What I am Into – January 2019

Read:

  • Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression (1/5) – This was such a confusing book to read. The only part i liked was how it explained that there were people in the Bible who wanted to die ( were depressed). Elijah is one example and I am going to go read about it in the Bible since I never heard the story.
  • Remember God by Annie F. Downs (2/5) –It wasn’t that great. I couldn’t really see how it linked to God half the time. I did like the end though when she confesses that life is still not good. The guy she was dating ended things. In the amidst of all what was going on she still remembered God is kind.
  • Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe Is Coming Apart by Kathy Escobar (3/5) – This book gives some various ideas on what to do when your faith unravels. It gives a lot of spiritual practices you could use. I found it very informative and helpful.

Blogosphere:

Movies:

  • Kissing Booth (5/5)- This is a movie about a girl who falls in love with her BFF brother. The problem is they made rules that are against dating each others family members. Super cute movie.
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (4/5)-  This movie is about a girl whose little sister sends out love letters she wrote to boys she had crushes on. She ends up fake dating one of the boys she wrote a letter too. They end up actually falling in love. This movie really was boring and dragged on at the beginning. By the end it was super intriguing.
  • Christian Mingle The Movie (5/5): A cute movie about an atheist girl going on christian mingle trying to find a great guy. She ends up finding Jesus and becoming a missionary in Mexico ( she also eventually gets the guy too).
  • Sierra Burgess is a Loser (5/5) – A girl cat fishes a guy pretending to be a “hot and popular girl”. He figures out that is a lie and still loves her anyways.

 

What I Have Read Lately

  • The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp (4/5) – This is a wonderful book about how we should be more vulnerable with others. The church should go where the suffering is because that is what Jesus did.

 

  • Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me by Amanda Beck (3/5) –What a wonderful book. I didn’t agree with everything in this book. I do think exercising and eating healthy are very important for us emotionally, physically, and spiritually. However, It made me look at some things differently. I also learned there are fun ways we can do exercise instead of dreading the going to the gym routine. It also taught me a few things about Catholicism.

 

  • Well: Healing Our Beautiful, Broken World from a Hospital in West Africa by Sarah Thebarge  (5/5) – I loved Sarah’s first book. This one is just as a good. It is about her time in medical missions where the world’s unhappiest people live (togo). I can’t imagine all the suffering she had to endure and witness. At the end of the book she also taught that we can do important missionary stuff on american soil. We can love the refugee in the USA or even our neighbor. Sarah also taught me that we have to do and say everything with love.

When It Always Feels Like Advent

Advent= is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming.

I have always loved to focus on Advent right before Christmas. Especially when I find a good devotional book for that year. However, I have always focused on observing advent as a time of waiting for  the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. That is when I get confused on why I still feel the emptiness and longing for God in my heart after Christmas is over. I have just realized advent is also about waiting and preparing for the return of Jesus at the Second Coming. There will always be a part of me that aches for God until His return. It is okay for me to continually feel the longing for God as soon as Christmas passes. There will still be times that I will not feel God’s presence. That is the beauty of our hope and faith in God. Feeling His absence is what causes us to seek Him out. Also we should know that He is never really absent. We can’t rely on our feelings and emotions. This year I will continue to reflect on the advent season all year long. I will do this order to focus and have hope for His Second Coming.