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I took this post from Dale @ A Delectable Life who got it from Ally, of The Spectacled Bean’s post. Now that I cleared all that up, here are my answers to these awesome questions. Nerd alert!! πŸ€“πŸ“š

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From: Stephen King or V.C. Andrews.

Best Sequel:  Little Men. (Jo’s Boys is also proving itself!!)

Currently Reading: Well, just check my WIR posts πŸ˜‰ Kidding. I am currently journeying through Jo’s Boys, The Help, The Diana Chronicles and Leadership and Self Deception.

Drink Choice While Reading: Anything.

E reader or physical book:  Physical book all the way, but my Kindle is handy too. Takes up less room, that’s for sure!

Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school:  Not sure.

Glad You Gave this Book a Chance: My answer matches the previous person’s. My younger sister begged me to give Harry Potter a try. What a treasure!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Hidden Gem:  As in, under the radar or merely a book that surprised you? Kate Quinn’s Borgia series was impressive. Got lost and loved it!!

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:  Lies Women Believe by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. Talk about a veil being lifted from my eyes. Brilliant, insightful, articulate book dealing with the nature and prevalence of Satan’s lies, some of which masquerade as truth (because they contain a kernel of truth).

Just Finished:  Little Men. So cute and satisfying. A great companion to Little Women. πŸ’œ

Kind of Books I Won’t Read :  Not a fan of courtroom dramas or books dealing with governmental ops. Political anything.

Longest Book You’ve Read:  King’s The Stand clocks in at 1,153 pages in the hardcover I own, and every one is riveting.

Major Book Hangover Because Of:  Does this mean that I didn’t want to end? Or that stayed with me for a long time?  Good question from the previous writer of the post. It. The Dark Tower. Sharp Objects. Sharp Objects was a recent mystery/suspense thriller, and boy did it mess me up.

Number of Cases You Own: Two, built in to the house. But the one is an entertainment center. I have shelves under cabinets also.

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times: Jane Eyre. How can I not re- read?! But there are several.

Preferred Place to Read: LR couch or bed.

Quote That Inspires You, or Gives You All the Feels, From a Book You’ve Read:  “Reader, I married him.” Yep, Jane Eyre!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

Reading Regret:  Probably Danielle Steele. Talk about formulaic.

Series You Started and Need to Finish: That Borgia one mentioned above!!

Three of Your All Time Favorite Books:Β  Jane Eyre, V.C. Andrews’ Casteel series, and Little Women.

Unapologetic Fanperson For:Β  V.C. Andrews. She’s long passed, but she was prolific. Her works are immortal.

Very Excited For This Release (More than all the others):Β  None, in particular.Β  Keeping this answer because it’s true. At least, it is at this point in my life. When I worked as a proofreader, I worked on books that were about to be released, so I was more aware of what was coming out. Now, I just pick up what looks interesting at the store, new or not.

Worst Bookish Habit:Β  dog earing pages. πŸ˜©πŸ˜£πŸ˜”

X Marks the Spotβ€”start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:Β Β Together With Jesus devotional.

Your Latest Book Purchase:Β Β The Morning Mind from a Life conference, from what I remember. (Pitifully long ago.)

Zzz-Snatcher Book (the last book that kept you up late):Β Β Don’t recall.

Another furry addition to the family !!

Simmer down–not for us! 🀣 My MIL Mary got a new fur baby. His name is J. Edgar Agar. (Agar is her last name–obviously her husband Dale’s name.). They’re calling him Edgar. He’s a Portuguese Podengo. No, until now I’ve never heard of them either!

Apparently there are about 3 varieties of these dogs. Edgar is the tiniest–he will top out at no more than 15 pounds. Little guy!! πŸ₯°

Luna of course terrorized him at first, but by the time we left they were on pretty good terms. He’s only about half her age (3-3 1/2 months), so he’s got some learning and socializing to do. More pics later! πŸ’–

Some recent snaps

Most of these are from my dad’s newly renovated basement. It is badass. One is a cat meme and one or two are just random shots.

Apparently Steph had the “Leiderman Theater & Lounge” sign made from Etsy or somewhere. I love that brushed, clean look. You can get a glimpse of their walls on the pinball picture. I was telling Audra (my stepmom) that I love that style. I shared a picture on Facebook recently of a fireplace that was white, but it wasn’t pristine. You could still see the brick through it. I think that’s so classy. My style is as classic as they come. I hate this modern design with ductwork and crap everywhere. I think it’s cheap looking and I just don’t like urban anything. I think that’s what it is. I despise city living and all that bustle and dirt and closeness of bodies. Clearly it’s the introvert in me. Well, is that rambling or what? Moving on.

