A quote to ponder today…

The order to “stand” that pervades Ephesians 6:11–14 does not imply that Christian soldiers are given a special tactic by which they are able to defend themselves, but rather teaches them that the battle is the Lord’s. They are to stand back and watch him win the victory for them (cf. הִֽתְיַצְב֗וּ, “stand firm!” in Ex 14:13 in the context of Ex 14:13–14, 30–31; and הִתְיַצְּב֣וּ עִמְד֡וּ, “stand firm! stand!” in 2 Chr 20:17).

Winger, T. M. (2015). Ephesians. (D. O. Wenthe & C. P. Giese, Eds.) (p. 703). Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.

Guess Who Is in the Wheelchair Today?

Guess Who Is in the Wheelchair Today?
Guess Who Is in the Wheelchair Today?





Happy Monday! I am celebrating, indeed! Today is the first time I have been in the wheelchair for anything other than going to the emergency room in about 10 billion years. Okay, it was only mid-January or late January. It just feels like a reprieve from a horizontal prison.

Maybe I could pretend it was my transport to Mars colony? Outside my window, I don’t see the grass from our new house… Maybe I’m really seeing Olympus Mons.

This makes me want to re-examine my New Year’s resolutions and call today “RESET” day. It is time to get back to writing…

Trying to Let a Snowflake Fractal into My Life

I have been hearing about “the Snowflake Method” of plotting a novel for years. Once I even dedicated a whole five minutes to trying a snowflake outline, but it didn’t work for me. (Five minutes is not what it takes to do this process! It takes that long to think about thinking about taking step one!)

I wanted to think that I could make up the novel as I was going along. I had heard that Isaac Asimov was a “seat-of-the-pants” outliner, so I assumed that that would work for me.

It didn’t. I go full speed for a little while, and then run out of story to tell. I didn’t know where I wanted to go.

I’m slowly working through this process to see if it works for me.

Review: Spirituality of the Cross Revised Edition

Spirituality of the Cross Revised Edition
Spirituality of the Cross Revised Edition by Gene Edward Veith Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I tend to reread this every few years. It’s worth my time to do so this regularly.

For starters, it is encouraging. It is so refreshing to reread how much effort GOD HIMSELF has put into our salvation, since the “to do list version of Christianity” is so popular.

It reminds me that “my neighbor” needs my help.

It invites me to revel in the treasures dispensed in GOD’S WORD preached and the Sacraments (God’s Word means visible).

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My RESOLUTIONS for the year…

Writing and Reading still go hand in hand, at least in my head. Reading is easier for me, unless I’m doing it with a specific purpose. That makes it easier for me to simplify things, I’m combining my multilayered lists into one simple one. It will combine reading and writing goals.

That doesn’t mean that making healthy life changes is an important. That doesn’t mean attitude adjustments are trivial. That doesn’t mean that focusing on how I relate to people doesn’t need my attention.

It simply means that I need the simplest and shortest list possible. Sometimes, I have the attention span of a squirrel on crack cocaine. These items will distract me enough!

  1. 8 Minutes daily (except Sunday) on the snowflake outline of the science fiction novel that I’ve been threatening to write since I was 10.
    1. MASTER Level: 3 sets
    2. ACCEPTABLE Level: 1 set
    3. STRUGGLING Level: try to figure out why I’m struggling
  2. 250 words daily (except Sunday) on other projects. Facebook, twitter, and email do not count. Blogging only counts one third of the time.
    1. MASTER Level: 3 sets
    2. ACCEPTABLE Level: 1 set
    3. Twitter and Facebook account, figure out why you’re struggling.
  3. My GOODREADS 2016 Reading Challenge (10 books for now, I can increase it)


Lisa's bookshelf: currently-reading

Great Expectations
tagged: currently-reading


Here I Am

-Here I am –
-Here I am –

Happy Thursday, I think! I hope everything is going well in your world. My own has a few bumps, and I will discuss those another day.

My writing… Is at a standstill for a while. I had to take some time to juggle stuff, and I will go back to it. Of course, I’m always doodling with words in my head. It just doesn’t count until they hit the screen and get edited. Beginning tomorrow, I went to doodle 100 words a day, three days a week.
I got to go to Bible study last night, though. I really enjoyed it! It is still on PRAYER, and is incredibly rich. It also points out where I am free to make changes.
Then today, I found a nifty resource in my Bible study software. It compares the different ways of enumerating the 10 Commandments:

Counting the Ten Commandments. (2014). Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.

I will have to talk about those one day, but not today.