what’s goin’ on…

This week flew by, and I’m spending my weekend with some work, study, and maybe, just maybe, a little rest.

~ studying: Anglo-Saxon literature. I’ve finished up a few paragraphs on whether I see ofermod in The Battle of Maldon as a moral failing or a virtue. Some interesting stuff for this word lover. I’m reading The Dream of the Rood and getting ready to write a 1000 word paper on “what did the word wyrd signify to an Anglo-Saxon Christian?”. The Dream of the Rood is a rich, beautiful poem, and I love when my schoolwork moves me to doxology.

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~ beginning a Bible study with some friends on Esther: I’m happy to have found a way to meet for a Bible study that fits in with my work schedule. God provides!

~ preparing to get back to low-carb eating: It’s the way of eating the feels best to me, but I haven’t had adequate supplies lately. I’ve shopped and will do some cooking this weekend to get me back on track. Meanwhile I’m finishing up my dark chocolates with caramel. 🙂

~ wanting: Journibles!

~ shivering: it’s cold and windy today. I’m chilled to the bone. Here’s a picture I took looking through the ice on my windshield on a recent morning:

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~ finishing: The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great. It was assigned for my lit class, and I enjoyed it. I should be able to finish Trusting God Even When Life Hurts this weekend, too. It’s excellent!

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~ organizing: getting my tax stuff in order and working on my budget.

~ laughing: at this rant & rave in my local paper. At least those of us in South Georgia aren’t tacky like those Yankees in North Georgia — bless their hearts. 😉

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I hope you’re enjoying your weekend,

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“…for the time of adversity…”

trustinggodI recently began reading Trusting God Even When Life Hurts, and I deeply appreciate what I’ve read so far. However, Jerry Bridges offers a caution with his excellent chapter on the sovereignty of God:

The material in this chapter is “tough stuff.” It should be read, studied, and prayed about when life is more or less routine. It should be stored up or hidden in our hearts (Psalm 119:11) for the time of adversity when we must draw upon its truth.

Amen and amen! This is something I’ve been thinking about lately as I reflect on the past year or so of my life. It’s been the most difficult year (for reasons some of you know and that I’m not quite prepared to share in this public place yet), and I’ve been grateful that I’ve stored up solid biblical teaching over the years. I’ve gone back to the well of Scripture and meaty books again and again during this trial. Fluff just doesn’t do it when your world falls apart. You need to have certain things settled before that happens, and by God’s grace, He prepared me. He put biblical teaching, real churches, and faithful believers in my path over the years.

Books like these have been my wise counselors, a few fairly recently, but some over many years:

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

Spiritual Depression

The Pleasures of God

Stepping Heavenward

Peacemaking Women

Fear: Breaking Its Grip

Notes From the Tilt-a-Whirl

How to Overcome Evil

 Unpacking Forgiveness

A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty

There are more, of course, but that’s a sample, and they’re the ones nearby as I type this.

I feel strongly about this subject which is why I often share quotes from books I’m reading or have read and why I spend so much time in books myself. I certainly don’t mean to say there’s no room for light stuff. But when everything falls apart, the light stuff doesn’t help you through. Scripture is the best place to go, of course,  but other authors can help explain the Word to us and point us to specific places in the Bible. We need wise teachers.

The main thing is to seek biblical wisdom. Seek it even when — especially when — you’re in a time of peace and prosperity, when “life is more or less routine.” Adversity will come, and you’ll need to be ready.

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.
~ Proverbs 4:7

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every weekend should be a 3-day weekend

Oh, I know that if it were, soon I’d be aching for a 4-day weekend, so that title is *mostly* tongue-in-cheek. But, seriously, I’ve enjoyed these past three days so very much. I’ve had time for errands, catching up on projects at home, study, reading for fun, a pedicure with a friend, and plenty of long overdue rest.

notesToday I had a leisurely morning, sipping tea and reading. I exercised. I ran errands on a sunny, unusually warm January day. I sat in a coffee shop, sipping a cinnamon spice latte while working on an assignment for my Anglo-Saxon lit class. In no hurry. I texted back and forth with my kids. I caught up on my ironing and even pulled my sewing machine out and did some mending and alterations. I watched last night’s episode of Downton Abbey.

And now I’m going to curl up on the sofa and read some more. Full of gratitude.

I hope you’re enjoying your Monday!
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resources

As I work through Psalm 37, reading it, meditating on it, and memorizing it, I’ve searched out some resources to help me understand it better. Just in case any of you are interested, here are some things I’ve found:

~ The folks at Ligonier share a list of the top 5 commentaries on the Psalms. More books for the wishlist!

~ Desiring God always has good stuff, and they have quite a list of resources on the Psalms.

~ Here’s a list of sermons on the Psalms by Charles Spurgeon.

~ I’d forgotten that I owned Henry Law’s books on the Psalms, so I’ve pulled them back out.

~ Here is a treasure trove of resources that will take me a while to sort through.

~ Matthew Henry’s commentary is always a good place to go.

If you know of any others, I’d really appreciate you passing them along!

So many books, so little time!
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