Monday, January 19, 2015
I have started on a quest this year to highlight what God says specifically about himself, some of his names, and his character. Rather a daunting mission, once one begins to read Isaiah! I list here merely what is found in Isaiah alone. I have cut out of this list all references God makes of himself in relation to “Israel”, “Jacob”, “David”, etc. There still remain around 60 separate names, statements or characters. And that is in Isaiah alone. Try searching the entire Bible; then further consider that John stated that if all the works of Jesus had been recorded the world itself could not contain the books written; perhaps then we may begin getting a picture of the greatness of God.
He that blotteth out thy transgression: Is. 43:25;
He that will not remember thy sins: Is. 43:25;
He that redeemed thee: Is. 44:22
He that formed thee: Is. 44:24
He that comforteth you: Is. 51:12;
The Lord that is faithful: Is. 49:7;
The Lord that hath mercy on thee: Is. 54:10;
The Lord that created thee: Is. 43:1;
The Lord that made thee: Is. 44:2
The Lord that created the heavens: Is. 45:18;
The Lord that maketh all things: Is. 44:24;
Is. 33:22 “Our” o judge, o lawgiver, o king
Counselor: Is. 9:6
Holy: Is. 57:15 (whose name is);
Holy, holy, holy: Is. 6:3
Wonderful: Is. 9:6;
The mighty God: Is. 9:6; Is. 10:21;
Thy God: Is. 41:10
The Living God: Is. 37:4, 17;
Everlasting God: Is. 40:28;
Everlasting Father: Is. 9:6
Our father: Is. 63:16;
God of truth: Is. 65:16 (twice)
The God of the whole earth: Is. 54:5;
God himself that formed the earth: Is. 45:18;
God the Lord: Is. 41:5
The Lord: [too numerous] Is. 41:8 “I am the Lord, that is my name.”
The glorious Lord; Is. 33:21
The Lord God: Is. 30:15; Is. 40:10; Is. 50:4, 5, 7; Is. 56:8;
The Lord thy God: Is. 37:4 (twice); Is. 40:13; Is. 43:3; Is. 51:15; Is. 55:5;
Jehovah: Is. 26:7
The Lord Jehovah: Is. 12:2;
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
In the Christian's devotional life, prayer has an essential place. The godly men of the Bible were all men of prayer. Jesus, who showed us in Himself the ideal Christian life--had regular habits of prayer. He who would live the Christian life well, must regularly commune with God!
It is important, however, that we understand clearly what it is to pray. It is not enough that at stated times we go over certain forms of prayer. We only pray, when we speak to God what is in our heart as a desire, a longing, or a burden.
Jesus teaches that we are to pray to God as our Father. We must come to Him, therefore, as His redeemed children--with the genuineness, the simplicity, the confidence of children. When we stand at God's throne of grace and speak the name "Father" and ask for a child's blessing--we are sure of instant welcome.
Many people think of prayer only as coming to God with requests. They only tell Him their needs. They never bow before Him nor speak to Him, unless there is something they wish Him to do for them.
What would you think of a friend of yours who never came to you nor talked with you, except when he wanted to ask some favor of you? True friendship finds many of its sweetest moments, when there is no help to ask--but when only love's communion fills the happy time. It should be so in our relation with our heavenly Father. If we care to be with Him only when we have a favor to ask of Him--then there is something lacking in our love!
We are not to suppose that when Jesus spent whole nights in prayer, He was making requests all the time. He went away from the trying, struggling, troublesome life of the busy days among the people--to find shelter, rest, and renewal of strength, in sweet converse with His Father. Just so, most of the time we spend in prayer should be given to communion with God.
A minister relates that one Saturday morning, when he was in his study preparing his sermon, his little child opened the door and came in, stealing softly to his side. Somewhat impatiently, the father turned to her and asked, "What do you want, my child?"
"Nothing, papa," the child replied. "I only want to be with you."
This is oft-times the only desire of the true Christian when he comes to pray. He has no requests to make--he just wants to be with his Father!
