Books I am currently reading

Reading GOOD books is one really fantastic way to Feed FAITH and starve fear.

What we feed our mind plays a HUGE role ….. what we feed grows! We must feed our faith with Biblical truth. The world offers a lot of things that will feed our fear, but we have to be intentional about feeding our faith! Right now, many of us are “sheltering at home” due to the Covid-19, and have a bit more time to devote to reading. I want to share with you 2 books I have recently been reading.

Picture: me in my kitchen with my books. 🙂

The first one is a lent devotional, “Uncovering the Love of Jesus”**, by Ahseritah Cuuciu. I’m still reading this one. I know that lent season is almost over, but it is so good that I think it could be done any time of the year. I did her advent devotional the last two Christmas seasons. I give both of her devotionals a 5/5 rating. One great thing about this study is that while it can be done alone she shares ways you can do it with your children, too.

The second book is one I recently re-read. Yes, it is that good. I don’t often re-read books, but this one I just HAD to. In fact, after reading it the first time I gave my copy away and so I had to re-buy the book to read it again! “Praying the Bible”**, by Donald S. Whitney, is a short easy read. Though it is short, it is packed with so much practical truth. Praying the Bible teaches how to incorporate praying scripture into our daily prayers so that our prayers aren’t the same boring prayers about the same old things with the same old words! Whitney teaches how we can use scripture to bring our prayer times to life with fresh energy and depth.

 

If you are looking for a book to help you grow in Christ or to improve your prayer life then these are books I highly recommend.

What books are you reading right now? I’m always open to suggestions!! Please comment and share with me a book I should check out!

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Have a BLESSED day,

BE a blessing!

Heather Fox Corbin

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My motto for S.I.M.P.L.E living

Choosing Simplicity…. breaking it down to the basics. I am CHOOSING simplicity by focusing on SIMPLE!

Right now, more than ever, we need to be focused on keeping life simple.  As we currently endure Covid-19 “stay home” social distancing, life is complicated.  However, we get to choose our personal focus!  We have so much power over the tone of our home and have the privilege of giving our family our nurturing care during this time.  Let’s keep things simple, it will help us through this time!!

S = Surrendering pre-conceived expectations. There are so many to let go of.
I = Identify the basics of day to day life and focus on them.
M = Map it out! A plan, a goal!
P = Purge! Less is More!
L = Leadership – being a home manager does not mean that I do it all myself!
E = Enjoy the moment! Live in TODAY…”If’s” and “When’s” never bring joy.

Simplicity is not relying on the things of the world to bring me peace and joy!!!!!!! The thing of this world (possessions, accomplishments, beauty, fame, popularity, wealth) never give lasting joy. Only through JESUS can I experience true and lasting peace, joy and abundant life! Cry out to HIM, He will be there! HE will fill you with His love, his forgiveness, his joy!! Life is HARD, but with Christ life has real and lasting meaning. Our time here on earth is so short, eternity with Him is going to be wonderful!!

FEED Faith and starve fear!!  Our GOD is BIGGER than the coronavirus!!!  Our GOD is BIGGER than any hard we can face in this life!!

Have a BLESSED day, BE a BLESSING!
Heather

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Discover what your love language is….

Have you heard of “Love Languages”?  According to Dr. Gary Chapman, Author of The Five Love Languages, love languages are the ways we give and receive love.

Taking this 5 Love Language assessment from Dr. Gary Chapman is easy and fun!

They have one for husbands, wives, singles, teenagers and children.

My husband and I took it a couple of years ago and I learned that his love languages are NOT what I thought they were!! Man, and after all that effort that could have been spent more wisely and effectively….. Oh, well… any effort to show love is good, but hitting the mark with their love language is much better.

We found that we actually have the same primary love language: Words of affirmation. Learning this has helped me focus on SPEAKING and writing words of respect and encouragement to him. It is also easier for me to express this love language because I know how much I love it.

Anyway, I’m going to have my kids take the assessment….. I wonder if I have them figured out correctly! I’m all for learning how to better love my family.

Have you taken this assessment??

What did you discover was your primary love language??

Have a BLESSED day,
BE a BLESSING!
Heather


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Hi, I’m Heather Fox Corbin!

Sending you a “social distance” safe HELLO!  

As I type this we are in the middle of the Covid-19 crazy.  Social distancing is the thing as all “non-essential” jobs and activities must be set aside.  We are living in an unprecedented moment in time.  Life has never looked like this before, and I hope it neve does again.

If you are landing on this website because you downloaded a copy of the “God is Bigger, Feed Faith & Starve Fear” Bible Study, welcome! Please make sure you grab a copy of all the bonus material that is available.

So, I would like to introduce myself to you.  Really, to be honest, I would love to sit with you in person visiting with you over a cup of coffee or a fountain coke (my weakness).  I didn’t realized how much I would MISS in person chatting and visiting.  God created us relational… we need each other!

