And it’s the first review post of 2023!
Things worth remembering…
- skits on New Years Day
- gingerbread house creation
- “bowling” night
- many intense games of floor hockey
- Clarion Hope’s cover reveal!!
- making dragon eggs (they “smelled something sinful” and I won’t be doing it again)
- getting yummy breakfasts delivered to the skid loader
- not losing my eyesight
- discovering that stinging nettle tea is actually delicious
What I’ve been reading…
Romanov – Nadine Brandes
“Revenge would have shattered us both. But you’ve given us the opportunity to be strong. To mend our hearts instead of break them further.”
I’ve been fascinated by the tragic story of the Romanovs for years, and I really enjoyed this fantastical take on it. While it was a bit more gruesome than I would have liked, I loved the characters and the epic plot twists so much.
The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis
“In fact, Digory, you are now talking to the last man (possibly) who really had a fairy godmother…”
“I bet she was a bad fairy,” thought Digory…
I’m rereading this book with several of my friends from Bible study, and it’s been so much fun!
The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The same deep, intense love was still there, on both sides, but each now seemed to have a secret orchard, into which the other dared not penetrate.
I’m really enjoying this story that takes place during the French Revolution!
Becoming Elisabeth Elliot – Ellen Vaughn
Her presupposition – that we are to die to self, and it is only in dying that we actually find real life – informed her views about life choices, time management, risk avoidance, public opinion…everything. This is why she was radical. This is why her life continues to be relevant today.
I’m really enjoying this deep look into the early years of one of my spiritual heroes!
From the journal…
Oh, God, help me to hold it all with open hands. Time and time again, you’ve set just the right people in my life at just the right times.
I find it so interesting that God asked the Israelites to go up to battle against Benjamin two times to suffer great loss. They came weeping to the Lord both times to ask His will, and still He told them to go up against them. Oh, strengthen me, Father, to fight boldly when You command and yet it ends in defeat.
“The Lord sat enthroned at the flood…” (Psalm 29:10) In the middle of mass destruction and the greatest catastrophe the world has ever known, the Lord retained His rule.
May I not let go merely because I hope to see You give back again. May I watch dreams burn to ashes, never to return, while still trusting the faithfulness of my God.
What were some things that you enjoyed this January?