Showing posts from June, 2019

29-34: Various Children's Books

I am reading books from the 1000 Books to Read Before You Die List.

So here are some of the Early children's books. Can you believe I had never read two that are super popular?

They were all delightful reads for a Saturday evening! 

Journey with Bonhoeffer Day (3-)6 FREEWRITE

I have not been writing about this fantastic new Journey I am on. I love passing on good things, and I have really enjoy this little book I bought so in April of 2017:

40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is a daily devotional with these components:

Excerpt from Bonhoeffer's writings
Biblical Wisdom - one to two verses related to the passage
Silence for Meditation
Questions to Ponder
Psalm Fragment
Journal Reflections
Prayer for Today 

Love it! I was in the middle of something when I bought this book, and then I discovered the Spiritual Exercises in the Fall of 2017, and I was involved with them for a solid 1 1/2 years. So this summer is the summer for Bonhoeffer. I think I might send it to Debbie and Patty for their birthdays. It is that good! 

So on to the Freewrite, but I must pause to go to the bathroom. :) 


Day 2 was about prayer and meditation
Day 3 was about prayer to start the day sets the tone for the day
Day 4 was about work and prayer (I love my work)
Day 5…

28. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

What a fun summer read! I think I saw the Walt Disney version when I was a kid, and I watched that version again last night as I was finishing up this book. As I did, I discovered that my dear husband has read the unabridged versions of this and the sequel! Who knew? I found the story very entertaining and captured my attention the whole time. I wish I had read it to my kids when they were young. The narrator, Harlan Ellison, was excellent. He gets very excited as he reads it. It was a delight, and I was surprised it was quite funny in parts. 

I did not mean to get the abridged version and wanted to read the full one, but I was almost done with the book before I realized it was the abridged. So c'est la vie (since it is a French novel).

Journey with Bonhoeffer: Day 2 Freewrite

The meditation was worrying about nothing and praying about everything. In the process of my meditation, I texted Elizabeth to pray for me with the waiting game for my friend's impending death. Anne was with her. So it was two or three gathered together. YAY! So I am so much better. I asked for help. I would have loved to talk to Fran, but I am so happy she is in the South of France enjoying the Van Gogh Exhibit, swimming in a river, eating French cuisine. So happy for her. George was sweet to call me this morning to process. 

Things have just hit me. I have all these memories attached with all these deaths in the last month. It is sort of overwhelming. This one came as a surprise. My "Helper" wished I would have been more assertive with her because I knew there was something wrong last time we were all together. I knew there was a distance not only from me but from everyone. Then she quit coming to things we had planned. Seems like she pulled away from everyone toward th…

Freewrite and Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer Day 1

My college roommate and buddy, Shannon, is dying. I sat by her bed in a hospice house in southwest Portland for two hours yesterday. Her friend of 24 years, Nick, was so warm and inviting. He asked me questions about our life together that many years ago. (We graduated in 1981). She asked about the Nick that broke her heart (because Shannon would always say that his name reminded her of "that" Nick). She asked about the Fiji she dated, Scott, she broke HIS heart. I was there for all of that. She was my closest college friend back then. We stayed tight for many years after we graduated, but she drifted away. I went on to do world travels, and also our values didn't match up anymore. I think she thought I was condemning her for her choices, but I am just not one to do that. Sometimes people just feel convicted by the way you live your life, and she and I were going down different roads in that respect. She was angry at me once when I questioned (gently) her choices, but we…

27. Choosing Christ in the World: Directing the Spiritual Exercises According to Annotation 18 and 19

This is a wonderfully thought out gem of a guide to the Spiritual Exercises. It has pages that a spiritual director would photocopy and give to a directee. I also like the "Lightworks" Section which is an 11 week 18th Annotation journey through the Exercises that I did after I was done with the 19th Annotation. His insights are simple and lovely. 

I have been writing quotes on this blog from the Lightworks part over the past weeks. 

I found it quoted in other things about the Exercises so I ordered it even though it was quite expensive, but when you think about the fact that a director has authorization to copy directee pages and the "brief notes" for their directees, I can see why it is so expensive. After I ordered it, my spiritual director gave me his copy though. So I didn't have to spend the money on it after all.

26. Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

I have checked this book out of the library so many times with the intention of reading it but was never able to get around to it. I finally did (I love the summertime). It is not at all what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be all about Lectio Divina, but it was his musings on many things about the written word of God. I thought it was interesting, especially the part about how the Bible was written in the original Hebrew and Greek in the vernacular of the day. It was also about how his translation (which he interchanges with the word "paraphrase") of the Bible called The Message. It came out of his frustrations of having his congregation actually wanting to read the Bible. He started with Galatians. Then he was asked to translate the New Testament. Then the rest of the Bible. 

