Monthly Archives: August 2011

An Exercise of Faith

The oft quoted Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future…” Well, I must say that some days it just doesn’t seem like it. Sometimes, the words in my mind run more to “Prosper? Really?” “Harm,” “hopeless” “dead-end.” And though I may not be trapped in the sticky web of sin’s consequences like the people in Jeremiah’s day, sometimes my circumstances hold me in an even tighter grip. On those days, faith is indeed an exercise, bending, twisting, stretching to reach out and grasp God’s promises; to believe that He is at work and His plan is moving forward, no matter what it looks like … Continue reading

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David Copperfield

August 2011. We just finished David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.  I loved it. Dickens’ writing is beautiful and a pleasure to read. As caught up in the story as I was, the sheer delight of being carried along, in and out and through all the poetic descriptions of setting and scene made it well worth the time investment required. (It is over 700 pages and my book club set aside several months to read it.) Throughout the semi autobiographical book Dickens weaves his personal history with an interesting variety of vivid characters, all of whom add interest to the story without overwhelming or leaving the reader wondering, “Now, who was he/she…?” For a brief description of the story itself, click on the link above.

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