Books for 2014

New ImageEver since college my reading habits have fallen by the wayside, I’m ashamed to say. Last year I sought to invest more time into reading during my free time, and I did see good fruit from that. However, looking back, I didn’t do a lot in the “spiritual” category. I know that doesn’t mean that I’m less of a Christian or that I’m less holy or godly. I do know that when I read good books that turn my gaze to Christ, my mind and affections more easily stay on Him throughout my day, and my quiet time is enhanced.Thus I set out to compile a book list for the year. I wanted it to be ambitious enough but not overly so to where I would get discouraged.

These first few weeks of 2014 have not afforded me a lot of time to devote to reading, but this weekend things took a turn for the better. Matt went on another short trip (this time to DC) and although I had plans it’s not like I was de-cluttering the house again. I planned on having some quiet moments to slow down and read. I even got creative and went to a coffee shop. So trendy of me, I know.

All that being said, I made my list, and let me do some ‘splainin before you judge. There are more than a few books that I have started to read or have wanted to read in the past but have never taken the time to read. Several of those are on my list. And for a few of them, I am ashamed. How did I go through my entire college career as an Intercultural Studies major and NOT read Let the Nations be Glad? I’m still baffled. Also, there are some theological topics that I would like to know more about, namely biblical theology- how the Bible fits together as one big story That’s where Goldsworthy and Hamilton come into play. I’ve been listening to the sessions from the Cross Conference (if you don’t know what that is, click here) and it’s helped rekindle a passion for missions in my heart. I decided to keep that going by reading a few books/biographies on the subject. The book on Patton comes highly recommended from Matt who says it’s his all time favorite book. I’m ready for the Sproul book to kick my rear, and I want to keep fostering a growing love for the church through Dever’s book. I really do hope to add a few more titles if I am able, but you have to start somewhere. Bring it on, 2014!

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I’m Back!

It’s been a good little hiatus from blogging. Can’t say I’ve missed it too much with all the craziness of summer, but then I would get these little twinges of inspiration where I would think, “That would be perfect for a blog post.” So here I am. Back out there.

I wanted to clean up the blog a bit. The blogs I like best are usually the simplest ones. So I’ve tried to eliminate some of my “clutter”. You can now click on the “Resources” tab to find all the blogs I love broken down into categories. I may be tweaking this some over the next few days, but I wanted to have a place where I could point people to good sites.

I’ve also updated the “About” page a bit, adding a more current picture of me and Matt as well as my “Books” page. I created that page as a way of keeping track of what books I had read (at the beginning of the year I challenged myself to read more) and I wanted to share good books recommendations with you (ok, the Amish book not so much).

Last but not least, if you look over to the right side, you will see a box where you can enter your email address to follow my blog. It will send you a link right to your inbox every time I post. So easy. And I would truly love it if you followed me.

Now, as far as my actual blogs go, my goal is to keep them short and sweet. I thought about narrowly defining the topics I write about. I thought about it. Even had some inspiration for it. And then I was reminded that I don’t always like structure. I like the freedom of seeing something, reading something, hearing something, thinking something and being inspired to write a post- no matter the topic. That’s part of the creativity flow. And honestly, I don’t have the time to create a structured writing environment. But I do get these little bursts of creative juices that I want to do something with. Thus the blog.

Thanks for joining me for the first time or re-joining me once again as I write according to those moments of inspiration. I pray they would inspire and encourage you along the way.

A Rumbling

When you have an idea in your mind and a rumbling passion in your gut, when you don’t know how to let it free…

Excitement first then fear. Doubt hovers nearby too. Will it matter? How could I make a difference?

Is it worth it?

Oh I have much weakness like the giant Moses. I almost need an Aaron to be my voice.

And I have this thought that if God could use me then He could use others and maybe we could all make a big splash of difference.

We are never promised comfort but we crave it.

Yet I have always had this daring-ness about me that has wanted to do something great.

But maybe my idea of “great” has had to be broken and reformed first.

That’s where I am now.

With a thought and a prayer that my ideas and rumblings, though not original but I feel timely, would be given a space in the sky to soar.

And if not, that they would guide me to better proclaim His truth until He comes no matter what context I am in.

More on this rumbling to come, Lord willing…