Frustrated with Reality?

Sometimes I get frustrated with reality.

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Multilayered Unity

I haven’t shared an idea for a while so here goes: While American society devolves in its education while eschewing cultural exchange & interaction, why not explore how Christianity offers multilayered unity? If I were to do it, and I certainly don’t have the time right now, I’d aim for a novel aimed at middle schoolers and older. I’d make it dystopian. While education revolves around ideas that are not allowed to interact with actual life, Christianity is underground, subversive in its emphases that what we believe does affect everything else in our life. 

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Dear Lord, there is a lot of work to do. It can be so pressing! But thank You for doing all that truly needs to be done. Thank You for this world and these people around us. Thank You for every opportunity to do good. Thank You for loving us even despite ourselves because of Your Son. Help us to recognize which opportunities are truly ours and which are better filled by others. Help us also to recognize anew Your gifts and Your blessings every day. Through Jesus Christ Your Son, amen.

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Raabe Hymn Text Competition

If you are interested in writing Lutheran hymnody, you have got to check out this Raabe Hymn Text Competition!

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Kurt Weber

I learned about something delightful that I get to share about. 🙂 It falls more under Lutheran resource than Lutheran authors, though maybe I can argue that composing is writing, too! For your pleasure: Hymns That I Love: Solo Piano arrangements of Confessional Hymnscomposed and arranged by Kurt Weber.

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It Must Be the Noodles

Another Lutheran author! I’m so pleased to introduce you to Lutheran author, poet, and retired pastor Ray Spitzenberger. 🙂 He’s graciously sent in a guest post, but even before we get to that, I’d like to turn your attention to his book, It Must Be the Noodles & Other Wendish Stories from Mama’s Texas Kitchen. You may have to take it from me, but Wendish noodles are amazing!! As is Wendish potato salad!! 

A sequel is already in the works and both sound absolutely charming! 

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Ruth

Ruth is on my mind for a number of reasons. First, my dad’s been leading a Bible study on it. Second, did you see that Shadow Among Sheaves kindle is on sale for $.99?! And, third, I saw a blog post referring to Ruth: More than a Love Story by Lutheran Deaconess Elizabeth Ahlman.

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Starting Over

The irony of starting over with this post after a storm interrupted me! But sometimes starting over seems to plague me. I try to get more steps in, but before I approach better shape it seems like I have to start over. Not a few times. All the time. I try to be better in my vocations and it’s the same way. Every school year. Every Lent or Advent. Et cetera.

Honestly, I can get pretty down because of it.

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Whoops

Whoops! I started to blog last night, set the draft to publish the next morning as I typically do, and then we lost electricity due to a storm. By the time electricity was back on, we were all in bed.

I’ll finish what I started, just not yet. Gotta get homeschooling done! God willing, I’ll have a good post for you at the usual time tomorrow morning.

Blessings on your day!

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Past, Present, and Yet to Come

I have a clever project I get to tell you about today. 🙂  It’s about to release, but admittedly you might not jump to read it right away. It’s Hope for Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come: Daily Prayers for Advent by Lutheran author Stephenie Hovland.

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