Not quite substantive

You may be wondering, like I am, if I plan to post anything substantive anytime soon. Even as I type, I feel quite certain we will be left to our wonder…

Thanks for the birthday wishes for my guys. I think they had a good birthday amidst the usual school / work / ball game / real life stuff!

Some of you commented on my new look. I wanted something simple. Maybe it’s simple to the point of stark, but I like it. I am actually quite proud of myself, as I googled “free blogger templates” and uploaded the template of my choice–all by myself. (and no, I won’t tell you how long it took me!)

I am reading Practical Theology for Women and enjoying it. Wendy Alsup has written a book for women encapsulating the truths I have attempted to teach women myself. It is theology, the study of God, and it is practical, that study making a difference in my real life. Though I haven’t quite finished, I happily recommend it. Thanks to my blog friend and fellow bibliophile Carrie for sending me her copy!

Speaking of Carrie and reading, she has committed to reading Wives and Daughters this month. I want to read more classic literature, so I said I would join her. Well, in a recent shopping trip to the big city I picked up a copy (our library didn’t have one)–and it is nearly 700 pages long! This may have to be my single entry in Katrina’s Fall Reading Challenge!

Speaking of shopping and the big city, I had a little birthday money burning a hole in my pocket, so off I went, excited by the prospect of both shopping and the big city. What I discovered was this: I hate shopping and I came home miserable. Nothing like walking through the mall to make me feel frumpy and completely un-fashionable (not to mention cheap)! I did get some books and a new pair of jeans, so all was not lost. I mean really, what’s more essential (other than Jesus and His Word) than a good pair of jeans and a really good book (even at 700 pages)?

Speaking of essentials, I am also reading Contentment, an “On the Go” devotional by Lydia Brownback. Perhaps like you, I often think of contentment in terms of material things and making do with what I have. This devotional has challenged me to contentment in terms of my circumstances, to trust and wait on the Lord in those stages of my life where I am not where I thought I would be, or should be. Convicting stuff. Consider this:

God is the one who brought us where we are today. And the God who led us here is good, kind, and, let’s not forget, purposeful. Everything he does in our lives, everywhere he leads us, is designed to fulfill his primary intention for us, which is to know him better. Contentment does not lie around the corner. It is not waiting for us on the other side of today’s difficulty, nor is it lost with yesterday. Contentment is where God is, and God is with us today.

And my devotional reading for this morning contained the following Scriptures:

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You…Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. (Ps. 63:1; John 4:14)

Yes and amen.

A not quite substantive post, just as I supposed. Perhaps next week will bring both blog worthy thoughts and the words to express them. Until then, I will be living my real life, both the substantive and the not quite, pursuing the satisfaction only Jesus brings…

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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

16 thoughts on “Not quite substantive”

  1. I think this post was quite substantive.I love your new look. It is totally you (even though we have not met in real life), it reminds me of when I first starting reading your blog, loved it then, love it now. And not that I didn’t like the one before because after all we are women and these kinds of compliments make us wonder sometimes. ;)Your book choices sound so good, especially practical theology for women. I am with you on the shopping thing, it is rare to find someone who feels the same way, would much rather spend the afternoon with a good friend, a cup of coffee, and deep conversation about God and life than spend time walking through a mall. But I am glad you found some jeans. 🙂

  2. Oh, Lisa. I don’t even want to think about how long it’s been since I’ve written a ‘substantive’ post.Sometimes the demands of real life make it hard to find the time to write those substantive posts. Being substantive, they require a certain commitment of time to develop. In my opinion ’tis better to forego a post than to dash off a post that is less than substantive about something that is deeply felt or especially, scriptural in nature. Don’t be too hard on yourself (says she who is rather hard on HERself from time to time.)(Love the new look. I like simple. Congrats on doing it yourself!)

  3. I like your new look, too. And the books you’re reading. And I agree with you on the shopping thing. I do the same thing: have money, go shopping, feel depressed, find solace in coffee and bookstore. A book ALWAYS fits!

  4. The only thing missing in the new look is the chocolate bar beside that cup of coffee! I read Brownback’s devo “Trust” over the summer and was greatly convicted and encouraged. I have “Contentment” but have not started it yet.

  5. I haven't been writing anything substantive, either. Some of it just seems too personal to share…between me & my Jesus alone.I, too, love the look & the pic. And I'm with you on the shopping thing…HATE IT. (which is a change like you wouldn't believe for me!)

  6. great post, there are so many things I want to respond about, so here goes:1. Love the new blog look, I love simple designs like that too!2. That book on practical theology looks great and I just added it to my amazon wishlist!3. I remember when our book club picked Wives and Daughters too….and that was my very first thought, “wow, 700 pages!” That was a definite cramming session hours before the book club! At the time there was a series on TV (I think the BBC did it) and I was so tempted just to watch it! But I stuck with the book and was glad I did and then watched the series afterwards!4. I am also looking forward to Katrinas reading challenge, as always.5. I just bought “Trust” on the go devotional and I love it, I wish I had bought the “contentment” one too!6. So with you on the shopping thing and in my books finding and buying a good pair of jeans is a BIG achievement! I hate shopping for jeans! :)So great post, plenty of food for thought! 🙂

  7. I, too, like the new look. And HAHA about discovering W&D was almost 700 pages long. Yeah, well, I agreed to read it without knowing that either. My heart sunk. But I'll do it.Glad you are enjoying Practical Theology. Can't wait to hear your completed thoughts on it!

  8. Your post was more substantive than you realize, at least for me. My understanding of contentment is continually being reframed, and I am glad for it. I would love to read that devotional.

  9. love the new look blog and belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you all, a big birthday week in your household.Keep blogging, you keep it real and that is much appreciated.

  10. I know what you mean about those darn malls. That’s why I avoid going to them and that way I’ll be in my own little world and never know how frumpy I really am. LOL. Seriously, the older I get the more I hate shopping for myself. But now book stores? I adore them. I can spend hours and dollars in there!

  11. I hope you like Wives and Daughters. I think it is a very interesting book, and the characters are well-rounded. I like Elizabeth Gaskell a lot; I also love Sylvia’s Lovers by her.

  12. Loved this post! I feel like we just sat down over coffee and caught up. Except I didn’t say anything. :)I think your new blog look is great — and I’m even more impressed that you did it yourself!And as far as shopping…I’m the same way. But honestly, I think books and jeans are two of the best ways to spend money.Finally — LOVE the contentment quote. It hit me right where I’m living today.

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