“Christians don't simply learn or study or use Scripture; we assimilate it, take it into our lives in such a way that it gets metabolized into acts of love, cups of cold wat…

25. The Underground Railroad


“Get it, then get another copy for someone you know because you are definitely going to want to talk about it once you read that heart-stopping last page.”
--Oprah Winfrey (Oprah's Book Club 2016 Selection)

This is excellent. I highly recommend it. I agree with Oprah that is would be something that you would want to discuss. The writing is really quite perfect. I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator, Bahni Turpin, was perfect too. 

LIGHTWORKS THREE/2:1 (Jn 21:15-19)


What I want
I beg God my Creator to give me the gift of being full of forgiveness -- for myself and for those around me. 

I went into this prayer time doing my Examen prayer from yesterday, and during my listening time, you said to forgive the rude guy at the pizza oven at the restaurant we were at last night. The old Carol would have complained to the management about his rudeness. The new Carol forgave and prayed. We talked about it at our table when we discern something, we do not criticize, we pray. That is what I did. This morning, I sealed it with absolute forgiveness. Then, I come to the theme for this week's Lightworks: Jesus keeps on forgiving. 

I didn't write on here about another encounter that I had with a new librarian. I have a great relationship of many years with people at that library, and I was shocked when asking a question about something, she all of a sudden turned on me and got really snippy. I asked George if he thought I had done so…

Lightworks Two/6 (The Prodigal)

This parable always is sweet to me. The father wouldn't even listen to the youngest son's apology. He was too excited. My son was dead and now he is alive! He was lost and now he is found! My youngest son graduates today. We will kill the fatted calf and have a celebration for him (although he did not particularly want a party - the deer are walking in the yard right by the deck  - no doubt wanting to get in my husband impenetrable garden). I don't think my oldest will mind. I do want to plan a celebration for both of them as Michael is now laid off of work and George has to take 12 days of PTO before September. So, I need to get around to planning something. 

I think pollen is really bad. I am out on my deck and my eyes are even hazing up a bit. My poor oldest son who has major grass seed allergies! I hope he is OK sitting outside in Reser Stadium for all those hours today.

Yesterday was a very fulfilling day. I did something I just had to do. I said NO to subbing. I got a …

24. The Secret Garden

This book is absolutely DELIGHTFUL! I loved every minute of it, and the narrator is the same one who narrated Pride and Prejudice, and she doesn't even sound like the same person when she does all the different voices for this delightful children's book that really is meant for everyone. It is a story about transformation and growth! Love. Love. Love.

Lightworks Two/6 (Jn 8:3-12, Lk 15:4-32) FREEWRITE

I couldn't sleep again last night. So I got up and had some meditation time at 1 am on Jn 8:3-12. I kept on thinking something was eating at me all evening, but it was a burden that I am carrying for my oldest son. He called me at 5:06 pm yesterday to say that his job was being outsourced to Atlanta, and he was immediately out of a job. This was after they had given him a 30% pay raise six weeks ago telling him that they did not want to lose him. Say what?

I kept hearing HOPE for my son as I had my Examen. I had such a wonderful day. I had gotten up and was already mostly done with getting my house ready for the housecleaners (This was a gift from my hubby back in 2006 when I was so full up with homeschooling, discipling women, and having back problems - so George hired housecleaners, and now I don't really have back problems, but they are like part of the family now. So I cannot let them go.) I woke up to a non-rushed morning, no pain in my QL/Psoas, and no more sickness. I ha…

Lightworks Two/5 Freewrite

Ah, I am out on my deck again. It is supposed to be in the 90s again today. I love sitting out here, and I hope to do it everyday I am here in the summer months and maybe into the fall. 

I had a hard time falling asleep last night. I usually have this after being sick and sleeping more than my sleepless elite 6 hours (have a gene that makes me only need that much - I have been in a study so no question I have the gene). When I do that, I usually recalibrate and have shorter nights of sleep to equal always to 6 hours. 

So, I got up and had an Examen prayer time by candlelight and had some time in Scripture. This week, my verses are...

Deut 30:11-20 - I listened to this over and over again yesterday as I walked up and over hospital hill and really mulled on "Look what I've done for you today: I've place in front of you . . .

Life and Good Death and Evil 
And I command you today: Love GOD, your God, Walk in his ways. Keep his that you will live, really live, live…

Examen - June 10, 2019

I have not done this on my blog since I reviewed my November trip to Boise. So here goes . . . 

The setting of this Examen is on my deck overlooking my backyard. It is cool at 7:55, but it will heat up to 97 today so I am taking advantage of the deck now.

Holy Spirit, I pray you would shed light on my weekend and help me to see yesterday through your eyes. The coolness of this morning settles me into your presence. 
What I am grateful for:  A day of complete REST yesterday. (I could have maybe prayer walked with Mindy, but I waited for her to initiate that (and we have said after our 30 period that we could keep doing it periodically rather than weekly), and I decided to not go to Nick's going away party on campus (my bike is in the shop until Thursday).  Getting some "self-preservation" things crossed off my list.  Walking twice in the cool of the morning and cool of the evening. Reading on my deck George making me soup for the week All the graduation announcements done Review of…