recently started graduate school. About a month ago I started occupational therapy school (is this real life?!?)! I was so excited to start this new journey, but I have to say that I didn't understand how hard it would be. In recent weeks I've come to realize that graduate school is a whole different ball game than anything I've ever experienced. It's harder, faster, and more intense than any academics of my past. The first few weeks of grad school were extremely overwhelming, and I couldn't help but wonder if the feelings of being overwhelmed by all the assignments, readings, and tests would ever end.  
The start of a new journey...

But I am thankful to say that things have calmed down! The Lord has really helped me organize graduate school life. Although it took a few weeks, I finally have figured out my routine. It has been a huge blessing to finally have those things figured out! The Lord has really helped calm my heart and given me the tools I need to succeed. Now I can officially say that I am loving school! I am enjoying getting to know each one of my classmates and I'm absolutely loving learning so many new things (especially about my favorite subject). The opportunity to be able to go to school is such a gift from the Lord! I am thanking Him for opening up this door for me to attend occupational therapy school. The Lord has truly given me a peace and a confidence that this is where He wants me to be. Have I told you why I'm going to grad school and why I want to be an OT? Probably not. Well then, let me share my story with you...

So basically, occupational therapists help individuals who have disabilities, illnesses, or injuries get back to the skills that are necessary for daily life. OT's help people get back to doing the things they need and want to do (whether it be for a job, in the home, in the community, or for leisure activities). OT's help people be as independent as possible in any area of life. OT is so awesome because we get to help people enjoy and live the life God has given them!

What I want to do, specifically, is work with kids who have disabilities. The way I got started working with kids with disabilities was in high school. After spending one day in high school watching a therapist who worked with kids with disabilities, I was never the same. I spent four more summers going and hanging out with those kids I loved it so much. I realized that first day, that working with kids with special needs was what I wanted to do. Since then, the Lord has grown in me such a love and a passion for people with disabilities. It has been my dream to be able to work with that specific group of people (especially kiddos)! I knew I wanted to do something where I could help people with disabilities achieve their dreams and goals. I wanted to do something where I got to work one-on-one with people and treat people like they are human beings, worthy of my time, energy, and love. I wanted to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. I wanted to speak for those in this world who have been abandoned and afflicted. I wanted to do something where I could change a life for the better. And as the Lord opened doors along my journey, I came to see that OT was the perfect fit for the passions He has given me. Truly, through this field, I am going to have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Ultimately, I know it is the Lord who has given me the heart, the talents, and the opportunity to work with these kids. He is the one who has opened the door for me and the one who is calling me to walk through this open door in faith. I am so thankful and so excited to be on my way to becoming an OT!  All of that  being said, graduate school requires much of my time and energy. The energy that I don't spend on school is spent at home being a wife and loving on my husband (among many other things). Thus, although I'm sad to announce this, blogging is one of the things I am going to have to say "no" to during this season of life. After much prayerful consideration, the Lord has shown me that at this time in my life, my other responsibilities take priority over this little (but wonderful) blog. Although this is hard, I know that the Lord has called me to focus my energy elsewhere for now.
"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."                   ~Alexander Graham Bell
So, my friends and family, I am saying goodbye for now! I love you all and pray that you have been encouraged by this little blog. I have been encouraged by each one of you who has helped me and lifted me up along the way. I pray that someday maybe the Lord will open up the door for me to continue writing here at Forever Faithful.

If you would like to contact me for any reason, please feel free! I would love to talk to you. Just email me at kaseydwerner {at} gmail {dot} com!

Love you all! May the Lord bless you!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

And the Winner Is...

And the winner of the Fierce Women Book Giveaway is...

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Entry #10 Erica Warner

Congratulations Erica!! 
Please keep an eye out for an email from me later today!

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Have a blessed Saturday everyone! 




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