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Whatever it is, that’s what my little baby, bones of my bones and flesh of my flesh, is being compared to.  Oh yeah, and prunes.

They say this is when the placenta starts taking over production of the hormones and that things should start to look up as far as nausea is concerned.  We’ll see.  So far, I haven’t seen much change if any.  I’m still nauseated most of the time and the evenings is when it gets worse usually, although yesterday I had some chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and cole slaw.  Now that’s progress!  Still, it will be nice to get to enjoy foods again.

People that know I’m pregnant tell me I am glowing.  Is that just something nice people say?  I feel as though I should have bags under my eyes from the lack of sleep at night and an overall yellowish-greenish tint on my face from the constant nausea.  Not to mention the bloating.  Oh, the bloating!  I know my baby is a kumquat right now, but my pants seriously don’t fit.  I get about two inches of zipper and that’s pretty much it.  Maybe I have half a gallon of amniotic fluid preventing anything from zipping properly.  Yes, I’ll just force myself to think that.

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I have been reading Tim Hegg’s “It Is Often Said…” booklets and in Volume 4 he talks about the two main differing theologies which govern the mainstream Christian body, covenant theology and dispensational theology, and although I have heard the jist of both, and believed in either at some point or another, I really appreciated seeing them compared to the picture of the olive tree used by Paul.

Here’s a snippet:

Rather than replacing Israel, or setting Israel aside temporarily, this approach sees the ingathering of the Gentiles as expanding Israel.  Covenant theology would have the tree cut down and onther planted in its place.  Dispensational theology would leave the olive tree standing, but would plant a second tree alongside it.  As we examine the text, however, we see that Paul’s picture is of wild branches (believing Gentiles) being grafted into the original olive tree.  Not replacement and not something new and separate, but seeing the remnant within Israel as a foreshadowing of the final salvation of the eschaton, when all Israel will be saved.  (Vol. 4, pg. 36)

Being a very visual person, this really helped me to get the full scope of each of these theologies and their damage to the picture portrayed in Romans. 

I’m glad that I’m reading through these booklets because there is more now that I’m able to put into words.  Before, I had such a hard time translating from heart and mind to English for others what I had learned from Scripture.  

Loving G-d with all your mind to me means being able to state what it is you believe and why, so I’m glad to find resources which help bring about the knowledge that would enable others to also see what I see in Scripture.  I’m sure that’s a small part, at least, of making disciples of the nations.

Last week I went to the library to check out some books which I’d found on the Ladies Against Feminism website and some of a new author I’d discovered whose books I just love.

I have devoured most of these books and I only have A Return to Modesty and Home Comforts left to read. Today I brought A Return to Modesty with me to work and I have a feeling it’ll be a quick read, too.

I finished reading Stepping Heavenward yesterday and I just love that book so much that I’m going to buy several copies and give them away (I’ll probably keep two, myself). It’s the story of a young lady coming of age in the 19th century and the trials and joys she goes through that help her grow in her faith and her walk with the Lord. It made me cry and laugh and snort at the most inappropriate times at work (I have a lot of downtime so I read it then) and I would gladly read it over and over again; in fact, I fully intend to. It’s SUCH an inspiring book!

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I’m reading a book right now called Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss, and I’d like to share a snippet of it with you, dear reader, that I found idyllic but inspiring.

“Aunty has six children of her own, and has adopted two. She says she always meant to imitate the old woman who lived in a shoe. She reminds me of mother, and yet she is very different; full of fun and energy; flying about the house as on wings, with a kind, bright word for everybody. All her household affairs go on like clock-work; the children are always nicely dressed; nobody ever seems out of humor; nobody is ever sick. Aunty is the central object around which everybody revolves; you can’t forget her a moment, for she is always doing something for you, and then her unflagging good humor and cheerfulness keep you good-humored and cheerful. I don’t wonder that Uncle Alfred loves her so.

I hope I shall have just such a home… I would like to be just such a bright, loving wife as Aunty is; to have my husband lean on me as Uncle leans on her; to have just as many children, and to train them as wisely and kindly as she does hers. I have delightful talks with Aunty, who sets me right at this point and at that; and it is beautiful to watch her home-life and see with what sweet unconsciousness she carries her religion into every detail of life.”

I have been seeing more and more of these lists and finally I have something to contribute. I have more than one book planned for reading this year and so I will make my list below. I hope to add some more as I finish these, since I have been delving more deeply into topics of interest this year.

By Francis A. Schaeffer:
The God Who Is There (currently reading)
Escape From Reason
He Is There and He Is Not Silent
The Mark of the Christian
How Should We Then Live
True Sprituality
The Finished Work of Christ

Blue Like Jazz I meant to read this one a while ago but never got around to it before the library wanted it back!
What Do Jewish People Think About Jesus? And Other Questions Christians Ask About Jewish Beliefs, Practices and History, Michael L. Brown
Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It’s Not Bad to Be Good, Wendy Shalit
A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue, Wendy Shalit
Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping: Timeless Wisdom and Practical Advice, Miriam Lukken
Biblical Portrait of Womanhood: Discovering and Living Out God’s Plan for our Lives, Nancy Leigh DeMoss
The Young Lady’s Guide to Charm, Style & Femininity, Keisha Clark
Biblical Womanhood in the Home ; Mary A. Kassian, Carolyn Mahaney, P. Bunny Wilson, Barbara Hughes, Susan Hunt, Dorothy Kelley Patterson, Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Feminine Appeal, Carolyn Mahaney

I think that’s a pretty good list so far. I’m sure I’ll have more to add to it later. It’s funny how you can tell a lot about a person by what they read (or don’t!).

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I know it’s early to start thinking about getting birthday presents, but since I got these Tuesday, I can’t put them out of my mind. I love them so much because they were gifts from my beautiful sister adirb22 and I’m so incredibly thankful!

THANK YOU adirb22!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

These are my gifts!

Yesterday, as I was reading a devotional my mother in law gave me a while ago, I was touched by a particular verse. I have promised myself that I will memorize it and imprint it in my heart. I prayed it back to God, because I want this to be true in my life.

It’s found in the “teth*” section of Psalm 119:

v66. Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
for I believe in your commands.

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Book Title: The Year of Living Famously
Author: Laura Caldwell
Link: The Year of Living Famously
Genre: Fiction
Your rating of the book: B
Who would be interested in this book? Chick-Lit Lovers
Warnings: A bit of a slow beginning.

Short description/summary of the book: Kyra Felis is a struggling clothing designer that has never been one to worship celebrities. All she ever wanted in life was to be successful: have people want to buy her clothes. One night in vegas she meets a hollywood up-and-comer, Declan McKenna. She soon falls in love and marries him, having no incling of what her new life will be like once Declan’s career changes practically over night after his role in a low-budget war movie makes him an oscar nominee. Suddenly Kyra finds herself a celebrity by association, and even though she recognizes the perks, she finds that she can’t do the little things that make her happy anymore. When Declan’s fame puts Kyra’s life in danger, she wonders if living famously may be too much for her to handle.

Your own thoughts: A fun story although certainly a little difficult to believe at times. There is plenty of witty dialogue which carries the story along and makes the main character very characteristic of New York. The way the story is narrated by the main character makes an interesting read if you get past the slow beginning. All in all, I enjoyed the book and found it was difficult to put down as I was reading the very last chapters.

This is in response to the blog post by Razteca.  I’m gonna try to answer some of the questions you have. I have a book called The Case for Christ that kind of goes through some of these questions. I’ve pretty much paraphrased most of it, unless otherwise noted.

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