I have decided that I enjoy blogging too much to ditch the idea completely. This week I have almost been convinced to get on Twitter, but I still have major reservations. Again, I am just too busy to add another scoop of nothing onto the plate.
So, I have decided that this year, I am going to thoughtfully blog about what I am reading. There may be an occasional cute story about the boys, or perhaps a tribute to my man. (That's something that I might just do because of a motivating post by my sister.) However, I am going to just occasionally post on what I have read, am reading or plan to read.
To catch up for the year so far...
- A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman - This was a Christmas gift from my sister. Knowing that tidbit, imagine my confusion when the first sentence was "Sisters are overrated, she decided." WHAT??? The first sentence for crying out loud! I got over it and finished the fictional romance, which was laced with the virtues of chastity and patiently waiting for God's plan. Not my all-time favorite, but it was good enough to get me hooked on the idea of finishing the series.
- Breaking the Worry Habit...Forever by Elizabeth George - This is actually a book/Bible study. I desperately needed it. I am completely prone to worrying issues to death. In fact, the scripture that I am memorizing right now is Psalm 37:8, which proclaims that fretting "only leads to evil". Ouch...I mean, Amen.
I am currently reading:
- James - Of the Bible. I am participating in the Living Proof Bible Study in Houston on Tuesday nights and so, since this study is on the life and book of James, I have been reading it daily. It doesn't take terribly long and it is gradually sinking into my thick skull. I am praying that these words, given by One Shepherd, will attach themselves to my heart like firmly embedded nails. (Ecclesiastes 12:11)
- Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers -I am only a day or two from finishing this one. The second in the saga, Her Daughter's Dream is in route, thanks to ChristianBook.com. I am completely engrossed in the dramatic family, which is making the illuminating point that we cannot ever fully comprehend all of the events that have shaped a person we are dealing with. Without being aware of each and every detail of one's life, it's unfair to draw any conclusions of what he or she is thinking or feeling.
And in preparation for a marriage retreat that Larry and I will be speaking at...Yes, your eyes are still working...quit laughing...really, I did enough of that when we were asked...honestly...Can you imagine a more unlikely couple to still be married after more than a decade...and with not even one charge of attempted murder?...It's a miraculous working of God...I say working, because it's a constant effort...Enough, these are the books that are stacked on the table beside our bed:
- Quiet Times for Couples by H. Norman Wright I am not sure how much I truly love this one. It's a great thing to do a quiet time with your spouse on a regular basis. However, that is not what Larry and I have done in the past. We have tended to do our own separate studies and then regurgitate everything that we learned for the other to hear. This is actually the first time that we have ever sat down together and studied the same devotional. We started on January 1st and have been somewhat consistent on doing this together. We will see how it goes from here.
- The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman - I have read this in the past, but I know that we need to brush up on the principles it lines out...especially, since we are going to HEAVILY recommend this during one of the sessions.
- Uncovered: Revealing the Secrets of a Sexy Marriage by Susie Davis - I am not far into this one yet (I am still pretty wrapped up in the Marta's Legacy series by Francine Rivers as mentioned above). However, I am SO looking forward to it. Who wouldn't be with chapter titles like 'Get Over Your Naked Self: You won't love sharing what you loathe' and 'From Roommate to Playmate: Does your husband have a girlfriend'? Don't those sound so appropriate and applicable? I can't wait! In fact, I might start tonight.
Planning to read in the near future:
- Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism edited by David L. Allen and Steve W. Lemke - I suppose that this is on the list because I am a bizarre nut, who likes to read the work of those much more scholarly than I.
You know, I should also include the books I read to the little boys...maybe I will begin compiling a list to be posted each week. Hmmm...that sounds like a good idea. I will have to think of a catchy name and a day of the week that I can consistently post on. Hmmm...the idea's keep coming!