Turning the last page of 2016, I’m reminded of all its gifts, chief among them this favorite guy, and our rowdy and much-loved family.
Thank you, friends, for the encouragement you have brought to this year, for your own inspiring books and blog posts, and for the hospitality of a warm welcome into your life — and your inbox!
On the Nightstand
For Christmas of 2015, my oldest son and his wife gave me Amy Carmichael’s Edges of His Ways, arranged in daily devotional readings. This book has been my companion throughout 2016, and I’ve been thankful for the daily reminder that no matter how much I study, regardless of how long I walk with God, and even in light of God’s incredible self-revelation in the person of Christ and in the wonders of His creation, “these are the mere edges of His ways,” (Job 26:14). Always, always there is more to be known in this following life.
On the Blog
The most-read piece at Living Our Days for the month of December was my review of A.W. Tozer’s From Heaven, a compilation of Tozer’s sermons and excerpts from his written material for the Christmas season. Our family has been dipping into this wisdom as part of our Advent devotions, and almost every day, there’s another glorious “Ah Ha!” moment around the dining room table. Here’s one example:
“We live between two mighty events — that of His incarnation, death, and resurrection, and that of His ultimate appearing and the glorification of those He died to save. This is the interim time for the saints — but it is not a vacuum. He has given us much to do, and He asks for our faithfulness.”
For the month of December, the SheLoves community has been writing and thinking about the word “Pause.” My offering (click here to read it!) was centered on the notion of pausing in the in-between, honoring the sinewy watchfulness of those who waited for a Messiah in the days between the Testaments while staying present to the wonder of Word made flesh in our every day living. Words spoken into that long ago in-between also resonate for today’s waiting: “Nothing shall be impossible. God is with us.”
Then, one morning I received an e-mail notification that my blog post was being featured over at Deeply Rooted. This is a community of women called to purpose, on purpose, by God, and I was honored that they shared my thoughts on prayer, Sometimes Instead of Bread, I Ask God for Stones.
Just for Joy
I’m hoping that many of you will join me in the journey through C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces.
Lewis has been referred to as an “armchair theologian,” and we all know that he was a masterful storyteller, a combination which makes for a rich reading experience. On January 5, I’ll be posting a reading schedule and an invitation to link your own thoughts and blog posts about the book in a book discussion that will take us into the early weeks of March.
The best part of an on-line group is that our meetings won’t have to be cancelled for inclement weather!
Having passed the Winter Solstice, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are now heading toward the light. I pray that this is your heart’s condition, regardless of circumstances, and I’m looking forward to sharing more words of Truth and Light together in 2017.
Join me over at Leigh Kramer’s place to read a collection of musings from a wide and varied selection of writers! Happy 2017!
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