Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC and HCCP for providing this book for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product, Take Back Your Life, in exchange for this review and post.
Life change–it’s something we all want in one area or another. Getting there and reaching that goal, however, is never a simple task. Day to day life can take a tiring toll on a person. You tend to lose yourself along the way–especially moms. Going through the motions to bring change to our lives is nearly impossible unless there is a mind shift to accompany our actions. So just what do you need to do to take back your life?
Take Back Your Life
My Personal Struggles
I have struggled with being healthy and fit my whole life. I remember one time that I had had enough and I desperately wanted change, but I knew my head wasn’t ready for the commitment. So I thought about the motions I could go through to help me get what I wanted, but I knew I wasn’t in the right headspace to maintain those motions. I prayed for a head and a heart change. My prayer wasn’t answered instantly, but God has been working on me over time, especially lately.
This isn’t a post about how amazing I am doing at losing weight. In fact, I think I have lost about 3 pounds over the last month, which is far from stellar results. But the real change is what is happening in my head. The real change for you is what happens in YOUR head, no matter what it is that you are dealing with–from the little daily things, to the bigger struggles of life.
Take Back Your Life
Take Back Your Life: A 40-Day Interactive Journey to Thinking Right So You Can Live Right is an easy to read 40 day devotional that could possibly change your life–but only if you let it. The book itself had not magical powers, but what it reveals about God, does. I will be honest–I wanted to read more than one day’s devotional at a time. It was that good. I loved the facts and history woven in with what I really needed to hear–real life examples of how Jesus can change my life. At times, I laughed. Other times I felt extremely convicted. In the end, where I am now, a renewed mindset where God is the leader. Take Back Your Life is a tool, as the author says, to help “you become the best version of yourself.” Wouldn’t that be awesome?!
Helping YOUR KIDS Take Back Their Lives–For FREE!
We all know adults need lots of help, but we sometimes forget that kids need help too. Negative influences start early in life, even when we try our best to protect our kids. Then the negative voices start in their heads too.
This is where The Me I Was Meant to Be, a child’s version of Take Back Your Life: A 40-Day Interactive Journey to Thinking Right So You Can Live Right, comes in. It’s a FREE online devotional that you can download here. Instead of actually taking back your life, however, it is geared toward getting control of a child’s life before it needs to be taken back. It covers some of the same concepts covered in the adult book. As the author, Levi Lusko, says, “it is never too early to start thinking right!” Imagine the pain we could save our children if they truly believed in the promises of God early in life.
4 Daily Devotions
Our family found this to be a very powerful devotional that could easily be done in a few days. It’s divided into four sections:
Day One: You Matter More Than You Know
Day Two: Flip Your Thoughts
Day Three: Mind Your Words
Day Four: Use What You’ve Got
Like it’s predecessor, it was exceptionally written. To be honest, I think I got as much or more out of it than my children! The examples cut right to the heart and showed how God is applicable to everyday life.
4 Squares to a Better You
In addition to the devotions, there is ”4 Squares to a Better You” page that has been a huge help when the kids aren’t getting along. They write or talk about…
- What they want to do.
- What will happen if they do what they want.
- What they ACTUALLY want to happen.
- What they need to do to get the actual outcome they want.
When I talk through how to use the process with my children, I found myself understanding more clearly why yelling at my kids does not work! It helped me think through the strategies I need to be using myself. Don’t forget to grab your free copy!
Affirmations to Remember Who You Are In Christ
The last thing that I have really enjoyed about it was a page of reminders about who we are in Christ. It wasn’t an exhaustive list like the ones you have probably seen before, but a list that was short and to the point, just what kids need to remember on a day to day basis. We posted a copy of the list on our kids’ bathroom mirror so they can say them each morning as daily affirmations of who they are in Christ.
Make That Change to Take Back Your Life
Whatever you do, remember that it’s not late to make lasting changes for yourself. It’s also never too early to start working on positive thinking with your kids. God is bigger than all of our problems and he can do immeasurably more than we ask.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV
What changes are you trying to make? How can you change your thinking to see results? How can you teach your kids to truly understand who God created them to be?