I normally try to do a devotional post on Mondays, but last week and this week, I’ve been more in the “update” mode. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t written all these posts out ahead of time like I did previously this summer. You may notice that this post isn’t coming out in the 9 o’clock hour, as I aim for my posts to normally do. That’s because this has been a spur-of-the-moment week this week. Incredibly spontaneous, it’s been a week juxtaposing “Be still” and “Go”.
Perhaps one of the most-loved pieces of Christian fiction, especially of the romance genre, Redeeming Love has been recommended to me over and over again. I finally read it last month and wanted to share my thoughts with you all!
The story is a loose parallel to the biblical account of Hosea, except it is set during the California gold rush in the 1840-50s. This fictional account gives a personal look at how God is faithful to us, time and again, no matter how often we leave Him or how far we run. Its power and timelessness lies in the emotional impact of the story and how relatable the characters’ feelings are. Its draw and effect were not lost on me; I sat down and read the whole novel in one afternoon (quite the feat since it’s around 450 pages). I, without hesitation, join the line of women recommending this book. It does have some mature themes and scenes, so I’d limit it to mature teenagers and up, but the message of God’s love, faithfulness, and pursuit is so relevant to all of us.
I’ve had this book sitting on the bookshelves for years, so the only incentive in writing this review was to share the story with you all! If you do end up buying it through the link above, there’s two things you’d ought to know: 1) I’d love to know your thoughts on the story, so please comment them on this post! and 2) I will receive a small percentage from your purchase of the book, but it doesn’t increase your price at all, just helps to support me.
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I want to share with you a goal I have for how I relate with people. Continue reading “Love First, Love Well, Love Anyway”
I went on a road trip this past weekend towards a destination I had mixed feelings about. I didn’t know what it was going to be like when I got there and I was mostly afraid of the unknown. We were traveling through the countryside and I was praying as we went along. As I looked out the window I saw rows and rows of crops–corn, I believe–growing. From a distance, it all looked to be one big, intimidating mass of growth–no beginning, no ending, just growth and growth and growth and it was easy to get scared at the vastness of it. Continue reading “Road Trippin’ Part 4”
A couple of mornings ago I grabbed a pear for breakfast and sliced it so I could eat it as I headed out the door to church. I looked through the fruit basket in my kitchen, fumbling through the various pears for one that looked good from the outside. I gently squeezed each one to determine which was the ripest and would therefore be the softest and sweetest. Once I had determined which piece of fruit I wanted, I Continue reading “Pretty Fruit”