August’s Amazing Activities

August Activities

August’s Amazing Activities has me joining Heather Gerwing Share Four Somethings in 2022. Share Four Somethings has four categories for our reflection: something loved, something gleaned, something braved (or saved), and something achieved.

Something Loved
Something Loved

August’s Amazing Activities – Something Loved

My husband was given the opportunity to attend the national FEMA conference for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) which is a volunteer program where individuals prepare to help in a disaster, such as a tornado. I tagged along to enjoy a little time of renewal at the Galveston beach. I enjoyed sitting on the balcony basking in the sunrise and sunset with the Lover of my soul, Jesus. And though my husband was in training during the day, we were able to spend some quality time in the evening and celebrate our upcoming 35th Anniversary.

My time in Galveston turned into a writer’s retreat, and I was able to do research for an upcoming blog series and I was able to do research for an upcoming Bible study. Although I had hoped to accomplish a lot more writing during the week, I am appreciative for the progress made.

And thankfully, I was able to rest. I didn’t realize how much I needed downtime. I loved my little “getaway” time with Jesus and my husband.

Something Gleaned
Something Gleaned

August’s Amazing Activities – Something Gleaned

I continued building upon my CERT training in July by taking a CPR course in August. The teacher was terrific! She taught us CPR on adults, small children, and babies. I felt a little intimidated before attending the class, but I left with confidence. I am so grateful for the training!

Something Braved
Something Braved

August’s Amazing Activities – Something Braved

We contracted to have our back porch remodeled in November 2021. The contractor framed-out the porch in February, but the windows were delayed until the end of July, so we have “braved” several months of a partially remodeled patio. In the beginning it was amusing how we “stepped” through the framed door and went around the framed windows even though all were equal on the cement. Even our little yorkie would run around and go through the framed door, although I must admit, towards the end, we all started taking a short cut “straight-through” the framed windows.

Thankfully the windows have been installed and look fabulous. We are appreciative for a little more space.

Draw Near
Draw Near

August’s Amazing Activities – Something Achieved

My Draw Near: 30-Days to Know God Better Bible study was published this month on Amazon. I’m so grateful!

Birthing a book does entail more than one might think, and just as a mom is so grateful when a real baby comes forth, likewise a writer is thankful when their book comes forth. It truly is a labor of love!

Draw Near: 30-Days to Know God Better: Blair, Lisa Kay Hailey: 9781941756072: Books

If you desire to know more about Draw Near:

I am excited that you desire to draw near to God. This Bible study is for everyone who seeks to know God, desires to learn His nature, and longs to respond to Him.

This 30-Day Bible Study can be used for 30 consecutive days in a month, or it can be used intermittently as your schedule allows. We will explore who God is to us by looking at 30 characteristics of God.

The choice to know God is ours. To know the heart of God requires investment of our time, heart, and a willingness to seek Him. When we hunger after the Living God and draw near to Him, He is faithful to draw near to us, and to reveal Himself to us.

This Bible study guide is easy to use:

  • 30-Days of Study – can be consecutive or intermittent to fit your schedule.
  • For Christians – from all backgrounds and denominations.
  • Answer the hunger of your heart – to know God more – God the Father, God the Son – Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • Each day includes: a moment to prepare your heart, God’s insights, keys to understanding, a prayer, space to take personal notes, and take away action points.
Count Your Blessings
Count Your Blessings

The Lord Bless You

Thank you for joining me in Share Four Somethings for August’s Amazing Activities. I look forward to hearing all you have loved, gleaned, braved (or saved), and achieved in the month of August – either in your post or in the comments below.

My prayer is for the Lord to bless you in your journey through life.

Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]. ~3 John 1:2 AMP


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16 thoughts on “August’s Amazing Activities”

  1. I know about CERT! I’m the communications person for our local Disaster Response organization. We’ll occasionally have a volunteer go through CERT training. How nice that you were able to turn the trip into a mini writer’s retreat. Congrats on the publication of your book!

    1. I can see you as the communications director, Lisa, and I know you are a vital person on the response team. I was so thankful for the mini writer’s retreat and the rest, Lisa. It was needed more than I realized. Thank you!

  2. Thank you Lisa,

    That sounds like a good bible study plan to me. I myself read a reading plan this month about Digital Detox (by Wendy Speake). In addition, I read in the Bible book of Romans, based on the book, written by Tim Keller. So good. It made certain things more clear to me.

  3. Lisa, so glad you were able to tag along with your husband and enjoy that writer’s retreat! As you know, I tried one ‘at home” which didn’t work! I know how braving the remodeling is, I have been through so many renos now, you start to enjoy the journey! I really enjoyed obtaining my CPR training, and commend you for pursuing that! Over all a fabulous month for you Lisa!

    1. I’ve done writer’s retreats at home, Donna, but I have found a short two-day retreat works well while a week-long retreat does not seem to work at home. All that to say, you might try again with a short weekend retreat and see how that works for you. I haven’t had to do a remodel in quite some time, so it was interesting to see all the supply-side delays our country is experiencing at the present time. I’m rejoicing with you in your new prairie-style windows, Donna! Sometimes it’s the little things in life that encourage us. May you have a blessed week full of grace, peace and joy!

  4. Hooray for a back porch complete with windows. I know me…and I would not have waited patiently for that to be completed. Just sayin. And congratulations on your published Bible study. I’m going to check that out now!:) I love a good Bible study! Have you considered leading a group through the study?

    1. Thanks for rejoicing with me, Jennifer, regarding the back porch and the Bible study! I haven’t considered an online study, Jennifer, but I will definitely ponder that idea. Thank you! Draw Near is written as a Bible study/devotional – where everything is at your fingertips.

  5. Congratulations on the publication of your book! How neat to turn the trip with your husband into a mini writing retreat and have time to spend together in the evenings. Construction activities can be frustrating, but they’re so worth it when done.

    1. Thanks for rejoicing with me, Barbara! Writing a book is truly a labor of love! I’m so thankful I was able to tag along, I really needed a little time of rest, and the mini writing retreat was a bonus. You’re so right, Barbara, construction projects are very stretching, yet worth it in the end.

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