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Kristin’s Book Club | Women of The Word

I have been asked several times about hosting a book club, and I thought we would give it a try. I love to read and I love to share my favorite books with others, so it seemed like a great idea to choose a book to read together.

I decided that the book for this month will actually be something that I have already read, but I love this book so much that I want to re-read it and I want others to read this book too. I have chosen for us to read Women of the Word for the month of February.

I chose this book because it is all about spending time in God’s Word, and seeking to know Him more. The book is small and a quick read if you aren’t usually a big reader. It is also applicable whether you have been reading your Bible for your whole life, or if you are just starting out. This book is a must read!

The book club will be super easy, we will use the hashtag #kristinsbookclub on instagram which will help us find each other and see what others are thinking about what they are reading. I will also do a recap and review post at the end of the month about the book.

You can purchase Women of the Wordhere, and then we will dive in. I will try to post on instagram throughout the month, and look forward to the conversations we will have about this book.

I am so excited for this month’s book, but I would love some input on books that are on your reading list to read this year. What books would you like to read in the book club. I will be choosing mostly Christian non-fiction books. Leave a comment below or connect on instagram or Facebook and let me know!

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I love this! I think this is a great book to start with and one I’m currently reading. Looking forward to seeing what all is said as we read together.
– Katie Fleming

Sandra Howell Zack

Just ordered my copy. Looking forward to reading this!

I’ll have to get my hands on a copy of this book. It sounds like a great book during morning quiet time hours!

Vanessa Baumann

Boundaries by Henry Cloud or Unglued by Lysa Terkurst

Kristi Thomas

I would love to know which bible you have, I love that you have space to make notes!

#lampandlight turns 2!!!

It is hard for me to believe that today marks 2 years since I started the #lampandlight hashtag. This started as just a way for me to keep myself accountable to be in Scripture each day, and I thought maybe a few friends might join me. Now, there are over 20,000 posts tagged with #lampandlight on instagram and more are added each day. This has become such an incredible community of women that seek to build each other up, and encourage each other to love the Lord. Being in God’s Word has encouraged me in life’s greatest joys, and brought me through life’s darkest moments, and the community of #lampandlight has been an immense encouragement to me through the past two years.

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I wanted to share a few testimonials from women who use the hashtag, and have also been encouraged.

Amanda Anger – @mandynmaddy22

The Christian life isn’t a lone wandering or a solo mission. We’re designed to fellowship with each other; even Jesus chose 12 disciples. But I somehow thought for years that daily Bible reading was an area where I was left on my own. As a result, more often than not, I didn’t read at all. 
I’d followed the #lampandlight hashtag for a while through Kristin’s facebook page, but felt like a bit of an outsider, since I wasn’t on IG and wasn’t even faithfully reading! But the #MayScriptureChallengegave me a much-needed nudge, so I joined IG and nervously started sharing what God was teaching me. 
Words can’t really describe, but I’ll try:
encouraging, community, accountability, fellowship, caring, inspiring, Christ-focused, necessary, supportive, gracious, uplifting.

Bailey Jean Robert – @baileyjeanrobert

For five years I heard Acts 2:42-47 read at least once a week, and in those five years I learned how we were made for community and that community can change lives. The New Testament’s Christ-centered community is being lived out across the world TODAY. In the past year, I have also learned that the Church is not bound to a building or a city or even a country, but the Bride of Christ, His hands and feet, fill the earth. Through online communities like the one cultivated through#lampandlight I have been encouraged in my faith, covered in prayer, and connected with women I know will be life long friends. With Jesus at the center, deep heart ties are formed, and even through a hashtag on Instagram His glory is being made known. I am so thankful for the faithful heart of @kristinschmucker who has followed God willingly into the unknown and through hard times, using her passion, resources, and story to point us back to our Creator and Savior. Thank you, sweet friend, for being you. And thank you for lighting the match that set the #lampandlight community aflame.

