Good Reads from Around the Blogosphere

Masking Anger as Justice over at Femina hit the nail on the head and was convicting and encouraging.

Sunday Morning Chaos made me chuckle. How true this is so often! I have found, like the author, that getting prepared the night before church helps keep the Sunday morning chaos down to a minimum. She has some sound advice. Though I can’t quite bring myself to agree about the pop tarts. ūüôā

Al Mohler has a well written article, The Chicken of the Sea: A Modern Tale of Fear, Failure, and Cowardice, speaking to the tragic accident of the cruise ship Costa Concordia.

I recently came across the blog Heavely Springs. So many good things to read.¬†I plan to read through her “Women of the Reformation” series very soon.

Can’t wait to try this delicious looking Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Cauliflower!

Next time you sit down at the end of a long day let it be a reminder to you of  the gospel.

 

Valentine’s Day Sale at Salt & Pepper Creations

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you are still looking for that perfect gift for someone special in your life head over to Salt & Pepper Creations. Now through February 14th all orders over $25 will receive free shipping. I can also take custom orders!

 

Jesus: The Joy Giver

So many christians today walk around with a “woe is me” attitude. Just looking at them you assume they are in pain or distress. Frankly, talking to them makes you depressed.

Certainly we all go through hard and trying times. Trusting in Christ doesn’t mean we will never face difficulty. It does mean that we have a¬†sovereign Saviour that we can trust to carry us through those hard times and to only do what is good and best in our life.

Do you have joy? Jesus Christ is the Joy giver, and if He is in you, then you should be showing forth that joy in your life. Are you showing that joy in your life today, Christian?

¬†John 15:11¬† “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

Psalm 5:11 “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;¬†let them ever sing for joy,¬†and spread your protection over them,¬†that those who love your name may exult in you. “

Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life;¬†¬†in your presence there is fullness of joy;¬†at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…”

Reading in 2012

In 2010 I posted my year-long¬†reading schedule and posted reviews as I finished each book. I am a list maker and a planner, so this was helpful to me and helped me stay accountable and put effort into making time to read. In 2011 I didn’t make a specific list, and I don’t think I posted many book reviews. And to be honest, without the list holding me accountable, I didn’t read as much. Of course in 2011 I was pregnant, started homeschooling, and then gave birth. So I suppose those things could have something to do with not accomplishing as much reading. ūüôā

But, I did do some reading in 2011. And I read a lot of really great stuff. Some really challenging, encouraging, and helpful books. So I did want to share some of my favorite reads from this past year.

Helper by Design by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elizabeth Prentiss ‘More Love to Thee’¬† by Sharon James

The Faithful Parent by Martha Peace and Stuart W. Scott

The Intimate Marriage by R.C. Sproul

Faithful Women & Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper

Mission to the Headhunters by Frank and Marie Drown

Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald

This year I want to challenge myself to read more than I did this past year, but allow myself a bit more flexibility than in 2010. So I am going to challenge myself to read 15 books this year, and to post reviews as I finish reading. Reading good books is a great way to learn and grow. I am praying that in 2012 the Lord will help me to learn and grow, in part through the books I read. 

I have already started on a really great book this year and I can’t wait to share a review with you when I finish. What are you reading right now?