Monday, January 25, 2010

Books I Read in 2009



I love to read and so I always keep a list of the books I've completed every year.
Here they are. The books in bold are my favorites for this year.

January
God with Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas compilation
Living a Purpose Full Life Jan Johnson
Papa Prayer Larry Crabb

February
The Believer’s Secret of the Abiding Presence Andrew Murray, Brother Lawrence/Louis Gifford Parkhurst, Jr.
9 things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life Henry Cloud
I, Francis Carlo Carretto
Between the Tides Patti Callahan Henry

April
Homesick for Eden Gary Moon

May
The Hidden Life Kitty Crenshaw and Catherine Snapp
Let Go Fenelon

June
Living Prayer Robert Benson

July
Twilight Stephanie Meyer
Widow of the South Robert Hicks
City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau
Come Away My Beloved: 365 One minute meditations
Losing the Moon Patti Callahan Henry

August
The Echo Within Robert Benson
Sacred Echo Margaret Feinburg
New Moon Stephanie Meyer

September
Eclipse Stephanie Meyer
Breaking Dawn Stephanie Meyer
Gift of Being Yourself David Benner
Between the Dreaming and the Coming True Robert Benson

October
Embracing Soul Care Stephen Smith
Lazarus Life Stephen Smith
Sacred Chaos Tricia McCary Rhodes

November
Home By Another Way Robert Benson
Mistaken Identity Van Ryn and Cerak
Until We Reach Home Lynn Austin
The 4:8 Principle Tommy Newberry

December
Finding Noel CD Richard Paul Evans
Sam’s Letters to Jennifer James Patterson
God Calling

My best read was Living Prayer and The Hidden Life. I will definitely read those again.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Heart Walk - Heart Talk



It's been probably a month since I've had my daily walk but today was the day, start of a new week and a new year so I put on my long johns, my sweats, my scarf, hat, gloves, with soapstone handwarmers in my pockets for an extra touch of warmth if I needed it (which after my bundle up I probably would not), I braved the 28 degree cold (with windchill felt like 20!). If you know me at all I have a very limited degree of comfort (my hubbys says it is from 76-78 degrees and that's it!) so this was a big step for me.

It actually felt invigorating! I felt my heart pumping, thus I call this my "heart walk" but also felt the breath of the Holy Spirit breathing inside me as I breathed in the cold air. I love my morning walks because they are pure crytalline moments where I hear the sweet whispers of Papa and thus I call this my "heart talk" as well. (maybe I should say it is my heart talk walk! :))

Today He was speaking to me about approval, of me and me of others. I asked Him, "How do I approve of others when I don't approve of their behaviors?" I felt He answered, "You approve of their true self, the person I originally intended them to be and am conforming them into; and you call that person into being by affirming and approving of that person." You know how when someone compliments you on something you don't see in yourself and you are surprised. You might respond by saying, "Boy, I want to be more of that!" and so you begin to be open to becoming that true self.
This was an "ah-ha" for me today.

I'm so glad I ventured out.