The Clash of the Kings, The Dawn Treader, and more

I finally finished The Clash of the Kings by George R.R. Martin.  Summer has proven to not assist me in reading or dieting or exercising…or blogging.  I have completely fallen into the “lazy days of summer.”  That statement is a bit humorous as we are always on the go…but the schedule disappeared and I took a long break from reading.  Alas,  “The Clash” is now completed.  After about 1600 pages of reading (book 1 and 2) I am still eager to read the next parts of the saga.  There are 3 more books to go…at least until more are added.  😉  It is moving faster now that all the characters, their quirks and the plots are set.  I have to say I like them, and don’t mind skipping the pages that are unnecessary (crude, lude, etc).  I still have not watched the series and have no intention to, but have begun this journey and want to see how it ends.

I am working through the Narnia series with my children and we are now on the Dawn Treader.  It is great, of course.  Aren’t all Narnian books?  I don’t know if I can honestly say any are as good as the first, but they are all great reading opportunities for the family.

The kids’ devotional also encouraged us to read the book of Esther together.  (Since we began the Narnia series we have had many discussions on the Bible being truth and fact, while other stories are fiction.)  We just began reading a chapter a day and are on chapter 3 (of Esther).  I have decided to read a chapter a day as part of school, so after Esther is done we will choose another book of the Bible to walk through.  I like reading the chapters to the kids, because it forces me to think about each word and explain the context more thoroughly than if I am just reading it to myself.

I am slowly working my way through The Power of a Woman’s Words, by Sharon Jaynes, which is a great reminder…daily…of how I should hold my tongue.

And those are our reading updates for the moment…  😉

Devotion for New Year

My devotional was pretty great today for the New Year and so I thought I would share part of it:

I stand between the years.  The Light of My Presence is flung across the year to come…the radiance of the Sun of Righteousness.  Backward over the past year is My Shadow thrown, hiding trouble and sorrow and disappointment.  Dwell not of the past…only the present.  Only use the past as the trees use My Sunlight to absorb it, to make from it in after days the warming fire-rays.  So store only the blessings from Me, the Light of the World.  Encourage yourselves by the thought of these.  Bury every fear of the future, of poverty for those dear to you, of suffering, of loss.  Bury all thought of unkindness and bitterness, all your dislikes, your resentments, your sense of failure, your disappointment in others and in yourselves, your gloom, your dependency, and let us leave them all, buried, and go forward to a new and risen life.  Remember that you must not see as the world sees.  I hold the year in My Hands…in trust for you.  But I shall guide you one day at a time.  Leave the rest with Me.  You must not anticipate the gift by fears or thoughts of days ahead.  And for each day I shall supply the wisdom and strength.

12.28.12

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

Matthew 1:21

 

This year has been a difficult Christmas for so many…with big or little disappointments or even tragedies.  It wasn’t very long ago when my husband and I were going through a dark Christmas with the loss of our Joshua.  Something to keep focused on and to hold dear is that Christmas is Jesus coming to earth from pure perfection for the sole purpose of saving us.  Trust Him.  Believe in Him.  Accept His gift of forgiveness.  Repent and give yourself to Him.  He is all that any of us will ever need.