Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"It Is Finished"

In a world constantly demanding our time, our attention, our busyness - it is a comfort to hear the words of Jesus upon the cross.  "It is finished"  There is nothing we have to do to earn love.  To earn salvation.  To earn grace and mercy.  It is done.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Three Things: I could read over and over again

I'm known to be a bit of a reader.  (I'm also known to understate things a tiny bit from time to time) 

Reading has been a HUGE part of my life ever since I was a kid.  I love to lose myself in a good book.  I would spend most of my days reading - all day, every day if that were actually possible.  (wait... is there a job for that? If anyone has an opening with a job description like that - let me know!  'Cause I would totally rock that!)

I always say I don't like to answer questions about my favorite books.  It's just too hard to pick a favorite book.  I have loved so many different ones over the years.  And yet... here I am writing a post about three things I could read over and over.  Painting myself into a corner of sorts.  Because honestly, there are probably hundreds of books I would read again.  And there are quite a few I have read twice - or more - in my lifetime.  These are simply three that came to mind:

1) The Time Traveler's Wife (by Audrey Niffenegger): There aren't many books I can say made me cry.  Real, tears running down my cheeks, heart aching kind of cry.  But this one did. The story is just so beautiful.  And so sad.  The day I finished the book, I closed it, and immediately thought..."Yes.  That book would be on my Top Ten list"  When I first read it, I had a borrowed library copy.  I had to go buy my own to keep!

2) Unglued (by Lysa TerKeurst): Just being real here... I probably NEED to read this book over and over.  And over again.  This is a fantastic book about breaking the habits of stuffing down our emotions, or letting them explode all over ourselves and others.  Controlling your emotions instead of letting them control you.  And having more godly reactions to circumstances and other people.  When I read the first page, I was pretty sure Mrs TerKeurst had been sneaking around spying on my family!

3) To Kill A Mockingbird (by Lee Harper): I mean because, c'mon.. it's To.Kill. A. Mockingbird.  This is one of those novels I have probably read at least 5 times.  I love the story.  I love the movie.  It's a classic!

And because I just HAVE to do it: Honorable mentions would go to "Gone With the Wind", "Island of the Blue Dolphins", "The Great Gatsby", "The Other Boleyn Girl", "One Thousand Gifts", "Charlotte's Web", "A Thousand Splendid Suns"... and so many others!!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Ten Questions

I want to thank Michelle at New Horizon Reviews for tagging my blog for the Liebster Award!

I typically don't do many 'tag - you're it' type posts on here.  But...
1) I liked her questions and wanted to answer them. (except for one... you'll see...)
2) I always seem to need some good writing prompts these days!

So... here we go!

(1) What made you start a blog?
um... good question!  I've always liked to write and I think I just saw it as a place to express myself. An online journal of sorts. It has just sort of grown and developed over the years.
(2) What is one tip you would offer a new blogger?
Don't be afraid to hit the publish button no matter what you wrote. Your blog doesn't have to be just like anyone else.  It's yours.  Your thoughts, your platform, your writing.  Be yourself.  
(3) Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
God... my family... life... every moment
(4) What do you like best about blogging?
Having an outlet for some of the thoughts that roll around in my head all day.  #2 favorite thing is comments from readers.  I loooove comments!!
(5) Are you a morning person? Why/Why not?
No!  I would be an early to bed, late to rise kinda gal if I could.  But I do make myself get up before the sun on most mornings so I can have some quiet time before the busyness of the day gets in the way.
(6) Who has the biggest influence on you? Why?
Other than God?  That would have to be the Man of the House.  He is always there for me. He is kind, giving, and compassionate.  He's strong.  He has an amazing work ethic.  I admire him and wish I could be more like him sometimes. He supports all my crazy dreams and encourages me to go for them.  He comforts me when I feel like I'm falling flat on my face.  And he makes me feel beautiful. 
(7) What is your favorite book?
Nope.  Just no.  I can't do it.  This is one of my very least favorite questions in the history of questions.  Ever.   I love books.  So many books.  I can't possible pick just one as my favorite.  That would be like picking a favorite offspring.

(8) What is the first book you remember reading?
"The Three Little Pigs"  Which happens to be the first book I ever read by myself.  I was in kindergarten - which at that time was optional, so they didn't start teaching reading until first grade.  But I kept begging and begging my teacher to let me read, so she hooked me up.  I still remember how proud I was of myself for reading "straw"  because that is a very hard word when you are just starting out!

(9) How do you feel about print books versus e-books?
I like the convenience of e-books.  Being able to carry as many as I want with me in one lightweight device.  Lovely!  But nothing will ever replace print books for me.  Holding the book, feeling the spine give for the first time, turning the pages.  The BEST!
(10) What is your favorite piece of furniture? Why? 

     My bed.  Because that's where I sleep.  And read.

And thats about that.  (Michelle, I hope you will forgive me if I don't tag other bloggers and pass this on!)

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Spirit of Gratitude: August 28

Falling asleep snuggled up to the Man of the House
Curly hair
Pumpkin Spice Lattes are coming back early this year
Blowing bubbles
New year of guitar lessons begins for the Male Offspring
Reading to the grand baby
Text messages that make me laugh
The Man of the House bringing home pizza
Pumpkin ale
Late summer days that feel like fall
Fantasy Football draft day
Spending time with The Man of the House
Fried pickles
Picnic at the park
Family time
Early to bed
Shopping for school supplies
Filling out school paperwork
Cuddling up for the length of the snooze button
The grand baby showing us how strong he is
Having too many ideas to keep up with
A house full of homework being done
The blurry quiet of a foggy morning

all photos courtesy of publicdomainpicture.net

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