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More ICADS to share..

I’ve been off sick last week with a cold that went to my chest, so I just spent the sick time quietly doing art, no need to talk or use my sore throat, it was lovely.. and as a result (the only GOOD thing to come from being sick) was that I got some lovely art done… sadly no blogging, sorry I’ll try to be better this week..

This is the background collage for a piece I’ll share soon, why I’m showing this is because one of my penfriends does lovely envelope art and I promised her I would use her envelopes in something of mine.. so in this piece I used two.. the right pink in the middle saying “G’day Mate” and the green square and the right yellow and orange pieces are all snippets from Terri’s envelopes… which went on to become this…

our “Mantra and Spirit Animal” class with guest teacher Martice Smith 3, on Sunday Mornings 2 The koala had significance to me at that moment and I’m glad she chose me even though my painting of her didn’t really do HER justice.. Koala stands for according to this site.. http://www.whats-your-sign.com/symbolic-meaning-of-koala-bears.html

The symbolic meaning of koala bears speaks of connection, protection and memory because of their original affinity to ground dwelling life. As burrowers, koala’s shared a special connection with the earth. Aboriginal wisdom recognizes this relationship. Certain Australian myths claim koalas were first earthy clumps of grey clay and slowly crawled from their clay-bound lives in order to bring sacred wisdom to humans. They were also said to teach humans how to climb trees in order to gain a broader view of the grand world in which they live. This is also symbolic of memory.

If you’ve been reading my log for any time you’ll understand my journaling and photo taking etc, I am the “Memory keeper’ for our family unit.

it also says…

Those who resonate with the koala, and share a totemic bond with this fascinating creature will share many common attributes. Koala people are naturally likeable. Friendly, amicable, and content to ‘go with the flow.’ People with koala totems are also protectors and nurturers. They look after their tribe, showing keen interest in their society, and willing to help others in need. They do this casually, with aplomb. Koala people don’t force change, they have scads of patience. Where most people try to shove reform down the throats of society, koala people introduce gentle adjustments into society and take a “wait and see” approach.

Those who share the koala as their totem have calm, contended demeanor. In fact, I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with some friends who share close connection with their koala totems, and just being in their presence has had a calming effect on me. If your totem is the koala, you likely put people at ease just by your mere presence. Observe this in your surroundings. Have you ever entered a room charged with high-energy (stress, anxiety, etc) only to experience the room settling after your arrival? That’s the effect you have on others. The down-side to this, is that others may have a tendency to suck you dry. They see you as a stabilizer, somebody who is “all together” and often people will rely too heavily on your amiable nature

My Bloke always says to me “Sheila you have the patience of a Saint” I don’t know about that but yes I do have patience, all things in their own time… and I have patience with our babies too because they need to learn to grow and learn from repetition so when I sing the wheels on the bus 47,000 times a day and then see a hand movement or catch the odd word coming out of their mouths I know I’m winning… slow as it might be! Yes I have patience for “MOST” things… there are of course other things I have less patience with people who talk Sh*t are a classic example!

I have also been told many times about my “calming” influence. I just wish I got to sleep for 20 hours a day like a koala!

Back to art….

ICAD day 12- Parsnip and Kiwi.. loved this one.

ICAD day 13- Plum and Blueberry.

Day 15- New Week, this week we are using “Collage” anything found… the Prompt was “Route 66”

Day 16- Greeting Card- I wasn’t in the mood, so I just threw something together to “get it done”

Day 17- Wabi Sabi- I had no idea what that even meant, thank goodness for “google” LOL

Also new for this week is Bible study is back and e are doing the Book of Proverbs, which I really like, today is day 4, it took me a few days to get back into the routine, so I have decided next time the “group” have a break I am not going to because I lose my momentum and then it takes me a week to get back into the flow of my morning pages.

In my art class “Sunday Mornings 2” I did..

Our final class was this one called…

“Wonderfully made” by guest teacher  Jeanette Montero, I used Psalm 139:17
“How precious to me are your thoughts God! How vast the sum of them!”

