Thursday, 19 January 2017

Pamela's Daybook: January 19

This week: Monday was a special day for RB and me. Emily (our teacher) and our grandchildren had the school day off. Thinking Melanie probably needed a change of scenery, they all came to lunch. Lunch was tailored to the kids -- Grandma Arnold's sloppy Joes on homemade rolls, mac and cheese, and Bing cherries. It was one of those soul-satisfying visits with books being a big topic. RB, of course, keep them filled with coffee drinks. I heard something about sugar and cinnamon (shudder). 

Looking forward to: Since our families now have grown kids and grandkids, we like to be at our own homes at Christmas. Craig, Melodie, and I decided that we would wait until January to get together. We meet in Walnut Creek and stay at Oak Ridge Inn. My daddy comes, too, and we have a delightful time together.

Thankful for: My father is feeling better. He was so weak and sick last week. He told his doctor, "I have to get better so I can go on vacation." The doctor provided an arsenal of medicine to help him, and each day he is gaining strength.

Praying: I'm praying for a dear friend's son, David. You know if Satan can't get our young people to sin, he traps them into becoming too conscientious about their faith. In a church we used to attend, we had a man who frequently said, "He's a mean old devil." 

At my writing desk: Racing towards my March deadline. Carving out time for blog writing and a bit of "fun" writing. I'm trying to make time for other activities and enjoying family. Hopefully, I can break the habit of feeling like I need to accomplish something every. single. minute. 

I'm reading: A Book! You know, like the ones you can hold in your hands and turn the pages. I went to the library so Melanie would have something different to read as she recuperates -- came home with two huge stacks. I found a Jodi Picoult book from 1995 I haven't read. On my Kindle, I am reading Ann Voskamp's "The Broken Way." It's slow reading because I like to digest her poignant writing style as well as content.

Of Hygge cozy joy: A little five-year-old, cuddled up to me, sleeping by my bed, and giving so much joy! I love teaching him kindergarten and listening to him read.

Favorite Quote:

Wounds are what break open the soul to plant the seeds of a deeper growth. ― Ann Voskamp 
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Friday, 13 January 2017

Pamela's Daybook: January 13

In our lives:  The first thirteen days in January brought celebrating, praying, and listening.

Celebrating: When Emily was eleven years old, she received a "best ever" birthday present. Our first grandson, Ethan, was born. Emily and Ethan share a birthday with Elvis Presley. 

Auntie and Ethan

Shawn, Melanie, and their teenager, Ethan

Praying:  We've spent time praying for Melanie since December. She had a herniated disc and has been in intense pain. God led them to the Spine Clinic and this past Monday she had laser surgery. God has helped her through it all. She's back home, but we are all wondering how we'll keep her down for three months. It's neat that her friends and neighbors have provided several meals for the family. Those of you who know Melanie know how many meals she's made for others. It's fun to see her "bread" come back. 

Listening: I'm a news junkie, so I'm enjoying the Cabinet hearings this week. Today, I've been listening to Wintley Phipps. RB was invited to a meet and greet luncheon where Wintley spoke. Amazon Prime has several albums of his music and I've been blessed by his "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," and "Just As I Am."

At my writing desk: I met my December 31st deadline for curriculum a week early. I was so happy.  I took the next week off to spend a week with my daddy in Indiana, PA. I did take my computer, but my time was spent cleaning out files, etc.

Thankful for:  Living close to my daughters. I had a 5-year-old with mischief in his eyes and a heart as big as the moon staying with me while his mother was having surgery. I was able to attend all the grandchildren's programs. This year they (and Melanie) were in a production of "A Christmas Carol." 

I'm reading: "Hygge: A Danish Concept of Cozy and Simple Living." Noah Nielsen (It's free for Kindle Unlimited.) (If you want to see 17 books -- plus a few -- books I want to read this year read: Click Here.

                                                     Blurb from Amazon:
"Fed up with the hectic pace of modern day living? Well then, curl up with this book, a cozy blanket, some hot chocolate and learn how to embrace the Danish concept of cozy and simple living...Hygge will allow you to create closer bonds with your loved ones, enjoy the simple miracles in life which occur each day and enjoy the winter instead of dreading it!"

Favorite Quote: It is in the quiet crucible of your personal, private sufferings that your noblest dreams are born and God's greatest gifts are given. Wintley Phipps

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

17 Books I Will Read in 2017 (Plus a Few)

A Country Between (Stephanie Saldana)

Avid Reader: A Life (Robert Gottlieb)

News of the World: A Novel (Paulette Jiles)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Pamela's Daybook: December 6th

Around our home:  Christmas is slowly making an appearance. RB got me one poinsettia and a friend another. Both red and beautiful. My Christmas cactus is in bloom. The Christmas dishes are in the cupboard, and an undecorated tree in place. The dining room table is resplendent with red and green.

Today: One of the necessary "perks" of RB's job is a hotel stay when he's teaching far away. He's been teaching a class in Louisville and these nights have been good for my soul. I leave my computer at home (read withdrawal) and take my Bible, journal, and books. The respite covers my heart and mind with peace. We stay until the last checkout moment possible. 