Dad and Audra designed the wine cork backdrop for the dart board. I just love it! Next time I’ll remember to get a shot of the pinball machine and a more complete shot of the dart board. Dad showed me how to throw them and I actually hit the board! And I wasn’t even completely sober. Go me! πŸ€£πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸŽ―

Speaking of sobriety. I am super picky with my wine. I don’t like most reds because of the dryness. My brother used the term “earthy”, which is actually really apt. They do taste a lot like dirt and grit. (I obviously know the term’s actual meaning, but this works!) Too funny. Anyway, the point is that they had a brand amongst the bottles called Red Cat, and when I heard that my dad likes it, I tried it, because he isn’t much of a wine drinker. It was very fruity and reminded me of a blushy Zinfandel or a bubbly, decadent Moscato. So, a win! πŸ₯°πŸ’–πŸ·

Well, this is way longer than I thought it was going to be at the outset. Let’s keep this moving…

Anything cat related brings on the giggles . They are my spirit animal and simply the best pets. I love our Luna Boo so much, but cats are where my heart is. They are me in animal form, loving and cuddly but also aloof and standoffish. It depends on my mood (And, not going to lie, who you are or how comfortable I am with you. How I feel about you.). You get what you get. 🀣😸

Lastly, the most important part of the post. We did go over for Dad’s birthday, and he loved the gifts I chose. Jocelyn actually found the hat that said “Dad life”, but I did find the fishing gloves. They have rubberized grips on the palms so the fish can be handled better. I would imagine they’d also help you not hook yourself. πŸͺπŸŽ£ He made my heart sing when he said he still wears the hat I bought him so many years ago! It’s just a basic hat, but it has a flap on the back for sun protection and mosquito protection. Yay!

Baby E sends happy greetings!!

He can wave “hello”!! πŸ‘‹πŸ»πŸ₯°πŸ‘πŸ» His mom sent this tickled auntie a video clip this morning. What an angel!!

I have seriously never seen a more physically perfect baby. He is an exquisite doll . The ladies of his acquaintance better watch themselves when he’s older! He stole my heart from birth, that’s for sure! (But then, he could be Quasimodo and I’d still love him, because I’m his aunt.) I so want to post the clip–he is delighted with himself, bouncing and kicking his little legs with happy pride. Mom and dad are laughing with him. So precious. Please pray with me…

Heavenly Father, please bless Elliot, my sister Steph, and her husband Matt. I pray that they will come to know you as their Savior and Lord. There’s nothing more precious in this world, or the next, then a personal relationship with you. Everyone deserves to partake in that immense blessing. Not just for the assurance of eternal life, but the joy and pleasure intimacy with you brings here on earth. I pray for someone close to them out in Bedford to witness to them so they can make this decision as soon as possible. There must be someone out there who can speak life to them. I pray that my words and prayers will plant a seed in Steph’s life. I am selfish and want them with me in heaven, but I know you want them there even more than I do. I know that the Holy Spirit can accomplish this, but it will be in your time. I ask this in your holy name, Jesus. Amen .

Can we lose our salvation?

Absolutely not. I will include some Scripture passages at the conclusion of this post, but contemplate this a while. Thanks, Facebook!!

by David Novitsky

If salvation could be lost or undone once spritiual rebirth has already occured in a believer, God would then have to do numerous things the Bible never speaks of or teaches Him doing to anyone!

Surely the scriptures would clearly illustrate these things if it were true?

Follow along…

God would have to pass me back into death from the eternal life that He already gave me.

God would have to remove me spiritually from being seated with Christ in heavenly places.

God would have to “un-join” me from Christ.

God would have to “un-wash” me from the blood of Jesus that already washed me.

God would have to “un-seal” me from the Holy Spirit.

God would have to “re-place” my sins back onto me that He already removed as far as the east is from the west.

God would would have to now remember my sins that He already “remembers no more”.

God would have to break His own covenant He made with His Son and therefore would make Him a liar (and we know God cannot lie).
God would have to “un-adopt” me as His child.

God would have to leave me and forsake me even though He promised to never do so (again God cannot lie).

God would have to “pluck me” from His own hand in which He already promised nothing could ever do!

God would have to “take back” the free gift He already gave to me.
God would have to “un-do” the righteousness He already imputed to me from Jesus.

God would have to fail to raise me on the last day going back on His promise to do so (God cannot lie).

God would have to fail in completing the good work in me He already promised to complete.

God would have to ignore all the prayers of His Son on our behalf who is interceding for us as believers.

God would have to ultimately reverse the once for all sacrifice made by His own Son and ignore it like it never happened.
I could go on for days with this! But hopefully you get the picture.

Titus 3:5 KJV
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Here are other verses to look at concerning eternal salvation::

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
1 John 5:13‭-‬15

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me,is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
John 10:27‭-‬30 ESV

Putting limits on salvation would limit the holiness, power, and might of God. Of the precious blood of Jesus. Of the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit. Believers know this is impossible. Join me in worshipping the Almighty God, his Son, and the Spirit today!! They are incredible. πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’œ

“Chrissy, this is for you!”

Finished Stranger Things tonight. I knew from having an online presence that Eddie didn’t make it, but what a way to go out.Β  Much respect. The Duffer brothers really know how to write, and these talented folks know how to act.Β  I can’t wait for the next season (what becomes of Max?!), and I’m heartbroken that it’s the last. But, all good things must come to an end eventually. The only thing that doesn’t is eternity (duh). Praise God for that! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»

It’s getting late, and all I really want to do right now is fiddle around on my phone, listening to music and playing games. I’ll add more to this post tomorrow. Never fear! Until then. πŸ’–πŸŒΉ

Wow, 12 hours later and the show’s finale is still weighing on me. I can’t remember the last time I loved a TV show so much. Maybe Once Upon A Time several years ago?Β  Likely. Any kind of artistic treasure is rare, so I shouldn’t be surprised. Long live art, passion, and creativity!

