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Are You Missing Out On An Adventure? — Come Awake

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Check out this great post from Come Awake (link below).

Even though our lives as Jesus followers can seem overwhelmingly mundane and ordinary at times, God designed us all to do great things for him! That doesn’t mean that every day will be a red letter day for God’s kingdom, but we also can’t lose sight of the big dreams and goals He has put in our hears. While you’re living your life, don’t get discouraged in the everyday things. Keep going, and as William Carey, missionary to India, said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

The other morning my husband and I were walking out to our cars to drive to work. The air was fresh and the sky was a little overcast. My husband looked over at me and said, “Today feels like a good day for an adventure.” And it did. Being the responsible adults that we are, […]

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21 More Signs That You Might Be a Booklover

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Recently while browsing some of my old posts I ran across this one–“21 Signs That You Might Be a Booklover.” I can’t help but laugh every time I read it because, no matter how strange they may seem, every single one of those signs are just so true. If you also identify as a bibliophile, then you know what I mean.

That was such a fun post to write and is also one of my most-viewed posts, so I thought I would publish a part 2 follow-up to my first post with 21 More Signs That You Might Be a Booklover.

Here they are:

1. You go through withdrawals when you finish a series, or when you forget to bring a book somewhere with you.

2. One of your top requirements for a potential mate is that they also love books and reading with the same enthusiasm as you.

3. Your ears perk up every time you catch a conversation about books, especially when it’s about one of your favorites.

4. Your idea of a romantic date is eating dinner in a cozy cafe while reading and/or discussing your favorite books then visiting the library or a used bookshop.

5. You feel like you have to defend yourself and books whenever you meet someone who doesn’t like to read. Either that or knock some sense into them somehow.

6. (If you’re messy and unorganized like me) Your books are so well-traveled and so familiar with the inside of your purse that they often get bent, ragged, and adorned with sticky food residue–totally unintentional on your part, but pretty much the fate of the books once you picked them up off the shelf. (Except for library books, hopefully.)

7. When you’re in the middle of an amazing book or series, the thought of it ending is initially devastating. [Cue #1]

8. Your passion for books and reading is so special to you and you guard it so carefully that you don’t flippantly talk about it with just anyone; it has to be the right person at the right time in the right circumstances. It’s like revealing a huge part of who you are, and that does not happen with just anybody.

9. You take great pride in your book collection; sometimes you just stare lovingly at your bookshelves because it’s such a beautiful sight.

10. You’ve been known many times to stay up reading until alarming hours of the night . . . or the next morning, but it’s always worth the lack of sleep.

11. Friends or acquaintances who previously thought you to be one of few words or simply shy are astonished out of their minds when somehow the floodgates of your mouth are released after they happen to casually mention or ask you something about books.

12. For singles: you’ve pretty much only ever met your ideal amazing guy or girl in a book. Yep, unfortunately, the best guys are almost always fictional.

13. You hear people say, “That book was so good I read it in two days–I can’t remember the last time I actually read a book in two days,” and you laugh because you can’t remember the last time you didn’t finish a book in less than a few days.

14. You know you’re a total bookworm if you confuse your real memories with scenes and events from books you’ve read.

“Wait a minute, did that really happen, or am I picturing that one scene from [such-and-such book]?”

15. You’d much rather stay in and read in the evenings than go out to parties or movies like most other people.

16. You sneak books into your workplace and find every available opportunity to take a peek into them for a few minutes.

17. One of your favorite pastimes is looking up good books to add to your to-read list (especially free kindle books).

18. Your top sightseeing priority when planning out a trip is checking out the local libraries or book shops.

19. You decorate your home with books and book paraphernalia.

20. One of your biggest pet peeves is when people interrupt you multiple times while you’re in the middle of reading a good book (unintentional or not). I mean, does it look like I’m just sitting here waiting for someone to talk to me and I’m only reading because I have nothing else to do?

21. You often try to read a book in one or two sittings if possible because the lack of interruptions makes the story and characters feel so much more alive and interconnected.

 

If by now you are feeling sort of lost and/or thinking that maybe I’m missing a few marbles, that’s ok. Being a booklover isn’t for everyone. We’re pretty far and few between. (And fyi, we’re not crazy.)

If you are thinking, Wow, someone else actually feels the same way, then welcome to the booklover club. It’s a wonderful place to be.

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Quote of the Week | To Love and Be Loved

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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu

What would life be like without people to love and to love us back? I’m extremely blessed in that I have never gone a moment in my life without knowing that someone loves me. It’s experiencing a constant and unconditional love like this that fuels my response of loving them back in the same way.