So that brings us up to today.. I am now officially finished the “Sunday Mornings 2” class with Mindy, and I will get started on my classes with Tam’s Lifebook, that were gifted to me by good friend Carrol.

Also today, in fact right as I speak, 9;12am, my daughter Amber is out doing her driving test, she left at 7;30am to do one more driving lesson pre test.. fingers crossed that she passes because my Bloke has found her a car, through one of his work colleagues. I know I have told you all before but I am SO very proud of my daughters, they are so much more than I ever was at their ages, so much more outgoing, lively, adventurous and open to new things, by the time I was Amber’s age I’d only just gotten my license but I never and still don’t drive, where as she is excited by the thought of having a car and being able to go! Also by the time I was Amber’s age I had been married 4 years and had two small daughters, and a house mortgage, so I think I like HER way better. The one thing I promised myself when I had my girls was “they will never turn out like me” and they surely have NOT!! So that is one parenting goal I have met and succeeded on.

I hope your Thursday is full of adventures..

Busy long weekend. Update, Book reviews, photos.

This weekend was a long weekend, which simply means that it was a public holiday today for the Queens Birthday..like most long weekends in Australia it’s just an excuse to go away and party or in our case relax!

We spent the weekend at our holiday place in St.Leonards and I’ve written lots about that so I won’t bore you again, instead I’m going to tell you how amazing I am that I got so much done this weekend. Its amazing really when I have some baby free time how much I can achieve. I had a stack of penpal letters to reply to so I took those along, seven letters to be truthful and so I got ALL of those written and posted! Yay! that in itself is a job well done, because I hand write all my letters and  they are usually 4 or more pages long.

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Next on my list of “to do” was to finish a book I started back in April it was called “Adams Empire” by Even Green..

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Mine was a different cover, but this is the one “god reads” has on display..

From Publishers Weekly
The protagonist of this robust and sprawling saga set in the untamed Australia of the first half of this century is a true child of the outback. Orphaned at age nine, at home under the stars, completely unschooled, Adam uses his fists and his wits to rise from poverty to prosperity. He befriends an aborigine, performs dangerous work in the opal mines, falls in love with a sensual half-caste, has a run-in with a murderous policeman, marries a cold and manipulative beauty and finally treks west to carve himself an empire. This striking first novel tells a colorful and entertaining story, vividly evoking a vigorous, multiethnic society and a beautiful, diverse, often dangerous land. Green is a journalist and the author of Alice to Nowhere.

Nine-year old Adam is orphaned when his father is buried during an Australian desert sandstorm. A childhood of roaming the outback with his father’s drilling partner instills in him a fierce determination to have a place of his own. In this fast-paced, gripping saga, the reader follows the hard-working Adam and his mates, Jimmy, the practical aboriginal, and Josef, the impetuous young German immigrant, from the opal mines to the desert. They feint with death in mine disasters, at the hands of Mailey, the revenge-seeking law officer, and in the ravages of flash floods. A more deadly threat for Adam is his beautiful, calculating, near-mad wife, but a seductive half-caste woman lends her own type of danger to all of the men.

Taken from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4116936-adam-s-empire

So it had 780 pages and normally that doesn’t phase me but I’ve been so busy it’s taken me almost three months to read it all.. shame on me.. but to be honest I did read other things in between..I loved this book which started in 1919 and went up to I think about 1940’s so a nice long-span of time, and I like that it mentioned places we have been as a family. I enjoyed it but it was time to finish it and move on… I’m giving this one a 4 out of 5 star rating

So I wiped that off by Saturday morning and then, my cousin Lee went to a charity shop to look for bargains because it’s kind of a thing we do whenever we are down there together, and while we were there we heard about a BOOK SALE! at the St. James church. They have two a year one in January and this one in June, and this year I missed the January one because it was star son’s 13th birthday party weekend.

So we went to St.James in Drysdale and spent an hour wandering through endless rows and tables and shelves of books! I love it! I was able to replenish my supply of “Christian books” and I was very pleased about that and I ended up with about 10 books or sets of books for only $8.50! Bargain!

