Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I Did It!

I have finally given in to Goodreads.   There were three main reasons I was avoiding it:

1.  Yet another website to waste time on.  I already read too many blogs, spend too much time on Pinterest and Facebook.  Did I really need to waste time on Goodreads?

2.  I was keeping track of what I read on a Facebook app that ended up shutting down.  I didn't find out soon enough to export my data.  I was a bit bitter about it and decided the best thing for me to do would be to keep track of my reading in a notebook.

3.  I hate to rate things.  I really like things, I like things, or I don't like things.  The whole 5 stars rating system is too much for me.

But I gave in after all because I would like to know what my friends are reading and it seems like a good place to find new reads.  I still hate to review books and rate them but will try.

Feel free to follow me if you would like.  If you have any questions about a specific book I have read and/or are trying to figure out if you should read it, please don't hesitate to shoot me a message.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Partner Prayer vs. Personal Prayer

One of the spiritual struggles of mine is prayer.  I can understand, believe in, and follow rules or commandments pretty easily.  I can easily understand and believe that I should pay tithing, that I shouldn't drink, that smoking isn't a good idea.  These are things I can easily, and with confidence, follow.  I can understand and believe in prayer but I have a hard time utilizing it because there is no step by step instructions for how prayer should work.  Prayer shouldn't be repetitive and its very personal and this is exactly why prayer sometimes throws  me for a loop.  It is something I have been working on and something I will always be working on.

Lately, I have been pondering personal prayer verse couples prayer.  This is probably something I should have been pondering long ago, but better late than never I suppose.  I do believe couples should pray together, and everyday if possible, but how do I balance personal prayer with couples prayer?  What is more appropriate to say in a couples prayer and whats more appropriate to pray about when I am alone with God?

I don't have anything profound to say on this subject.  This is a spiritual and mental journey that I have just recently started.  I would though like to share a blog post I recently read that speaks on this subject.  Over at Simple Marriage, Susanne wrote a post entitled Powerful Partner Prayer.  The post is simple, touches on just the surface of the topic, but is exactly what I needed to hear.  I wanted to share, just on the oft chance that I am not the only one that struggles with this.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hi Blog!

Obviously, its been a while since the last time I blogged.  I got a job were I wrote and edited often, and to be quite honest, I didn't want to write once I got home.  Plus, I had kind of lost all motivation to blog.  My life consisted of work, sleep, food, church, the occasional book, and not much else.  But as I have been redirected onto a new path in life, I thought I would pick this hobby up again, even if just for myself (and my husband who is always begging me to write a new post). 

Just last month, I was working full time.  I had a normal job in the field I studied making decent enough money.  Despite many potential opportunities to move, I didn't see a change happening and thought I would be at this job for a while to come.  Then I somehow ended up in California.  It's temporary mind you, but it's a huge change from Virginia.  Not to mention the fact that I no longer work.  Eek!  I don't know where I will be in the next few months but I have a feeling that life is about to bring many new adventures and thus I think now is a good time for me to start blogging again.