June 25, 2011

Tag, your it!

Yesterday a fellow blogger Candy tagged me in a fun post. There are 5 questions to answer about yourself and you are to tag 5 more bloggers. Sounded like fun, so I''ll give it a shot. :)

Tag Questions

1. Are you hot/cold/warm right now? Where are you at? 
It's raining outside again so I am comfortably warm, but wish summer would come. The weather hasn't been very good up here in Canada. :(

2. Upload a picture of the wallpaper you are using. 
My daughter put this up last week for our computer wallpaper. When she showed it to me we just sat and looked at it for a 1/2 hour and talked about how gorgeous God's creation is and what we would do if we lived there. And we both agreed it would be so much fun to roll down those green hills! :)

3. When was the last time you ate chicken?
 Well my daughter and I shared a McDonald's chicken nugget meal last night...does that count as real chicken?  Then we were off to a movie... "Mr. Popper's Penguins" ...great family movie!

4. What song or songs have you to listened to recently? 
I love music. Here are few things I'm listening to:
Chris Tomlin's new album. My favorite song is called "I lift my hands" it talks about God's faithfulness.
The Pride and Prejudice soundtrack. "Your hands are cold" is my favorite. Each song reminds me of a scene from the movie.
The Afters is my favorite band right now. Their song "Saving Grace" is always on repeat. God's grace never seems to astound me.

5. Do you have any nicknames? If so what are they? 
My nickname is "Leny" When I was in high school for some reason everyone started calling each other "len" and when I met my husband (I was 19 he 20) he picked it up from my group of friends and started calling me "Leny" it has stuck and he still calls me that! He even called me that this morning! lol 

Tag 5 bloggers

Now I'm going to tag 5 bloggers I recently started following and if they would like to do this post as well they can, but no pressure. It's just for fun. :)

1. I'm really enjoying Casey's posts over at her blog Writing for Christ, the audience of ONE. Great reviews of Christian fiction. I love that she is honest with her reviews, and she does it with love and respect, even if she didn't enjoy the book shes reviewing.

2. I found a blog called Through the fog by Margaret I'm enjoying this blog as well. She shares that she has fibromyalgia which is something a family member of mine suffers from too. So I can appreciate the efforts that go into it and the crazy exhaustion that comes with it.

3. Michelle's blog is called Sweet Treats and Inspiration. I'm also enjoying reading her posts with book reviews, recipes and great christian music. I love finding new music and this is a great way to share.

4.I was excited to find Kav's blog at Best Reads (2010-2011) because she has giveaways that Canadians can enter! She also has great book reviews on christian fiction.

5. I love history. I found a great blog by Lynn called 19th Century Historical Tidbits which she shares all sorts of great tidbits about that time. I'm finding it so interesting.

Well I think I'm done. If I've tagged your blog, feel free to post and tag as well, if you like. :) These were all preset questions, here they are again:

Are you hot/cold/warm right now? Where are you at?
Upload a picture of the wallpaper you are using.
When was the last time you ate chicken?
What song or songs have you listened to recently?
Do you have any nicknames? If so what are they?
Tag 5 bloggers

June 20, 2011

Uncle Tom's Cabin and Mr. Josiah Henson

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe  is one of those books that left a lasting impression on me. In her novel she weaves a story based on true people who were enduring slavery. After reading this book I had to find out who this Uncle Tom was. I eventually found him...his name was Josiah Henson and he even wrote an autobiography!

Well I didn't waste time finding the book and devouring it. This man was a true hero and I'm glad to say he was not killed in real life like he was in Mrs. Stowe's novel. :) He went on to live a meaningful and blessed filled life.

He escapes to Canada, but continually went back to the States to save others and risked his life in doing so and not only that but preached the gospel as he went, risking his life even further. He found the Lord at a young age as a slave and even though he went through horrific things, he continued to serve the Lord his whole life.

Through his life he has taught me to keep my eyes on the Lord and not my circumstances. He wasn't perfect and admits to mistakes, but his love of God and focus in life on Him are truly inspirational. These are 2  books I wish everyone would read.

Buy Uncle Tom's Cabin HERE on Amazon
Buy Autobiography of Josiah Henson HERE on Amazon

June 11, 2011

Historical Fiction and Liz

My favorite kind of fiction is historical. Especially when an author takes the time to research and bring history to life on the pages. If I can learn something while reading a great fiction story, I enjoy it even more.

If I had to pick a favorite historical author it would be hard. So many great ones like Francine Rivers, Siri Mitchell, Linda Lee Chaikin, Deeanne Gist, Julie Klassen and I recently found Karen Witemeyer.

But I'd have to say Liz Curtis Higgs is the one author on the top of my list. Her novels are so fun to read. I loved the way she brought life to the biblical characters of Rachel, Leah and Jacob within a 18th century Scottish context in this series of books. I'm looking forward to reading them again soon.

As well as being a great novelist Liz is a great speaker. I went to see her recently and was so blessed my her. I felt she was the most beautiful person I'd ever encountered. Her kindness and love of God were so apparent. I pretty much cried throughout her seminar, when I wasn't laughing so hard. : )

There is just something about a woman of God that makes them so beautiful and its not there clothes or figure or hairdo...but I believe its Jesus living in them. And that is exactly Who I saw in Liz...beautiful.

June 7, 2011

All of Grace

One of my favorite christian authors is Charles Spurgeon. He was a great preacher and teacher of the 19th century. When I read his books I don't feel like I'm being preached at, but rather loving taught. I love what he says in his book "All of Grace"

"Don't try to make yourself presentable to the Lord and don't attempt to make yourself into something other than what you are. Come to Him as an ungodly person in need of a Savior, to the One who justifies the ungodly."

Even after being a christian for most of my life I still need to remember this and come before Him as one in need of a Savior. I often avoid Him when I've done something I shouldn't, until I feel I've become better. But the reality is, I will never become better or right with God without Him. So I come broken, just as I am, knowing He is the only one who can restore me.

June 5, 2011

Quote of the Week

"I know not the way he leads me, but well do I know my Guide. What have I to fear?" Martin Luther