So while I was book shopping I found another book which was “Australian” for my “Read Australian Authors” challenge..

This  book was called “Diamonds and Dust” by Sheryl McCorry

Diamonds and Dust: A Sheryl McCorry Memoir 1

Sheryl McCorry grew up in the outback carrying crocodiles to school for show and tell. When she was 18 her family moved to Broome, and it was the first time she’d ever used a telephone or seen a television.

A year later, only hours after being railroaded into marriage by a fast-talking Yank, Sheryl locked eyes with Bob McCorry, a drover and buffalo shooter. When her marriage ended after only a few months, they began a love affair that would last a lifetime and take them to the Kimberley’s harshest frontiers.

Sheryl became the only woman in a team of stockmen. She soon learned how to run rogue bulls and to outsmart the neighbours in the toughest game of all mustering cattle. The playing field was a million acres of unfenced, unmarked boundaries.

Sheryl went on to become the first woman in the Kimberley to run two million-acre cattle stations, but her life was not without its share of tragedy. Her story is an epic saga of life in one of the toughest and most beautiful terrains in Australia a story of hardship, drought, joy and triumph.

Taken from: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11864222-diamonds-and-dust

This one was much easier to read it’s a true story and therefore fascinating to me a “City Slicker” I loved it and finised reading it this afternoon! I’m giving this a 4 out of 5 star rating.

Another thing on my “to do” list was.. “do some art

I had downloaded the video clips at home while I had the internet connection and so I was able to just watch them from my lap top computer down there, Last week I mentioned about a friend of mine who had gifted me some art classes… you can read about it here: https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/im-back/

So I wanted to do some of the art classes Carrol had gifted me.. first class I did was from the 2013 version of LifeBook the “Tam Edition” which was “Celebration and Journey

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I forgot to take progress photos! Never mind here she is finished.. the Clouds are things we are grateful for and the flowers are things we want to journey towards.

Next up in the series was “our art guardian” and here’s how she turned out..

More info about Tam’s courses here: http://willowing.ning.com/group/lb2013-tam-edition

I also had downloaded a few of Mindy’s lessons from “Sunday Mornings 2” and So I also got done a double pages spread titled “The Crucifixion” This is the second time in the past three or so weeks I’ve painted on this theme and both times it made me cry. Maybe because I understand the background of the disciples deserting him in his time of need.

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I am so loving this piece!

I am calling it "Mary's tears"

Here is the previous “crucifixion” painting I did- I am calling it “Mary’s tears”

But you know what I am finding annoying? I am doing all these lovely pieces in my art journal! Arghhhh.. I had a Facebook friend ask me “how much for a signed copy”? and I replied “Priceless it’s in my art journal” so now I need to do it again and send it to him! I found this weekend that whatever I was touching was turning out nicely!!

More info about Sunday Mornings 2 here: https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/7987/overview

I also got caught up on my ICAD project…

This week the prompts are

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and you can find out more about this challenge at: http://daisyyellowart.com/vividlife/icad-2015-index

Tam’s and Mindy’s classes are at a cost.. and the ICAD is a free challenge.

Today we got back home and took Star Son’s friend home, we took a friend down to the holiday place to keep him occupied and once we had dropped the friend home, we un packed the car and went to visit my Mother-in-law at her facility, we took Sweetpea with us which is always fun because she’s so tiny and doll-like people just cant help but love her.. the Oldies adore her and she’s happy to perform for them, today’s little game was taking off Star Son’s hat and putting it back on each of us in turn, at one point she dropped the hat and as clear as a bell she said “oh shit!” I guess that means now we will all have to watch what we say!!

I wish she’d say Grandma like that!!

How was your weekend?

Book Review.. Four Blood Moons by John Hagee

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Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change

From: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17677967-four-blood-moons

Inspired by NASA projections and recorded history, Pastor John Hagee shows direct connections between four blood-moon eclipses and major world events. Further, he reveals the significance of the four upcoming blood moons and what they portend for Israel and all of humankind.


