what I’m reading in 2015

Yes, another list. I can’t help myself. Please pop in and comment on what you’re reading.

JANUARY

~ About a Boy – Nick Hornby
~ The Overlook – Michael Connelly
~ What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage – Paul David Tripp
~ Stop Walking on Eggshells – Paul T. Mason, Randi Kreger
~ Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith – Scotty Smith
~ Caught Off Guard: Encounters With the Unexpected God – William P. Smith

FEBRUARY

~ Be Careful What You Wish For (Clifton Chronicles Book 4) – Jeffrey Archer
~ The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
~ Misery – Stephen King

(Just so you know: Every time you click on one of the Amazon links and make a purchase, a few pennies are eventually passed along to me. They eventually add up and feed my book habit. Thanks ever so much!)

“God is the perfect father who fathers His children perfectly.”

51zK+xrChRL._SY300_From Mary Kassian’s Knowing God by Name:

God is not merely “like” a father as He is like a rock or light. God is Father — and He alone defines what true fatherhood is all about. God is the perfect father who fathers His children perfectly. He is the father of our dreams:

  • He lavishes us with love (1John 3:1)
  • He is always near (Josh. 1:5)
  • He protects us (Ps. 5:11-12)
  • He provides for us (Phil 4:19)
  • He gives us good gifts (Matt. 7:8-11)
  • He guides us (Rom. 8:14)
  • He corrects us (2 Tim. 3:16)
  • He comforts us (2 Thess. 2:16-17)
  • He encourages us (Rom. 15:4-5)
  • He gives us a spectacular inheritance (Eph. 1:18, 1 Pet. 1:4)

“Father” is the name that sets Christianity apart from all the other religions of the world. Other religions have their gods, Allahs, creators, or metaphysical forces, but Jesus — the Son of God — came so that we could meet His Father, be adopted into His family, and relate to the almighty God of the universe in an intimate, personal concrete way as sons and daughters. If you don’t know God as father, then you don’t really know Him at all.

well, hey there

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’d meant to blog more regularly in 2015, but having failed at that already, the pressure is off. :) I’m just trucking along, living life, with a trip to California thrown in a couple of weeks ago. I plan to share a few pictures and thoughts about that at some point.

Meantime, I’m hanging out with Paul, watching the final season of Justified, reading fiction, trying to finish knitting a shawl that has been a big challenge, and have recently kicked a brief addiction to Trivia Crack.

Oh, and we’re planning to move within the next month or so.

Catch ya later,
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“Strong faith doesn’t mean you walk effortlessly through life…”

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Faith is not a feeling of being spiritually strong or superior, either in our relationship with Christ or in our activities. Such feelings can have very little to do with faith. Rather, faith is the confidence that God will receive you even when you’re not put together very well. Strong faith doesn’t mean you walk effortlessly through life. It means you run quickly to Christ when you’re in need.

“I don’t have to be afraid of anything or anyone…”

everydayprayersFrom Scotty Smith’s Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith:

Jesus, because of your great love for me in the gospel, I lack nothing that I need. I don’t get all my wants, but I do have everything I need for life and godliness . . . and a whole lot more.

I praise you that it’s green pastures and quiet waters to which you lead me—all for the restoring of my tired, weary, broken, rebellious soul. For your glory and my good, you guide me along paths of righteousness, goodness, truth, and grace. And even as that journey involves traversing places marked by decay and death, you are with me, and that’s all I really need to know. I don’t have to be afraid of anything or anyone, for you are with me.

You nourish me all the time, even when enemies are close by and threatening. Your generous anointing overflows for the blessing of others. To follow you is to be followed by the fragrance of your goodness and love. Even in the new heaven and new earth, you will be our shepherd, leading us to springs of living water (Rev. 7:17). Your greatness, Jesus, will reach to the ends of the earth, and we will always live securely, for you are our peace, now and forever. In your great and gracious name we pray. Amen.

random thoughts

~ No television series should go longer than 5 seasons. Inevitably, characters do things totally out of character, writers and producers indulge in silliness, and there are bizarre dream sequences and awkward musicals.

~ Since Paul gave me a FitBit for Christmas, I’ve begun thinking in steps and miles. Since I got it set up Christmas evening, I’ve walked more than a marathon in the course of my daily routine. I’m strangely motivated by this:

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~ I’ve been intentionally reading more this new year, and I’m truly enjoying it. I recently finished About A Boy. It was an easy, amusing, yet serious read. I had to smile when I got to these lines. If you’re a Dennis Prager fan, you’ll understand:

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~ I had to show my ID recently to purchase cold/sinus medicine. I guess they knew that you needed to be a certain age in order to handle the sharp implement necessary to open the little pill packs. (And, hey, how is it not racist to require an ID to purchase medicine? That’s the argument for no ID for voting, isn’t it? Who are all the haters who want minorities to go without Mucinex?)

~ If our government is going to continue to be involved in the minutiae of our lives, I have another suggestion for a law: Ban radio commercials that have sirens in them. It drives me crazy to have to check my mirrors and wonder if an ambulance or fire truck is in my path.

~ Random thoughts, random photos:

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~ Our recent southwest Georgia weather reminds me of Belgium — wet, cold, and gray. I would love to see some sunshine.

~ I love, love, love the Anhaica bucket bag I received for Christmas. It’s perfect for toting my current knitting project.

Happy Thursday, y’all!
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monday miscellany

~ I’ve had the dictionary.com app on my phone for ages, but for some reason I recently started receiving word-of-the-day emails from them. I think I should attempt to use the new word in a sentence at least once every day. Sometimes the word is a challenge to drop into conversation:

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~ 3 Facts for your fret

~ Trisha’s word for 2015.

~ Mike Rowe on following your passion. This is good stuff.

~ “You can sum up God’s agenda for your life in one word…

~ Our colder than usual weather has me wanting to knit this up STAT.

Happy Monday to you!

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“…God is right smack-dab in the middle of your struggle.”

whatdidyouexpectFrom Paul Tripp’s What Did You Expect?:

God determines the precise place where each of us will live…and the exact length of our lives… It is God who determines the precise details of location, situations, and relationship in which each of us lives. This means not only that God is in control of where you end up and who you finally live with, but also that, in order to do this, he has been in control of everything that brought you to where you are. This means that God has been in control of all the experiential, cultural, and familial influences that shaped how you desire, think, act, and respond. So, God is in control not only of the locations in which you live, but also of the influences that have shaped you as a person. He has not only written the story of you and your spouse and determined that your stories would intersect, but he has controlled all the things that have made you different from one another.

As you struggle, you must not view your marriage as bad luck, or poor planning, or as a mess that you made for yourself. No, God is right smack-dab in the middle of your struggle. He is not surprised by what you are facing today. He is up to something.

saturday

Ahhh, the first Saturday of a new year! It’s a dreary, trying-to-rain kind of day — perfect for staying at home and getting some chores done.

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We started off the morning with a delicious breakfast downtown and then drove around a little bit before making a Walmart run. The store was uncharacteristically quiet and calm, and our shopping was easy. I didn’t even have the urge to hurt someone!

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At home I got some ribs started in the slow cooker while Paul worked on cars with his son and a friend. Then I thoroughly cleaned our upstairs, organizing closets, and making a big pile of stuff to take to the consignment store. The washer and dryer worked the whole time. I found all kinds of old pictures, and if you’re a Facebook friend, you’ve probably seen them.

Oh, and while I was running errands, I saw a car full of sad football fans:

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Now I’m happily parked on the sofa, trying to decide if I want to read or knit.

It’s a good day, y’all.

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