The most profitable season of devotion, is that in which there is also meditation upon God's Word. It is related of a godly Christian who was known to spend much time in his prayer-closet, that a friend once secreted himself in his study to learn something of his devotional habit. The godly man was busy all the evening at his work. At eleven o'clock he put away his books and pen and opened his New Testament. For a whole hour he bent over its pages, reading, comparing, pondering the sacred words. Sometimes he would linger long over a sweet verse and his heart would glow with rapture. When the clock struck twelve, he closed the book and sought his bed. He was not once on his knees during all the hour. He offered no petition in words. He had spent the whole time in communing with God in His Word, breathing out his love, his adoration, his longings and desires--and receiving into his heart the assurances, the encouragements, the promises, the joys of the Father's love.
There could be no better way of devotion than this! Praying alone, without meditation on the Word of God, meets only one phase of our need. We talk to God when we pray. But it is quite as important that God talks to us--and He will only talk with us, when we open the Scriptures and wait reverently to hear what He will say to us.
What is the HELP that we are to receive from prayer? First of all, prayer holds us close to Christ. We breathe Heaven's air when we commune with Christ. Life in this sinful world is not easy. It has its struggles, its duties, its difficulties, and its sorrows--which exhaust our strength. Hence we need continually to return to Christ to have our grace renewed. We cannot live today, on yesterday's food; every morning we must pray for our daily bread. Nor can we be faithful, strong, happy and helpful Christians today--on yesterday's supply of grace. We need to pray daily. Thus our life is kept from running down, and we are held near our Master all the while.
The true Christian life also grows--and it can only do so by daily communing with God. Our life should never run two days on just the same level. The days should be ladder rungs lifting our heart ever a little higher, nearer to God, into purer air, into loftier experiences, into holier consecration.
Prayer brings God down into our life. It was when Jesus was praying, that He was transfigured. True prayer always transfigures! One who lives habitually with Christ, becomes like Christ. Our earthly affairs become means of grace, if Christ is with us. Prayer lifts all the experiences of our life and lays them in the hand of Christ--who makes them all work together for our eternal good!
Shared from Gracegems.org daily devotionals.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Elementary? I know.
I’m currently reading my first Andrew Murray book, “With Christ in the School of Prayer”, as well as listening to his “Absolute Surrender and Other Addresses”. Since January 2012, I’ve read many J.R. Miller books, “Discover Your Destiny” by Cary Schmidt, “Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will” by Kevin DeYoung (Not recommended without reservation!), “Because He Loves Me” by Elyse Fitzpatrick, “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer, “Better Not” by John Heyl Vincent, and others, while I’ve also listened to more than those. I also count the many, many, many A.L.O.E. books I’ve read, as they are so rich in lessons in spiritual life. So, what good books have you been reading lately?
Monday, December 30, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
J.R. Miller via gracegems.org
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Monday, December 31, 2012
• “While we live we must be moving on.”
• “When we stop we begin to die.”
• “Rest is necessary, but only to renew our strength that we may press on again.”
• “It would not be well if we were released from the daily round, though it is monotonous. We owe much to it. It trains us.”
• “We must not let our life run forever and only in a little circle, but must reach out, learn new lessons, venture into new lives, leave our narrow past, and grow into something that means more.”
• “We must not allow our narrow occupation to dwarf our souls.”
• “Our work itself is valuable and noble, and we must never be ashamed of it and must do it with zest and enthusiasm.”
• “We never can get on to higher things if we insist on clinging to our past and carrying it with us. We can make progress only by forgetting.”
• “Some people keep compassing regretfully the mountains of their one year’s mistakes through all the following year.” (See Scripture Reference)
• “Worry undoes no folly, corrects no mistakes, brings back nothing you have lost.”
• “To err is human. We learn by making mistakes. Nobody ever does anything perfectly the first time he tries it. The artist spoils yards of canvas and reams of paper in mastering his art. It is the same in living. It takes most of lifetime to learn how to do work passably well.”
