Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
01 November 2011
Status Report: November
Aghast! Is it really November?
Eating: Nothing. But ate chicken poached in masterstock with rice and veg for dinner. Delicious. This has hit high rotation on the menu in our house this year.
Drinking: Tea. Of course.
Reading from the Bible: Jeremiah, the early 100s Psalms and Romans
Reconsidering: my earlier plan for next year of changing from this Bible reading plan, which I've been using for the last couple of years, to the M'Cheyne Bible reading plan. It seems the M'Cheyne plan is best read at two different times of the day - either two of the chapters with your family and two on your own, or two in the morning and two in the evening. Sometimes I read my Bible twice in a day. Mostly I read in one sitting. Realistically that's how it's going to continue. And I think spreading myself across four sections of the Bible in one sitting is just going to get too bitsy. So I think I'll stick with the plan of the last couple of years. Which has been great.
Reading: Knowing God by JI Packer. Fantastic. Will blog about it when I have finished it. But speaking of Bible reading, my eyes were on stalks when I read this bit from Knowing God in his chapter on wisdom:
Again, it is to be feared that many today who profess to be Christ's never learn wisdom, through a failure to attend sufficiently to God's written word...William Gouge, the Puritan, read fifteen chapters regularly each day. T.C. Hammond used to read right through the Bible once a quarter.
Delighted: to have received a letter back from Diana Lynn Severance. I wrote to thank her for writing this book and tried to express how moving and deeply encouraging I found it. Was glad to find that I had drawn out all the themes she was endeavouring to convey - which was encouraging for both of us. Have I mentioned how good this book is?
Over: my irritation. It is a well known fact that you will hear me exclaim, in too loud a voice, "That's outrageous!" when I catch my first glimpse of Christmas paraphenalia in the shops. This year's little outburst was heard by those standing anywhere nearby in our local KMart on 28th September. And really, because of my eccentric behaviour, it has just become funny. But when I walked into our local shopping centre about ten days ago and saw that they had put up their Christmas trees, lights and decorations in all the malls I was just plain irritated. For about a week. I'm OK with it now. It's November. It's now remotely close to Christmas. But it wasn't in October. Just saying. And will stop now.
Excited: to be flying in a plane NEXT WEEK! It's been at least four years since I've been on a plane. Going on a three day trip interstate to spend some precious time with precious friends, deepening the reservoir of memories we already own together, and sharing in some good times of prayer (and probably quite some tea and coffee), before they head off to do development work overseas for a year or more. I suddenly realised that I may not see them for a very long time and decided I just had to cross the border, albeit very briefly.
Thankful: to my lovely little family for letting me go.
Realising: that I only have five more Scripture lessons with my three classes at our local school for this year. Feeling glad that I wished there were more lessons left and not counting down the lessons until they are done. And wishing that I had more lessons left.
Thinking: about evangelism quite a lot at the moment. There is a post brewing there. About finding the freedom to relax into evangelism, about... Well, I'll write that post some time.
Also thinking: that it's time to finish this update.