In other news. My dad’s birthday was yesterday, and we were invited to spend some time with them tomorrow for dinner. So that means today I will be going out and looking for a little something for him. I was just talking with Jocelyn today about the shopping phenomenon. I know my dad well enough to know his passions and hobbies, but that doesn’t mean he’s easy to shop for. Now, with my mom, I can just go to the store and find something in 10 minutes. I guess it’s because we’re so much alike taste wise.Β  Funny, that. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Not sure what else to write, so I’m going to close with some more rock and metal favorites. Enjoy!

Ps: FWIW, Disturbed’s Indestructible is an amazing album.Β  What a journey it’s been rediscovering it!! A triumph. πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ€˜πŸ»πŸŽΆπŸ‘πŸ»

And a new(ish) one from 2015—

This is what results from mild writer’s block

A post that doesn’t quite suck, but doesn’t accomplish much either. πŸ˜† Ah well. Soldiering on.

I am asking for prayers for my dad and family. My grandmother, who has been in assisted living for just over a year now, has dementia and it’s getting worse. It’s been going on for a while; we noticed memory problems before covid even started. Now, though, she apparently doesn’t remember many if any of her grandchildren, and forget about her great-grandchildren. My dad was just telling me the other day that she thinks Elliot is his baby. Oy vey. So please pray for patience, compassion, and empathy on his part and my aunt and uncle’s as well. This can’t be easy on them. Not only frustrating, but heartbreaking. I know the only way I’d be able to deal with it is by God’s grace. πŸ˜”πŸ™πŸ»

Let’s switch to some interesting news, if not good. I just got some Bluetooth earbuds that are also wireless. The set I had before sat around my neck and then there were wires that led from it up to my ears. It will be nice to be unencumbered by the wires, but it would be smart to carry the small case around all the time, even at home. That seems annoying, but the case is only an inch or two in length, barely the size of a small pill bottle. It’ll easily fit in my back pocket. What is neat about the case is that it’ll charge the earbuds wirelessly, too. The case plugs into a wire to charge, of course, but it’s neat that it doesn’t have to be plugged in to charge the buds.

I acquired these in the first place because my old set was only 50% operable. The right earbud worked, but not the left. Something went wrong in the wiring. Since these new buds are wireless, I shouldn’t have that problem! Hooray! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Let’s end with a funny.

Finger-lickin’ good!! πŸ˜³πŸ€£πŸ‰

“I Know Whom I Have Believed”

But I know whom I have believed/And am persuaded that He is able/To keep that which I have committed/Unto Him against that day

Paul wrote that to his protegΓ© (son, really) Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:12. I didn’t cry as I sang it this morning, but my soul welled up all the same. I have nothing to say except it’s true. No one, no one is as faithful as our triune (three in one) God. His faithfulness, his love, his devotion, his protection, is unending. Eternal. The rock solid fact that I can trust him with my soul, my burdens, my joy, anything and everything, is jaw dropping. No offense to my dearest humans that I love so much, but they’ve got nothing on God! We drop the ball on each other all the time, but God never, never drops the ball. His faithfulness, as I’ve said many times on this page, is probably my favorite trait of his. He is loyal, he is able, he is devoted. He will never leave or forsake us (Joshua 1:5).

We are not in Timothy, but started Ephesians today. While not my favorite book of the New testament, it is a gem. After all, the beautiful concept of grace through faith (Eph. 2:8) is what saved me back in 2005. I still thank God for pastor Jim Brashear over at Bethany United Methodist all the time. I don’t even think he’s there anymore, but he’s going to be in my heart forever. I can’t wait to see him again in heaven; I’m going to give him a big hug. Who knew a message centering on the game of Monopoly would save that young woman’s soul? I most certainly didn’t. Talk about getting smacked upside the head with a 2×4. That’s what the Holy Spirit did to me that night. And I was never the same. Amen and amen. We should all ask for the Holy Spirit to smack us upside the head from time to time. Even sanctified believers need it, not just unsaved, lost men and women. I’ll just let that sit for a while. πŸ˜πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Church picnic

Love cementing friendships and making new ones!! Especially loved talking to our resident Englishwoman Mary about Elizabeth’s passing and what’s next for her country. I wouldn’t say she’s ambivalent per se about her homeland, though she did say that she saw Elizabeth’s coronation on the ground in London (my jaw hit the ground, naturally). She reiterated, however, that America is now her home, having been here since she was 19. I get it. It’s an honor talking to her about a passion of mine, though. The novelty will likely never wear off. πŸ₯°πŸ‘‘πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

I also love to see my kids enjoying themselves, especially Jo, who, if you know me, is even more introverted. It’s possible! She scored a new friend’s number today!! πŸ‘πŸ» Proud. πŸ₯°πŸ’–