Look! It’s a post with no crying!

Nope, no crying post today. You can thank me in the comments. Depending on how church goes tomorrow, it may be the last of its kind for a while, so I thought I needed to get one in while the gettin’ was good.

In lieu of tears, I offer you bullets (with all due consideration to my bullet-posting blog friend Anita):

  • Did you notice in the sidebar that you can now subscribe to Lisa writes via email? There is also a drop down menu for handy subscription via online readers. I personally use the google reader to stay apprised of all my favorite bloggers.
  • I am resolved to no longer weed my flower beds. Of course, it’s not like I’m guilty of such on a daily basis. Actually the one day the boys and I weeded this week was the first (and only) day in a long while, and as a result two of us, myself included, have contracted poison ivy. I even have it on my eyelid. It’s quite lovely, as you might imagine.
  • I’m looking for a really good novel. REALLY good. I need to escape and get lost in someone else’s world for awhile. Any recommendations? Oh yeah, nothing sad, okay?
  • We will be going out of town yet again this next week. I plan to have some posts on auto-post, but I don’t have anything written yet, so we shall see. While on our trip, we hope to be able to hook up with some old friends of ours whom we haven’t seen in seven or eight years (and an undisclosed number of pounds). What does it say about me that (a very small) part of me dreads the reunion, all due to stupid body image issues? Wait, don’t answer that. I’m thinking it says I’m a woman.
  • Proof I watch way too much political pontification: I actually used the phrase “tone down his rhetoric” in a real, non political conversation that had nothing to do with Obama, Hillary or McCain.
  • Our newspaper featured a quiz containing questions from the citizenship exam. Not to brag or anything, but I got them all correct but one. I couldn’t name the Chief Justice. I knew it was John Roberts! But I guessed Scalia.

And, finally, I want to thank all you who took the time to post a comment or shoot an email to assure me of your prayers on behalf of me, my family, and my church. Your willingness to come alongside me and intercede for sisters and brothers whom you have never met both humbles me and encourages me.

As many of you stated in your comments yesterday, pain is pain, heartache is heartache and struggles are struggles. There is nothing easy about the Christian life. Consider Jesus, who “humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Nothing easy about the cross.

My God is faithful and we can know that WHATEVER comes, we can trust the goodness and sovereignty of a mighty God who works all things–all things!–together for our good and His glory.

Whatever comes, to God be the glory!

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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

13 thoughts on “Look! It’s a post with no crying!”

  1. Have you read “Rebecca” by Dauphne Du Marier? I liked it. It’s a murder ‘mystery’ but it’s not super sad.If you like BIG novels, I recommend a duo of books by Edward Rutherfurd. “The Princes of Ireland” and “The Rebels of Ireland.” (in that order) Big, sweeping historical fiction. (Think North and South) I just finished them and, while character development was a little lax because of the genre, it was an interesting journey through the history of Ireland.

  2. I’ve heard some lady named Jane Austen wrote some really good books. ;-)I’m gonna go check my shelves. I have a couple in mind, but they do have some sad angst in them. . . .Poison ivy is the worst. I got into some without realizing it years ago and still remember the agony. One of the few times I’ve had to take one of those steroid packs.

  3. Lisa, you go ahead and cry all you want. I’m constantly amazed how the women in the blogosphere continue to lift each other up. I mean, it’s not like you’re a whiny toddler. :)As for books, I love a good memoir, Girl Meets God comes to mind. I just finished Kabul Beauty School too. Fiction wise, how about Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson or Time Traveler’s Wife (can’t recall author on that one)? Wife is a little sad, but so good!

  4. Poison Ivy! I’d never weed again. We have Poison Oak that we need to watch out for in So. Cal. Don’t have any great novel recommendations right now. Daughter is into a new Vampire series written by a Mormon, Stephenie Meyer, based in Forks, Washington. She says they are clean. They are coming out with a movie in December…

  5. You know…you gotta tone down your rhetoric! LOL! Couldn’t resist! That is too funny! Glad you are looking up! Hugs to you.

  6. I’m just catching up on my blog reading. I know tomorrow is a big day for you, and will be praying. I liked “The Duet” by Robert Elmer. Nothing deeply philosophical, but a great story.

  7. Okay, I’m back. Have you read Just Jane by Nancy Moser? After I read Washington’s Lady by her (one that I reviewed on my blog), I had to get the one she wrote about Jane Austen. Fiction, but lots of true facts about her life.Also, Perfect by Harry Kraus MD was excellent. I like all of his. It did have some sad parts, but was very touching, and the ending was unexpected.I also just read Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson. Very good, although very convicting!And She Always Wore Red by Angela Hunt was outstanding. Lots of good messages in there to think about. And the main character has a teenage son to deal with as a side issue.

  8. Okay, I’m back. Have you read Just Jane by Nancy Moser? After I read Washington’s Lady by her (one that I reviewed on my blog), I had to get the one she wrote about Jane Austen. Fiction, but lots of true facts about her life.Also, Perfect by Harry Kraus MD was excellent. I like all of his. It did have some sad parts, but was very touching, and the ending was unexpected.I also just read Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson. Very good, although very convicting!And She Always Wore Red by Angela Hunt was outstanding. Lots of good messages in there to think about. And the main character has a teenage son to deal with as a side issue.

  9. Oh, I’m 100% with Kim’s reading suggestions! Rebecca is a great book. The Edward Rutherford books are also good. I love stories about Ireland!If you like mysteries, the Dorothy Sayers mysteries are all very good. P.D. James is an author I like. There are many of her books that I like.

  10. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog..I love hearing from you. I too, have been through a five year ordeal at church. We lost lots of friends but decided to stick it out and remain at our church despite the turmoil..God won and several years later we have a thriving , healed, Bible Based church that is spreading his word like wildfire. It was tough for a long time but we did what God told us to do and we are so happy we followed his advice !!!Sometimes we tend to not listen real good.I will pray for you and my advice is just do what God tells you and all will work out. We learned lots of lessons during that five year journey and I wouldn’t trade them for anything because God is good and he knows what is best . Loving you..girl..Have fun this week being gone.

  11. If you haven’t read the yada yada prayer group series, they are a must.And the series, God’s & King’s by Lynne Austin.

  12. Oooh I too love the yada yada prayer group, but if you want a good mystery you should read “The Angel” by James Pence. I’m sure I cried at some point, but it’ll keep ya guessin’ til the end!

  13. Lisa–I’m sorry. I didn’t know that all of this was going on.We went through a very very difficult situation at our church. It was pretty much ongoing with hard hearts from the leaders. We stayed as God directed for a long time (a year longer than many people would have). God clearly released us to leave a year ago. It’s a hard, hard, thing, but I will pray for you and trust that God will lead you, and give you His peace as He does so.As for a good book–I think maybe we talked about it, but The Host–excellent. You’ll lose yourself in it.And I agree with Linda–Nancy Moser is good, but I think you need something that will just sweep you away.

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