Showing posts from October, 2014

Friday Free Fifteen

I popped out of bed at 6:15 am, and I thought, "I want to immerse myself in Bible Book Club this morning!" I am still going to do that, but I wanted to do a book review (I am within 70 pages of the end so I always allow myself to write the review when I am within 100 pages of the end as it motivates me to FINISH!). Then I got intrigued that I could not write a comment on the 52 books in 52 weeks blog page. So, I am now "clearing cookies," and we will see if that helps. All that to say is that I have not gotten to the Bible Book Club, but I have . . . 

Fully loaded the dishwasher and started it (Paul and I only have 1 1/2 loads during the five days that George is gone, and sometimes the dishes get really smelly! I guess I can maybe just run "half loads" some dishwashers have that capacity, and I need to read up on that. To have our dishes reduced by at least half has just changed everything!)Made a double recipe of Chai tea! (It is a "Friday Fast"…

39. From the Straight Path to the Narrow Way: Journeys of Faith

The beginning of this was somewhat dry because it had to explain the research methodology, but once I plowed through that part (after over a year), the stories of faith were very encouraging! I loved reading about the journeys of faith of people from throughout the world (as I love hearing anyone's journey - please tell me yours!).

38. Freedom Tools:For Overcoming Life's Tough Problems

I have always been curious about SOZO so this book was helpful for me to see the similarities and differences between it and the methods of listening and inner healing prayer I have been exposed to over the last thirteen years. It is very similar with slight variations. It is helpful for an initial exposure to this very important tool in being a "first-responder" of first aid for people with hurts from their past.

Sunday Morning Freewrite Fifteen

I am setting the timer . . . 

I have not done this in forever. In fact, I have not been doing a lot of writing these days. I am editing my Bible Book Club posts, and that has been so fulfilling and fun. I get to read what I wrote as far back as five years ago (I am editing posts, and the majority of those were written in 2009). It is fun to see that I have GROWN! YAY! I really have. It is so fun to think that this life is so fluid. 

I am listening to "Soothing Worship" by Jon Thurlow. He is singing, "No fruit's gonna' come through you unless you remain in me."  He sings this over and over. This is SO my philosophy of life. Ever since my breakdown in 1983 and Pearl Tadema (I am sure she has passed away since she was retirement age when she counseled with me) told me something to the effect, "You are bearing fruit simply by your abiding. Jesus Christ is the end of self-effort." This was the result of reading my journals and seeing how hard I would try…

37. Coffee and Orange Bossoms: 7 Years & 15 Days in Tyre, Lebanon

This is a fascinating memoir. I do not know that much about the people of Lebanon so I found it very interesting. The book is very personal and page turning. In the interest of full disclosure, I know the author, and I also know the person who edited his book (I connected them, and she is the author of two previous books I reviewed: The Fifth Seasonand Through the Veil). I heartily recommend this book! I read it waiting for and on a plane from Chicago to Portland, and I could not put it down. You really want to know how it ends.

36. Funny in Farsi

This book was given to me as a gift from my Iranian friend. It is delightful! It is humorous and heart-warming. Dumas (her married name is French) is a great writer!

Matthew 4:1-11 (Luke 4:1-13): Temptation of Jesus

Matthew 4:1-11 (Creation to Christ - Discovering God)
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ ”Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple,and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,‘He will command His angels concerning You’;and‘On their hands they will bear You up,So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’ ”Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory;and he said…

Jon Thurlow Soothing Worship

Jon Thurlow Soothing Worship

Really enjoying this these days. Twenty-four minutes of pure worship.

Jane Austen vs Emily Brontë: The Queens of English Literature Debate

This is so interesting! I love both the authors, but I think that Austen would have the edge for me!

7: Birth of Jesus (Christmas)

Another storyteller's version:

HIS WORDS: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20

MY WORDS: Coming Soon!

I WILL: Coming Soon!