Saturday, March 24, 2018

Book Trek 2018 - 07

Book:  Audacious. (Audio version)

Author:  Beth Moore

Info:  Copyright 2015.  Nashville:  B&H Books

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

Where Acquired:  Library check out.

What it's about
 "Do you love Me?"  Those words spoken by Jesus Christ to the Apostle Peter are also His "Jeopardy" question for us.  While the easy answer for the professing Christian is yes, the proof of practice is a little harder to find.  Moore approaches the relation of Christ's audacious love for us to our audacious love for Him.  According to Moore, audacious love is not about the showy, the loud, or a specific set of rules; it is about coming out of a dry spiritual place by allowing Jesus to be who and what quenches our thirst.

Favorite Quotes:

From Chapter 2
If it's Christians you don't like, I get it.  I don't like a few of the either.  But I'm asking that you not confuse them, or me, or any other flesh and blood with Jesus.  He is in a class all by himself.

From Chapter 6:  Her description of attending her own funeral was not only intriguing, but hilarious to boot.
A work of God cannot be mastered by man, no matter how gifted we are.  One day we'll think we've got the thing down.  The next day we'll wonder what on the ever-loving earth we were smoking.  The paradox is that it takes God to actually serve God.

From Chapter 7:
We're living like paupers in a bank vault.

What I liked
  • Moore narrates her own audiobook.  It may seem like a moot point, but many authors who write and speak well do not read aloud very well.  This author does an excellent job of conveying the message of her book.
  • While encouraging the reader to audacious faith and love, Moore doesn't take the experience and dumb it down to Sunday School sap, or rage it into blame and shame.  She doesn't tell us that we'll just float through life, nor does she intimate that the reader's walk with Christ has to look a certain way to be "right."
  • She is the epitome of "This is what I wanted.  This is how I screwed it up.  This is how God fixed it...and me."  Her realness is much needed and appreciated.

What I didn't like

For me, there was nothing to dislike about this tome.


I've been a Christ follower for more than 30 years, but the walk hasn't been perfect.  Many Gospel-based books shame those who admit to this imperfection.  Truth be told, if anyone tells you their relationship with Jesus has been easy, they are either lying, are a novice, or they have made Jesus who they want Him to be, rather than who the Bible says He is.  Moore's allowing for imperfect progress on the road to audacious love and faith makes this book unique. 

I would like to make the print version of this book as a permanent part of my personal library.  I also desire to participate in a Bible study or book discussion group on this volume.  I feel that strongly about the message.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Five Minute Friday: "Routine"

The frustration of not being able to establish routines is immense.  After being in my apartment since November, it still looks like I'm a broke college kid just scraping by.  Not being able to travel on my own schedule prevents me from establishing much needed routines.  There's places I need to go and purchases I need to make, but being at the mercy of someone else's schedule, or, Lord help, the weedwagon makes the task tedious at best, and impossible at worst.  Plus, makeshift, jury-rigged routines are getting old.

But this too shall pass...

I look forward to establishing:
  • A varied but solid exercise routine.
  • A cleaning schedule.
  • Routinely serving at church.
  • Having set days for certain things:  grocery shopping, visiting friends, etc.
You get the idea.

I'll get there somehow.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

There's No Place Like Home: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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On this first official day of spring tell us something (besides the weather) you're looking forward to in this season of the year.

If I mention having a car again, will you be mad?


We had a discussion at work Tuesday about community.  The other girls were rather critical, and sorry to say, a little sanctimonious, about getting off social media to spend more face-to-face time with others.  While I agree to a point, I did bring up the point that when a person's only available form of socialization outside of work is social media, they're doing the best they can.

They don't get it.  I'm not going to keep trying to explain it to them either.

So, I guess the thing I'm looking forward to most is having community outside of work. 

When it comes to spring cleaning would you rather wash windows or wash baseboards? Clean out closets or clean out the garage? Dust ceiling fans or dust bookcases? Wipe down the patio furniture outside or wipe down the light fixtures inside? Any of these tasks recently completed?

I would rather wash windows, clean out closets (I've never had a garage), and dust the ceiling fan.  No, I've not been in my apartment long enough for it to need spring cleaning.  It does, however, need a regular tidying up.

Your favorite thing to make/eat that calls for cream cheese? Sour cream? Whipped cream?

My favorite peanut butter pie recipe calls for cream cheese and whipped cream.  As far as sour cream goes, I have a couple of favorites:  Knorr Spinach dip (I leave out the water chestnuts) and a chicken casserole recipe given to me by my friend Bernice Rochester.

I read here a list of commonly mispronounced words. What is a word that gives you trouble when it comes to pronunciation?

My missteps with words are not usually due to pronunciation (unless I'm really tired, have eaten too much sugar, or just don't care); it's usually spelling.  I'm a very good speller, but some words, I misspell EVERY time I write them.  Here's a small sampling:
  • Genius - "Geneous"
  • Definitely - I spell it "definately" every. single. time.
  • Gamut - I keep wanting to write "gambit."  That's because of someone else's misspeaks over the years.
  • Braille - I keep forgetting it has two l's in it.
  • Writer - I know, I know, shame on the writer for trying to put two t's in writer.
What's a song you love with the word 'rain' in the title or lyrics?

And, of course, this one...

Insert your own random thought here.

From Dillon Mason's
Facebook Page.  He's a
former student of mine.
First and foremost, many of you may not know, but my hometown, Jacksonville, Alabama ("JackVegas"), was hit by an F-3 tornado Monday night.  Though there were some injuries, thankfully no one was killed.  My family in town were not affected by the storms.  However, several friends have either sustained sizeable damage to or the destruction of their homes plus my alma mater, Jacksonville State, took a huge hit.  Please be in prayer for them, and if you would like, please donate to the assistance fund.  Several churches are assisting those affected, and the town, as usual, is banding together to help.  I've not been homesick the entire time I've been in Colorado.  Now, I wish I could go home for a few days.  I know all I'd do is drive up and down 204 and cry and I'd be of absolutely no use at all, but I wish I could anyway.

Next on the agenda.  I've had my fitness group Working on It up since December and the results are dismal.  Though it now has 15 members, the point of the group somehow is being missed.  I envisioned it to be a place where those whose fitness isn't cookiecutter perfect could come and encourage each other.  That's not happening.  Though I specifically discouraged "lurking"--reading, but not engaging in conversation--it's happening anyway, with everyone.  Maybe my fitness quest is going to have to go back to being a solo venture.  That's not the best way to do it, but what else can I do?  (There's that whole, needing of better community thing again) So, as of this Friday, I'm going to take the site down.

Now, for something good.  Want to see that latest projects from Auntie's Workshop?  Please remember that any project you see can be replicated or customized (within reason) for your color scheme.

"The Four Seasons."  A multi-canvas piece is a new venture for me.
I got the idea from my girl at Paintology 101.  It's done on four 8x10 canvases.

"Southern Comfort."  I took a couple of ideas from other paintings to come up with this one.  It is done on an 11x14 canvas, but can be done on a larger or smaller canvas.