• “There is a strange power in the divine goodness which can take our mistakes and follies, and out of them bring beauty, blessing, and good. Forget your blunders, put them into the hands of Christ, leave them with him to deal with as he sees fit, and he will show them to you afterward as marks of loveliness, no longer as blunders, but as the very elements of perfection.”
• “Move entirely out of the past. It is gone, and you have nothing whatever more to do with it. If it has been unworthy, it should be abandoned for something worthy. If it has been good, it should inspire us to things yet better.”
• “It is possible for us to have all the semblance of life in our religious profession, in our orthodoxy of belief, in our morality, in our Christian achievements, in our conduct, in our devotion to the principles of right and truth, and yet not have life in us.”
• Discoursing upon one’s prayer to be “clean all through”: “It is to this we are called each New Year, for example, each birthday. We are summoned to leave our routine Christian life, the commonplace godliness that has so long satisfied us, and turn northward.”
• “The true life within us should become diviner continually in its beauty, purer, stronger, sweeter, even when the physical life is wasting.”
• “The hard things are not meant to mar our life – they are meant to make it all the braver, the worthier, the nobler. Adversities and misfortunes are meant to sweeten our spirits, not to make them sour and bitter.”
• “We cannot fulfill our Master’s requirements for us as Christians unless we are ready for self-forgetful devotion to service.”
Monday, November 5, 2012
• “[Home] is a resting-place whither at close of day the weary retire to gather new strength for the battle and toils of tomorrow.”
• “One instrument out of tune in an orchestra mars the music which breaks upon the ears of the listeners. One discordant life in a household mars the perfectness of the music of love in the family. We should make sure that our life is not the one that is out of tune.”
• “Christ’s peace is a blessing which comes out of struggle and discipline.”
• “A happy home does not come as a matter of course because there has been a marriage ceremony, with plighted vows and a ring, and the minister’s ‘Whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder,’ and a benediction.”
• “Happiness does not come through any mere forms or ceremonies; it has to be planned for, lived for, sacrificed for, prayed for, ofttimes suffered for.”
• “At few points in life is divine guidance more sorely needed than when the question of marriage is decided.”
• “Wedded happiness depends greatly on reverent, prayerful, deliberate, wise choosing before marriage.”
• “A true woman’s heart craves gentleness.”
• “Love craves its daily bread of tenderness.”
• “Love always serves, or it is no love at all.”
• “We say we train our children; but they train us, too, if we think of them as we should – as immortal beings come from God to be prepared by us for their mission.”
• “The modern tendency to put upon the wife and mother all the responsibility for the making of the home and its happiness is not sanctioned by Christian teachings.”
• “The divine commands for the building of the home and the training of the children are given primarily to the man, although meant for both husband and wife.”
• “Love’s first lesson is that of giving up one’s own way, denying one’s self, suffering in silence.”
• “Another suggestion is, that we should not grow discouraged, even if our homes are not yet what we crave. There are some who feel that the battle is hopeless; that they can never grow into beautiful life and character in their present circumstances. That is a mistake. It is possible to grow into all the beauty of peace wherever we may be placed. A lily finds its home in a black bog, but blooms into perfect loveliness.”
• “Criticism never fosters affection; you never loved any one better for criticizing you. Usually the best service we can do to a brother or sister is to live a sweet, patient, beautiful, Christly life ourselves, leaving to God the fashioning of their lives. If they are true Christians, He is teaching them and putting His own image on their souls. We might mar this divine work by our criticism.”
• “The comforts of Christian faith do not reveal themselves to us in their richest light and peace till the darkness of sorrow rests upon our home.”
Sunday, October 7, 2012
• “At Christ’s feet is the place of discipleship, where one learns the lessons the Master has to teach, where one’s soul receives the blessings He has to give.”
• “We can give out to others only what God has given to us.”
• “The first thing is, not what you shall do for Christ, but what you shall let Christ do for you; not what you shall give to Him, but what you shall receive from Him.”
• “True refinement is not outside polish. It goes deeper, and penetrates the very foundations of character.”
• “That which truly refines is purity of heart.”
