Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I Hate to Read

That's right folks.  I pretty much hate to read.  Unless it has pretty pictures...as in crafting or quilting magazines...or it has really interesting illustrations, as in reading to my kids.  Even some children's books I feel like stabbing myself in the eye with a fork when I see some of the artwork, but I guess that comes from all my years of drawing and doodling.  I read blogs (the more pretty pictures they have the better) and I do have a very short list of favorites that I have read several times.  Like the Loves Comes Softly series from Janette Oak.  I read them for the first time as a tween and have read them several times since.  My mom and sister read them also, and there are times when we are together when we talk about the characters like they are family.  One of us will say something like, "What does this remind you of?"  And someone will chime in with something that has happened in one of the books, and then we all laugh and chit chat about it.  Then we look up and dad is looking at us like we are crazy because he doesn't have any idea what or who we are talking about!  I have seen on the Hallmark Channel where they have made a couple of them into a movie, but just like any other book made into a movie, they leave out so much important information (to me, anyway) that all I can do when I watch it is say, "That's not how that happened!"  Then you really aren't enjoying the movie!

Here are a few more that she wrote that I really liked in case you are interested...
Once Upon a Summer  I think there were 4 books in this one.
When Calls the Heart  There were 4 books in this one, also.

Hallmark did a movie series of When Calls the Heart also, but it's really nothing like the book.

I have read the Twilight Series and thought it was really good.  I only read it once, but if I had time I could read it again.  I don't really like Sci-fi stuff so I found it really weird that I enjoyed it as much as I did.  It ended up being one of those book series that I put off laundry and other important tasks until I could get it all read.  I do remember a few conversations that went a little like this....

Stephen:  "When are you going to wash jeans?"
Me:  "I don't know!?!  When I'm done with this book, I guess?  Why are you asking me such stupid questions?!?"

I read the Hunger Games and took my older boys to see the movie when it came out.  Brayden had read them a few years before I had even heard of them.  Blaine is too much like me so he read the first page (maybe) and then complained when he didn't like certain parts of the movie.  Which I sounded like my sister and told him if he would read the book first, he would get more out of the movie.  She would really be proud of me for telling him that.

So, unless I know I am going to have a lot of time to sit and read, I am better off not picking up a book that I know I will really like.

But I did just order two books from Amazon yesterday that I am really excited about getting.  They are written by a girl who's blog I have followed for several years.  In fact, the first blog post I read, was the one that she was in labor with the baby girl that the book all started from.  Her blog name was Bring On the Rain and her name is Angie Smith.  Her husband sings in the Christian group Selah, which I had never heard of until I stumbled across her blog.  The book is called I will Carry You and is about her pregnancy and loss of one of her daughters.  I read through the 'look inside" part on amazon as far as it would let me and it had me on the edge of the chair.  Even though I pretty much know what happens because I had followed her on her blog through that time of grief.  I started to order it on Kindle but Blaine's kindle has been acting weird and I thought with having the actual book, I could let my friends borrow it.  And since I was going to have to pay for shipping anyway, I bought Mended.  Angie Smith wrote this one also.  So I can't wait to get them in the mail and hopefully I will be able to find time to read them!  Have any of you read either of these, or any other books from this author?  She has several out now.  

I will keep you posted on what I think of the books as I get them read!

Sara

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

IS BAPTISM AN OUTWARD SIGN? YES!

Is water baptism an outward sign of an inward grace? Yes, in order to accept God's free gift of salvation men must be immersed in water.

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The outward sign is the immersion in water. The inward grace is the forgiveness of sins we receive by following the command of Jesus to be baptized in water. There is no inward grace granted until men are immersed in water baptism. Baptism is not a sign that we have already been saved. Baptism is a sign that believers in Christ are being saved.

1 Peter 3:20-21 ....safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you---not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience---through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace is that baptism saves through an appeal to God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If men do not confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, believe that He is the Son of God and believe that God raised Him from the dead, and make the commitment to turn from sin and turn to God, then, of course your baptism will not save you. Baptism is the final step before receiving forgiveness of sins. Water baptism is the point that the blood of Jesus washes away your sins.

Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgression and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

The outward sign is being buried with Jesus in the watery grave of baptism. The inward grace is being made spiritually alive with Christ, having our transgressions forgiven. We are dead in our transgression before we are buried with Christ in water baptism. We are made alive and have our transgressions forgiven after baptism, not before.

Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace is being clothed with Christ. You are not baptized into Christ because you have already been clothed with Christ. The clothing does not precede, being baptized into Christ.

Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace of salvation follows believing and being baptized in water.

THERE ARE TWO OUTWARD SIGNS

1. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

The outward sign is confession. The inward grace is salvation.

2. WATER IMMERSION: Mark 16:16....has been baptized shall be saved...

The outward sign is baptism. The inward grace is salvation.

IS WATER BAPTISM AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD GRACE? YES, BUT WITHOUT THE OUTWARD SIGN OF BAPTISM NO INWARD GRACE OCCURS.


What must I do to be saved? FAITH John 3:16 REPENTANCE Acts 2:38 CONFESSION Romans 10:9-10 BAPTISM Mark 16:16

(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

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