The Sunday Salon (Feb. 3)

sundaysalon3Have I ever mentioned that I hate football? No, seriously. I really don’t enjoy watching it. And yet, I’m going to a Superbowl party with my hubby, today, because he asked me to, and because we went to this friend’s house last year for the same and there are some good people there. But, the crazy thing is, most of the women at this party actually like(d) football! So, I am kind of out of the loop. Oh well.

GerthHolley_YoureMadeForAGodSizedDreamOn the reading front, I’d gone weeks without reading much, as I was just too distracted by the computer. But thankfully, when I complained to my online friend as she and I were talking on Wednesday morning, she reminded me of a great tip for how to get ‘er done, and I did manage to get back into the swing of things. My friend said, “Set a timer for 20 minutes”. I would be “allowed” 20 minutes on the computer, but then I had to read for 1 hour. And, sure enough, it worked. I got half-way through my review book (“Vanished” by Irene Hannon) that day, and even was sucked into it enough at the end of the day that I didn’t need my timer the next day — I just couldn’t wait to get back to it! And now, I’m even reading my next book — “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream” by Holley Gerth — without needing to put the timer on. So, yay for great friends who encourage you! 😀

Also on the reading front, I’m actually enjoying the fact that I signed up for the blogging network, this year. I got invited to do so, and really hesitated, as I wasn’t sure I wanted a book I hadn’t chosen foisted on me, each month. I prefer to choose the books I’ll read and review — not just have random ones sent to me — as I’m kind of a picky reader. Nevertheless, I signed up, and figured I needed to be pulled out of my comfort zone a bit. And, much as I’ve only read one of the books so far, I’m still glad I signed up.

KiblerJulie_CallingMeHomeI read “The Art Forger” by B. A. Shapiro for January, and it was excellent. Next up, I have “Calling Me Home” by Julie Kibler to read for February. That will be coming up on my review list right shortly {I chose to read “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream” first, as it, too, is a review book}. And, I just found out that March’s selection will be “The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow” by Rita Leganski. Now, this last one sounds like it will definitely be out of my comfort-zone! But, I’m glad… like I said, I think I need to expand a bit, as I was hedging myself in too much, lately. And in the past, when I’ve stepped out and read things with my book club that I originally didn’t think I’d like, I have been sometimes pleasantly surprised that the book went on to be one of my favorites — one that has stuck with me for years (I’m thinking of Guy Vanderhaeghe’s “The Last Crossing).

MooreBeth_David_memberBookMy ladies’ Bible study group has chosen to work through Beth Moore’s “David: Seeking a Heart Like His“, this go-’round. And at first, I didn’t think I was going to get much out of it, as the story of David is very familiar to me {not just David & Goliath, but many other of David’s stories, too}. I’d wanted to do Beth’s newest study on “Nehemiah“, but that wasn’t chosen. Regardless, I love Beth Moore’s studies, and so I stuck it out through the first week, and figured I’d give it a chance. Well then, in the second week’s DVD session, God spoke to me loud and clear, answering a private question I’d asked of Him sometime earlier in the week (unrelated to the study), and I just took that as a clear sign that He wants me doing this study, right now. And, surprisingly enough — though, I don’t know why I’m surprised, as Beth’s studies always seem to do this — I’m finding that there’s more to David’s story than I originally knew. Leave it to Beth Moore to unearth things you never knew were there. 😉

I love how God keeps answering me so clearly. Ever since I read Wally Armstrong’s book, “Practicing the Presence of Jesus“, last year, I’ve been in a much better spot, spiritually. It really changed my relationship with Jesus for the better. And, I’ve felt closer to God, since then, than I ever had before. I love it! When I’m walking close with God, like this, I find that I can hear Him speaking to me (not audibly, but I sense Him speaking to me) about different things. I’ll ask a question, and I’ll sometimes get an almost immediate answer, through one source or another. I’ve had a lot of questions about certain things, lately, and He’s been answering one after another. And, it just reaffirms that closeness every time He does.

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