Tuesday, 23 February 2016
The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .
FOR TODAY, February 23, 2016
Outside my window ...
It's dark and it's cold and it's been raining. You can notice that the days are getting appreciably longer however as it isn't dark at 5pm now like it was. Yay for more daylight!
I am thinking ...
This is my last daybook entry for February. Where has February evaporated to? Time is just whizzing by, again!
I am thankful for ...
I went into Chester yesterday afternoon with Sister Johansen and we walked clear across town twice and my knees held up! I paid for it last night however, but I was really grateful that I managed it yesterday afternoon because it was so much fun and nice to just be out and about with a friend!
In the Kitchen ...
Miso Baked Cod. This is fabulously delicious. Seriously tasty and so simple to make. No clean up either as it bakes in foil.
On my "To Cook" list ...
Autumn Salad by Sara Forte on Food 52. This tasty salad has brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, etc, in it along with a tasty sounding horseradish dressing!
I am creating ...
Daisy in the middle Granny heart dish cloth by daisy cottage designs. This is cute, CUTE!
Felt Unicorn Headband. Cute, from Tikkido.
DIY Wood Burned Salad Servers. Just lovely and what a lovely gift this would be. From Evermine Occasions.
Pretty little Paper Roll pillow boxes. These are so cute. From Centsible Life.
Really cute flag pins made using glass headed pins and washi tape! Sweet. From Silly Old Suitcase.
I am reading ...
The God Who Weeps, by Terry L Givens and Fiona Givens
“A supreme deity would no more gift us with intellect and expect us to forsake it in moments of bafflement, than He would fashion us eyes to see and bid us shut them to the stars”~Terry L Givens
"Whether by design or by chance," Terryl and Fiona Givens write, "we find ourselves in a universe filled with mystery. We encounter appealing arguments for a Divinity that is a childish projection, for prophets as scheming or deluded imposters, and for scripture as so much fabulous fiction. But there is also compelling evidence that a glorious Divinity presides over the cosmos, that His angels are strangers we have entertained unawares, and that His word and will are made manifest through a sacred canon that is never definitively closed. What we choose to embrace, to be responsive to, is the purest reflection of who we are and what we love. That is why faith, the choice to believe, is in the final analysis, an action that is positively laden with moral significance."
As humans, we are, like the poet John Keats, "straining at particles of light in the midst of a great darkness." And yet, the authors describe a version of life's meaning that is reasonable—and radically resonant. It tells of a God whose heart beats in sympathy with ours, who set His heart upon us before the world was formed, who fashioned the earth as a place of human ascent, not exile, and who has the desire and the capacity to bring the entire human family home again
The God Who Weeps is a beautifully written book with a beautiful message for a broad audience. Fiona and Terryl Givens endeavor not to prove God's existence, but to demonstrate the more modest point that a belief in God is not unreasonable. More specifically, they seek to show that the Mormon conception of God and our relationship with Him is not unreasonable. I am of course admittedly biased, but I think they are generally successful.
Rather than an ethereal and impersonal God, the Givens relate in beautiful terms the Mormon conception of a very personal God. A God in whose image we are made, who loves us and longs for our happiness. Who weeps over our grief, yet stays his hand so that we may learn and grow from this life and bring ourselves by degrees more in tune with his love for us. In short, the sort of God I worship and that makes sense to me.
A God who weeps is consistent with scripture and informs the questions, longings, and deep-seated feelings expressed by humanity throughout at least the last 2500-odd years. This is a very enjoyable read.
Looking forward to ...
We have District Meeting this morning, then we are having the Zone leaders and a few of the people they are teaching over for supper tonight. Tomorrow we have reach out. Then on Thursday we are having the Elders over with a friend for supper and a lesson. TWO baptisms on Saturday! It's a WOWSA week!
I am learning ...
Still working on that patience thing. Will I ever crack it? I think I am getting better . . . but there are days when I am not so sure about that!
Dreaming about ...
Gingham Sneakers . . .
Flaw hiding tops . . .
Vintage Pyrex casserole dishes . . .
Flower crowns . . .
Happy Colours . . .
A favourite quote for the day ...
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“The most terrifying specter that haunts the modern psyche
is not death or disease or nuclear annihilation. It is loneliness.”
~Terry L Givens
Makes you think, doesn't it . . .
Makes me smile ...
Cosy . . . cosy . . .
One of my favourite things ...
His n' Her Chairs . . . the knowledge that I have a him and he has a her.
A peek into my day ...
I laugh . . .
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."
And that's my daybook for this week!
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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small *´¯`.¸¸.☆
⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆
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Wherever you go and whatever you do, I hope there's a great day ahead of you! Don't forget!
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And I do too!!