• “Is there no alabaster box of sacred ointment which you can bring out and break, to anoint the feet of your loving Lord?”
• “There is constant danger that the duties which lie closest shall be overlooked while the eye is watching farther off for services conspicuous and large.”
• “The Christian young woman who blesses her own home with her love cannot but be a blessing wherever she goes.”
• “It matters little what the particular form of ministry may be. God knows what he wants his children to do. The important thing is to be filled with the love of Christ; then, wherever you go, you will be a blessing.”
Saturday, September 1, 2012
• “We call it a sin for one to do another an injury; but we are not so likely to call it a sin when one fails to show another, suffering or in need, a kindness which it is in his power to render.”
• “Forbearing to help when it is in our power to help is a sin of which God takes note.”
• “The test of life is loving.”
• “The only proof that we have the love of God in our hearts is our love to our fellow-men.”
• “Sometimes love’s duties are crowded out by other seeming duties.”
• “We shall be judged, not only by what we do, but quite as much by what we leave undone.”
• “Some people are willing to pay for the care of those who are in distress, but are not willing to take any trouble themselves. Money does good service in many cases, but the love which is illustrated in our Lord’s parable gives more than money; it ministers with its own hands; it gives human sympathy and personal attention.”
• “We add greatly to the value of whatever we do for others if we give part of ourselves in and with our serving.”
• “We represent God in this world and we are to help as he helps, never niggardly, but always generously and abundantly.”
Monday, August 6, 2012
• “One who speaks wholesome words which enter other lives, and influence, guide, strengthen, inspire, or enrich them, blesses the race”
• “Every one carries an atmosphere about him. It may be healthful and invigorating, or it may be unwholesome and depressing. It may make a little spot of the world a sweeter, better, safer place to live in; or it may make it harder for those to live worthily and beautifully who dwell within its circle.”
• “It is the privilege of every friend of Christ to be of good cheer, no matter what the circumstances of his life may be. Privilege makes duty.”
• “All the fine things in Christian nurture and Christian culture have to be learned.”
• “If we would learn the lesson, we must abide with Christ.”
• “If we are truly experiencing the friendship of Christ, we shall find the inner joy increasing just as the outer lights grow dim.”
• “There are blessings, rich, deep, and satisfying, which we never can know until we mourn.”
• “The deeper the earthly darkness, the richer are the Divine comforts which are given to us, enabling us to be of good cheer whatever the tribulation.”
• “But if we look at others through Christ-eyes, then even the things in them which cause us pain and sorrow become new chances of joy and blessing for us.”
• “Every human sorrow or infirmity that makes its appeal to us is a new chance for us to do a beautiful thing, to grow in Christ-likeness.”
• “Every new burden of care rolled upon us, demanding self-denial, sacrifice, or service, carries in it a new blessing for us, if only we will accept it.”
• “He who carries about with him a cheerful spirit is a blessing wherever he goes.”
• “We have no right to go among men with our complaints and our murmurings.”
• “We have no enemy more to be dreaded than discouragement.”
Sunday, July 1, 2012
• “We need to learn to live. This is just what being a Christian is – learning from Christ to be Christlike.”
• “Surely it is not fitting that the children of the heavenly Father should worry!”
• “[Christians] are living in their Father’s house in which are stored the rich treasures of divine love. Yet many of them seem not to know of these treasures, and live in distress, as if no provision were made for their wants.”
• “There really never is any reason why a child of God should worry about anything.”
• “The mind must be centered before it can have perfect peace. It must have one motive, one aim, one allegiance, one ground of confidence. If it is divided between two interests, there will be distraction, and the peace will be broken.”
• “Anxiety is a sin, because it is not trusting God fully and wholly.”
• “Work is not part of the Adamic curse, as some people imagine. It was a divine ordinance for man from the beginning.”
• “A great deal of the worrying that is so common is over matters that we have no power to change.”
• “There are troubles or misfortunes which have already passed; why should we vex ourselves over these?...Worry will not retrieve it, nor give us back the old favorable conditions.”
• “Sadness only unfits us for duty.”
