Out my Window: sun shining through trees, slight breeze, August morning with promises of high heat
Enjoying: starry nights, cut flowers from my garden, time by two different lakes this week
Listening to/Watching: I listened to the Holy Post Podcast. There was no interview. https://www.holypost.com/holy-post-podcast This week I finished listening to Enneagram Summer with Annie F. Downs. http://www.anniefdowns.com/podcast/ I decided to listen to 2019’s podcast on Eights because that is the one that seems to resonate with me most and wow… yep, me. http://www.anniefdowns.com/2019/06/25/enneasummer-2019-eights/ I decided to go straight into the second book in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Twin Towers. https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Two-Towers-Audiobook/B009ABHTF4?qid=1598033985&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=6KR21Q0934XX42SAEX7K So far I am still very enthralled with this epic story.
Reading: By my bedside: The Pursuit of the Holy: A Divine Invitation by Simon Ponsonby. After listening to three interviews with Jon Tyson, I had to pick up his book Beautiful Resistance: The joy of conviction in the culture of compromise. I started this and have not been disappointed, much underlining and margin writing. I had to set it aside though due to hours of job training and my advanced copy of Love Has a Name became available.
I signed up for two book launches. Susie Larson has a devotional coming out September 1, https://www.susielarson.com/online-store/prevail-365-days-of-enduring-strength-from-gods-word I appreciate her morning and evening blessings that she shares on her facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/deeperlifeinchrist/ I am looking forward to getting an advance look at this devotional. The e-version has been so good, she is an encourager and reminder of truth, especially of God’s promises. I also applied to be on Adam Weber’s book launch team for his new book, Love Has a Name: Learning to Love the Different, the Difficult, and Everyone Else. https://www.amazon.com/Love-Has-Name-Different-Difficult/dp/1601429479 I am amazed at how many books were written earlier, and are so perfect for the season of the world we are in. This one is due out August 25.
Started a Book Study with my Ladies’ Small Groups, The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches about Finding True Happiness by Derwin Gray. It is a study on the Beatitudes.
Rambling Thoughts: (something a bit different today as I process friends who have walked away, friends who have given in to harmful temptations, other friends who have walked away physically or emotionally from their spouse, and many from Christ, so many who have forgotten whose they are and allow God to define who they are)
When did you lose your way? You were walking on the same path, yes it was narrow and at times hard, but it was good. We laughed and loved, we served and challenged one another and others, when did you lose your way? I could see it in your eyes, but you were brave and asked the questions. Most would not be answered quickly, or with easy answers. Was that when you lost your way? When the answers were more about trusting and obeying, when abiding became a challenge instead of a privilege, is that when you lost your way? I thought we were walking together, but then you wandered off and would not let me come. I know that Jesus followed you and pursued. When did you lose your way? When did you forget who you are and allow other things to define you? When did you forget that all this is worth so much more? When did you forget that it is okay to wrestle and try your faith? When did you decide it was easier to allow other things to define you? When did you decide I could no longer come in? When did you decide that it was too much to keep walking, or evening sitting on the side of the path with me? When did it become more of a burden than a blessing? When did you forget who you are and whose you? When did you forget you are not alone?
Fitness and Mental Health: . I have been doing Pilates or other exercises here and there, but not as consistent as I was hoping. Mental Health: Exercise is key and continuing to look for beauty. Working on Scripture memory again and keeping track of days again. I was just writing the date, but after I lost days of the week, I decided to write what day it is also. I have been reading through the gospels this month. Jesus continues to amaze me and challenge me.
Home: Mostly keeping up with the basics.
Giving Thanks: my home, provisions, 29 years of marriage, a day to celebrate and hang out with my hubby, laughter, vegetables and flowers growing in my gardens, walks and schlogs, praying friends, serving with a friends, Census job starting up, generous friend helping me get my hair done, kind notes, organizations and people who are trying to walk out Jesus’ teachings, freedom to meet, good books, challenging thoughts