I read this book because it was recommended to me by a good friend/penpal/ and my Christian friend.

Please keep in mind I am still fairly “new” to being a Christian, in fact until I get myself baptized I don’t even call myself a Christian, and though I was given a lovely gold cross to wear I won’t wear it until I make the commitment to our Lord. It’s on the cards for somewhere between now and 1st of July (1st of July 2014 was when I started studying the bible and asking the questions, so I want to celebrate my first anniversary by committing to God) So I have been reading A LOT in fact Pastor Frank is very impressed with how much I’ve read and how much I am teaching myself, I ask questions for the hard stuff, but somewhere in my mind “it clicked” and started to make sense. So I felt that I was “capable” of reading this book…. boy was I wrong.

I found it very technical and he quoted parts of the bible I’m yet to look at, I am working through the bible in a year with Courtney from “Good Morning Girls” and really enjoying the bible learning, as well as using the S.O.A.K method and the colour chart. so this book was slow reading for me and parts of it I went back and re-read. Maybe people with more Bible experience than me will “get it” for a long time I didn’t. I liked the last chapter because it related to now.

Needless to say “All these blood moons” mean something is about to change and I guess as John asked “Are we ready?”

The Book reviews on Good Reads, click on the link up ^ that I supplied to read the reviews, are very mixed to say the least.

I am not going to tell you what the book is about, maybe you should either get the book or look at the internet to find out more. I’m glad I read it but I didn’t love it so I’m scoring it 4 out of 5.


So my reading totals are down for this month, because I have been reading the above book (technically hard) and “Adams empire” by Evan Green (I need to stop reading two books at once, one always suffers) Adam’s empire is looooong over 700 pages and so it’s also slow going.

01/04/2015-30/04/2015 Adam’s Empire Evan Green 324 7 still reading
06/04/2015-10/04/2015 24 Hours that changed the world. Adam Hamilton 136 9 keeping for future Easters (biblical)
10/04/2015-30/04/2015 Four Blood Moons John Hagee 144 8 still reading..

So April’s total pages was : 604 and the combined yearly total so far is: 4,972

It’s a little less than I would like but we are going on a big road trip Sept-Nov, so I expect to catch up then!!

Book Review- “24 Hours that changed the world” by Adam Hamilton

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This week, I’ve been reading ” 24 hours that changed the world” its separate from my Reading Australian authors challenge, this was a Christian book, it is a sort of Lent study, as is my first year as a Christian so for me it was the first time Easter meant more than Chocolate and fluffy bunnies. This book by Adam Hamilton who is a Pastor was good for me because when you read the Bible its short and straight to the point, for example… Matthew 27:48 says..Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.

So I was asking Why would they give Jesus sour wine? Well Adam goes on to explain, the wine was laced with the herb Myrrh, which is in fact a pain relief and Jesus refused it because he wanted to go home to his Father without deadening the pain he must suffer.. Little things like that are explained in Adam’s book so that for a “Newbie” like me, I can understand it much easier. It also kind of explains why the wise men brought Myrrh to the new Mother Mary when she gave birth to Jesus, some say it was a fore warning of what was to come. this book is quite short only 133 pages, but its full of detail and yet easy to follow.

I also liked the way it was broken down into sections such as “The Garden of Gethsemane” (where Jesus went to pray after the Last Supper) Thursday night across the Kidron Valley, it walks us through the last hours of Jesus life.

The Crucifixion was fully explained, why he was put on the cross in such a position etc ect. i really enjoyed this book and I will be reading it again next Easter.  This is the write-up on GoodReads..

No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. In this Lenten journey, Adam Hamilton guides us through the last twenty-four hours of Jesus’ life. Each chapter is designed to help the reader experience and understand the significance of Jesus’ suffering and death in a way you have never done before. Whether readers are long-time Christians or simply curious about the story of Christ’s crucifixion, they are invited to join the author in retracing the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. The program that supports this product includes: 1) a DVD that contains session video filmed in the Holy Land and a leader’s guide; and 2) a paperback devotional book. Lent, Lenten, Lenten Resource, Lenten Resources, Lent Study, Lent Studies, Easter, Easter Study, Easter Studies

I am giving this book a 5 out of 5, easy to read and full of great i formation, PLUS Adam asks us to put ourselves in the places of several key players. LOVED iT!