I’m Heather Fox-Corbin.  I am wife to Chris, we have been married almost 24 years. We are the opposites that attract, balancing each other out!  He is a self employed ceramic tile/natural stone contractor.  Together we live out in the country on 3 acres in a 100 year old house. We are blessed with 4 children, 3 sons and a daughter.  We have officially been married longer than we were alive before marriage.  We were married young and “grew up” together.  He is a hard working guy that loves to come home to me at the end of the day.

My adult life has been primarily dedicated to my family.  My roles as wife and mama have been my life.  While I have had a few jobs, and did earn a college degree, God has opened up the door for me to be (mostly) a stay at home mom since our third child was born.  To be honest, I’ve struggled a lot with comparing myself to others and feeling like I have “accomplished” very little with my life.  However, last year, God set me free from that.  I have accomplished exactly what he has had in store for me these child raising years.

My personal “side gig” is working as a photographer I am a mostly a family photographer, but do some weddings.  I really enjoy working as a “second shooter” (assistant) for other wedding photographers.  I have 12 weddings scheduled for this summer to be a “second shooter” and 3 as primary lead photographer.  We will see what happens with all of these…. stupid coronavirus!!  This winter I also taught a photography class to a group of home school teens and that was a ton of fun!

I have always enjoyed writing.  I have so many journals!  I even used to have an old school blog.  Writing a book has always been a dream God placed in my heart.  Writing this Bible Study was my first step in obedience.  God penned this book through me and I am thankful that the lessons He taught me through the HARD of leukemia will be used for HIS good. (romans 8:28)  I know that there are more books HE will guide me to write…. in his time.

Speaking at Christian women’s events is an honor I have had several times.  I am thankful for each time and as God opens doors I will continue to speak.  I have such a burning passion in my heart to help women be set free from fear.  Jesus said in his word that “He who the son sets free is free indeed”! (Jn 8:36)

I’m a country girl.  I really enjoy living in the country and “dirt therapy” is my favorite warm weather pastime.  Growing flowers is a hobby.  We used to live a homestead life, raising our own meat and had a big garden.  That all changed when Wesley got sick, but we still enjoy our country life.  This past year I re-planted our strawberry patch and am looking forward to a good harvest this year.

Our oldest son, Wesley (now age 22), is our son that battled leukemia.  Today, after 7 years and 6 relapses, He lives cancer free!  God chose to heal him on this side of heaven.  We are so thankful!  He is currently in college studying cybersecurity.

Our 2nd child, our only daughter, is Robyn (age 20).  She is currently at Air Force basic training (BMT).  She is a warrior!  I am one proud mama to have a daughter willing to serve our country.

Our middle son, Ethan (age 17), is finishing up home school this year and will be heading into a career in the trades.  This guy is hands on!  He has loved all things tools since he was a toddler.  Toys? Who needs those!  LOL.

Our youngest child, Nate (age 15), is a student at our local high school and LOVES basketball.  Good thing God made him tall.  He also bakes a mean pie and we enjoy his cookie baking.  He also has the cutest girlfriend, Corrie.

Ok… ENOUGH about me!!  “About” Pages are hard to write!  

 

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Life is HARD… always… but especially right now with Covd-19.  Nothing is normal right now.  NOTHING!

Last fall God lead me to write this Bible Study.  This study is based on the 5 ways God taught me to Feed Faith and Starve Fear during our 7 year leukemia journey with our oldest son, Wesley.  Now I see so clearly God’s timing.  The coronavirus caught us completely by surprise and has turned our world upside down, but it did not catch God by surprise.  HE wrote this book back in the fall…. for NOW!  For such a time as this.

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How to use this book:

  • This book is divided into 5 weeks: one week for each way to Feed Faith and Starve Fear.  At the end is a wrap up bonus week.
  • The weeks are divided into short daily Bible readings, prayer, reflection and action.
  • This book can be done alone or used in a Bible Study group.
  • The goal of this study is about transformation, developing new habits that Feed Faith and Starve Fear.  Our God is BIGGER than any hard we can face in this life.  He is completely faithful!

 

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Excited for a friend!!!

My blogging friend, Arabah Joy, has released a new book!!  I’m so excited for her!

Someday my book will be finished and published.  This journey we have been on with our son and leukemia has taught us so much about the power of prayer.  GOD is BIGGER than any hard we face in this life!!

I just purchased her book and can’t wait to dive in and use it!!  Prayer is such an incredibly powerful gift!!!  Had to share this new book with you all!!

Ready to grow in your prayer life???  Join with me going through this book!!

 

 

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A glimps into my life…. Vintage Blogging!

