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Look at this gorgeous personalized graphic [livejournal.com profile] msantimacassar made me! I love it!! *jumps up and down*

And she's taking requests over at her LJ if you'd like one of your own!

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A blessed and joyous Easter to you all! Sorry I haven't been around much lately -- work on the book is sucking up most of my free time these days. But I'm still reading and enjoying your posts.

Here, from my garden, is a little gift for you! :-)

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No regrets

Mar. 22nd, 2016 10:52 pm
litlover12: (Cross)
It's now been more than a year since I started attending the little Anglican church. (I thought it was a year this month, but looking back through this journal, looks like it was actually a year last month.) No regrets. Even though it was so hard to leave my former church -- and even though I have a rather long drive every Sunday morning -- no regrets AT ALL. The church is great, the pastor is fantastic, and I come home every Sunday happy instead of miserable. One of the best things I ever did.

I only wish all the people I left at the old church could get out, and find better churches too . . . but that's up to them, not me.
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I hope it's been a peaceful and happy one for everyone!
litlover12: (Writing)
Just popping in for a minute to share a bit of good news: Some of you know I'm writing a book about faith and singleness. (I've been writing it for quite some time, actually, as it's been going rather slowly.) On Monday, I got an agent! She's going to start submitting my proposal to publishers soon.

. . . Which means I have to get busy and get this thing written!!

*pops back out*
litlover12: (So much)
For the third year in a row, I'm giving up staying up late at night for Lent. Don't laugh -- it's the best I could do. I don't think it's humanly possible for me to give up chocolate or sugar or coffee or any of those things that a lot of people give up. Just a slave of the gastronomical passions, that's me.

But believe me, giving up my late nights is no walk in the park. It seems to get harder every year, in fact. It's been so hard this year that I've been wondering if it's not too late to go back and pick something else to give up (don't ask me what, I haven't really thought this through).

Though I'm relatively new to Lent, however, I'm pretty sure there's no take backsies. Guess I'm stuck with it. At least it's good for me, though that's not much consolation when I want to read just one more page or watch five more minutes of TV or or or . . .
litlover12: (Cross)
As Advent begins, I'm going to do something I did a couple of years ago. People seemed to think it was a good gift. :-) So here it is again:

Leave a prayer request in the comment section, and I promise to pray for it every day until Christmas. It can be as big or small as you desire. It can even be an unspoken one, if need be. Just anything in your life that could use some prayer!
litlover12: (Cross)
"I have heard a man maintain that 'the importance of the Resurrection is that it proves survival'. Such a view cannot at any point be reconciled with the language of the New Testament. On such a view Christ would simply have done what all men do when they die: the only novelty would have been that in His case we were allowed to see it happening. But there is not in Scripture the faintest suggestion that the Resurrection was new evidence for something that had in fact been always happening. The New Testament writers speak as if Christ's achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the 'first fruits', the 'pioneer of life'. He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has opened."

C. S. Lewis, Miracles
litlover12: (Cross)
NICODEMUS: I will not argue with you about the person of Jesus. His attitude at the trial has shaken me. I was ready to believe him a great teacher, a great prophet, perhaps the Messiah. I can do so no longer. He has claimed to be the Son of God -- not in a figure, but literally -- the right hand of the power and equal partner in the glory. That is either an appalling blasphemy, or else a truth so appalling that it will not bear thinking of.

CAIAPHAS: Are you saying that it might be truth?

NICODEMUS: I dare not. For in that case, what have we done? We have conspired in some unimaginable manner to judge and murder God.

Dorothy L. Sayers, "King of Sorrows," The Man Born to Be King
litlover12: (House)
I've been working on this article for a long time (in my head, that is), and I finally got it written and posted this week.

My boss, who's Catholic, liked it a lot. Yesterday it came up again while we were on the phone, and he joked, "Your grandfather would be so proud of you if you'd just become a Catholic!"

I just laughed. But if I'd thought faster -- and if we hadn't been on a conference call -- I might have said, "No. He couldn't ever have been prouder of me than he was. He was always proud of me, no matter what."

But on second thought, my boss doesn't need to know that. It's enough that I know it.
litlover12: (Lvg3)
I've been having some issues with my church lately. My parents have been having some issues with their church as well. So we decided to try Christmas Eve service at a small church a few minutes away.

It stank on ice.

Honestly, it was just awful. I don't mean to be unkind or persnickety (it's supposed to be about God and not our own preferences, after all), but the experience was so bad in every respect -- music, sermon, even the children's lesson -- we sneaked out the back before they were done!

The nice thing was, it made our own churches look a little better. I swear I could almost feel God tapping me on the shoulder and murmuring, "Maybe the situation at ___ isn't quite as desperate as you thought, hmm?"

Well, anyway . . . a very merry Christmas to you all, my friends. I'm blessed and grateful to have you in my life, and I wish you all the best!

Wow

Nov. 7th, 2013 10:47 pm
litlover12: (Cross)
That Billy Graham special on TV tonight just blew me away. That is a man of God and no mistake.

Here it is in case you missed it.
litlover12: (BA)
"I was wrong."

YA THINK?????? Geesh, John! Just when I'd started to really like you!

(This show actually has quite a few helpful things to say about faith. Interesting.)

In other news, Desmond is a darling, Ben is super-creepy, and Hurley should've thrown Michael in the creek when he had the chance. And that season 2 finale, to use a much-abused but still-appropriate word, was epic.
litlover12: (Cross)
Easter

"On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realised the new wonder; but even they hardly realised that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn."

G. K. Chesterton

(Thanks to my friend Christy for the picture and the quote!)
litlover12: (Cross)
Seems like I see some version of this conversation play out in social media every year:

Atheists: "Hey, you Christians! Your big holiday is named after a fertility goddess! And it has pagan traditions!"

Christians: "Um, yeah, we know."

The next year:

Atheists: "Hey, you Christians! Your big holiday is named after a fertility goddess! And it has pagan traditions!"

Christians: "Yep, we still know."

Some people have very short memories. 

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