Thursday, October 28, 2010

15 Books I Love

"Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. If you post this to Facebook, tag 15 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what books my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your 15 picks, and tag people.)"

I'm making up another rule: listing a series as one book is acceptable.

And a quick disclaimer: I probably love about a million books (been reading like crazy since 1st grade), so these are just the first ones that came to mind this morning, not necessarily my top 15 of all time and they aren't in any special order.

  1. The Bible
  2. Christy by Catherine Marshall
  3. Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
  4. Heavenly Man by Brother Yun
  5. current favorite marriage book: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
  6. Lord of the Rings series by J.R. Tolkein
  7. Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke
  8. Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
  9. Persuasion, Emma, Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abby...basically every book by Jane Austin
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  11. When Life and Beliefs Collide by Carolyn Custis James
  12. The Bronze Bow and The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  13. growing up I loved: Turn Homeward, Hanalee and other books by Patricia Beatty
  14. Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
  15. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

bethel + fw

My weekend was slightly insane.

I worked a few 9.5 hour days last week in order to leave work early on Friday. Drove 2.5 hours up to Mishawaka/Bethel area. Picked up Charity from Bethel and drove to Holly's grandparents. (Side note: Holly & Charity are two dear friends and roommates from my college years.) Talked for about 2 hours. Drove to Holly's house for dinner with her parents and sister. Ate her mom's famously delicious pizza and drank tea and talked some more. Went back to her grandparent's house to spend the night. Talked until 12:30 a.m. Slept. Drove Charity to the airport in the morning and had a photo shoot in the airport, of course.

Drove through Bethel's campus with Holly for old times sake and reminisced and drank tea/coffee at Barnes & Noble and talked some more. Holly and I were suitemates the second half of freshman year, roommates sophomore year, I traveled abroad the first part of junior year and then we were roommates again, and then senior year we were roommates the first half and then Holly traveled abroad. So....we were basically roommates for 4 years, on and off.

Around 1 pm I drove 1.5 hours to Warsaw, Indiana and Jordan's soccer game: Grace College vs. IWU. Jordan's team played great even though they didn't win. I sat with Mom and Grandma and munched on candy corn + peanuts (thanks, Mom!).

Drove back to Fort Wayne (FW) with Jordan - about 45 min. Talked the whole way about our back sagas and TV shows and college classes. Ate dinner with Jordan, Mom and Grandma. Met Chris and Alex (two more dear, wonderful friends) for coffee for a few hours. Chatted like crazy. And then came back home and talked to my mom for awhile before crashing around midnight.

Sunday morning I drove 2 hours back to Indy in time for church at 10 am. Gave my husband a hug. Had lunch with Ian & Danielle, two good friends of ours. And then relaxed all afternoon and evening with Bryce. Whew. Told you it was slightly insane.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Like wardrobe, like house

Have you ever noticed that one tends to decorate their house in a fashion similar to their wardrobe? For example, I generally wear neutrals: white, black, gray, jean, bits of brown . . . and then accessorize with color: a turquoise shirt, fun earrings, or red shoes. Every day for work I find myself wearing black or gray with a little bit of something else. My house is starting to look the same. General backdrop of neutral colors, with pops of color or a fun item here and there. Sometimes it seems like my outfits are so boring, but then I remember that this is my style; this is the way I like to "decorate" - my house and myself. And it's okay because it's me. :)

Kind of connected to that but not really . . . . . . . . . .

Last night at Bible Study Fellowship, two passages from Isaiah meant a lot to me:

1) If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. (chapter 7, verse 9)

2) ... do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is the one you are to dread, and He will be a sanctuary. (chapter 8, verses 12-14)

So often I fear what this world fears. Even with a comfortable home and an abundance of material blessings and a loving husband & family and a God who promises to be my sanctuary (a refuge), I still fear. I do not stand firm in my faith. And that is when I begin not to stand at all.

Are you dreading what the world dreads?
Or are you standing firm in your faith?
Is Jesus your sanctuary?