Celeste the Blue, faithful friend has squeaked her last conversation with her furry companion. Hershey, our lab, has loved this blue dragon. Now Celeste is silent, and Hershey wonders why.
Worn, tattered, and well-loved…
There is something beautiful about loving a toy to pieces. It’s an ode to the Velveteen Rabbit really.
In life, the worn, well-loved, and tattered are precious. I have a sweet attraction to them, more so now. In this season, I find beauty in things graced by age. Old books hold great charm. Well-loved items are reminders that things as well as people have stories.
Dear Younger Me… pay attention to the old things. New is not always better. Listen to the stories…They are important.
Write 31 Days
Whining is annoying…
and in my fifties, I have developed a zero tolerance for it.
I hope this doesn’t mean I am growing hard or crusty. I want to be tender. I want to be sympathetic…
I know…we all have our moments. Life is hard, and we need to vent at times.
I vent in a journal with pen in hand. I vent in my prayers to the only One who truly cares or can do anything to help.
Often I need to put my frustration in words, organizing my thoughts. A wordy brain and heart leak can be very therapeutic and productive… if I don’t sit in it.
On the other side of this, we all know those soldier-souls who keep marching through the cold hard situations life unleashes on them…and they never whine…they never complain.
However, some people are chronic whiners. Some personalities are just prone to complain and feel sorry for themselves.
Some generalizations regarding whiners:
In truth, most of us are complainers at some point. We have our moments when we just need to be heard. Whiners do not have moments. They have seasons…long. seasons.
Whiners usually want someone to do something for them. For some it may simply be the need to be heard in the midst of their frustration. For others, they need something they do not have but feel they deserve. They want someone to do or get something for them. Some people just want others to feel sorry for them…to give them the attention they crave.
Chronic whiners are usually self-centered.
Whiners are rarely problem solvers or deep thinkers. Surface issues or inconveniences leave them emotionally stranded.
Whiners are light drainers, meaning they can suck the light and joy out of most situations. Debbie and Doug Downer are the people you do not want to invite to your party.
Whiners attract other whiners. They feed off of the negative. They preach gloom and doom. They seek to instill fear and dread.
Whiners often avoid hard work. They seem to wear a “can’t do” attitude.
Most of us avoid whiners if at all possible.
If you are a whiner,
Ask yourself if you complain more than you encourage.
Ask yourself if people avoid you or conversations with you.
Ask yourself if your conversations with people are self-centered and focus on your pitiful life… (That was harsh. Sorry…not really .)
Now that I have finished typing this post…
it sounds kind of whiny…
I guess I’m kind of whiny about whiners…
Write 31 Days
Some books can be life changing and hard and wonderful and yet leave you poured out on the floor in a big goopy mess.
And…this was that book for me.
I started this book a couple of months ago, and it was during a searching season. I would pick it up and put it down.
At the beginning of the summer, I buried myself in this book…reading, journaling, and praying. The book is underlined, highlighted, dog-eared, and tear-stained.
Revival is personal, and Lisa Whittle’s book I Want God was a match to the dry tinder of my heart and life. This book hits deep despite its short length. Lisa gets inside your head and heart. The Lord used her words to speak some hard truth in my life of complacency and ritual.
I loved the questions and inventory at the end of the chapters. The book would be FABULOUS for a small intimate group of women to work through. If you are seeking revival…a reset with God, prayerfully consider this book as a tool.
Historical fiction is a strong pull for me, and when it whispers a promise of a series, I’m hooked. Mindy Starns Clark and Elizabeth Gould have done just this with their Cousins of the Dove series. They have me hooked.
I just finished their book, My Brother’s Crown, and it was fascinating! I finished this book while sitting on the beach, and in truth, I was in a book stupor for a day after, anxious for more knowledge on the next chapter in the lives of this family and these characters.
My Brother’s Crown weaves ribbons of historical with contemporary Christian fiction, and these authors do it beautifully. The story deals with a family journal and a printed document dating back to the period of the late 1600’s and the Heugonot persecution in France. It was a dangerous time to be Protestant in faith and oppose the Catholic Church and the crown of King Louis. Modern day dealings with the ancient document and the breaking of the code within it draws both stories together. This is the first book in the Cousins of the Dove series, and it promises to be a series worth reading every page…every word.
The second book, My Sister’s Prayer, is due to be released September 1st.
I am a true fan of good biblical fiction because good biblical fiction drives me back to Scripture. This book did just that. I found myself following Egyptian slave, Kiya’s life through the pages of the book of Exodus, as well as the work of fiction. Connilyn Cossette does a beautiful job of drawing her readers into the story, into the fear of the unknown lurking in the minds and hearts of the Egyptians as they suffered through the plagues and the exodus of the Hebrews under the leadership of their all powerful Yahweh and his servant Moses. It was interesting to watch this story unfold in the life of a young Egyptian woman when as Christian I have always considered this story from the Hebrew point of view. Truly a unique perspective. I look forward to reading the other books in Cossette’s Out From Egypt series as they are released. Thrilled for this book debut from this talented Christian fiction author.
I received this book free from the author in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.