Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Secrets of Adulthood: The Weekly Hodgepodge


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What keeps you blogging?

It's a combination of things.  While I don't share everything in a public space like a blog, I find writing very cathartic.  If that catharsis helps someone else, it's worth it to continue.  Blogging has also introduced me to new friends.  I will also keep blogging because it doesn't feel like I'm interfering in someone's life with what I share.  In other words, if someone doesn't want to hear what I have to say, they simply don't read it.  No one's offended or feels obligated. 

Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama). Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter? 

I've only been to the beach a few times, but to none of these locations.  Fairhope sounds like somewhere I'd visit when I get the chance to go home to Alabama.  Come to think of it, I need to go be a tourist in my own home state.  There so much about it I haven't seen.

What's a song you're embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?


And yes, I still miss Davy Jones (1945-2012).

When you were a kid what's something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you're an adult you realize it's not all that fantastic?

Getting to eat what I want.  My parents were not strict about what we ate; we simply had very few choices.  The only food rule was that if we got it out of the refrigerator or cabinet, we had to eat it, not waste it.  Because it was expensive, junk food or fast food was something allowed only once in a while.  Being an adult who could buy what I wanted only added fire to my food addiction.  My choices are much better now, but I used to absolutely pistol whip myself with food.  Not fun.
 
Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

II Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) - All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of the Monkees:  I know this song came out a couple of years ago, but it's become my new favorite.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Trek 2018 - 02

Book:  Talk to Me.

Author: Lynette Hagin

InfoCopyright 2011: Tulsa: Kenneth Hagin Ministries

Rating (on a scale of 1-4 stars):  ✮✮✮

Where Acquired:  Correspondence Course curriculum.

What it's about:  Hagin presents Bible passages and anecdotes to help those struggling with feeling disconnected in prayer.

Favorite Quote(s): 

Most of us hate to be without our cell phones. The same thing should be true concerning our prayer life. Once we realize how important it is for us to talk to the Father, we should feel absolutely paralyzed if we don’t have a strong connection with Him through prayer. - p. 26.

What is prayer? It is more than asking and receiving. It’s more than presenting requests and waiting for answers. Prayer is a union with our Heavenly Father. It is our need pouring out and His grace pouring in. - p. 43

Prayer is the bellows that blows upon the warm coals of revival and keeps the Body [of Christ] glowing with fervency. - p. 57.

Takeaway:

Talk To Me was very enjoyable.  There weren't really spectacular things to like or not like about the book--except the author's overuse of the phrase "You see..."  However, because this book is part of a Bible correspondence course, I have higher expectations than I would if I'd simply bought the book at the local bookstore.  Though the author gave much motivation to pray, there seemed to be something missing in the presentation.  Yes, there was plenty of Scripture to ponder, but it didn't go as in-depth as expected. 

For someone new in his faith or needing a refresher on the basics, I would recommend the book.  For someone looking for a scholarly, deep study on prayer, this one does not fit the bill.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Five Minute Friday: "Simplify"



I find it ironic that this prompt came up right after I finished reviewing the book The Turquoise Table, which talks about simplifying hospitality.

To simplify denotes getting rid of that which is superfluous and getting down the bear bones to bring more peace into the home.  Most of us want to do that with possessions, but not with our mental clutter.  We want to gather our unwanted household goods and cart them off to the thrift store (I could go into a rant about those who donate useless, dirty, broken crap that needs to be thrown away rather than donated, but I won't...yet).  However, we don't want to clean our minds of the unwanted detritus of hate, bitterness, anxiety, self-loathing, racism, etc.  Why don't we simplify our lives by dragging that debris into the light of God's truth and letting the Lord set us free for that garbage?

That is true simplification that brings ultimate peace.