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A few books on my ‘to read’ list

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Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul by Mark Buchanan

And then God gave me insight: this was winter. It would end, in time, but not by my own doing. My responsibility was simply to know the season, and match my actions and inactions to it. It was to learn the slow hard discipline of waiting. It was my season to believe in spite of—to believe in the absence of evidence or emotion, when there’s nothing, no bud, no color, no light, no birdsong, to validate belief. It was my time to walk without sight.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.

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Current Read: Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do

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This book of Paul David Tripp’s came out last year, and a close [bookworm] friend highly recommended it, but I have only recently gotten around to reading it. And I finished it in days. 

One thing in nature that always causes me to awe in God is bright and long sun rays coming through the clouds or trees.

I’m pretty sure I highlighted or underlined or copied down on paper 80% of this book. The radiance of God, the challenge to live in awe of Him and Him alone… wowzers.

The goal is that you and I would no longer live for ourselves but live joyfully and willingly for God. We pursue and participate in the work of the Spirit as he works inside us to liberate us from our bondage to ourselves.

It was insightful, the idea that my idols and wrestling and weight I carry around can be boiled down to an “awe problem.”

From church to parenting to work to our minds and hearts, awe of God is where we should live.

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If you’re looking for a new read…

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…maybe one of these will spark your interest:

The Lake House, Kate Morton

“A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.” Goodreads

Alive In Him, Gloria Furman

“The Holy Spirit will not allow you to live satisfied on the rubbish heap; he will nurture a longing for the City of God to beat in your heart.”

A Wife’s Secret To Happiness, Jen Weaver

“Through thoughtful exploration of biblical promises, humorous hope-filled stories, and compelling testimonies, Jen shares how God empowers her life as a submissive millennial wife, and inspires readers to experience the same freedom.” Goodreads

The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines

I realized that my determination to make things perfect meant I was chasing an empty obsession all day long. Nothing was ever going to be perfect the way I had envisioned it in the past. Did I want to keep spending my energy on that effort, or did I want to step out of that obsession and to enjoy my kids, maybe allowing myself to get messy right along with them in the process? I chose the latter – and that made all the difference.”

Fight Back With Joy, Margaret Feinberg

“We need people who will reach out and hold our hands whenever we find ourselves walking in the dark. People who are quick to put our hearts at ease and swift to remind us how much we are loved. These are the friends who refresh us deep down when we need it most. These relationships are gifts worth seeking. Developing flourishing friendships takes time and intentionality, but these become the people who ground us and keep us going. They become peepholes through which we glimpse the kingdom of God, inspiration to become the best possible versions of ourselves even in the most difficult circumstances.

Habits of Grace, David Mathis

“Prayer, for the Christian, is not merely talking to God, but responding to the One who has initiated toward us. He has spoken first. This is not a conversation we start, but a relationship into which we’ve been drawn. His voice breaks the silence. Then, in prayer, we speak to the God who has spoken. Our asking and pleading and requesting originate not from our emptiness, but his fullness. Prayer doesn’t begin with our needs, but with his bounty. Its origin is first in adoration, and only later in asking. Prayer is a reflex to the grace he gives to the sinners he saves. It is soliciting his provision in view of the power he has shown.”

pure in heart

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“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

Thanks to my mother-in-law, I have recently discovered T.W. Hunt. He died on December 11, 2014. “T.W. Hunt met Jesus yesterday,” Southwestern President Paige Patterson said in a Dec. 12 statement. “It was a meeting of a faithful servant and his Lord, to be sure. But in a sense, it was just a reunion of old friends, because few men ever walked with God like Enoch and T.W. Hunt. via

Just to give you a clue what kind of man he was. A servant of the Lord. He wrote a handful of great books, and I just finished The Mind Of Christ.

It’s one of those books that you can’t put down because the Father is using it to renew your mind and ignite a fire in your soul. But also one you want to re-read and sit with for a few months. There will probably be a handful of posts with my reflections and learnings from this book.

In one chapter he talks about each beatitude. He writes, “the first four are keys to God’s heart. There we learn of God. The second four are the keys to expressing Christ.”

If we reserve a part of our heart for some earthly affection that separates us from God or takes precedence over God, we are not pure. All the loves of our life are related to and spring from our love for God. Being pure in heart does not require a perfect performance. Rather it requires our giving our whole selves to the Lord. T.W. Hunt

This is both challenging and beautiful to me. How about you?

It doesn’t require a perfect performance, but a mindset shift, a giving of my entire self to God and His Kingdom work. A choosing of divine affections over earthly affections.

It’s letting our passion and love and freedom and joy spring from our relationship with Him.

Lord, help us be devoted completely to You. Prune away the things that are fighting for our love. Give us eyes to see You.

Current Reads

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Here’s a list of a few of my recent reads, including a few favorite passages from each. I’d love to hear about what you are reading!

The True Vine, Andrew Murray

“Let us realize that we can only fulfill our calling to bear much fruit by praying much. In Christ are hidden all the treasures that the people around us need. In Him, all God’s children are blessed with all spiritual blessings. He is full of grace and truth. But, prayer, much prayer, strong believing prayer, is needed to bring about these blessings. And let us equally remember that we cannot appropriate the promise without first living a life given up for men. Many try to take the promise and then look around for what they can ask. This is not the way, but the very opposite. Get the heart burdened with the need of souls, and the command and power to save them will come to claim the promise.”

“You are the branch. — You need be nothing more. You need not for one single moment of the day take upon you the responsibility of the Vine. You need not leave the place of entire dependence and unbounded confidence.”

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