Paulene Cruse – @leenmachinecalligraphy

I don’t even remember how my life was like before the May 2014 #lampandlight scripture challenge. I just know that since then my life is so much richer, more purposeful and I have seen God work in all aspects of my life. I have learned so much about Him, about me. If I had not started forming a close relationship with Him back in May during the challenge, I’m not sure where I would be or what I would have turned to as I experienced a miscarriage last year. I’m not sure I would have been strong enough or saw the many, many blessings or seen His perfect timing through it all.

Holly Holt – @hollyjoyholt

Last year I found myself at rock bottom. One extremely sick husband, little local community, no money, and lost hope did not add up to a whole lot of faith that His plans were “to prosper me and not to harm me” (Jeremiah 29:11). I knew the truth, but actually trusting and believing that His Word is true was so hard to do when everything felt like it was falling apart. During one of those dark days, I stumbled across #lampandlight and posted the words above for the first time praying for any support. The #lampandlight community welcomed me in; people I had never met sent words of encouragement and prayers up on our behalf. When I had nothing to give, this community lifted me up out of the darkness, and He brought me back to life. Even now, a whole year later, the community and posts behind #lampandlight encourage me daily to be still and stay in His Word no matter what life’s circumstances are.

Melinda

I love Instagram! Like, really love it. You can find almost anyone there and you get to quickly peek into their world in a matter of seconds. What I love most though, is the community that I’ve found among women who love Jesus. As a self-admitted introvert I find it so refreshing to see others who are digging into the Word of God and hearing their stories about what God is doing in, through, and for them. Lamp and Light has been that window of me. It’s like a movement that has taken off like wild fire!

Allison – @iekelroaddesigns

I came across Kristin’s hashtag back in November. I quickly became a fan as I loved to see what other people around the word were studying in their bibles. At the end of December my husband and I lost our son at birth and #lampandlight quickly became so much more to me. I scroll through  new posts every morning and find God speaking to me. #lampandlight has encouraged me to be in the word daily.

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What is #lampandlight, and can I join?

#lampandlight is simply a hashtag to use to seek to be more intentional to spend time in God’s Word. It isn’t a specific Bible study, but just a way to keep yourself accountable and to encourage others. The name comes from Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” I started it because I think we all need to remember that we aren’t in this alone. I would love if you would join our community by tagging your photos with #lampandlight on instagram.

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I just recently started joining in & I have LOVED clicking that hashtag to visit & see what God has spoken to others every day… such a beautiful way to share with others

I know I’ve been encouraged seeing this too as I want to get in God’s Word every day…thanks for the encouragement Kristin:)

Happy Birthday, Kristin! God is SO good and I am glad that He planned for you to create this source of spiritual inspiration for so many women – including myself! XO

