I love putting together these monthly reviews because it forces me to take a step back and see just how much beautiful, painful, crazy life gets crammed into a short 30 days. All of the ups and downs, the smiles, the tears, the quiet days, the chaotic ones… they all come together to showcase God’s glory and goodness. Amazing, isn’t it?
That being said, here’s a glimpse of my November. ❤
Things worth remembering…
- Actually being the last one standing in dodgeball XD
- A sibling date in an empty Pizza Hut dining room
- Starting NaNoWriMo off strong… then crashing and burning after writing 13,000 words (I really, really love a lot of what I did write, though!:)
- Soaking up sunshine and the Word in the pasture
- Lots of watercolor painting
- Lovely November sunrises
- Singing with my family
- Dutch Blitz, Uno, and Spoons
- The Christmas tree decorating party
- Belting Christmas songs in my car
- Sliding around in the mud at the farm. *laughs weakly*
What I’ve been reading…
The White Cliffs – Alice Duer Miller
Ah, they forget they cannot write their parts; the bell has rung, the curtain rises, and the stage is set for tragedy – they were in love and young.
I think this is the first novel I read that is completely poetry… and it was beautiful. I read it aloud to myself in two sittings… which is saying something because I don’t binge read anymore! I’ll definitely be reading it again. Thank you for sharing it with me, Grandma! ❤
Rilla of Ingleside – L.M. Montgomery
“…I did not believe for a minute she would or could do it. But you see what has happened and it is making a woman of her. When we have to do a thing, Mrs. Dr. dear, we can do it.”
I picked this classic up again for the first time in years… and it’s been so enjoyable! I love rereading old favorites and seeing so many jewels in the storyline, writing, and dialogue that I’d never picked up on previously.
Devotedly – Valerie Elliot Shephard
“Lord, do Thou fulfil this Thy word unto Thy suffering servant – preserve me from evil, sustain my trust in Thee, and lift up my soul that I may praise Thee for these my sore testings, for I do love Thee, and long to fulfil Thy will.” – Elisabeth Elliot
Yes… still working at this one. Still loving it.:)
When Beauty Blooms – Victoria Lynn
Perhaps being beautiful wasn’t about being lovely to look at and a good conversationalist. Perhaps it was something a bit more than that. Something broader.
To be completely honest, I wasn’t totally impressed by this novella. The writing seemed a bit awkward to me for a good portion of the story (though that definitely could be stylistic preferences). By the time I got to the climax, however, I was so caught up in the story that I wasn’t mentally editing anymore. It’s a sweet story with a great lesson!
12 Days at Bleakly Manor – Michelle Griep
“Since the moment you arrived, Miss Chapman, you have been the dearest of creatures to me. Why, I’d forgotten how delightful it is to be seen and heard.”
This sweet Christmas-y combination of mystery and romance was such a fun read! I did not see all of the plot twists coming! Plus, the nod to Dickens’ Bleak House characters was so enjoyable.:)
Songs I’ve been loving…
Your Ways are Higher than Mine – The Collingsworth Family
Your ways are higher than mine // I want mountains to move // You want me to climb //
Dare You to Move – Switchfoot
I dare you to move // I dare you to move // like today never happened // today never happened before
Raise a Hallelujah – Bethel Music
I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm // louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar
Yes and No – David Dunn
What I want and what I really need, only You know the difference // learning you do what’s best for me // with every answer given
Gloria – The ZOE Group (although my favorite version is performed by my family:))
Mighty King glorified // seated at the right hand of God // You laid down Your heavenly crown // and chose to take on the sin of the world
From the journal…
God, just help me to dig for truth and righteousness. To have the courage and strength to work out in the valley what I saw on the mountain.
God, I can’t see. I can’t see what You can. Give me Your eyes.
So much will change so soon… Lord, thank You for today.
You don’t change. Even in the overwhelming pain of this hidden valley. You remain the same. You’re the same good, faithful God You were on the mountain. You still fill my life with good things.
Oh, my soul, love deeply.
Remember. Remember from whence you have come. Remember who you were without Him.
When it looks like the best is withheld from me and given to someone else, You comfort me with Your presence and whisper, “Arise, walk in the land… for I give it to you.” (prompted by Genesis 13)
Words of wisdom…
“For my beloved I will not fear – love knows to do for him, for her, as hitherto. Whom my heart cherishes are dear to Thy heart, too.” – Amy Carmichael
“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” – Psalm 37:3-5
“Forever is composed of nows.” – Emily Dickinson
“Be as you wish to seem.” – Socrates
What were some of the most memorable pieces of your November? How did you see God working this past month?