Blackkatte Blogs About Books

I’ve always been a reader, but in the last year, I’ve stepped up the volume of books I read. Let’s just say I discovered Goodreads and have accepted the Reading Challenge. Last year I set a goal of reading 30 books. I read almost 50. This year I set the reading goal at 60 and have so far finished 8 books. Granted, some of those books were started in 2015.

Something else that has helped me increase my reading volume is the “Book Buddies” at my local church that I joined last year. I’ve enjoyed meeting with these ladies monthly as we discuss the books we read. And, we always visit about other things too. There’s something about the fellowship of like-minded ladies talking about things we have in common.

Last week I discovered “reading to review”, therefore, my blog will include reviews of books I’ve read. Others’ reviews will be better because sometimes I don’t get very wordy. Rather, I think it may be because my brain works faster than my fingers can type.

Probably the best book I’ve read so far this year was The Book Thief. Another book I enjoyed – and it was totally not a book I would have chosen to read had it not been recommended to me – was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

I’m not going to review those books for this blog now, because I’m just starting to do this. And, I’m not saying I’m going to review every book I read. Guess you just have to stay tuned! Continue reading “Blackkatte Blogs About Books”

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Ain’t Modern Technology Grand?

I just got an external Bluetooth keyboard to use with my phone, tablet, or computer. In fact, I’m typing on it right now! This is crazy. What will they come up with next?

I mostly wanted the keyboard because I don’t have Word or any of the Office apps on my computer, but I do have them on my phone. It’s a lot easier typing on a keyboard than it is swiping the letters on my handheld device.

Speaking of typing. I’ve been typing since I was a sophomore in high school. I won’t tell you how many years that’s been, but, suffice it to say, it’s been a while. I’ve made my living my entire life on typing. I’ve scored in the 90s, and even in the 100s once on typing tests. I’m not saying all of that to brag – I know where my typing gift came from and He gets all the glory.

Why I said all that is because I’m reading The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. It’s set in the 1920s and all they had back then were big, old manual typewriters. I started out in the late 60s typing on manuals, then was introduced to electric typewriters, and finally computers. In the book, the protaganist said she could type 160 words per minute – on a manual typewriter. Right away I yelled out, “Liar!!!”. That’s impossible to do on a manual typewriter. Even on electric typewriters and computer keyboards, I’ve never typed that fast and I’m a fast typist (again, know who I give the glory to).

Regardless of that glaring lie, I’m still reading the book and hope it’s good. I think I’m about to start chapter 5.

Speaking of reading – I’ve challenged myself to read 60 books this year. I keep track of my reading on Goodreads. If you’re on there and want to follow me, please do. I like to see what others are reading as well.

The fourth day

Finally God made light. He made the sun, the moon, and the stars.

The sun is the greater light which gives us daylight. The moon is the lesser light which helps to light up the night sky. Of course, science tells us that the moon actually gets its light reflected from the sun.

And the stars. I could be fascinated by astronomy – the study of the stars, but I could never get into astrology, with all the horoscopes, signs, etc. I don’t believe in finding my life’s answers in the stars. I believe in looking to the one who made the stars!

The third day

God finally moved the waters on the earth around, set them in a boundary and called the dry land Earth and the waters he called seas. And this earth brought forth grass, and plants, and fruit. And it was good.

I can only imagine how green and lush the earth was with all the new, fresh vegetation. And how blue the seas were. Except the Caribbean with all its turquoise splendor. Being a lover of spring and summer, I love watching the trees bud, the tiny flower buds poke their heads above the hard dirt. Living in Iowa, I love watching the farmers till the land and carefully plant each seed that will later grow to be corn and soybeans – because that’s what we grow here.

I would have loved to have seen the earth back then on that day of creation. What a glorious sight it would have been.

The second day

The second day. God separated the waters from below and from the waters above. So, the “above” he called sky. Still not a name for the “below” except “water.”

Sometimes what I read in the Bible is incomprehensible. OK, I believe it, because the Bible is true, but it’s hard for this little mind to comprehend it all.

I’m glad I’m not God. He truly amazes me. There is order in everything he does. No confusion – even though it seems confusing to me.

The more I read the Bible, the more in love with God I grow. And, as much as I love him, I still can’t fathom just how big and holy he is.

