Okay guys. This is going to be a dirty, shameful update, so rip out your pens and notebooks, you busybodies.
Since the epitome of shame = forgetting to blog (OBVIOUSLY)*, there’s a lot of shame around here spinning over a certain someone. (This is the dirty, shameful part of the update if you weren’t aware.**)
And that lovely human just happens to be me. I’ve been gone for two months.
*Falling into a bowl of soup may be more shameful and embarrassing, but how would I know
Remember that surprise I was talking about that I was supposed to announce last month? Well your dear Bibliologist is a little lazy and forgetful, and she forgot to make the announcement. SHAME ON ME, SHAME ON ME.
Which means, above all else, there’s more time to read. (Because, books.)
So to make a dent in my excessively long tbr for 2017, here’s ten books I’m promising myself I’m going to get to this summer. Hold me to it, guys.
There’s a short little rec list at the end of great books to read this summer as well. 🙂
Let’s get into it!
1. Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I read Shadow and Bone a few months ago (my review is up here), and I’ve been dying to finish the series ever since. This series is the last one I have left unread of Bardugo’s, and she’s basically my favorite YA author ever, so I’ve been holding out, saving the rest of the Grisha trilogy for as long as physically possible. My self control is wearing out…
So of course book #2 is on my list.
2. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Obviously a continuation of the same thoughts above. 😉 Though I’m going to have such a hard time finishing it because I JUST CAN’T TAKE IT WHEN I FINISH SERIES’ OKAY?! (Especially Leigh Barudgo’s… *blubbers in the distance*)
I’m still super excited to finish the series, though, and finally find out what happens in the end!
The characters are all written so well, the plot is so fun, and the world is so vivid and beautiful that I can’t wait to return! 😉
So consider a visit back to Ravka in my future, yeah?
It’s Mother’s Day! I’d like to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to the moms out there (mine especially *wink wink*) and celebrate the occasion with a short little post of the best fictional moms. Because they’re awesome. (But mine’s better.)
Guys, I’ve been bad. I’ve been lazy. I’m sorry. I haven’t posted a Shine Bright post for what? Three weeks? Oops. Ouch. *wincing*
I’m making it up though, today with a little message from some of my Sunday notes! You ready? Here we go!
Scripture: Psalm 78 (Focus: Verse 7)
You read it? Awesome. Let’s see if you picked this principle up: We unlock hope through obedience to God. It’s okay if you didn’t—I probably wouldn’t have, either, without hearing it myself first! But we’ve got it now. 🙂
In this passage, we see that God moves with grace and power.GOD is the one who initiates rescue and provision with this power—not us. (Verses 24-26) That’s a hard truth for control freaks like me! But it’s good news, because God splits seas for His people! We have to be careful, though, not to confuse God’s provision with giving us what we want when we want, but instead giving us what WE NEED. (Like giving us Jesus so that we can live a rescued life!)
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!
-Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables
Today’s post is dedicated to the wonderful season of autumn! May your season be filled with color, beauty, blankets, hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, pumpkin pie, and all things plaid. (Never too much plaid.)
I also think change of seasons (months, even!) are a great time for new resolutions. Who says it has to be New Year’s?
Here’s some of my goals for fall:
Read one novel, one theological book (I call Chasing Elephants!), and 1 Corinthians.
Learn a new Chopin piece! (This one’s going to be fun.)
Find something positive to say about each day and do something helpful for a family member on the daily!
What do I want to be known for? What do I want to make famous?
We all make something famous: a brand, our skill, a school—or God.
So that brings us to the question… *Dramatic pause*
Do I want to make Christ famous?
Hold that thought; we’re going to tackle a different subject for a second. 😉 Fear.
Fear can be a good thing—it can prevent you from doing something stupid and being hurt. Fear is the reason you don’t swim with sharks or touch a hot stove. But dear can also be a bad thing. Fear of rejection, failure, etc.
So with those two things in mind, let’s take a look at the Parable of the Talents. (Matthew 25:14-30)
I’ve really wanted to share the gospel with you all, but have been afraid to. I felt like I couldn’t put in words. Like I would do it injustice. But I had to remember that God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. 🙂
So I pulled out some of my notes relating to the gospel and decided to share those. Let’s see how that works. 😉
First, let’s start with the title question:
What is the Message of the Cross?
The Message of the Cross is that we were sinners, but God came down in human form—as Jesus—lived a perfect life, died in our place on a cross, and was resurrected to life, conquering death. (And that is SO amazing!)
But what do you do with that? How do you know if you’re a sinner anyway? What even is sin?