NaBloPoMo- Habits… Music, books and actors..Oh My!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Do you need to always find new music, authors, or actors, or do you stick with what you already know you like?

I tend to go in cycles, in music sometimes I’ll listen to the same stuff over and over and over again, for example (this is a good one) In July I discovered the Lord, yeah I know I’m slow alright?!! So along with Bible studies and movies to watch somehow music got called into play and “Spotify” is a great tool, you can type in an artist and it’ll bring up all their music, so I’ve been kind of hooked on “Christian” music for a few months, I figured if I played it in the back ground it would soak into my brain, and then I noticed as I did the dishes I would be humming along to Mercy Me or Chris Tomlin, in my “Christian Music” folder there is a range of stuff going all the way back to Johnny Cash’s gospel. Then Christmas came along so I switched to Christmas music and then we’ve been in and out the house on holiday breaks, so I have been listening to the radio instead. But today my daughter and I listened to some Chris Tomlin he does an amazing version of “Amazing Grace

When it comes to Authors I am open to new suggestions, except if I am in the middle of a series by a particular author, I once went through a stage where I would only read Bryce Courtney books. His first book was “The Power of One” loosely written about his child hood growing up in Sth. Africa, and then I was hooked, so my bloke introduced me to Wilbur Smith and he has a series of books featuring the “Courtneys” So I would finish one and then move right onto the next one. At the moment I am doing “A year of Australian Authors” so I am reading new people and also varying genres, because sometimes they too become a bit “habit-forming, when I was planning my Wedding, I went through a medieval stage, everything I read was Medieval and we even spoke “medieval-ish” around the house!

Actors, not so much although whenever I see a new movie with Meryl Steep I will automatically add it to my “must see” list. I like the oldies movies, so Vivien LeighJoan Crawford, Bette Davis, Clark Gable etc. But I don’t have a huge “actor” thing. I rarely get to the movies, instead we wait till they come out on DVD and watch them at home.

So do you have any favourite books to recommend to me?

Fantabuous Fridays.. or not.. well it’s Friday! Sneak Peek into 2015..

Fantabulous Fridays

it’s Friday, it wasn’t “Fantabulous” but it is Friday.

I had a Grand-baby free day, Daughter number one had her day off, so I thought I would get a lot more done than I did… but what I did do was move around all the furniture in the living room, vacuum the rug and sweep the floors, got all the washing in the whole house done, out on the line dried and brought in, folded and put away, except for the load which is out there now.

And then I got lazy.

I was going to write Snail Mail. I owe some letters, but then I looked at them and felt like it was all too hard and so I did not do that. I had a cat nap and watched a DVD with the children and read my new cook book “Paleo Cooking, from Elana’s Pantry” its Gluten free, diary free and Grain free recipes. You can find out more about Elana at her website here: http://elanaspantry.com/

So that got me thinking about how much I wanted to share about my book on my blog, because let’s face it, not many people in my real life circle are readers and even the ones who are, are not as eclectic (I love that word!) as me, so they are usually not really very interested in hearing about my books. So I have decided to add a page to my blog where I will talk about books.. they are one of my favorite subjects and there are thousands of books in my house, my husband keeps building shelves and I keep filling them up, recently I decided to “set them free” after I read them because let’s face it, there is not enough time to read a good book more than once when there are so many other good books waiting to be devoured.

Then I discovered “Sarah Mae” (go here: http://sarahmae.com/ ) and she is a Christian Blogger and in February she is starting a group to read Christian Classics. She has a little group called “Sisterhood Circle” its free to join and then you can join in with Sarah Mae and her reading, she’s supplied a list for the first six months, a book a month. I had a quick look, I have never heard of these books but I might enjoy them…

Here is what Sarah Mae has to say…

I declare 2015 the YEAR OF CHRISTIAN CLASSICS!