• “Regret never helps anything.”
• “We would better accept what is done and is beyond any power to recall, and take life just as it is now, working out our little duty bravely and with quiet faith.”
• “Hard work is made easier when we can sing at it. Burdens are made light when one’s heart is filled with joy.”
• “When we acquiesce in any unpleasant experience, we have conquered the unpleasantness.”
• “We should learn to put the emphasis upon duty, not upon care, for duty only is ours.”
• “We should keep each day with its needs shut off by itself. Tomorrow’s cares we must not bring back into today’s little hours. There is no room for them there, nor have we strength for them.”
• “No one ever finds one day’s load too heavy; it is when we try to carry the burden of other days in addition to today’s that we break down.”
• “He who learns the lesson – to live without anxiety – has mastered the art of living.”
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
- "If we do not have [peace] we have missed part of the blessing of being a Christian, part of our inheritance as children of God. It is not a peculiar privilege which is only for a favored few; it is for every one who believes in Christ and will accept it."
- "The Christian's peace is not found in a place where there is no trouble -- it is something which enters the heart and makes it independent of all outside conditions."
- "To love is to weep some time in the journey."
- "[The peace of God] gives us songs in the night. It puts joy into our hearts when we are in the midst of sorest trouble. It turns our thorns into roses."
- "The life of Christian faith is not freed from pain, but our of the pain some rich blessings."
- "If we would have unbroken peace we must have unbroken trust, our minds stayed upon God all the while."
- "It is our privilege and duty to be free always from anxiety and to show the sad world only victorious joy."
- "It is the duty of every Christian to have peace. Not to have it is to reject the Master's behest -- "Peace I leave with you...My peace I give unto you"."
- "The will of God is to be done, not only suffered, as some people seem to think, but done in unbroken obedience and service."
- "Peace is the music which the life makes when it is in perfect tune, and this can be only when all its chords are attuned to the keynote of love."
- "We can stay our minds upon God only when the will of God has been done by us or endured patiently and cheerfully."
Monday, May 28, 2012
Pause today to think about the reason behind the "holiday", which isn't a holiday at all.
Thank a veteran for their sacrifice. It is a true saying that "All gave some, but some gave all". Remember that the group that "gave some" may not be "serving" still, but may well be still giving, unknown to you, dealing with their memories, their questions, their fears.
Monday, May 7, 2012
• “We are strong only as we are gentle. Gentleness is the power of God working in the world.” (from introduction)
• “[Gentleness] is essential to all true character.”
• “No man is truly great who is not gentle.”
• “[Gentleness] is the crown of all loveliness, the Christliest of all Christly virtues.”
• “No wrong or cruelty ever made [Christ] ungentle.”
• “Home is meant to be a place to grow in. It is a school in which we should learn love in all its branches. It is not a place for selfishness or for self-indulgence.”
• “…but in all our occupations the real business of life, that which we are always to strive to do, the work which must go on in all our experiences, if we grasp life’s true meaning at all, is to learn to love, and to grow loving in disposition and character.”
• “Our Master manifested himself to his own as he did not to the world; but the world, even his cruelest enemies, never received anything of ungentleness from him.”
• “We must never forget that religion in its practical outworking is love.”
• “A good creed is well; but doctrines which do not become life of gentleness in character and disposition, in speech and in conduct, are not fruitful doctrines.”
• “The final object of all Christian life and worship is to make us more like Christ, and Christ is love.”
• “The way to acquire any grace of character is to compel thought, word, and act in the one channel until the lovely quality has become a permanent part of our life.”
Sunday, April 1, 2012
• Perhaps no short coming in good lives is so common as the failure to be a friend to those around us.
• We begin to be like Christ only when we begin to be a friend to everyone.
• Therefore [Christ] was a friend to the worst, that he might make them to be among the best.
• Christ never shut his heart on any one. He is ready to give love to every one.
• But are we ready and willing to be a friend to those who are unattractive and uncongenial, even disagreeable, who have nothing to give to us in return, who have only needs, cares and burdens to share with us, to those we have to lift and carry?
