Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Books again and a brief chit-chat

All I seem to write about recently is books. :)

Chatterbox and I are still reading our latest Famous Five book, Five Go Off in a Caravan. We've just got to the exciting part and I'm afraid I am just as interested as Chatterbox is and we read far too late!

Squidge has acquired a new Julia Donaldson book (we love Julia Donaldson books - of The Gruffalo fame), Tabby McTat - the busker's cat. Wonderful.

‘Tabby McTat was a busker’s cat
With a miaow that was loud and strong.
The two of them sang of this and that,
And people threw coins in the old checked hat,
And this was their favourite song:

“Me, you and the old guitar,
How perfectly, perfectly happy we are.
MEEE-EW and the old guitar,
How PURRRR-fectly happy we are.” ‘

After putting aside The Three Musketeers, I read 'Sister Freaks - Stories of Women Who Gave Up Everything for God'. It's a series of testimonies of various women who have overcome hardships of differing kinds to follow Jesus. It wasn't as inspiring as 'Jesus Freaks' - that book deeply moved me. I don't think this one was particularly well written to be honest, the writing was a bit stilted and what should have been moving stories felt mundane. But it was OK.

I'm now re-reading the Janette Oke series Love Comes Softly. I first read Janette Oke after I was given the 'Seasons of the Heart' series. I loved the books. They are easy to read and are beautiful, simple stories. Michele, my friend from A Quiet, Gracious Life, kindly sent me the whole Love Comes Softly series. I loved them when I read them the first time and I am loving it all over again! So thanks again Michele!

So, how am I?

I've not been 100%, been feeling tired and having a few dizzy spells. Hopefully it'll blow over, I'm off to the doctor's tomorrow so hopefully it's nothing. I'd be grateful for your prayers of course! :)

I haven't got any deep and meaningful words to say. Here are a few scriptures we've been learning about at church:

I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
~Romans 7:21-25a

Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“ God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
~1 Peter 5:5b-7
We ought to be humble for if it weren't for our Lord Jesus Christ we would be lost in our miserable sin. Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ!


  1. So sorry to hear you are not doing well. I hope the doctor will figure out what is wrong, and you will soon be feeling better. :)

    I love the Love Comes Softly series. It's one of my favorite fiction series. Enjoy reading it again!

    Take care...

  2. When you are not feeling well it is easier to get down and blue BUT your cares will be nil and your body will be new for eternity thanks to Jesus.

  3. I always get so excited when I see a post from you on my Google reader! I have been posting a lot about books lately too.--Winter is a good time for reading. (o:

    I see you've had some fun with Blogger's new fonts, I like them too.

    And I am glad you are still enjoying the Janette Oke books. I've read through that series at least 8 times, they are so good.

    My this is a very scattered comment, but there you have it!

    Hugs my friend!

  4. How lovely that you read with your children (ex teacher speaking!)
    I dont know the Janette Oke books but will have to look out for them when I'm next in UK.

  5. I used to love reading the Famous Five books and had the whole set! They were so exciting.
    I'm not familiar with Janette Oke but will ave a look out for them.
    Happy reading!

  6. I hope all went well at the Doctors and that you're soon feeling your usual self.
    Hugs x

  7. Ladies I didn't get to go to the doctors today because the GP I normally see wasn't in. But I did feel a lot better today! Tired, but better than I have. So thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

    Susan - it's a lovely series and so easy to read.

    Joyce - that is so true, come Lord Jesus.

    Michele - thanks! I wish I could post more! :)

    I loved playing with the fonts, I hadn't noticed them until I read your post.

    Elizabeth - I'm not sure if Janette Oke is American or Canadian, but they're very good and you'd be able to get them on Amazon.

    Carol - Famous Five are wonderful aren't they. Lol, I enjoy reading them even as an adult! :)

    Jan - thanks! My doctor wasn't in today, but I did feel much better.

    Hugs to you all xx

  8. Glad to hear you're feeling better. Hope you manage to see your preferred doc next week. I like to see the same one too. Well no, not the same one you see, that would be quite a journey for an appointment!

  9. I'm so busy that I don't know what is going on in anybodies lives. I am sorry to here that you haven't been well...I hope you recover quickly.

    I am reading Little House on Rocky Ridge, which is a spin-off of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and is about Rose (Laura's daughter, to the girls.

    I am reading a secular book that was sent to me for review. As a Christian it isn't particularly uplifting and I wouldn't recommend it but I have to confess while I was very hesitant (first novel by a new writer) it is actually fairly well done.

    I am alternating it with a biography of G.K. Chesterton.

    I need to start Catch-22 soon for my literary book club.

    BTW I saw Materpiece Theater's Pollyanna - sweet and sedate.