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What Women Fear

21 Oct

For the past few days I’ve been devouring Angie Smith’s new book What Women Fear. There are two reasons for this: First, it took a while for my book to arrive in the mail, so I am playing catch up so that I can take part in the current Bloom Book Club. Second, even if I was not playing catch up, then I would be devouring this book. It is beautifully written, so readable and honest. Angie has allowed her innermost self to be vulnerable to other people, who she does not know, which takes guts. The thing is, as I read, I see me. I’ve read about some of Angie’s fears, from both childhood and adulthood, and have realized that they are not too different to ones that I have had. I wonder how many of us have fears which, at times, almost seem irrational, yet if we shared and spoke about them more, then we’d come to realize that they are actually common?

Anyway, I really recommend that you buy Angie’s book and come and join in on the book club discussions. We are half way through the book now, but the club still has another two to three weeks to go. All posts will remain online, so even if you miss joining in as things are posted, you can still watch the videos and leave comments. You won’t regret it. There are some inspiring ladies over there. You can find out about other books by Angie, and follow her blog, at her website Angie Smith Online

Here’s a link to the book – have it within one minute if ordered digitally 😉

Here’s a link to Bloom.

 

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Three Cups – Book Review

12 Oct

Three Cups is a beautiful book, written for children, teaching them how to save, spend and give. The idea behind the book is that it instills in children good money habits from a young age. The publisher does not give an age range for this book, but Amazon advertises it for children 4-8 years old. Personally, I don’t think a four-year old will understand some of the concepts used in the book – such as bank interest, however they will enjoy the brightly colored pictures and story. I read this book with my daughter, who has recently turned ten. Although a little young for her, she did enjoy the book, but was disappointed that it was short! The book is 32 pages in length.

The story basically follows a young boy who was given three cups by his parents, one for saving, one for spending and one for giving. As he is given his allowance each week he equally splits the money between the three cups. After a period of time his mother takes him to open a bank savings account to put the money from the savings cup in. The boy is able to save up his spending money and buy a mitt that he wants. He then goes on to donate his giving money. This same scenario continues as the boy grows and as he becomes 18 the reader can see what he puts his bank savings money towards.

Authors Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain have written a fabulous book that will introduce kids to saving, spending and giving. We live in a part of the world where kids want all the time, and often get without having to save up their own money. I know my own kids seem to think that money grows on trees! By introducing the concept to them that they can save money, spend some and give some away, at a young age, will stand them in good stead for the future.

At the back of the book there is also some guidance for parents who want to integrate the three cup method into their family.

Awesome book, highly recommend it!

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Waiting

27 Jul

I’ve mentioned before that I am not always good at waiting. I get quite impatient and want things to hurry along in my time rather than in God’s time. Now, to be honest, reflecting on various things that have happened in my life, where I have simply had to play the waiting game, I would have thought that by now I would be a pro and trust in God’s timing. Not so. Not that I don’t trust in His timing, I do, it is perfect and good. However, I fail to remember that He really doesn’t need my help and pushing along “Gee, you know Lord, I really think it’s time, you need to get a hurry on here or its all going to collapse and fall flat”

God has gently bought up a few scenarios in the past few days that have made me realize that He is talking to me about waiting and being patient (once more!) It started with a feeling last weekend, a sweet whisper from God that made me see that now is the time to put everything down, to let go and wait, watch and see. To draw closer to His presence and to have a time of rest, reflection and restoration. I pondered these things and left them in my heart, unaware that my husband was feeling the same thoughts.

We took our kids and their friends to a water park near our home on Monday. When we arrived there was a long line up which came outside from the building and down the sidewalk. We were quite far back in the line when there was a power outage. Some people began to leave, they didn’t want to wait in the heat for the power to be restored. We decided we would give it twenty minutes and then head to the beach. The longer we waited the more people drifted away and left. Pretty soon we were inside the main building. At this point a lifeguard came out of the office and reported that the power company had said that the outage could be repaired in five minutes or it could be as long as five hours. At this announcement most of the people waiting decided to leave, so we found ourselves third or fourth in line. One minute later the power came back on, much to the squeals of four happy kids!

While the kids were swimming Jonathan told me that he thought God was talking to him about waiting through the power outage (as well as other things). When he finished telling me this I turned to read a page in my book that I had been trying to read for around ten minutes, but I kept getting interrupted. The book is Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa Terkeurst. The next few paragraphs that I read were about David. Having been anointed as King of Israel, he was then sent back to the pastures to tend the sheep. He had to wait, it wasn’t time for him to take the throne. The waiting period was purposeful. David accepted his circumstances and didn’t resist where God had put him. He chose to see the good in waiting. These few paragraphs were really timely for me and on reflection I can see where waiting in my past has been purposeful and for my good.

Yesterday, Ann Voskamp wrote about a post called “Why is it Hard to be Patient?” Ann has a real gift with words, they always flow poetically off the page. In her post she talked about patience being a willingness to wait. That is it in a nutshell. Our impatience is a sign of our unwillingness to wait, to not have things on our terms and conditions.

Patience is waiting, it is a moment of surrender.

So, here I am trying to surrender and have patience. Meanwhile God is whispering into my ear “Wait, dear one, wait”.

Knowing

14 Dec

Jonathan has been re-reading Brian McLaren’s “The Last Word and the Word After That”. He was reading some aloud to me yesterday and this quote stuck out:

“Truth be told” he said to me one afternoon that  June, “These are the people that I know with.”

“Know with?” I asked.

“Haven’t you noticed how learning and knowing are ultimately communal experiences, social experiences?” He asked in reply.

“I can see how learning is communal – like learning in a class or small group,” I replied. “But knowing?”

“Think of the word consciousness, whose components mean know with. I’ve found I can only know so much until I find a community that shares my knowing. If I begin growing very far beyond what my community allows me to know, I need to persuade my community to think with me or else find a new form of community”

Michael Frost Interview

11 Dec

Jamie’s got a good interview with Michael Frost on his blog. It’s about his new book with Alan Hirsch – Re:Jesus

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