A summary of the past few days for me:

  • They have been amazingly excellent
  • Saturday I worked a bit, then met my mom and brother for lunch and got to pick out some new glasses. ๐Ÿ™‚ They’ll be ready in about a week – I’m excited as it’s been a long while since I’ve had new glasses.
  • I spent time with God Saturday night, and enjoyed going to college group Sunday afternoon – eating lunch, fellowshipping, and sharing candidly with one another about what’s going on in our lives – can’t beat that!
  • And today some friends spontaneously rode their bikes by to say hello – I love surprises like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been helping out at my dad’s math tutoring center. I mainly work with the younger kids – about 2nd-8th grade. I love getting to know the kids and fellow instructors – however I’m rusty in math and usually get stumped (or epically FAIL) at least once a day. Today a student asked for a protractor and I got her a compass. ๐Ÿ˜› I think part of it is, since I was homeschooled throughout high school, I don’t know the “lingo”. I didn’t pay attention to what was the quotient and what was the median, if I could divide and do algebra and solve the problems, what use was the vocabulary going to do me?

However public schools are rather big on the inconsequential lingo, so I’m going to have to make sure to learn it… Fortunately the kids are forgiving and we can just laugh off my mistakes.

But enough about math. (I’ve grown rather tired of looking at numbers all day ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Let me share what’s been going on in my life spiritually.

First off, you should know the three books I’ve been reading. These are the “exceptions” to my fast and have been since the beginning.

First off I’ve been reading Fasting, by Scot McKnight. I got this book from BookSneeze and since I’m obligated to them to finish this book and review it, I’ve continued reading it through the fast – although not as much recently… Once I’ve finished it I’ll be posting my complete review on this blog.

Mostly, though, I have to say ย I don’t get that much out of it… the other two books I’ve been reading, though, have spoken to me a lot.

 

This one, as you can tell, is out of the ordinary. Whereas the above book, “Fasting”, wasย written by a theologian, Professor in Religious Studies, and specialist in Jesus studies and the New Testament, this book was written by a guy that used to be in the band Korn, which is NOT a kid-friendly band. The story of Brian “Head” is amazing – I posted the video of his testimony earlier on my blog. Reading his book, I can see how strong his faith has become, and what a relationship God has built with this man, who was previously “on top of the world”, but so broken within. Actually, here’s what I just read a few days ago, that he wrote:

When I was rich and famous, everything was great on the outside, but my inner life was often a torturous dungeon. Nowadays my inner life is great, but sometimes my outside life has been very shaky, to say the very least.

He talks about many trials he’s gone through since being saved – it’s pretty amazing to hear what’s go on/is going on in his life, and his response to different things… and you can definitely see that through it all, God is now his anchor through storms.

The final book is “Searching for God Knows What” by Donald Miller. This is the third book I’ve read by Miller, and he is quickly becoming, hands down, my favorite Christian (non-fiction) writer. Or if we’re considering all genres, one of my favorite writers. Of all time. Ever.

I recently had a friend stay over for about 10 days, and we began a routine of reading part of this book at nighttime, sitting on the lower part of my bunkbed, with only the bedside lamp turned on. You know, that part of the evening when the house is quiet and still. We started at the beginning of the book and took turns reading. At some parts we laughed until we cried, and at other parts, the one not taking their turn reading would simply listen quietly, absorbing in the words and their meaning.

Did I mention I like this author? ๐Ÿ™‚ Just ย a tiny bit.

 

Well, in order not to make this blog post too long and full of TOO many menial details, I’m going to wait to talk about what God’s been teaching me/things that have stood out to me until next time…

Thanks for checking this post out.

God bless.

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