• Need is always that which attracts [Christ’s] attention.
• At no time do we more need divine wisdom in our experience than when we are deciding whether or not we shall accept this or that person as our personal friend.
• Always the friendship of Christ discovered the best that was in man. He saw possibilities in them that no other one had ever dreamed of. Then he set about to develop these possibilities.
• Concerning Romans 1:11 (“For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;”): This was a lofty wish of friendship. It suggests what our longing for our meetings with our friends should be.
• No other culture is so fine as that which comes from communication with Jesus Christ.
• (John 11) Some day when you are in sorrow or trouble and send for Christ, he may delay to come, delay till it seems too late to come at all. Remember, then, that it is because he loves you and yours that he delays. We must learn to trust Christ’s friendship even when it seems to fail us.
Monday, March 5, 2012
· “To have a life whose power we cannot control is a fearful thing. The more magnificent the life may be, the more terrible it is not to be able to rule it.”
· “To know one person who is absolutely to be trusted will do more for a man’s moral nature – yes, and even his spiritual nature – than all the sermons he ever heard or can hear.” George MacDonald quoted by J.R. Miller
· “There is not an element in our nature that needs to be crushed or destroyed; everything is meant to be under control of conscience and will, and to be used to honor God and bless the world.”
· Definition of a life transfigured: “In a word, it is the beauty of Christ shining in a human life.”
· “In what measure Christ enters into us and fills us and abides in us, depends upon the measure of our surrender to him.”
From “The Face of the Master”:
· We cannot altogether hide our inner life from men’s eyes. What goes on in the depths of our being comes up to the surface in unmistakable indications and revealings.”
· We look for him where he is not, – we look for flashes of splendor, – and meanwhile we miss the glory of his presence where it shines in all its beauty in some lowly thoughtfulness and tenderness.”
· “But, as a rule, we find our best work, the things we are meant to do, our chance for being useful to others, in the line of our common duty.”
· “Do the duty that comes next to your hand, and you will find yourself near to heaven.”
· “If a Christian dwells remote from Christ he soon grows earthly and loses the spiritual loveliness out of his life.”
· On Romans 8:28: “That is, we must always believe in his love for us even in the most trying experiences, and must keep love in our hearts. If we lose our trust, if we rebel against God, if we grow disobedient, we miss the good that we might have received from “all things,” and take hurt instead.”
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
From "The Transfigured Life":
· [Christ] will possess us just as far as we yield our life up to him.
· Love sees in every other person one to be served, to be ministered unto, to be helped, to be patiently borne with, to be treated kindly in spite of his faults.
· Love transforms all conditions of life, all circumstances. Its’ business is to be sweet no matter the weather, or the wrong, or the suffering. Thus it takes the bitterness out of whatever would otherwise be bitter.
· The joy the Holy Spirit gives lives on in the heart when all earthly sources of gladness have failed.
· The lesson of peace is one that has to be learned in the school of life. It is not gotten by the changing of life’s circumstances so as to hide one away beyond the reach of storm. Nor is it acquired through the deadening of the feelings and sensibilities, so that life’s pains and trials will not longer hurt the heart. This would be paying too great a price even for peace. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It comes through the encircling of the life with God’s own peace.
· The true object of all education and discipline is to develop all the powers of the life to their highest possibilities, and then to hold them in perfect mastery.
Monday, February 20, 2012
I have read many books that have convicted me in various ways. Some have left me determined to leave off a sin it has brought to light in my life, or to begin to do something that I ought and hadn’t seen before, to love God more, to seek his will, on and on…but this book left me gripped with the desire for God! Before I could even come to the end of the story, I was gripped with the longing simply for God. My computer downloaded book was quickly filled with numerous highlights and bookmarks, and this book is not going to be thrown away, as most of them are when I finish reading them (I have too many on my computer to keep them all anymore, though they are excellent books and worth re-reading.). This boy’s life and testimony is such to make one long for more of Christ…and realize that it is not only attainable, but that every Christian should attain what Stephen had. Verses he quotes I have often read, but never seen in such a light as his life puts them, and yet leaving me shaking my head asking why I hadn’t…seen that before? No, actually believed just what God said. The hymns (“poetry”) he reads, and which are quoted in this book, are also a plus. Another top-of-the-list “based-on-fact” story from Susan Warner. Find it as a free Google ebook and read it!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
The best advice I received in 2011? “The goal is Christ”; it’s easy to get wrapped up in the work or plan He has for us, but that isn’t the goal. If we focus on the path, the way, the plan, we’ll lose it, but if we focus on Him, we’ll be right where we should be, right where He wants us.
