November seems to have arrived for me quicker than usual. The holidays are just around the corner and I’m still trying to recuperate from the month long writing challenge. If you missed the posts from my #write31days writing challenge on Wisdom From the Animals, you can find all of them here.
October was filled with writing, reading, and teaching. I think, at last count, I was participating in four Bible studies. Obviously, God is working on me and knows I need constant surveillance!
On books, I’d recommend To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee which I reread and For the Love: Fighting For Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker. I really enjoyed both of these books.
For movies, my recommendations for old releases are The Good Lie about the lost boys of the Sudan starring Reese Witherspoon and The Big Year which is a comedy about amateur bird watchers and the competition to count the most species in a year starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson. The best new release that we saw was The Martian starring Matt Damon and based on the book by Andy Weir. So excellent!
In the music category for October, I downloaded a lot of Andrew Peterson. I particularly like The Burning Edge of Dawn CD and Behold The Lamb of God CD. I’m pretty excited about Adele’s new music too.
We went to see our son at the end of the month. I was so glad to see my boy. I missed him. He is doing great and school is jam packed with study. He is pursuing his doctorate in Geographical Information Science from the University of Illinois. I have no idea what he does but I’m proud. His advisor is tops in the world in this field so I think he is getting the education he needs as well as an introduction to Chinese since his advisor and most of his doctoral candidate group is Chinese. We ate at some great restaurants in the Champaign/Urbana area and learned a lesson: Never-ever-under-any-circumstance book a hotel room just off campus on a Halloween weekend. Bad idea. 4am. Two nights in a row. Enough said.
Jack got his undergraduate degree from U of I so he was pretty excited to be on campus again. We took the Amtrak train with a sleeper car. An excellent way to travel. You do need earplugs since the train whistle blows at every intersection.
Delta spent almost 2 weeks with my parents in Arkansas. We affectionately refer to her time with them as doggie boot camp.
That rundown concludes the days of October that fell like fall’s leaves and ushered in November so quickly I barely got a chance to notice.
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 NIV Bible
Wisdom From The Animals: Day 14
For meerkats, family is important whether the family member is biological or not. These affectionate and social creatures recognize each other’s voices and depend on one another for survival. The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” applies to the meerkats because they look after and babysit each other’s children.
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26-28
I was fortunate in my childhood years that I spent time with my extended family. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that others didn’t experience the same upbringing. I didn’t realize how special those times were because those times were my normal. Family was highly valued. When I became a Christian, I entered into a different family that included people not related to me by blood. Those who didn’t experience family bonding growing up became part of my faith family. I value them as much as I do my biological family. All of us as children of God are raising one another up to a mature faith.
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