I am a TOTAL magazine fanatic.
I have stacks and stacks and stacks of magazines by my bedside table, in book shelves, in storage. I am an information junky. I love to read. I love to find tips and ideas that make my life easier. I like to attempt to keep an eye on fashion so I stay somewhat relevant. I like to know more about how things work, why things are the way they are...
I don't have the "free" moments I used to with the girls keeping me on my toes constantly, but I love to end my day perusing a magazine before I turn in at night. I love ALL sorts of magazines, in fact, I could spend hours at Barnes and Noble looking at all of the different options. When I was working, my favorites were InStyle and Vogue, to keep up with the fashions, accessories, etc. I still LOVE them, but I find that I get the serious "I wants" when I read them these days, so I refrain from fueling the fire.
My current favorites are Real Simple, Cottage Living, Southern Living...and a new one called Life:Beautiful. I came across it a year ago when I passed by it at Wal-Mart. Honestly, it caught my attention because it was sweltering hot outside and there was a picture of some very yummy looking ice cream...well, I picked it up, and within a few minutes realized it was a Christian/Faith based magazine. VERY REFRESHING in every sense of the word.
Many of you have probably seen it...or picked it up, but if you haven't, YOU MUST! It is a FABULOUS magazine and truthfully SO encouraging, honestly faith strengthening, and just all around feeds the soul. It includes monthly contributions from Dr. Gary Smalley about marriage and relationships and Joyce Meyer concerning growing as a Christian, just to name a few. It also has all sorts of stuff you would find in other great magazines like recipes, projects, entertaining, fashion, etc. BUT, you are not bombarded with ANY advertisements...every page is meaningful. Another thing that is great, it is a quarterly magazine, and comes out 4 times a year. In the front of the magazine, there are calendars for the next 3 months with scripture for each day. I've been really convicted lately that I am a "babe" in the Word, and these calendars have made something overwhelming, like reading the whole Bible, into something very do-able.
This is the issue you can pick up in the store, and I just received my Spring copy yesterday in the mail. If you see it, pick it up, I promise you won't be sorry!
Keep The Faith,