Oh friends.

I can hardly wait to dig into these great books WITH YOU. I’m just going to jump right into what I’m reading, and then I have FAQ below that will give you all the details of the club!

What I Will Be Reading

I have picked six books, one per month, that I am committed to reading. After six months is up, I will pick more classics for the rest of the year. Below is what I’m reading, a bit about that book, and my note on why I’m reading it.

First up (of course)…

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About: This book contains rare, never before published material of selected, transcribed, edited sermons delivered by A.W. Tozer.

BONUS: Contains In Pursuit of God, Christianity Today “Readers’ Choice Award” winning biography of A. W. Tozer by James L. Snyder.

My note: If you know anything about me, you know I love Tozer. That’s why this book. Also, this: “I am looking for the fellowship of the burning heart – for men and women of all generations everywhere who love the Savior until adoration becomes the music of their soul…”

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About: The Holy Spirit & Power contains ten Spirit-empowered, original sermons of John Wesley from John Wesley’s “Standard Sermons,” excerpts from John Wesley’s testimony, material from “The Journal of the Rev. John Wesley,” and portions from his letter to Dr. Conyers Middleton.

My note: I read the beginning of this to see what it was about and I was completely sucked in. It pretty much had to do with this quote: “I became a missionary to convert the heathens; but oh who shall convert me? Who, what, is He who will deliver me from this evil heart of unbelief? I have a fair summer religion. I can talk well, and believe myself while no danger is near. But let death look me in the face, and my spirit is troubled.”

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About: Who’s in control of this world—God or the devil? In this best-selling classic, A.W. Pink answers such profound questions in a language the average Christian layperson will find not only understandable but totally engaging.

Pink, one of the most influential evangelical authors of the last century, writes with fiery passion and brilliant clarity, giving Biblical answers to our deepest questions regarding the “sadly neglected and little understood” doctrine of the sovereignty of God.

My Note: I have always heard of A.W. Pink but I have never read anything he has written. Time to change that!

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About: Time after time, when Jonathan Edwards read his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” both sinners and sinning saints in his audience would weep, cry out, fall down in repentance, and plead for God’s forgiveness.

For more than two centuries, Jonathan Edwards’ messages have brought conversion, hope, and spiritual awakening to thousands of Christians. Updated and revised, these eleven classic messages will bring a fresh awakening to today’s Christians.

My Note: This is probably Edwards most famous sermon, and the title makes me wince. But I want to know what it says and why it has captivated people throughout the years.

NamesofGod

About: God’s names reveal not only different dimensions of His character but also point to their fulfillment in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. This insightful little book is a study of the twelve most common Hebrew names for God—and their significance and fulfillment in Christ.

Names of God accurately and clearly works through the many names of God throughout the Old Testament.

My Note: I want to know they names of God and, as the description says, understand their fulfillment in Christ. Fascinating.

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About: George Mueller was a truly great man of God, but he wasn’t always so. As a youth, he was a thief, a liar, and a gambler, but God’s grace brought about a 180-degree turnaround in his life. After that happened, Mueller learned about the power of prayer, which taught him that: God is real, God is completely trustworthy, and God answers prayer.

As you read the bountiful and miraculous answers to prayer in this book, don’t be surprised if you feel a stirring within your spirit that becomes a desire to pray and ask God to use your life for His glory.

My Note: George Mueller was the director of an orphanage in England, and he cared for thousands of orphans. You might remember him as the man who, when 300 children had no food to eat, he sat at the table and thanked God for the food. Within minutes, food and milk was provided. Wow. I want to know more about that man and about that kind of faith and prayer.

FAQ

Why are you doing a Christian Classics book club?

I have decided to do a Christian Classics book club because I have long wanted to spend more time reading Christian classics, but I have never made the time or effort. This year, I am going to dig into the words of the saints of the past, as I know there is such richness to be unearthed. Also, some the books I’ve chosen are just extremely famous (if that’s the right word) and I want to know about them. For example, “Sinners in the Hands of Angry God” is not exactly something I would pick up, but because it’s a well-known and revered classic, I’m going to read it.

