My reading list for 2018 has finally come together! There is something here for almost everyone, with no trashy content surprises (except I may need to do another list for cookbooks, health and gardening books another time)….
Jo Frost, SuperNanny, asks the question, “How many of you parents actually read a bedtime story to your children?” The response is really quite shocking!
In Britain, she found:
- 33% don’t read to their children
- 33% (over a third) of children don’t even own a book!
Emotions were taut in postwar Germany. Corrie ten Boom met with many who suffered from severe guilt. For instance, in a railway station she gave her suitcase to a boy to carry, and a man came up to her and whispered, “We Germans are all thieves; don’t trust that boy.” Before she reached her train, five different Germans had warned her.
God seemed to be confirming that He wanted her to carry His message of forgiveness into this wounded country.
The need to ask for forgiveness is one of the most ubiquitous of human experiences.
Ruth Bell Graham was right when she said, “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” Indeed, it’s essential if you are going to enjoy a truly fulfilling marriage. There’s no other relationship I know where the need to forgive presents itself more often.
This is a special time of year – one in which we all wish to make Christmas memories with family and friends.
At this time of year it is good and right to celebrate, but so many of us are missing those loved-ones we’ve lost, others are single and wanting a family to share it with, and yet others are separated or divorced or relationships are strained. And life is just hard! For many, it is difficult to watch others be together.
The pain can be intense and real. Those elusive, longed for Christmas memories……