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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Five Minute Friday-- MIGHTY

This is another Lisa-Jo Five Minute Friday (write for 5-minutes on the word she gives, no editing).

But before I begin.... she has a book coming out and if the rest of it is as good as the three chapters I read, this will be going on my "beloved book list."  

OK-- Mighty. 

First thing that comes to mind is the shirt my brother and sister-in-law just bought for my son.  It has a picture of a dinosaur on it and it reads, "Be Mighty."  And boy is he mighty.  He fills a mighty part of my life with his mighty presence.  He is a beautiful masterpiece of our mighty God and I thank God for allowing me the mighty honor to be his mother.  

On a completely different note--- the other thing that came to mind when I thought of mighty is my next blog post.  I have been working on a project that I am going to launch very soon, possibly even today.  I am just trying to figure out the right name for it.  The project is a mighty undertaking and I'm hoping others will join me in it.  It is a 365-day list filled with prompts that will lead to a more fulfilling life.  

Check back for that blog post very soon.  I am excited to share it with you.  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Five Minute Friday-- JOYfully Simple Moments

Another Lisa-Jo, 5 minute Friday....  (she has an amazing book coming out--check it out)
except I didn't get a minute to sit at my computer yesterday-- you all know what that's like!
Write for five minutes on the word given. 


When I think of joy I think of that overwhelming feeling you get when something wonderful happens and you you feel so overwhelmed with emotion you don't think your mortal body can contain it.   Those big moments, like when you marry your soul mate, get a positive pregnancy test, graduate from school.... 

but we are cheating ourselves if we think those are the only times we feel joy. I realized this week we can feel a profound sense of joy in simple, everyday moments.  For example, I felt a peaceful content joy when I was sitting in bed holding my sleeping husband's hand while nursing my son.  It was so simple but so wonderful to just enjoy that moment.   We look back on life and know we were happy, but sometimes we can't remember specifically what made us happy.  These moments are fleeting, enjoy them while you can.  

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lover of the Written Word

You are what you read. Of course books alone do not create a person, but looking at a person's bookshelf can tell you a lot about them. It tells you their interests, their worldview, their sense of adventure, their hobbies, where they are on life's journey...
My husband calls me a book hoarder; I prefer bookworm, nerd, lover of the written word...

In one of the books I memorized when I was a kid, Dr. Suess said, 
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”  I've been an avid reader from a young age, and that message has stayed with me.  

Here are some titles that have formed me.
                          Books that I picked up and couldn't put down.
                                                  Books that changed me when I read them.

Not pictured: Holy Stuff of Life by Heather Murray Elkins (I don't have my copy here with me)
This is not a comprehensive list, I know I've left some out and to those authors (and to you), my apologies!

Books are windows into the worlds of others.

Real worlds recorded by people living in them
                     Spiritual worlds we attempt to explain
                        Ancient worlds we research and write about
                                        Fictional worlds we create in our minds.

Books are snapshots of people's views, stories, lives, horrors, beauty, spirit and so much more.
Some of us, we love to be a part of that. We love to read, absorb and be changed by others' stories.

Bookworms, nerds, lovers of the written word, book hoarders...

Please comment and let me know some of the stories that have shaped you.