Want to get to know me better and have a glimpse into my life?  Modern blogging is fine…. but the thing I miss most about “vintage” blogs is how people used to share their lives.  The “realness” factor is missing in most modern blogs.  Everyone seems to have such glamourous lives…. mine is just normal!   Now everything in the blogging world is so polished and magazine like.  My goal with this blog is to share life…. real life, not just fancy magazine quality blog  posts.  I’m calling these VINTAGE, Old-School Blog posts.  I hope you enjoy this peak into my real life.  🙂

So, what is my real, every day life like??  My days vary from day to day, but one thing is constant.  We home school our middle son, 13  year old Ethan, so each day a chunk of my time is spent with him.  This is our first year home schooling him and he is THRIVING!  I’m glad we stepped out in obedience and listened to the voice of God leading us.  Our other three kids are in public school.

I’m sure this is unusual to have 3 in school and only one at home…. but it is what is working for us right now.  Our oldest two are seniors in High School.  No, not twins, but in the same grade due to our oldest, Wes, becoming a year behind in school due to his long battle with leukemia.  My husband will joke with people when he gets asked if they are twins…. “not real twins” he replies, “but if you look at their blood they are identical”!  What??  Robyn was Wes’ bone marrow donor in September of 2015 and so Wes’ blood is identical to his sisters.  She says he better not ever do anything illegal because it would all trace back to her!  LOL!

Speaking of High School…. This past weekend was Home-Coming for basketball season.  Our daughter, Robyn, was given the honor of being crowned Home-Coming Queen!  And I just LOVE our small rural community school for choosing to honor their down syndrome classmate with the King Title.  He was SOOOOOO excited!!!  It was indeed a special night.  I have also been enjoying her flowers!  They are in a vase in the kitchen and they smell so good (as well as being beautiful).

Sunday we were finally able to do the Children’s Christmas program…. a bit late due to weather causing church to be cancelled on the originally scheduled day.  However, celebrating the birth of Christ is never out of season!  The kids did GREAT!  Our youngest boys, Ethan and Nate both had readings to do.  Ethan was particularly nervous…. but they both did great!

I just LOVE our church!!  My “Little House on the Prairie” heart just can’t get enough of our building.  We are a new church plant using an OLD, 1872 church building.  The building is so special, but it is the people that fill it and the word we are taught that makes it so wonderful.  Blessed.  I couldn’t resist taking this picture as we walked into church on Sunday.  The day was just beautiful (the ice stayed farther south of us) and my heart was just so full of God’s love!

If you are a local friend of mine and would like to visit…. just let me know… we would love to have you.  It is exciting being a part of a new church and seeing God piece together all the pieces.  Small group ministry along with men’s and women’s ministries are getting started.  So much coming up.  Lots of opportunities to get plugged in and to be in fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ!

“Normal” life for me is focused primarily on my family and our home.  I haven’t contributed much earned income to our family over the years, but I do my best to be a wise steward of our family income and stretch each and every dollar.  I try to be a producer, not just a consumer.  One way I have “produced” for our family is by cutting my husband’s and our 3 son’s hair.  I have done this since our oldest started needing hair cuts.  I have never calculated the total savings I have created over the years, but I know the 4 haircuts I did tonight (at $10 each) produced a savings of $40.  I like that!  Makes me feel good!!  We buy a quality set of clippers and about every 5-6 weeks I cut their hair.  I like it in the summer when we can cut hair outside on the back porch.

These are the clippers I have right now They are working great for us.  For less than $21 investment I create A LOT of savings for our family.  Over the years I have learned how to do a variety of cuts.  There are many you-tube videos available to learn from.

We use You-Tube a lot!  I am constantly amazed at how many things we can learn.  Ethan has started doing leather work (thanks to a Christmas gift from my sister).  You-tube has been a great source of information for him.  In the past I have learned how to crochet and become a better photographer all by watching you-tube.  A blessing of our modern life…. something people of the “Little House” era couldn’t even imagined!  I listen to a lot of music on You-Tube (as well as Pandora).

What am I reading right now??  For personal growth I am continuing to read “Living Forward” by Michael Hyatt.  I wrote a post last week about “How the Death Of A Loved One is Inspiring Me to Live”.  This book has played a key role in helping me to process and create a plan.  I want to live intentionally and live my life with purpose. As I complete the activities outlined in this book it is helping me create a clear picture of the life I want to live!

For a fun book I am reading Lyn Austin’s book called Wonderland Creek I’m enjoying it!  I like to have a fiction and non fiction book going….. My husband says he doesn’t know how I can have more than one book going at a time.  I guess it speaks volumes to my personality… I don’t like too much of one thing!  I’m a fan of variety.  Have you read either of these books??  Do you have a favorite book to recommend to me??

Well, I think this rambling post is long enough!!  I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into my life.  If you are a blogger please leave a comment below with a link to your site.  I would love to hop over to visit.