My motto for this year was drawn from that advice and a comment from Pastor:
I thought I’d share my reading list for the past 4 months, as the new year begins. I’m really glad that I was able to meet my goals, and then some! So I’m ready to begin fresh and new in 2012!
Under the history/ more “serious” (that which takes more concentration for me) reading:
· The Swamp Fox: the life and campaigns of General Francis Marion by Robert Bass
· Mad Anthony: the story of Anthony Wayne by Rupert Sargent Holland
· The Hoosier Schoolmaster
· Jeb Stuart by John W. Thomason, Jr.
· For Name and Fame by G. A. Henty
Under the “lighter” (that which I enjoy, though it tends to be more character building and “religious” in nature, plus classics) reading:
· Sunshine Country by Kristina Roy
· The Three Comrades by Kristina Roy
· The Two Wealthy Farmers by Hannah More
· Sense and Sensibility (Not necessarily recommended to everyone, and to no one without Wite Out in hand.)
· Three People by Isabella Alden (Pansy) (found my own copy of this at Goodwill for $0.99!)
· The Sun Is Shining on the Other Side by Margaret Jenson (Loaned from a friend)
· Probable Sons by Amy LeFevre
· Peace Child (Loaned from a friend, I forget the author)
· My Desire by Susan Warner
· Hidden Rainbow by Christmas Carol Kauffman (An old favorite I needed to re-visit)
· My Little Corner by Mrs. O.F. Walton
· Nobody by Susan Warner (ebook; one of my favorites)
· The White Dove by Christoph von Schmid
· Wych Hazel by Susan Warner (ebook)
· The Gold of Chickaree by Susan Warner (ebook)
· The Courage of Nikolai by Mary Ropes
· The Betrothed by Sir Walter Scott (Glad it was a free ebook, for I threw it out all the more cheaply for that! J)
· Nothing Daunted: the story of Isabel Kuhn by Gloria Repp (church library loan)
· By Searching by Isobel Kuhn (I really enjoyed this one) (church library loan)
· Toys of Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Actually didn’t finish this one; I threw it away before I finished. Not recommended!)
· Crown of Success by A.L.O.E. (ebook)
· Rambles of a Rat by A.L.O.E. (ebook; I was rather disappointed in this one, feeling like it didn’t live up to her other works. Probably there was something there and I missed it.)
And still on my shelf for my Sunday reading, is “John Ploughman’s Talk or Plain Advice for Plain People” by C. H. Spurgeon.
I also listened to a few books thanks to librovox.org:
· The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth (Okay but not excellent.)
· The Missing Bride by E.D.E.N.Southworth (Not recommended unless you want a novel with nothing to it.)
· Little Fishers and Their Nets by Pansy (Isabella Alden)
And on the list for January thru April, thus far:
· General Douglas MacArthur
· To Herat and Cabul by Henty
· Guadalcanal Diary
· And I want to get more Henty through the library
· Clean Hands and Circulating Decimals (KOF – maybe Alden)
· Princess in Calico (R&S)
· Thrilling Escapes by Night (R&S)
· An Old-Fashioned Girl by L. M. Alcott
· For One Moment by C. Carol Kauffman
· My Mates and I by O.F. Walton
And to finish John Ploughman.
I’m also looking forward to again following the Bible reading schedule that Pastor has brought to us, reading the OT through once, the NT through twice, and Psalms twice and Proverbs 12 times in a year.