A Conversation with Kat Schmoyer

I am not sure when I first came across Kat from Dear Sweetheart Events on instagram, but I quickly fell in love with her…her feed was bright and encouraging…and full of lots of pink! I have gotten to know her a bit through the instagram world, and her posts always brighten my day.
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Tell us a little about yourself?
 I’m a wife, believer, big dreamer & I’m obsessed with the color pink! I have a Brittany spaniel who is my world, and I love spending late night watching The Office with my husband!! I love chunky necklaces, hot pink nail polish, boots & my J Crew vest. I could live off of popcorn and diet dr. pepper, and enjoy eating ice cream out of coffee mugs! I own Dear Sweetheart Events am so blessed to help brides celebrate the first day of the rest of their life!!!
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You are an amazing wedding planner! How did you get started in the wedding industry?
You’re so sweet!! I planned a sweet friends wedding, and then I planned my own… after planning my own I was HOOKED and new I had to make DSE a reality!! I became a boss lady in October of 2013 and it’s been a wild ride!!:) I love what I do so much & praise the Lord every day He saw fit to bless this dream of mine!!
What does a typical day look like for you?
 Right now I work part-time 5 hours Mon-Thurs and have Friday’s dedicated to DSE and Creative At Heart. I get up with my husband in the mornings and spend a few hours working on emails, pre-blogging & getting some bridal to-do’s finished. Then I head off to my day-job for a few hours & come home usually to a video chat for a DSE One-On-One, bride or potential bride!! I try to schedule 2 nights a week as “work nights” so I can have chats and get DSE work done. And then the other nights are dedicated to relaxing & spending time with Matt:)
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What helps you stay organized?
My Simplified Planner by Emily Ley is amazing!! I love it so much & the heart behind it! It’s simplistic design & pink cover is a must-have for me; and I love that I can organize my clients AND my personal life in one planner!!
You are a huge encouragement to other female entrepreneurs, how have you found community on and offline with other women pursuing their passions? 
Oh, social media (specifically instagram!) has been a huge source of community for me!!! I LOVE getting to know other women boss ladies & big dreamers, and find so many value in chatting with them & sharing struggles & encouragements! Creative At Heart is also a huge source of community in my life… I am so blessed to watch the Lord work through the conference & so inspired by all the creatives who attend!!!
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What is the biggest thing God has been teaching you this year?
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive your inheritance as your reward”… this verse  has been on my heart SO much, and I’m really learning to work for the LORD and not for men. I want my business to be a reflection of all He is teaching me and doing in my life, and sometimes that means taking a step back & pointing my feet toward Him. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how many instagram likes I received or how many clients I have booked… what matters if whether or not I am being a true reflection of Jesus & that’s all I want to focus on doing.
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What are your must have products? I
just ordered my very first Better Life Bag (after debating for MONTHS!)! I have a feeling it will quickly become a “must have” for me!!! I would also say that my Jesus Calling devotional, Ashlee Proffitt iPhone cover and B Is For Bonnie art prints are must haves in my home!!:)
Follow along with Kat:
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Oh, I just love Kat! She is a BIG source of inspiration for me in the wedding planning AND community world. Thanks for sharing her, Kristin! :) XO

Rejoicing and Resting| A Pregnancy Update

Facing pregnancy after the loss of our daughter Sophia has been different. I am now in the middle of my 27th week of pregnancy and am thanking the Lord for every precious moment with our sweet Emily Jane.

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I would be lying if I told you that I had no worries, or that every moment was blissful. If I am being truthful, I have to constantly remind myself that God is in control and rest in Him. There have been nights I felt filled with anxiety until I felt a little kick that reminded me that all was well. I am so excited for the day that we will hear our baby girls cry and bring her home to a house of pretty pink things just for her…and yet the “what if it never happens” plagues my heart.

It is easy to tell someone to trust the Lord, and it is even easy to tell ourselves to trust Him…but sometimes in the dark of the night…it is hard to actually trust. I have been constantly reminding myself throughout this pregnancy to rejoice in each moment and to rest in the Savior.

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I want to rejoice in each moment, because I am all too aware that the next moment is not a guarantee. So I am striving to be thankful for each kick, my ever growing bump, and even the moments of exhaustion that make me sit down and just soak in this pregnancy.

I also want to rest in the Savior, because fear so easily grabs on to me. It doesn’t take much for me to let my mind wander to all of the things that could go wrong or worry that my story won’t have a happy ending. I have to constantly remind myself that no matter what happens…He is Good…and His plan is best.

For now, I am savoring each moment and trusting the giver of life.

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Melinda Watts

Love this post!! Praying for you and baby :-)

Marilyn Schmucker

Beautifully written and so transparent with your real emotions we face in this world. Sooo proud of you Kristin Schmucker! God is using you in so many ways.

Cindy Mrva

I am rejoicing with you and Jeremy! May God fill your heart with peace.

Gail Clark

So touched by your walk and your willingness to share it Kristen. I am praying for your pregnancy to go perfectly and your precious Emily Jane to bring joy, sunshine, and a lifetime of love and laughter into the walls of your home as you teach her to trust the Lord and walk with Him in your footsteps.

Laurie Martin

Beautiful!

Kristin,
I absolutely love reading your blog! It totally lends me inspiration and realness just when I need it. Although I am not in your specific situation, it was nice to hear someone relate to it being hard to trust and just BE, sometimes. I’m with you, sis! I will pray that the Lord sprinkles some peace into your heart and allows you to just BE and celebrate each day and each little kick. Love you! XO