Status Report, September

Sitting…on the faux wicker loveseat on the back porch. 64 degrees and loving it!

Drinking…coffee, black.
Finishing…reading A Praying Life. Really good stuff. I have one chapter left, I think, and I’ve found it to be one of the most encouraging books I’ve read. I have to admit I kind of expected the opposite. Who prays as much or in the manner she thinks she ought? Here’s something I read this morning:

[Prayer time] is both being and doing. I’m with God. I sense his presence. He is speaking into my life. But our relationship doesn’t float. I’m not hunting for an experience with God: I’m inviting God into my life experience. He is in me, and I am in him. As I bring to him my real lief with my real needs, he acts in amazing ways. He is at work touching my life, doing what I can’t do. The result? Thanksgiving. You don’t have to work at worship when God is so alive.

Learned helplessness lurks just beneath the surface of that prayer time. I simply can’t do life on my own. Without God’s intervention, I am completely helpless. I need Jesus.

“Learned helplessness”–I like that.
Reading…Surprised by Grace next, along with my friends Leslie at Alabamenagerie and Melissa at Breath of Life. We’ll be blogging through the book so watch for more information. If you’re interested in joining us, please do! I’ll be posting more about it and soon.
Loving… that it is September. I love September. I also love October, November and even December (if it weren’t for that holiday and all of the corresponding stress and commercialism, but that’s another blog post). In short, I love fall! And winter too though fall is my favorite. One of the (many, many) things I love about this time of year is Friday night football. We live in a one high school town and there is so much excitement this time of year! Perhaps I will one day write a post extolling all the virtues of living in a town without a mall, Target or Starbuck’s. Suffice it to say, football will make that list. 🙂
Thinking…about how easily we fall into the legalistic trap of evaluating each other in the kinds of externalities which are, ultimately, a matter of personal conviction, a disputable matter. It saddens me. What are we doing to ourselves? Why the vitriol? Are we so insecure in our own convictions that we must judge others for not sharing them?

Pondering…the quick passage of time and how 42 may sound old it really doesn’t feel all that old. Yet. I guess I will find out come Saturday…

Remaining…undecided regarding Bible study this fall. With that quick passage of time and all, it seems that fall snuck up on me in regard to Bible study. What will we study? When will we begin? These are questions I haven’t yet decided nor explored to any great extent. Any recommendations?

Fighting…weariness, despite all my posting on that topic. I think part of the reason I haven’t thought much about resuming the Bible study is because I’m tired. I was tired when we finished last May and despite our summer hiatus I’m still tired. I’m praying both for the Lord’s direction and His sustaining grace!

Lingering…here on the porch long enough. I must go clean up the kitchen, put on a load of laundry (always and forever), and face the day with all its demands and opportunities in the strength and joy of the Lord. Happy Wednesday, friends!


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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

7 thoughts on “Status Report, September”

  1. Yes! Fall! My favorite season has begun! I woke up this morning thinking that it would be just another day and then it dawned on me – it's SEPTEMBER 1st! HURRAY! Let the fun begin!

  2. You know me and the -BER months ;-)What about "Girls Gone Wild" by Mary Kassian? I've hopped around in it, and it seems like a great book. We're finishing Becoming a Woman of Excellence by Cynthia Heald, and that's also great.Small town life without Target has its downfalls to be sure, but also plenty of good things. Would love to hear your thoughts.And I can't wait to get going on Surprised by Grace!

  3. Fall isn't my favorite, but I'd be okay with some cooler temps. 100 degrees is getting old!Our Ladies Ministry is offering two Bible Studies this fall, One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer and The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie O'Martian. I'm doing the O'Martian one.Enjoyed your update, as always!

  4. I love this time of year as well. I am waiting for the leaves to turn. I can hardly wait to open my windows and let a cool refreshing breeze cleanse the air! Thank you Lord for September and all that it holds!

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