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Happy Easter! From A Writer’s Reflections

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Happy Easter/Resurrection Day! Today was a full day of worship, fellowship with my family, friends, and church, lots of good food, and enjoying the blessings that God has given.

Unfortunately that also made me too busy to write my own post commemorating Easter Sunday, so instead I’m sharing this beautiful post below by Anna from her blog Ginger Tea & Sympathy.

Take some time to really think on and consider what happened on this day 2,000 years ago and what it means to you.

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:5-6 NIV) The Holy Week is past and today we celebrate the resurrection […]

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Is Social Media Negatively Affecting Society and Your Personal Life?

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As in the days of knights and castles in which an experienced wielder’s sword was like an indispensable extended arm, we too, in the days of the pen being mightier than the sword, have come to have our own essential extended arm–the smart phone.

And contrary to what the label would suggest, smart phones are not used primarily for their phone apps.

You know the saying, “You can’t live with it, you can’t live without it”? I think the realm of social media is an apt use of that saying. Our grandparents and great-grandparents would probably never have guessed the massive influence that technology and specifically the cyberworld would have upon their descendants. And as with any great cultural phenomenon, this one also comes with both its blessings and curses.

From William A. on his site “PushUP24,” here is an eye-opening look at the world of social media and how it has wedged its way into our lives with unexpected consequences–and what we should do about it.

A couple of years ago, a friend matter-of-factly dismissed the research findings that led to my new book on the psychology of social networks, Facebuddha. She said “social media is here to stay.” Indeed, social media has attained such a ubiquitous, overwhelming presence and power in society that it seems unthinkable that we could ever […]

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10 Reasons to Embrace Your Singleness

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I was reading this article on 17 reasons why it stinks to be single or something like that, and it set me to thinking. What’s the worst thing for me about being single? So I started thinking, and I really couldn’t think of anything that horrible about my singleness. Actually, I can think of way more reasons why it would stink to not be single.

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My Theme for the New Year

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For the past few years, I’ve been asking God for a special word or theme that He wants me to focus on during the new year. Last year, it was “loving others with an unconditional love and compassion”; the year before that it was “abiding in Christ.”

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Happy New Year | From A Writer’s Reflections

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Happy New Year to all my amazing readers!

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for every single one of you who have supported my blog even a little bit through your views, likes, comments, and sharing. I know this sounds cliche (and it is), but the reality is that I couldn’t do this without you. I mean, I could, but then all my blog would be is a sort of online journal; therapeutic and enjoyable to myself, yes, but not the inspirational sharing platform that I really want it to be. I love being able to spread my thoughts around to anyone who will listen (even though it is a leap of faith for me); it makes me feel like I have a legitimate role in helping to change the world for the better. Continue reading

Christmas over? What now?

Good reminder for the rest of the year!

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Merry Christmas

Even if you did a great job of remembering the reason for the season this Christmas, we want to encourage you to keep that spirit alive all year long! Remember the season for the reason never ends. The reason for Christmas doesn’t end, now that the holiday is passed. While we pinpoint December 25th specifically and December in general to celebrate the gift God gave us in salvation through the advent of Jesus Christ and the culmination of his work – don’t forget now that the 25th has passed to keep on serving God by loving others!

Keep the joy alive all year. Remember to keep giving gifts, comforting those who are mourning, caring for those in need. Remember to celebrate Jesus daily, his presence in your present life and his redemption of your past – and continue to anticipate the future culmination of our faith walk in heaven. It’s…

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Emmanuel Has Come

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1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

2. O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

3. O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

4. O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

5. O come, Adonai, Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

6. O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things, far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And cause us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

7. O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

~ c. 15th century

This particular Christmas carol had been on my mind a lot recently. I think it’s a fascinating one. It is one of longing and heretofore unfulfilled hopes and desires, while also conveying the deep confidence and joy in the knowledge that those hopes and desires will come true.

Written primarily from the perspective of an Old Testament Israelite, who could very well have lived and died without seeing this promise come to pass, this song reminisces about the past glories of the God of Israel shown to the Jewish people through the law and the kingship and points to the even greater majesty and victory to come through the future advent of God to earth.

This manifestation of the God of heaven would come as a helpless human baby, a sign utterly plain and powerful that God Himself is with us and lives among us. Emmanuel.

Now that we are two thousand years removed from that promised coming of the Messiah to Israel, we can see infinitely more clearly the ramifications of what the Jews could only imagine. As the seventh stanza indicates, the advent of “God with us” has an effect on more than just the Jewish nation. Jesus’ coming to earth was something that all nations yearned for; it is something that will bind all peoples together and “fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.”

Now, we can truly rejoice in the realized hopes and desires of all history.

Emmanuel has come.