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.

Philippians 4:4-7

01 June 2013

Status report: June

Worked out that my Bible reading plan goes through the Old Testament, Proverbs and the New Testament once but through the Psalms twice in the year.  I became suspicious when I started in on Psalm 119 recently and it was only May...  But I am more than happy to read through the Psalms twice in a year.

Loving reading Psalm 119 bit by bit.  It is wonderful to read it as a whole - so don't be frightened of its 176 verses.  Yes, it lacks the compactness of Psalm 117 but did you know you can read the whole of Psalm 119 out aloud in less than 15 minutes - it's a fine thing to do in a group.  For now I am enjoying reading it at the rate of eight verses a day and dwelling on all the goodness to be found there in.

Started reading Spurgeon's Morning and Evening daily readings.  This was a little volume I HAD TO HAVE a couple of years ago.  I received it for Christmas in 2011 in response to that need and have just started in on it in the last couple of weeks... a-hem...

And it is lovely.  How are these words from the morning reading on 21st May?

"Do not rest, O believer, till thou hast a full assurance of thine interest in Jesus. Let nothing satisfy thee till, by the infallible witness of the Holy Spirit bearing witness with thy spirit, thou art certified that thou art a child of God. Oh, trifle not here; let no 'perhaps' and 'peradventure' and 'if' and 'maybe' satisfy thy soul. Build on eternal verities, and verily build upon them."

"Build upon eternal verities and verily build upon them."  How good is that?

Speaking of being slow on the uptake when it comes to auctioning Christmas presents, determined that June will be the month in which I season the new wok I got last Christmas.  But I think I have decided that I won't worry about a slow cooker. 

Also reading Tim Chester's Unreached: Growing Churches in Working Class and Deprived Areas.  Good reading.

Have four books sitting and waiting to be read after I have finished the Tim Chester book.  But life is going to get busy for a while so it may be time to relax with another Jane Austen novel.  Mansfield Park is next in the line up.

Enjoying remembering and talking about the fantastic holiday we took over the end of April and beginning of May.  That's why I wasn't strictly in situ for last month's status report.  Can you guess where we went?

Delighted that Wendy has joined me in monthly status reports over at her blog Musings.  Wendy does excellent book reviews as well and there is a veritable treasure trove of helpful reviews to be found there.  And I am loving the contributions to the Prompted to Write posts as well.  It is a joy to read how a few of us handle the one topic. 
Writing and receiving letters in the mail. It happens in short bursts and it's lovely when it does.  Feeling as though the blogging muse has left me somewhat.  I have about ten posts in various states of draft and none seem to be quite getting over the line at the moment.  I'm sure the blogging muse will return, but I am enjoying the company of the letter writing muse in the meantime.
Thankful to God for words and His Word.  Thankful for being able to read, write and communicate in words.  I think often about this quote from Jon Bloom writing at the Desiring God blog.

Lord… You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68)

Christians are word people. We’re really into words because the Founder of Christianity is the Word (John 1:1). He came to earth to deliver a message in words. Those of us who have believed his words recognize them as the “words of eternal life” (John 6:68). And we seek to speak these words to others so they too can have eternal life. We call these words the gospel.

Christians are also book people. We’re really into books because our Founder left us a book, a collection of the words he determined are most important for us to know and remember.

This means we’re not into books merely because they’re good for us — as in a good book is health food for the brain, though that’s true. We’re into books because words mean the difference between life and death. If books contain the right words, people may live — forever!


Sarah said...

Ooo Tassie. :)

Meredith said...

Correct in one, Sarah. Was it that obvious? :-) And yes, "Ooo Tassie." It's a beautiful place.

Sarah said...

Yep, Duncan and I went there for our honeymoon in 2008. The pic of Port Arthur definitely gave it away.

Meredith said...

Ha ha! We were discussing what counted as iconic in Tasmania - and Russell Fall, Cradle Mountain and Port Arthur seemed to fall in the top three.