Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Past & The Present

2012 came and went without a single blogpost, other than the Christmas letter that I just cut and pasted on here to make sure I remember some of the key highlights.  If you were kind enough to drop in during my blog sabbatical, thank you for your loyalty and patience.

My co-worker had a baby last year, so that meant lots of writing at work and resulted in no motivation to write after hours.  Most nights I didn't even turn on my computer.  Some of that "offline time" was filled with studying.  I enjoyed completing Beth Moore's study on James and her study on David - Seeking A Heart Like His, as well as Randy Alcorn's study on Heaven.  But I wish I had made myself capture some of the "dailies" here.  I will try to be better about that this year, but I can't make any promises because some new deadlines at work have already cut into my attempts to get on here earlier this year.  So, I may resort to trying to capture a month at a time. 

What I'm Pondering This Month:
I listened to Francis Chan's talk at Passion 2013 and was struck by what his church looks like now:  5 to 10 minutes of worship; 5 to 10 minutes of prayer; 2 hours of door-to-door ministering to those in poor neighborhoods, asking what they need and praying with them; and gathering back together to tell stories from the day.  The focus is on making disciples.  It has me wondering if the American idea of "church" has become a little too consumer-ish. 

What I'm Listening To This Month:
A friend treated me to Chris Tomlin's new cd, and it's been on repeat in my car for a while now.  Every track is exceptional, but "Lay Me Down" and "Sovereign" are two songs that I keep going back to, along with "God's Great Dance Floor."
I've also found a new radio station called 88.3 The Journey, which seems to be a mix of KLTY and KCBI, two Christian radio stations in the Metroplex.  The Journey is based in Keene, so it's coverage isn't the best as you head north or west of the Metroplex.  But it has virtually no commercials and lots of good music, along with snipits of sermons.
What I'm Reading This Month:
I have four books started right now, which is very unlike me; I'm normally a one-book-at-a-time kind of gal.  Before the college football season kicked off, I started two books--The Meaning of Marriage and How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and How to Listen So Kids Will Talk (which received high praise for working on adults, just as well as kids).  And then I got a great deal on Barefoot Church by Jen Hatmaker's husband and started it, along with Undaunted by Christine Caine.  I'm hoping to get some good reading time in over the next few weekends if work eases up.
So, that's a short update to kick off my return to the blog.  I'm not going to presume that anyone is still checking this, but if you are, what are you pondering, listening to, and reading these days?  I'd love to hear.


Momma Bean said...

So very excited to see your blog pop up in my reader this week :)
Welcome back.

Jamie Mosier said...'re back. I've been checking...
I am getting ready to read Harbinger? was recommended to me and am reading through Prince Caspian with Megan. I am listening to Red by Taylor Swift b/c Megan got it as a birthday present and it always seems to be in our van! Anxious to listen to the new Chris Tomlin!

Krista Sanders said...

I would love updates on these books-- like "you HAVE to read this" or "skip it"!
Glad you are writing again!!