Today’s prompt was: What book are you reading right now?
Haha!! No, I’m not isolated… And no, I didn’t color three books… Only two!!
No, seriously, The question should have been “What bookS…” I can never limit myself to just one at a time! I love reading!
So, what bookS am I currently reading? Let me list a few:
The Bible (always … daily)
Devotionals that help me understand better and apply the Bible lessons to my life: a. In Touch by Charles Stanley b. Ever Faithful by David Jeremiah c. Mornings with Jesus and Walking in Grace and Strength & Grace by Guideposts d. Today in the Word by Moody Bible Institute e. These Days by Presbyterian Publishing Corp.
The Last Caretaker: A Novel by Jessica Strawser
I have Jessica Strawser’s book on my Kindle reader. I prefer having a paperback or better yet, the hardcover book, but Kindle books are so affordable – – – and I can enlarge the print to make deciphering easier. So I am getting used to reading from my laptop. The Last CareTaker is a gripping story about a lady who agrees to be the caretaker at a remote nature preserve, but finds herself in the throes of a secretive shelter for battered, abused, and at-risk women. I’m enjoying it.
How about you? What bookS are you reading right now?
Bye for now… I’m off to read some more.
(Oh, and by the way, Happy Birthday to my mom. 11-15-15 Elizabeth (Betty)Totten DeAngeles She would have been 108 today!)
Here we are when I was about 2 or 3. Quite the hairdo, huh? Sweet!
Calling All Sinners!! Yup, my friends – that’s me. Yesterday I really screwed up; Of course, not intentionally.
We sinners never mean to Cross over the kindness line Into lack of compassion. We don’t commit sin by design!
So when we sinners mess up, As God knows we always do, How do we learn to forgive ourselves? Does this happen, my friend, to you?
Yesterday’s “Today in the Word” by the Moody Bible Institute, dealt with this subject right when I needed it most. The scripture for the day was:
“For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
What do I need to let go of? What did I do that was so bad? I made Bob feel like a burden Instead of making him feel glad.
I was mad that he left me At the church without a word. He was that mad that I left him. Now, isn’t that absurd?
It’s all about communication. Yes, I know, he should have said “Hey Honey, let’s go home now,” But he just left instead.
Yup, we butted heads over The slightest misunderstanding. I found another way home. Oops… that was a crash landing!
He’d only gone to the post office And then he came back to get me. I didn’t know where he had gone And his absence really upset me.
Earlier he had wanted some help On a simple music interpretation task. I was in the middle of something else And irritably made him sorry he’d asked.
Today we’re back to talking In civilian tones to each other. Yesterday’s behind us; we’ll forget How we rankled one another.
But making peace ain’t easy When you’ve crossed the kindness line. We hate to admit we’re wrong. But repentance helps us align.
Align our will to our loving call To be responsive to each need Expressed by those around us. That’s our call, our mission. Agreed?
“Let love be genuine, Abhor what is evil; Hold fast to what is good.”
In my devotional yesterday, “All God’s Creatures” by Guideposts, the writer, Jerusha Agen, reminded me of the importance that unconditional love be exhibited. She wrote about “Simon’s Love” telling about a cat who acted like a dog.
Jerusha’s favorite pet had died. It was the first time in her life She was without a dog to cuddle. But her cat took away the strife.
Her cat started acting like a dog, Meeting her at the door when she got home, And sitting in her lap to comfort her. Letting her brush him with a comb!
Her cat, Simon, knew to mourn with her. Simon seemed to know what she needed. In grief, Jerushah had been neglecting him, But Simon forgave that sin; with joy conceded.
“Rejoice and mourn with others, According to what they need,” Jerusha wrote to her readers. Ask Bob for forgiveness – with speed!
I’ll ask God to help me be more Loving and responsive to Bob. Help me with my impatience, Lord. Help me show genuine love to my heart-throb!
Here’s my heart-throb when I met him He was in the army at the time. Happy Veteran’s Day on Saturday. Ours is a long-term love sublime.
That doesn’t mean we don’t argue Or make each other mad at times. But, God tells us sinners to forgive… Just as He does – ALWAYS, not just sometimes!
You can probably relate to my “Faux Pas” – You’ve probably blundered some, too. But, God is calling us sinners: Let love fill the dog-shaped void in you!
Let forgiveness be your guiding star, Since we all forget to be compassionate – ’tis true. I’ll look for ways to show love like Simon. And God’s calling you, my dear sinner, too!!
I thought of my son-in-law, Andre’, when I thought of discomfort!
But then I realized, No, not that kind of discomfort!
The scripture that prompted the remark about being uncomfortable is this one:
“The Samaritan woman said to [Jesus], ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans).”
John 4:9 (NIV)
Obviously, the woman was uncomfortable talking to Jesus. But Jesus intentionally engaged in conversation with the woman. According to Ericka Loynes, who wrote the commentary for the devotional in Guideposts “Mornings With Jesus,” His intent seemed to be to “change the landscape of the current culture.”
“Embracing change can be difficult,” Loynes went on to write. She acknowledged, “The more often I get out of my comfort zone, the easier it will be to adjust to the changes around me.”
Stepping out may seem scary, but as this meme reminds us, it is imperative if we want to become stronger and grow. So, Loynes ends her commentary by asking the reader to take a faith step: “Ask Jesus to help you get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
It’s worth thinking about, don’t you think? Like Jesus, who can you step out and talk to today who is not among those you generally hold in conversation?
Try it! Try stepping out of your comfort zone.
There are plenty of folks out there who could use your brand of positivity! Do you see folks who look like they could use some encouragement? Follow Jesus’ example!
You may find some comfort in being uncomfortable. I’m gonna try it. You with me?
Rest in peace, Cricket. When I get to the pearly gates, I will expect to see my furry friends who have gone on before me Jumping with glee to meet me. If not, I’ll keep moving on Cuz I’ll know I haven’t reached The right gate yet!!
Every day we miss our pup She was a darling Boston Was great company
Going for trail rides Was just not the same without Her cheerful presence.
Can you sympathize with Rachel today? Click on her blog and leave a note. I know she’ll appreciate it. That’s what our WP community does… We reach out to support and comfort one another. Right?
Sympathy = “I feel FOR you.” Empathy = “I feel AS you.”
Ah, we need more empathy! We need more people who are willing to put themselves in another person’s shoes…
Not just feel sorry for the one who suffers, but feel his/her suffering – and try to do something to alleviate it. I discovered a new blogger today (new to me) – “Ly-die” – who wrote an eloquent post on this topic. I really appreciated it, and I think you will, too.
Bob stayed home and then joined us later when we a went to our neighbors’ place (the Ducsays) for “TMW” – (what’s that – you ask?) – Hah – “Too much wine!” The picture doesn’t show our joy! We were having a grand time!
Today our Swiss guests are spending time in Yellowstone Park. It’s a beautiful blue sky day here. What are you up to??
Enjoy your Thursday… I send my love and empathy your way.