Have a great day!!!

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How the death of a loved one is inspiring me to LIVE

Gripping the yellow rose tightly in my fingers, I  fixed my eyes forward, looking beyond my mother as she led us into the church.  Behind me bravely walked my four children and my husband. Following them were my sisters and their families, my three aunts and all my cousins with their families.  The melody of one of my Grandma’s favorite hymns floated from the organ and ushered us to the front of the church where each of us 12 grandchildren placed a yellow rose in the vase next to Grandma’s casket.  We all silently filled the pews, tears filling our eyes, our hearts tight with grief.

Outside the sun was shining, this fall day was beautiful and extra warm for mid-November.  It was the kind of day that normally beckoned me outside for one last adventure before the blanket of winter settled around my shoulders.  The kind of day when the sunshine and gentle warm breeze rustling the golden leaves stirred up life in my heart and inspired living.  What a gift the sunshine and warmth gave us to celebrate the life of our grandmother.  She lived in a way that brought sunshine and warmth wherever she went.

It is never easy to face the passing of a loved one, even when they have lived a full and long life.  The empty space their leaving creates in our lives is felt deeply.  As a Christ follower, we always try to focus on the joy of our loved one being with Jesus in our true home, but the earthly reality is that our hearts are filled with grief.  For our loved one in heaven it is joy, but for those of us left behind it is sorrow.

The tears spilled from my eyes and my heart squeezed tightly as the notes from the organ faded into silence and the reverend, also my uncle, stepped up to begin the service.  Yes, this celebrating life day, this gathering of family to say good-bye, would be a day that stirred up deep thoughts and contemplations.  Back and forth my heart would go, one moment full of joy for Grandma now living in our forever home, the following full of heartache knowing my days will no longer be brightened with her smile.

Over the years, I have bid farewell to several loved ones, each one leaving their legacy in my life.  I carry their fingerprint etched on my soul.  That is the way of life, each of us leaving our fingerprints on the hearts of those we touch.  Grandma’s fingerprint has stirred deep contemplations in my heart.

The days have come and gone, one by one, passing two months’ time since that warm November day.  I have thought a lot about life and death in these passing days.  Death is not something I fear, my heart is sealed in the grace of my savior, Jesus.  But the reality of death is real.  We each will live our days and we will each be ushered from this life into eternity.  None of us know the time or year, but we are each given a breadth of days to live on earth between the two chasms of eternity.

Saying good-bye to a loved one can be something that forces us to examine our own life more deeply.  This can be extremely good and valuable.  What kind of fingerprint am I leaving with my life, what legacy will fill the hearts of those I love?  When my time on earth comes to an end, what treasures of lasting value will my life have?

Big questions, intimidating ones!  Questions and thoughts that we often don’t take the time to contemplate.  Life is so busy, we rush from one day to the next just trying to keep our heads above water.  We live in survival mode more days than not.  We wake up tired and crash exhausted at the end of the day knowing that our to do list did not get done.  Is this living?  Is this creating the fingerprint and legacy I want my life to leave?

I am currently reading two books that are helping me process life and focus on living a life that creates the fingerprint and legacy I really want to leave.  I am reading Driven by Eternity (by John Bevere) and Living Forward (by Michael Hyatt. Intentionally living, not just surviving, is what I want.  Intentionally living with eternity as my perspective.  I am DOING the activities recommended in Living Forward and they are helping me create a clear picture of the life I want to live.  It has been a powerful experience that has been spurred on as I contemplate the lives of my loved ones that have passed on.

Saying good-bye to loved ones fills our hearts with loss, but can also be the push we need to evaluate our own lives more deeply.  The emotions of grief that we feel can facilitate growth and purpose in our own living.  Our own living of life can become more purposeful when we take the time to treasure the life of a loved one.  Grief is powerful, grief is hard, grief is long, but walking the journey of grief can become an opportunity to embrace our own intentional living!

Please share with me…. has the fingerprint from a loved one left on your heart challenged you to look at your own living in a different light?  Has the journey though grief ever nudged you to evaluate your own living?  Is intentional living a desire or focus for you right now?  Are you tired of just surviving and you want your legacy to be valuable??

I know… a lot of questions!!  But this life, this living, our time on earth is just so short!!  From the bottom of my heart I want to live well!  I want to leave fingerprints that are a blessing and a legacy that draws others to Christ.  I want to live intentionally and I want to do this with others desiring the same thing!  Would you like to join me diving deeper into intentional living??  Please leave a comment….  I want to create a community here that encourages living fully!

Also, join me on Facebook at Simple Faith and Family.  Let’s encourage each other to live intentionally, to process our life and to leave a lasting legacy!  TOGETHER!!!

These books are powerful tools helping me to evaluate my life!!  Have you read either of them??  If so, how have they helped you?


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