Tuesday, September 19, 2006


So, here's what I am thinking about, in no particular order:

1. The fact that I use the words "so," "and," and "but" far FAR too often on this blog. And most often at the beginning of a sentence. But you know what? I don't care. So what to you think of that?

2. I am going to the Beth Moore conference in West Virginia this weekend. And, as much as I love Beth Moore, what I am really looking forward to is hanging out with the five friends who will be with me. I am bringing my concordance and my Bible dictionary - not because of the tremendous Biblical truths that Beth will likely reveal - but because hanging out with these six women always, ALWAYS turns into discussion about scripture and how it applies to our lives. They rock. I am so not kidding about the concordance/dictionary thing.

3. It comforts me to know this: Romans 8:26-27

4. I have a goal-ish type of thing in the back of my mind that I am too afraid to call a goal because then I will have to actually work at it if I want to meet it. So, my sorta goal is to do something that sounds like "Sue's fate." And I would want to accomplish "Sue's fate" to the tune of about sixteen "hounds." And I would want to do this, perhaps, by "Rovember" fifteenth.

5. My last post has me curious why everyone (okay, like, three people) are so excited about me reading fiction. Like reading fiction somehow puts me on the path to all that is good and right in life. I have this feeling that people think there is something wrong with me because I don't like it so much. I mean, I KNOW there is something WRONG with me, but is the fiction really to blame?

6. Thinking, THINKING about reading the Bible in 90 days some time after the holidays. Wondering if anyone would be interested in joining me.


Anonymous Cup-a-Joe said...

In regards to number 4: Duh... me no understand?

In regards to number 5: I always thought that fiction was a guilty pleasure of some sort. Like if I am going to spend the time reading, shouldn't I be improving my mind in some way? Could it be, that we all feel better when someone else does the same? (Misery loves company, and so does slacking?)

In regards to number 6: WHAT?!? 90 days is not enough time. I can't seem to make it in 365, how can it be done in a bare 3 months? This is madness! (sorry, my secret slacker coming out again) Good luck doing it!

PS How is Paul doing this year? (not that you are boring or anything, just wondering how his year is going)

Wed Sep 20, 06:41:00 AM  
Blogger aggiejenn said...

I think it is AWESOME that you are bringing a concordance/dictionary. How blessed you are to have friends that spur you on like that! Be blessed at the conference. And, God's blessings on "Sue's fate." :-)

Wed Sep 20, 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger Minnie said...

I'm right there with you on the fiction. I've tried and tried to read it, but I can never make it past the first few chapters. I'm like cup-a-joe; I feel like I'm wasting my brain and should be learning something.

I'll be praying for your endeavor with "Sue's Fate". :o) How exciting!

And the whole starting sentences with 'so' and 'and' thing? I totally do that and it drives my husband CRAAAAZY!

I'm completely jealous about you getting to see Jesus' sister, by the way. We expect a lengthy post on that experience. I'm a Beth Moore-aholic. Can't get enough of her!

Wed Sep 20, 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Have fun at the conference! I hope it's all you hope it will be. : )

And I'd be up for the 90 reading plan...some accountability is good!

Wed Sep 20, 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger Shalee said...

"I mean, I KNOW there is something WRONG with me, but is the fiction really to blame?"

We can only hope...

Wed Sep 20, 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

90 days is WAY too much for me. I'd do 180 (in my life that's do able). I just don't want to commit to it knowing full well I wouldn't make it.

I don't own a concordance. I'm way too dependant on the internet. You can google anything. I LOVE it. But it does make it hard when you are trying to make a point and that illusive verse is out there - teasing you and there is no computer near by.

Wed Sep 20, 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

Sign me up for the Bible in 90 days. I need a good challenge.

Blessings on "Sue's fate."

Wed Sep 20, 02:00:00 PM  
Blogger April said...

I am finally going to speak up. I found a link to your post about CHAOS months ago. I've been back to visit off & on ever since. For months, I've "lurked" on an embarrassingly large number of blogs. Now that I have started my own blog, I see the value of commenting & interacting. So Hi, I'm April (awkward silence).

I, too, haven't read much fiction in a long time. Ironic, considering I majored in English & taught literature. To me, it seems like a guilty pleasure (that requires more time and effort than say milk and cookies or a good movie). If I am going to spend my time reading, I want to get a sense of accomplishment from it--I am growing or learning or connecting with others (as in reading blogs). I just remembered a fiction book called Joshua that my husband & I read together, which is a "what if Jesus were alive now" kind of book. But still--I can justify it because I am looking for glimpses into God's character as I am reading it.

I am sorry to hear about your tadpoles, but I must confess I laughed when I followed the link to find out what they really were. Not a making fun laugh, but a bug collecting mom laugh. When my son and I are outside and find a bug, we stop to look at, talk about it, and sometimes bring it inside to keep "as a pet" (in a jar). Makes my almost 4 year old very happy. We've had a big grasshopper, stinkbug, tiny frog, catapillar, snails, and probably others that I've forgotten. We saw a molecricket today--very cool as we'd just read about those (good ole non-fiction). I just got a bunch of kids' books at the library. Funny, now that I think about it: I don't mind kids' fiction. I actually like it a lot. How about you? Can you think of any children's books you really like?

Well, nice officially meeting you. Stop by sometime if you like.

May the Lord bless you & keep you...

Wed Sep 20, 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

"Bible in 90 days" -- started it, loved it, stopped for no good reason except a lack of discipline and accountability. I hope to start back up again before the holidays. But if I don't, maybe we can get together. It REALLY does make a difference to read things straight through. My husband and I have had some great conversations out of what I've read. And not that I read anything new, it just seemed to put everything in better context. A terrific book to read along with or before you start "90 days" is "How to read the Bible for All Its Worth." It has really put things in context for me, to the point I'm saying, "I can't believe I'm only just now getting this."

Wed Sep 20, 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

HEY I am doing the 90 day plan. I am on day 36 or so. Most days I do a whole reading, some days I do partial. I am doing bettter than I thought. I am not including weekends in the 90 days to help me not feel pressured...so it's 18 wks instead of 12...momteacherfriend and I are doing it. sign us up with you b/c we would love to be in on your commenting and stuff i'm sure.
her blog is www.momteacherfriend.blogspot.com I think. and mine you can get from my profile.....

Thu Sep 21, 01:12:00 AM  
Anonymous mom a said...

I believe the author's name was Frank Perretti (sp?) He wrote a series of novels about spiritual warfare. Very exciting reading PLUS after reading a couple of chapters or so, I absolutely HAD to get on my knees and intercede for any number of local, familial, world problems, etc. Of course, pouring out self in intercession for others opens us to God showing what is necessary for our own lives. Fiction is terrific!!!

Thu Sep 21, 05:17:00 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I am NOT a fiction reader either. However, a friend (and then another friend) both kept recommending a particular book series to me. I finally gave in just to keep them quiet!

It's the Mitford Series by Jan Karon, and it's the only fiction I've been able to stand, (except for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen). They are beautifully written books, with incredibly real and funny characters and dialogue.

So, now you can add even more books to your list.

Thu Sep 21, 08:35:00 AM  

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