Why wait until February?

I’m waiting until February for two reasons:

1.) I’m technically still on my year-off break. :)

2.) I’m doing a book study of Sally Clarkson’s new book, Own Your Life, in January.

When will we officially begin?

I will begin reading my first classic book at the beginning of February. On Friday, February 27th I will post my thoughts on the book. I will have a link-up where others can share what they’ve read and what they’ve learned.

How will this club go down?

Here’s the plan: You pick six Christian classics to read, and so will I (see the books above). At the end of each month I will write my thoughts/what I’ve learned on the book for that month. I will include a link-up for those who want to share what they’ve learned. You are welcome to read the same books as I am reading, or choose your own.

Will there be any interaction other than link-ups?

Maybe. I might do a Google hangout or something like that so we can actually discuss what we’re reading at the end of the month. I’ll figure this out in the coming months.

Can I do a real-life book club?

Yes! If you want to get some friends together and read a classic, I say GO FOR IT! I think it’s a fantastic idea!

 Let me know in the comments if you plan on joining in! (If you’re reading this in an email, just click here to come on over to the blog!) Here’s to February and learning and FELLOWSHIP of the burning hearts! You know, I may just rename this the Burning Hearts Club…what do you think?


So I am thinking about starting a challenge page for that, it will be monthly where I will check in and let you know what I am reading and how I am going with it… I will check out my local library and see if I can find any of these books there rather than go right out and buy them.

There is so much coming up in 2015. I think I am going to have to pace myself, at about this time of the year I start thinking back about this year and ask myself things like “Did you enjoy that class/lesson/book/study group? etc ect” and thinking about do I want to do the same next year or something different, I am a bit like a magpie, my mind flutters all over the place and likes to investigate any different things. Apparently that is common to the “Libra” Star sign… we’re ditsy until we find our passion and then watch out.

So I was asking myself about this year and I’ve come to the conclusion that the few ART CLASSES I did that were centered about Biblical teachings were the ones I most enjoyed, because when I started them, I was new to my “Walk with the Lord” and I didn’t know about what I was learning and so as I was learning new things I really connected well with it and loved it. One of the Classes was “His Kingdom Come” with Shonna and that proved so popular she’s started a whole ning class for the whole year..you can find out more about that here: http://his-kingdom-come.com/ The class I am most excited to do is called “Take me Deeper 52 verses” and here is a little bit about the class..

Take Me Deeper™ is a free weekly journey at His Kingdom Come beginning Friday, January 2 2015.   Take Me Deeper™ will be a weekly devotional and verse that will prompt us to spending time in His word. It is about each of us encouraging, sharing and studying the word.

 Each week you will get the opportunity to translate bible study into art- mixed media, a journal, a photograph, or a digital page, poem, music. Every Friday HKC will post a verse, devotional, worship video and examples of how we interpreted the bible study in our art.  We pray that these 52 weeks will change how you approach, engage and apply God’s word in your life and art. At the end of the year regardless of how many weeks your participated, you will have created a legacy of the faith walk. This legacy will show you how God has moved in your life!

So I am looking forward to not only my daily devotionals and bible studies but also weekly Art lessons about biblical matters.

In January I am starting a 30 day Journal writing class..online… with Lisa Sonora. I have done previous classes with her and enjoyed them, you can find out more here: http://www.lisasonora.com/blog/flow-30-day-journal-project/

So next it’s time to think about “New Years Resolutions” Do you make them? I make them each year and I usually manage to keep them.

So far for next year I know one of my resolutions is going to be “Dig Deeper into my walk with the Lord” Probably I’ll have something to do with my “weight” and maybe something about my “creativeness” whether that be writing or art or both… but I’ll let you know those closer to 31st December.

So talk to me in the comments section….

  • Do you make New Years Resolutions?
  • Do you keep them? if not why?
  • Are they too big and hard?