April 21, 2018

Life Lately – April 2018

Now that it's April, I'm finally setting my New Year's goals. But before you think I'm a horrible procrastinator, let me confess that I did set one goal back in January -- to put off goal-setting until my latest grad class was complete. I knew that planning and dreaming would either distract me from my studies, or cause frustration at not being able to accomplish anything other than school. I missed reading for fun, lettering every day, and pursuing my long-term goals. But my class finished last month, and after a few weeks of relaxing and traveling for deputation meetings, I'm back in the saddle again (metaphorically speaking, of course). Here's Life Lately, now that I'm temporarily [...Read More]

You Are Called to Be Creative

After I was diagnosed with Wegener's, I went through a period where the most I could do during the day was stumble to the couch for a change of scenery. I read light fiction or watched movies, and that was about it. Nothing creative, nothing requiring any sort of energy output. Thankfully, that period didn't last, and I slowly started to look for low-intensity activities to occupy my time. I never considered myself creative in any sense of the word -- so when someone suggested I try scrapbooking, I laughed at them. But the idea took root . . . and while I never did much actual scrapbooking (I only finished about ten pages in my wedding book that I started about ten years ago!), I [...Read More]

12 Great Books Any Valentine Will Love

Does anyone else struggle to know what to give on Valentine's Day? I'm not really a "romantic" sort of person -- I'd rather give (or receive) something nice but useful, like beautiful Scripture art or something for a favorite hobby, than chocolate or a stuffed bear. (Though I admit flowers are always nice, as long as you're not allergic!) I'd rather share a gift that will truly benefit the person than just another dust-collector, something that will bring them pleasure and offer help in some way. Books are always a great gift idea, no matter what the occasion or recipient. They're useful and practical, with a dash of optimism -- offering hope or help, comfort or camaraderie, adventure or [...Read More]

#Read2017 – Literary Adventures in November and December

Can you believe 2017 is almost over? I guess every year goes a little faster, the older and busier you get. And we have been busy! I usually try to avoid that over-used buzzword, but in this case, there's no other word for it. The past two months alone have included: ministering in Wyoming; driving cross-country; spending a month in Massachusetts, a week in Pennsylvania, and a week in North Carolina; visiting extended family, historic sites, and visiting multiple churches throughout the country; finalizing our ministry presentation and beginning our deputation meetings; taking a seminary class in 7 weeks, including writing a 25-page research paper; celebrating the holidays with our [...Read More]

#Read2017 – Literary Adventures in September and October

This has been a busy fall! We are getting ready to start traveling for our missions deputation, and I also just started another seminary class. Somehow I managed to complete 6 books for my #Read2017 challenge before that all really got going (several of which I'd already started earlier in the summer), plus a handful of easy fiction reads that weren't included in my challenge categories. Here's what I read in September & October (contains affiliate links): Speaking in Bones, by Kathy Reichs Category: Mystery novel Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Another great book in the series about Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (popularized by the tv show Bones). I have trouble reviewing fiction [...Read More]

How Personality Tests Help Us Understand People Better

I believe personality tests have value for us, both as Christians seeking spiritual maturity and as adults seeking stronger and more unified relationships. The key is to remember that our personality results do not define us; only God's Word can do that. These tests simply get us out of our normal way of looking at things, and share another perspective that we might never consider otherwise. But we shouldn't stop at simply knowing our type! Once we have a basic understanding of what those results mean, we ought to spend time reading about the other types -- not simply to satisfy curiosity, but to learn how to relate better to other types of personalities. We need to go beyond learning the [...Read More]

#Read2017 – Literary Adventures in July and August

I finally had some downtime last month, and was able to make some good progress on my #Read2017 challenge by reading -- or completing -- 8 books. Several of them had already been started earlier in the year, so don't think I spent all my time reading the past two months (I wish!). And several of those were fiction, which I always devour rather quickly! I'm almost finished with reading through every category on my list at least once, and am starting to think about challenges for next year. I've been considering a few different ideas, including either a "curiosity" challenge or a "tackle the reading list" challenge. Any suggestions? I'd love to hear what you're interested in reading next [...Read More]

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