Without him I’m nothing – with him I’m complete. Lord, humble me.

The first day

“And God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light.

God said. God spoke. And it happened.

God separated the light from the darkness. God called the “light” day, and the darkness he called “night”.

Thus, there was evening and there was morning – the first day.

OK, there’s light and darkness – and day and night – but the sun hasn’t been created yet. That didn’t happen until Day 4. What, then, caused the lightness and the darkness…the night and day?

Dare I say that God, himself, is what illuminated the earth in those first few days of creation?

2 Corinthians 4:6: For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

Glory!

In the beginning…

Genesis 1:1-2 reads, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

He created – out of nothing.

Now, I don’t consider myself a Bible scholar, but I like to imagine. I believe in the 6-day creation theory. I mean, God is God. He can do it – he can speak the world into existence in six days. Actually, I find it easier to believe he created it in six days, than to believe it evolved over billions of years.

But, there is the question of dinosaurs. And other things that don’t fit into my 6-day belief.

Scholars say there is a gap between verse one and verse two, “Now the earth was formless and empty…”. That, to me, explains the billions of years and the dinosaurs era that evolutionists believe.

Therefore, is it possible both creationists and evolutionists are right? I’d love to hear your opinion – or research. But, please, if you opine, use simple language that this simple mind of mine can understand. In other words, use layman terms :).

Happy New Year 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blogpost. So much so that I forgot where it was! But the reason I started this blog originally was to record my thoughts as I do a daily Bible study starting in 2016. That’s tomorrow. Therefore, this blog will be more current – hopefully, daily.

This has been a good year. I finished reading the Bible through in chronological order. Don’t know that I’ll do that again. I’ll read – just not chronologically.

I read 47 books according to Goodreads – my goal was to read 30. My goal for 2016 is to read 60.

In 2016 I want to sew more. I want to make a table runner for Christmas, fall, and spring…and maybe more. I want to make curtains for our house.

I want to do more art. And, I want to make bread – a lot of bread.

And I want to love more – everybody. But, more than that, I want everyone to know Jesus and that you would see Jesus in me.

That is my prayer. Lord, help me to not let YOU down.

Audaciousness!

Two recent events in my life helped to make me a better person – one who’s ready more than ever to be bold in love about my Lord Jesus Christ.

First, last Saturday I attended a live simulcast with Beth Moore. Beth is a Bible study author, teacher, wife, mother, and I’m sure the list could go on. My church hosted the live simulcast in Des Moines and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

The simulcast was on Audaciousness – the audacity, the boldness, to speak out, to pray, and to love God.

Additionally, I recently finished reading a book called, “The Potluck Club” by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson. It’s about a group of women who get together about once a month to eat lunch together and pray. It took me a while to get through this book. I’m not saying it’s not a good book – it’s that I tend to read it as I’m lying in bed falling asleep. It wasn’t until the end of the book that it got really interesting. Most of the book was spent with the ladies dealing with their own life’s issues. It seems the one thing they came together to do – pray – is the one thing they didn’t do much of.

One of the characters in the book was Jan, the pastor’s wife, who was dying of cancer.  As Jan’s talking with one of the ladies from the potluck (prayer) club, she said these words, “Death. It isn’t a punishment, you know. It’s the victory we race toward. We’re born, and God draws us to himself.”

Her husband, the pastor, later says to this friend,“You can’t do anything more than you’ve done. Except pray.” 

Except pray.

A few pages later someone else wrote: “Maybe prayer is my being ushered into the throne room of God, where I can tell him whatever is on my heart and he will listen. Maybe it’s just that simple. God has not descended to me. I have ascended to him. All I know right now is that in prayer I can be safe in this room. I can be with my heavenly Father.

“Prayer. What a concept.”

Yes! What a concept. Lord, help me to be bolder in my prayers. Help me to pray for my family and friends. I want to be bold with and for you.

September 11

We got a new tree in our yard! We had a small tree before but, several years ago, a big wind took it over. My husband and neighbor tried to right the tree, but it was never the same after that.

When I think of trees, I’m reminded of the verse Psalm 1:3: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

And, some odd way, today, being the tragic anniversary of our nation’s terrorist attack and the way we’re surviving as a nation, I look to this verse as hope – that, like the tree planted by the water, we can find strength in our Lord.