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No Tuesday Ramblings?

January 24, 2012

Today is Tuesday!  So there should be a Ramblings, no?

Well…here’s the thing.  I’ve gradually come to realize that Tuesday is a terrible day for me to blog.  It’s the day I go grocery shopping (“fooding”, as we say in my family) and so all my free time and computer time on Tuesday is taken up by planning the weekly menu – which can take all day, especially when one is navigating through pregnancy cravings and aversions!

So, until further notice, Tuesday Ramblings will become Thursday Ramblings!  Expect a wayward rambling Thursday…but I will give a tiny update now.

Reading This Week: Nothing, very sadly.  I still have Divergent, but I plan to return it to the library tomorrow because I highly doubt I’ll ever get back into it.  I’m kind of sad about that.

Writing This Week: I’m dying to write TKT!  And my mind keeps creeping toward Daik 11.  But today I am working on a new chapter of The Queen in the Wooden Box, because it’s been several weeks since Christmas and I’m sure my cousins are eager for a new installment!

Cheers,
Bethany

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Tuesday Ramblings Late 1.4.12 – One Day Late

January 5, 2012

Oops. It’s Wednesday now (and it will be Thursday in 15 minutes). So I suppose these are actually Wednesday Ramblings. But here they be!

Reading this week: Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher. It has completely distracted me from Divergent, which I have renewed for the second time. (I’m not sure I’ll ever finish that book! Maybe I just needed a break from dystopia? It’s true, I had read three dystopian novels in a row before moving to Butcher’s book.) Furies of Calderon is a satisfyingly fresh fantasy: fascinating world, likeable characters, and lots of intrigue. I am almost halfway through now, and enjoying it. (Edit: As I read further I find that the book has a lot of sensuality and adult content. I would not recommend it for youngsters, certainly, and although I’m still reading If it continues like this I will probably not finish.

Writing this week: Next to nothing, sadly. I plan to get on that as soon as I’m done with this posting, because I’ve got diaper laundry in the washer and it’s cruelly forcing me to stay up late…what agony, to have another hour or two on the computer in a quiet house…truly terrible…

Stuck in my head today: The Eureka theme again. We’re still working our way through the show, and will be for awhile, and the song is far too catchy.

Deep and important thoughts pondered today: God’s perfection, and how He cannot be summed up by any one attribute. He is holy, perfectly and completely holy, but holiness alone does not define Him. Instead, He defines holiness! He is loving, and perfectly and completely loving, but love alone is not the sum of His nature. Rather, love finds its definition in His nature. He is perfectly just, perfect in power, perfect in creativity, perfect in every aspect, and all of these attributes merely touch on who He is. Were He lacking in any of these qualities, He would not be the God that He is, because they all hinge on one another. Together, all His attributes form our understanding of who He is, as shown by the quote of the day below. It is so amazing to contemplate our glorious Creator!

Quote of the day:

Q: What is God?
A: God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.
The Westminister Larger Catechism

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Tuesday Ramblings 12.28.11

December 28, 2011

I hope your Christmas was merry!  Ours was delightful, and I am very much enjoying my new Kindle, a gift from my wonderful, generous husband!  As much as I love real books, e-readers have fascinated me for a long time (when I was younger I thought I had invented the idea for my book…haha).  I love the idea of being able to take a ton of books with me everywhere, in a device small enough to stick inside my – rather tiny – purse.m

Reading this week: Give Them Grace by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson (my first Kindle read!).  The basic premise of this book is that many Christian parents, although believing on a spiritual level that only Christ can change our hearts, end up trying to make their children “good” through law, rules, guidelines, etc. on a practical level.  The book urges and encourages Christian moms and dads to point their children toward Christ and His righteous fulfillment of God’s law on our behalf.  Although I have a few beefs with some of it, it’s a really good book overall (it’s worth buying for the chapter on human weakness and failure alone!).  I wholeheartedly recommend it to Christian parents – and even those who aren’t yet parents, as I found the book applied more to my life and my legalistic tendencies than it did to my future parenting.  Actually I recommend the general “gospel application” parts of the book more than the specifically parenting-related parts!

Writing this week: not a lot, due to the Christmas holiday.  I’ve been writing a miscellaneous scene that came to me on Christmas night, about a girl whose car crashes off the side of the road during a snowstorm.  She may or may not encounter magical creatures in the roadside woods…

Quotes I’m pondering today: 

“…Paul was familiar with real suffering, but this thorn was far worse.  This thorn was ordained by God to keep Paul humble, dependent, and weak.  Paul also recognized that this thorn was a messenger of Satan.  Here’s the astonishing truth: God used Satan to keep Paul from the sin of pride.  God always employs Satan to God’s end, to serve God’s people.  God uses Satan to produce godliness in us too, just as he did in Paul.  …None of us want to appear weak or incompetent…we hate it when we can’t boast…yet we can grow in our faith to believe that the Lord is sending a particular trial because it glorifies Him.  …  Paul understood that personal success and strength were barriers to his experience of God’s grace.  God’s sustaining power is seen and developed in our weakness and failure.” – Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, Give Them Grace

“But he [the Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Stuck in my head today: the theme song from the show Eureka, which my husband and I have been watching voraciously.  Or, alternately, the ditty my son’s new cookie jar toy sings every time you stick your hand in…

Coming soon: the first chapter of The Queen in the Wooden Box!

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Tuesday Ramblings 12.20.11

December 20, 2011

Reading this week: I still haven’t picked up Divergent again.  I was supposed to return it to the library tomorrow but I renewed it.  That means I’ve had it for three weeks and haven’t finished it yet!  I’m not sure whether that reflects more on the book or my busy life.  Probably my busy life.

Writing this week: I am frantically pounding out a third chapter of The Queen in the Wooden Box to send to my cousins.  I may end up having to send it by email in order for it to get there in time for Christmas!  Horrors!  But I am enjoying the story too much to rush through it…I really like the world and characters.  (By the way, which title is better?  The working title is The Queen in the Wooden Box, but The Silver Army would be an equally apt moniker.)

Quote for today: 

“I urge you, don’t be stingy this year with the gifts you’ve so generously received from on high, and don’t begrudge those still wandering a glimmer of that same illumination, just as freely given. Don’t fear the distractions. The truth is more powerful than any number of myths, legends, or advertising agencies. Satan may be the author of many reprehensible and deceptive works, but he is most certainly not the author of hope, or love, or joy, or peace. And he can’t stop Christmas from coming or steal it away from us. He failed at that scheme a long, long time ago.” – Fred Warren in today’s post over at Speculative Faith.

Stuck in my head today: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!”

Chocolate and writing.  Couldn’t be better!

"It's the most *dangerous* time of the year...!" Thankfully, danger is my middle name.