Friday, February 5, 2016

First Friday: February 2016

This post is part of a once-a-month series on A Brighter Destiny.

February is upon us! Here's what I've been up to and am looking forward to this coming month.

What I'm thankful for: snow enough for sledding in January; the blessing of watching a DVD of Reverend Adrian Rogers' memorial service; warm sweaters and hot coffee; the old hymns sung at a hymn-sing at our church the other evening; the example of those who have gone before and give me courage.

What I'm reading {fiction}: Still working on The Curate's Awakening by George MacDonald (edited by Michael Phillips) - It is truly excellent, but I've had not too much time to read (leisurely) lately.

What I'm reading {non-fiction}: My love for C.S. Lewis is no secret. I was beyond excited to receive Allister McGrath's C.S. Lewis: A Life for Christmas this year - an intriguing look at this "mere Christian", paying particular attention to his intellectual/mental journey.

What I'm reading {devotions}: After spending time in the Epistles this fall and early winter, I've returned to the Book of John. I'm also continuing and getting a lot from Streams in the Desert.

What I'm looking forward to: Valentine's Day comes very soon! :-) This has been a treasured holiday in our family since I was a little girl. We love to decorate in red and pink, wear our Valentine's Day socks, of course, and make a heart-shaped pizza. This is our pizza from last year: It was very delicious! :-)

What I'm writing: The third book in the A Time of Grace trilogy has been drafted! :-) I'm cleaning up the rough draft before sending it on to my critique partners over the next couple of weeks or so. This book hasn't been christened yet (i.e. no title), but I'm hoping to share a back cover blurb soon with you. Thanks so very much to those of you who have continued to lift this book up before the Lord God - I greatly appreciate each one of you.

What have you been up to, friends? Any books I should put on my TBR list? How do you celebrate Valentine's Day in your family?

Grace and peace,