February Update

The threat of frost lurks in the back of my mind even as I enjoy this deceptively spring-like weather.  Daffodils are in full bloom and blueberries are covered in buds prematurely. Winter is not over. I can set aside my desire for at least one snowy day if it means the springtime glory won’t shrivel away. My husband hopes for a frost to curb the newly hatched insect population.

In February I…

  • started early spring cleaning and decluttering in my house
  • enjoyed any warm days outside with my son who is quickly growing towards his first birthday!
  • started many books but only finished 2
  • purchased more books (of course!)
  • continued weekly homework for my Revelation class

I have searched for many years for a women’s Bible study group that was supportive and serious about in-depth study. Unfortunately, many groups devolve into gossip sessions with shallow study methods and subjective application. I am beyond blessed to have found a group of women who are Spirit-filled, supportive, and take prayer and God’s Word seriously! I have attended a weekly group at a local church with women of various ages and walks of life for about four months now. Although I have met wonderful people through online book studies and social media, it cannot replace in-person fellowship!

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

— Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV

Favorite book finished this month: North! Or Be Eaten The Wingfeather Saga Book 2 by Andrew Peterson (Children/YA Christian Fantasy)

-Have you read the Wingfeather Saga? I have not started watching the new animated Wingfeather show on the Angel Studios app because I wanted to wait until the entire first season was released.

January Update

Hello February 2023!

January creeped by for me despite the fact I have been busy! Caring for my son and spending less time with my husband because of his work schedule started to take a toll on me as the Christmas season ended. I usually keep my decorations up until Epiphany, but I took advantage of help to get cleaned up before New Year’s! I privately made some 2023 resolutions and have been somewhat on track with them. Here’s what else I have been up to!

  • Gained a few more dog grooming clients as I continue to work from home part time
  • Started training my sister to be a bathing/drying assistant
  • Finished reading 4 books (2 started in December) and have 7 on my currently reading stack
  • Changed my social media accounts to private and started a public bookstagram account @jess.literarylife
  • Started a live weekly zoom class on The book of Revelation with Theology Mom Krista Bontrager
  • Joined the YMCA because my husband had a discounted membership through his work

Favorite book finished this month: The Chronicles of Prydain book 5 The High King (re-read, Children’s Fantasy)

I have been blessed through a morning Bible study at a local church I have been visiting since fall of last year. We are studying the names of God and it has been a wonderful way to explore the character of our Father.

The class on Revelations has been wonderful, I will share more about it as the class progresses. We are several weeks in and have studied no commentaries yet, only historical background. The teacher has us read the whole book repeatedly as we go through the text line by line outlining main events/ ideas and writing down questions. Asking questions is the most important step before attempting to interpret It’s so difficult not to read the Bible (especially this book) with no preconceived ideas. Instead we are studying and praying as we dive into what the text says. Although mysterious, the message of Revelation is hopeful, not depressing as you might think!

How has your January been?