“…God will make us good because He loves us…”

mere christianityFrom C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity:

As long as the natural life is in your body, it will do a lot towards repairing that body. Cut it, and up to a point it will heal, as a dead body would not. A live body is not one that never gets hurt, but one that can to some extent repair itself. In the same way a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble — because the Christ-life is inside him, repairing him all the time, enabling him to repeat (in some degree) the kind of voluntary death which Christ Himself carried out.

That is why the Christian is in a different position from other people who are trying to be good. They hope, by being good, to please God if there is one; or — if they think there is not — at least they hope to deserve approval from good men. But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it.

(belated) September reading

Please excuse the blogging pause; it was entirely unintentional. October caught me by surprise, and it hasn’t really let up until today.

September:

  1. I Am Watching You – Teresa Driscoll
  2. To Dance With the White Dog – Terry Kay
  3. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  4. The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
  5. Into the Water – Paula Hawkins
  6. Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life – Gretchen Rubin

I read mostly fiction in September, and most of it was mediocre, at best. To Dance With the White Dog was Thomasville’s One Book this year, so our office read it together. It’s not my usual genre, but it was sweet and southern. Little Fires Everywhere was definitely the best of my September bunch. There were lots of practical tips in Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home, and I’ll likely continue to read more of her books.

What are you reading?

 

random thoughts

~ I finally arranged the books on my living room shelves by color. I like it.

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~ Dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Oh my.

~ Things I don’t care about:

  1. DC or Marvel comics or the movies inspired by them.
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. the NFL

~ Am I the only one who hates to find that the “article” you clicked on is really a video? That annoys me to no end — especially when it’s autoplay.

~ I should not have chips in my house. Ever.

Random thoughts, random photos:

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That’s it, y’all. Care to share any of your random thoughts?

“We listen every day to the voices of the culture around us…”

johnFrom John (St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary) by R.C. Sproul:

All of us, even the most pious Christians among us, are overwhelmingly influenced by the cultural customs and conventions of the societies in which we live. It starts in school, where popularity means “being with it,” that is, being in line with the morality of the society, even if that morality includes things of which God does not approve. That’s what our innate struggle with sin is all about. We listen every day to the voices of the culture around us that tell us what’s politically correct and what isn’t, what is socially acceptable and what isn’t. Then, for a few minutes on Sunday morning, we hear the law of God. We know they don’t match up, but unless or until the Holy Spirit takes the law and pierces our souls with it and convicts us of sin, we don’t really pay attention to it.

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monday miscellany

From ’round the web:

~ I loved this interview with Cadence, my knitting guru and friend — on opening a business post 50.

~ Lemon Chicken Breasts from Barefoot Contessa – but I’ll use thighs when I make this.

~ What makes people like (and dislike) their doctors? My favorite doctors are the ones who acknowledge that I’m a person and don’t dismiss me or condescend. These are hard to find, in my experience.

~ An open letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is really good.

~ Who is the subject of your Bible study?

Happy Monday!

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monday miscellany

From here and there:

~ Today, more than ever, read beyond the headlines.

~ I’m really baffled that anyone thought this needed to be said – Are Smart, Educated Women Still Called to the Church Nursery? When my children needed nursery care, my husband was often deployed, and those couple of hours they were tended to while I worshiped were essential to me spiritually, emotionally, and even physically. So after my children were older, I counted it a privilege to return the favor to other parents. Never once have I thought it was a waste of my time, energy, or talents. It was simply a way to serve others, and I knew from experience that it was a real service.

~ 10 reasons why knitting is good for your health

~ Remembering 9/11 will surely take a back seat today in Florida as Hurricane Irma plows up the peninsula, but here’s an article I’ve shared before – We’re the Only Plane in the Sky

As I prepare this post (on Sunday), we’re awaiting Hurricane Irma’s arrival later today. I’m setting this to post automatically in the event we lose power.

I’m sure it won’t be for many, but Happy Monday to the rest of you!

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august reading

My shoulder and neck issues are improving thanks to physical therapy and daily exercises, and that means that my sleep has improved. And that means that I haven’t read as much lately.

August:

  1. The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance  – Ben Sasse
  2. Moral Defense (Samantha Brinkman Book 2) – Marcia Clark
  3. Dot Journaling – A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together – Rachel Wilkerson Miller
  4. The Judgment of Richard Richter – Igor Štiks

The Sasse book (loaned to me by my son) was one in which I found myself often nodding in agreement. I’ve been bogged down in a couple of other books and picked up Marcia Clark’s as a quick diversion. I took a dot journaling class and read Miller’s book after that — it was a quick read that I’ll refer to again as I refine my bullet journaling. The Judgment of Richard Richter was a Kindle First book for August, so it was free. I’m pretty lukewarm about that one.

What are you reading and recommending these days?

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“How arrogant is that?”

johnFrom John (St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary) by R.C. Sproul:

I’m sure you’ve seen the popular bumper sticker that says, “God said it; I believe it; that settles it.” How arrogant is that? We need a new bumper sticker, one that says: “God says it; that settles it.” It doesn’t matter whether I believe it. It’s settled long before my assent. If God Almighty opens His holy mouth and declares something, we don’t need another witness. It’s over.

 

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monday miscellany

From here and there:

~ Lucky carrot

~ Why You Don’t Read Your Bible and How to Start:

Why do people always tell you to read your Bible more? Seriously, why do pastors and writers and bloggers go on and on about being in the Bible each and every day? Besides the overwhelming research indicating Bible engagement is crucial to spiritual growth, it’s because the Bible itself tells us that the Word of God is the only thing powerful enough to transform the human heart.

~ A group of women from all over the world are joining together to read through the Bible from September to May. Please join us!

~5 Christian clichés that need to die

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~ 5 days until Auburn football. 

Happy Monday y’all!

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“The question is…”

vanishing-american-adultFrom The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse:

…in this broken world of lawless souls, there will be control; there will be government. Order-seeking and security-seeking people, as well as those in search of power for their own purposes, will invariably seek to hold back the chaos of the world. The question is whether people will control themselves or submit to the control of another.