Taking a Break

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Taking a break from reading fiction for a bit.  This is going to be tough.  I love fiction.  Sometimes reading novels becomes an idol in my life because I run to my stories rather than run to the bread of life.  Sometimes? Ok, frequently.  It’s sad, really.

So, I’ve resolved to not read a fiction book until I’ve finished the books that our church is plowing through this summer in our small groups. 

For now, I’m reading the following:
Bible-going strong(ish) on my reading plan
Radical-David Platt (summer reading plan)
Gospel-J.D. Greear (summer reading plan)
Don’t Waste Your Life-John Piper
Power of a Praying Wife-Stormie Omartian

This is harder than it sounds for me.  Have you ever just wanted to escape and turn your mind off?  That’s what I do when I read fiction.  I engross myself in the characters and basically escape from reality.  I’m in the middle of a 5-book series and have put the brakes on.  Screeeech.

I need to fill up my mind with useful stuff, not junk.

Pray for me!  Pray that I will be filled with the knowledge of God, that I will taste and see that He is good, that I will eat of the bread of life and be satisfied. 

We’re also in the midst of preparing to go to Africa!  Our church has adopted an unreached people group and Brian and I get to be a part of team 2!  We and a another couple leave out the last week of June.  The people we will be visiting are a part of an oral culture so we have been brushing up on some key Bible stories to tell them.

Pray with us that the Lord will be preparing hearts to hear and understand the Word and that many would repent and turn to Christ!  We long to see the nations reached with the Gospel of Christ.  More details about the trip to come.

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3 responses »

  1. I've read 3 or those 4 books! The last one is awesome – it has short chapters and kept my mind on praying in general, as well as for Joey. I'll be praying for you! I understand what you mean about fiction, and I'm excited for your trip!!

  2. thanks for the encouragement, ladies. Kristin, I saw that you had read Power of a Praying Wife. Brian’s been trying to get me to read this for over a year :). It’s good. I think it will become a reference for me to aid me in praying for the hubs.

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