It really feels like Christmas is around the corner now that our tree is up and decorated, we have snow on the ground, and cards are starting to arrive in the mail.
It is fun to have presents under the tree already, since I think last year we had a pretty bare floor for the first half of December. Torre enjoys swatting the little red ornaments at every opportunity and got very excited when he realized one wrapped present makes noises every time he bumps it. That present lives in the middle of the tree now, for my sanity and so the wrapping lasts until Christmas
Matt bought these window decals last night, which are SO cute, and I think it will be fun for Torre to decorate the windows in future years. We sure had fun putting them up, and then whaddaya know it snowed!
One innovation I’m pleased with myself over this year is the idea of putting Christmas cards in our window blinds! We definitely don’t have enough clear surfaces that are out of reach from Torre’s hands (and therefore mouth), and even before we had a baby I always wished we had a better way to display the beautiful cards we receive. At night the candy canes shine through the blinds, and I think it looks pretty cheery from the outside too!
Why am I reviewing a book about dating, you might ask. Well, it’s because I received a free copy to do so! But I requested this specific book because I was intrigued at the possibility of it actually having something helpful to say. The thing is, Christians don’t always do a great job of integrating our religious norms with cultural norms in the broader world, and dating is definitely an area where I think we can improve.
So let’s jump in: True Love Dates, by Debra Fileta, identifies itself as “your indispensable guide to finding the love of your life.” Of course, the author pulls a bit of a fast one, since the introduction lets you know this book is not actually about finding love, it is about loving yourself, building healthy relationships and pursuing your relationship with God so that your life is in a good state for whenever that relationship with your future-spouse comes along. There is some good material along the way, an FAQ section at the back, and lots of real-life examples scattered through the book.
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Job is one of my favourite books in the Bible – when I actually take the time to read through it I always get pulled into the story. The conversation comes to life as Job and his friends talk and argue back and forth, and it’s always interesting to see what stands out to me each time, what I relate to most, whether Job’s desolation or his friends’ advice.
I have been failing at actually reading through the book of Job this time, but I made a good push to about chapter 11, and I keep coming back to Job 6:21b – “you see my calamity and are afraid.”
When Job’s friends first arrive to comfort him, they sit on the ground with him for seven days not saying anything until Job breaks the silence. However, once he does speak, they are quick to offer their analysis and give suggestions to get his life back on track. This verse resonates with me because it challenges something I know I struggle with: not being enough. When someone is hurting, when life is going hard, or when faith is wobbling, I want to swoop in and fix it; I want to make a plan to change their situation or boost their morale.