Monday, April 27, 2009

Holding On To Hope

Despite all the frightening things that are going on in the world, there is still much good and we have a lot to be grateful for. I remind myself of this daily.
Life is meant to be enjoyed, not feared, and if we only look at the bad and wallow in it, we miss so much. We should always do what we can to fight evil and make the world better, and then remember that God is still in control and He won't leave us to deal with things alone. He never has and He never will. This is something easily forgotten at times and something we should strive to never forget. Hope is always alive and there for the taking. We just need to keep it alive in us.

It's going to be another great day. I can feel it:o)

Suggested Reading

Book: Sarah: Women of Genesis
Author: Orson Scott Card

Amazon Review
From New York Times bestselling author Orson Scott Card comes the finely crafted novel of Sarah, about a beautiful and courageous Jewish woman who changed the course of history through her faith, wisdom, and commitment to her husband, Abraham. As a man writing from a woman's perspective, Card nevertheless shows great perspicacity. Sarah's range of emotions is credible, including her fear as she pretends to be Abraham's sister in order to fool the Egyptian pharaoh Neb-Towi-Re, and her pain as she deals with her barrenness. Later, the kindness Sarah showers on Hagar, her personal handmaid, conflicts believably with her agonizing jealousy over her decision to let Abraham father a child with Hagar. Card's research for the book results in detailed descriptions that help make it memorable, from the practice of religion and styles of dress to the accounts of desert and city life. He succeeds in offering a memorable tale for both those who are interested in biblical women as part of their faith and readers who just enjoy a good story.

Get your copy of Sarah: The Women of Genesis today!


Josi said...

I so appreciate your optimism, Jewel. And I'm glad you're home safe and sound. I have your syllabus, but I insist on making a lunch date for me to give it to you :-)

JoAnn Arnold said...

I always injoy reading your blog and certaining agree with your thoughts.

Christine Thackeray said...

We missed your great attitude and shining face at conference. Love your great attitude. I need it to be a little contagious right now.