Advent reading: I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

At my writing desk: I need another 10 hours in my day for writing. But then I'd just want another 10! There's a deadline for the 30th of December. I'm on track to meet it, but no room for "fun" writing," I think. 

Praying for:  My daughter, Melanie. Both my girls inherited RB's back issues. Melanie sneezed last week and put her back out. She's in so much pain, but is in the midst of daily final rehearsals for The Christmas Carol, then has five performances Thursday through Sunday. Please help me pray for her. As a mother, I'd love to take her pain.
I'm reading: Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-centered living in a self-centered world. I highly recommend this book. I'm working my way through it with prayer.

Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World by [Ehman, Karen]Blurb from Amazon:
Our culture is self-obsessed – in our schedules, relationships, and especially online. (Can you say selfie?) But in this near-narcissism, people are less content than in decades past. Why? Because we forgot the joy that comes from putting others first. Doing so requires us to live alert, listening for “heart drops,” hints from those in our lives who need a helping hand or a generous dose of encouragement.

Favorite Quote:  Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him. C. S. Lewis

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Pamela's Daybook: October 8th

This week: My not-so-busy week turned into a busy one but much of the busy was fun. 
  • I had lunch with my friend, Eleanor, which is always good for my soul. 
  • RB taught in Indianapolis which translates into five Barnes and Noble hours. When we arrived, we realized my computer case was still at home. I panicked at first, then realized God knew my mind needed a rest. 
  • The four grands came for an oh-so-fun lunch yesterday. They love sloppy joes on homemade rolls. I keep waiting for them to get tired of them, but that's what they continue to ask for. 
At my writing desk: I'm writing/editing the Parables of Jesus this week and next. 

Praying for:  RB had a 28-year-old student die in his sleep with a heart attack. We are praying for his family. 

Standing on the promises: "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).

Thankful for: Emily's on spring break next week!

Postmark Fun: Working on this week's list. I was blessed with a fun envelope of goodies from a friend this week -- things she made herself and, my favorite, Scripture cards. 

I'm reading: My Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers. I rarely read a devotional book like it was intended. I'm always too excited to read the next one.  

Part of Eleanor's gift for my birthday was a gift certificate for Books and a special bookmark from Hawaii from their cruise. 

Favorite Quote:  Free grace can go into the gutter and pull out a jewel. Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Pamela's Daybook: October 4th

Today: Nothing too exciting happening here today -- which is exciting in itself. 

On the weekend: RB and I had a date on Saturday. Ivanhoes -- home of 100 different milkshakes and 100 different sundaes. Then on to Taylor University for an evening of "Antigone" by the drama department. 

At my writing desk: I have two projects I am working on. Carving time out to work on both of them this week.

Praying for:  My Aunt Posie and Aunt Jean.

Standing on the promises: "Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4).

Thankful for: Francine Rivers! Her book Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks through Nature is released today. This is her first nonfiction. I've had it pre-ordered for a long time. I had 4 classes with her at a writer's conference, and she's lovely -- a true lady.

Postmark Fun: I'm caught up! 20 pieces of mail ready to go out today. We've started postmarking shelter to veterans this week. If you have a veteran who needs encouragement or just a "thank you," send a private message to me on Facebook (Pamela Cessna Kuhn).

I'm reading: Designed to Pray: Creative Ways to Engage with God by Kelly O'Dell Stanley. Another book I've pre-ordered is Ann Voscamp's The Broken Way: A Daring Path to the Abundant Life.

Favorite Quote: God is an artist, and the earth and the universe are his canvas. Francine Rivers

Friday, 30 September 2016

Pamela's Daybook: October 1st

Today: Up early to write. And that's about all I did except for supper. Oh, and cookies--that, too. Which wasn't much since they were the three-ingredient peanut butter ones. Made RB happy. 

At my writing desk: I may (or not) have happy danced all over my house. At least my heart was happy dancing. Deadline reached. Feel free to join my happy dance. 

Praying for:  The needs on my Postmark list. So many...

Standing on the promises: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly" (Psalm 84:1).

Thankful for: My computer. Can you imagine how hard it was to write on a typewriter. Every time I made a mistake I'd have to stick that little white corrector thing in. And lining it up to fix mistakes after it was out of the machine was nearly impossible.

Around the House: The dust bunnies have been having a party around here. I have plans for those fluffy things that have been multiplying.
Postmark Fun: I sat tonight and worked on cards. This week we are starting to shelter some veterans -- those who have fought to keep our country free. 

I'm reading: My reading club assignment for October is to read a book from the bottom of my to-read stack. For me that means the last one on my Kindle carousel -- Abandoned by Warren Craig Shan. I think I got the book free. (I hope I did!) I downloaded it last December. At first I thought there were mistakes in the book, but as I got into it, I realized it was supposed to be a Scottish accent -- except it wasn't consistent. There's a lot of telling instead of showing.  I'm about 3/4 of the way through, so we'll see how it ends. 

Favorite Quote: God takes us down paths we never want to travel and roads we never want to see, to get us to a place we never want to leave. Oswald Chambers