The Choice That Matters

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Everyone has choices. The most important decision anyone can ever make is whether or not they will choose to follow the Lord or to follow the world. This was made so plain and clear to me recently, during a small group meeting as we discussed John chapter 3. What do we all think of when that reference is mentioned? Easily one of the most popular Bible verses. John 3:16. But just past that, the text reveals something that struck me so clearly.

 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.

John 3:19-21

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the diets fail.

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I was in the third grade when I realized I was fat. Since then, I've bounced up and down like a yo-yo. But I've discovered one thing about wearing my struggles for the world to see...

This post originally appeared on my old blog in 2012.  Let’s remind each other to keep our eyes on the prize. Jesus. Not a smaller pants size. 

I was in the third grade. It was right after Christmas vacation and I had to wear the dress one more time. Purple velvet, with a silk sash. I loved it. So maybe it was getting a little snug but I didn’t care. One more time. The sash kept untying and I’d ask my teacher to fix it for me, over and over again.

Finally she said “maybe if you hadn’t eaten so many cookies at Christmas, your dress would still fit and the sash would stay tied.”

In front of the whole class. Loudly.
It was then that I first realized I was fat.

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{review} Many Sparrows

My last fiction review for the summer is a great one! This is definitely one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years. Here’s more about it:

 

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.

 

When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

 

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do-be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

 

The author, Lori Benton, succeeded in grabbing my interest and pulling me into Claire’s world – what would I do in such a situation? How would I handle the relationships and tensions that she must face? I don’t know! The heartache and difficulty that Claire and her family experienced was common to so many in that time period. I loved the way this book described how tenuous things were for white settlers in the Ohio-Kentucky frontier at that time. It’s a fascinating and sad part of our history that I want to learn more about.

Obviously, I would highly recommend this book but with a caution. If you enjoy historical fiction and tend to lose yourself in books – save this one for a free weekend. Because you will get lost in it!

{I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made.}