What I’m doing, reading, watching {Winter 2017}

The truth is we did not have much of a winter. Not that there weren’t some frigid moments of below freezing temps. We had one light dusting and a couple of snow days with weather warnings that never materialized. And the wind did blow across the plains, as is pretty much always the case in Oklahoma.

What I did this Winter…

As I sit here reflecting, it seems my winter involved a lot of coffee and hot tea {though that’s kind of my life, generally}. We enjoyed the Christmas holiday in South Texas with my parents. Seems like that was about to happen the last time I did one of these What I’m doing, reading, watching… posts.

Because I do bookkeeping for the nonprofit I work with, end-of-year and beginning-of-year tasks are a big chunk of my winter routine. And I was busy with preparations for a mission trip to Honduras in February/March.

Fortunately, I can do most of that in my pj’s and cozy sweaters! And that coffee and hot tea is always on hand to keep me going. I hope your winter was all things cozy and warm. And now…

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What I read…

Here's what happened and what I was doing, reading, watching {Winter 2017}. Find suggestions and tips to feed your soul...Water to Wine:  Some of My Story, by Brian Zahnd. This book wrecked me – in a good way. The author’s mid-life journey helped me sort through some of my own experiences in ministry and faith. And this book has pretty much revolutionized the way I pray!

Daughter of Twin Oaks, Sisters of the Confederacy, and The Long Way Home, by Lauraine Snelling.  {A Secret Refuge 3-book series} This was my first time reading Snelling. While traveling, I finished the first book and was grateful I had access to wifi so I could immediately download the next in the series. It’s a sign of good writing when just HAVE TO finish the series, right? And I did.

Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story, by Angie Smith. Last week, I finished this Bible study. I have one word for you:  Fantastic! And what an amazing study this would be for a new Christian or someone who struggles with understanding the Bible.

What I’m still reading…

Uninvited:  Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, by Lysa Tereurst. Actually, I am now doing the Bible Study of the same title. It’s good, people, but it will take you some deep places. My best takeaway, so far:  “I can choose to bring my emptiness or God’s fullness into any situation I face.”

The Divine Conspiracy:  Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God, by Dallas Willard. How I had not read this book before, I do not know. Willard is one of the greats of our generation on theology and the spiritual disciplines. It’s a slow read, for me anyway, but rich and thought-provoking.

What was on my DVR…

Alaska: The Last Frontier In spite of the over-dramatized events and staged scenes, I still enjoy this show. It’s all entertainment, right?

Victoria {Masterpiece Theater} But, let’s talk serious television. If you did not watch the first season of Victoria on PBS, then I’m not sure we can still be friends. 🙁  It truly is a masterpiece. Cannot wait for season 2.

Mercy Street Have you seen this PBS Original Series? If you can stomach the graphic scenes of a Civil War make-shift hospital and the medical procedures of that period, you may become as obsessed as I am.

Fixer Upper Was excited to see this favorite return for its 4th season and have enjoyed the different approach to a few of the episodes {a.k.a. the makings of a bakery, etc.}. And I hear there’s a spin off series premiering this week.

Some favorite pins as of late…

Salsa Verde Chicken This is one of my go-to recipes for an easy dinner. I recently fixed this in the slow cooker, along with my first try at homemade tortillas. It was a yummy meal.

Tracing the Bible’s Storyline Through 66 Books Having just completed the Seamless study, I’m all about God’s Story running throughout scripture. This is a good summation of the story.

Identity Crisis If you struggle with the labels others attempt to place on you, this is a really good read!

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