Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Creating a New Wardrobe

I can liken my activities to clothing.  Using this analogy, I've been going through my clothes, tossing some completely, buying some new clothes that I never before thought I'd like, and buying some new clothes that are very similar to old ones, just a different cut or color.  I've already done a lot of tossing, getting rid of old clothes to make room for new ones.  Right now, I'm in the slow process of trying on new clothes to see if they fit and see if I want to keep them.  I've started helping a friend homeschool her kids, and that is a good fit for me, a new outfit I want to keep.  Also new is being a language arts tutor.  That is another outfit I want to keep, and even try to find more just like it.  This is a slow and prayerful process, deciding how to best spend my time and use my gifts to help others.  The ultimate goal is to be used by God to further His kingdom work.

Saturday, March 10, 2018


I found this gem at my church's bookstore.  I bought it because it is so encouraging and delightful for me to see how much Katharina Luther supported her husband in his domestic dealings, political affairs and theological debates and reforms.  It's neat to think that wives of today do the same thing.  I like to be reminded of my connection to other wives, even wives of famous and infamous reformers from half a century ago and from halfway across the globe.  I truly enjoy a "mysterious, sweet communion" with this Godly woman from so long ago and so far away.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Why is Christianity so Unpopular?

God.  Jesus.  The Bible.  Grace.  Faith.  These aren't bad things if you ask most people.  What IS bad, though, is the Christian belief that salvation consists ONLY in these things, and that salvation doesn't exist at all without these things.  It is the exclusivity of Christianity that makes it so unpopular.  It was the exclusivity of Christianity that got the reformers in such trouble 500 years ago.  The powerful Roman church didn't mind talk of God, Jesus, the Bible, grace or faith, but when the reformers insisted that salvation wasn't found in anything else-not tradition or works or liturgy-that's when things got heated.  It is no different today.  Most Americans are fine with God and Jesus, the Bible, grace and faith, but when Christians teach and insist that Christianity cannot be found outside of those things, and that where those things are absent, Christianity is absent, that is when Christianity becomes very unpopular and Christians find themselves in a minority.  The Bible says in Acts 4:12,  "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."  Ephesians 2:8-9 says this:  "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast."

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Why I Read

I've been reading Twirl by Patsy Clairmont, and in writing about reading, she sums up well the reasons I like to read.  She writes, "It is a proven fact that we are better conversationalists when we read.  Our vocabularies are more expansive, and our word choices tend to be charged with meaning.  People are more likely to seek us out as good company.  We are more likely to be promoted in the workplace.  Books remind us we are not alone in our struggles, and they can help us to evaluate our own needs more objectively."
I know I am quiet and awkward much of the time, but ask me about what I'm reading, and I turn into someone else entirely-someone "rico y suave."  My reading excites me.  I love learning things about myself and the world around me and the world as it was long before  was in it.  I also love reading about other people and about their world.
I just came home from a lecture by a man who reads, marks, and highlights at least 6 newspapers a day, plus reads all kinds of written articles and essays, plus reads 6 or 7 books a week.  That is a man who always has something interesting to share.  I want to always have something interesting to share, too.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Review of The Call

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I would recommend this book to people who struggle with persistent and addictive sin in their life.  The book is this pastor's very personal story of living in sin and attempting to overcome it both with and without God's power.  Much is written about Satanic attack and spiritual battle.  It was encouraging to me to read about the author's persistent fight against the sin that was so dominant in his life, and to read how God transformed his life.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Morning and Evening Light

This is what we see when we look at the back wall of our house.  I think this is my favorite part of the house.  I often spend time sitting on the floor, embraced by the morning sunshine.  In the evenings, this window often reflects the pink and orange sunsets to the west.  This year-on Jan.1, to be exact-my internal body clock decided to start waking me up an hour earlier, and this window has made that odd and unwelcome change so much more bearable.  There are always big things in life to be thankful for . . . salvation for those who are saved, family, friends, jobs; but we must not forget to be thankful for the little things, since every good thing is from God.  (James 1:17.)

Monday, February 19, 2018


"Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal."  That is a line from "You've Got Mail", but I'm using it as inspiration for this post.  I don't know just what changed, or when or where, but I've been feeling restless lately, like I want to do more . . . be more.  I've been re-evaluating some community involvements I have.  I guess you could say I'm purging . . . getting rid of some things that just seem like unnecessary and unhelpful time-takers, and looking into more worthwhile ways to spend my time.  I've been spending a lot of time in quiet contemplation, just trying to figure out what I am passionate about, what I am good at, and trying to figure out how to incorporate that into my life.