I do have a cup of coffee beside me as I write. Today we are all aware that as the world is in chaos, Christians everywhere are joining in prayers for freedom and peace for Ukraine! God hears our prayers!
The Holy Spirit nudged me today to speak to you about two books written by Gracia Burnham about her experience as a missionary in the Phillipines several years ago. She and her husband, Martin, were kidnapped by terrorists and, although her husband was killed during an attack, Gracia survived to tell her story.
I met Gracia during a dinner last year at my church, Maranatha Assembly of God in Decatur, Illinois. She was the guest speaker who also blessed us with some special songs. After her speech, I met her at her book table and bought two sets of the her books.
My two sisters, Judy, Susan, and a cousin, Barb, have our own little book club and I chose Gracia's book "In the Presence of our Enemies" as our book to read when it was my next time to choose. I then read her second book, "To Fly Again" and appreciated the gravity of how she endured the position she was put in and how she has turned it into a positive. These two books show the truth of how faith and love can and will lead us through unbelievable situations, with the help of the Lord along the way.
...Back to our little book club, we absolutely do not operate under pressure, reading as we can and sharing our basic thoughts about the current books we are reading at the moment. But....we are now reading our 68th book (The Giver of Stars by JoJo Mayes.) !
My sisters and I began our little club with a book I had given our mother , "...And Ladies of the Club", Mother passed and I decided it was time to read it myself. I had bought a second copy of the book at our local library (for $1.00), and was able to give it to one sister. The book is quite large and was time comsuming, but we so enjoyed reading together that we started our little club, each taking turns choosing a book to read, and believe me...we have read very old books and recently published books.
Reading is like having friends. We get together and catch up on old news and new. We share life's events and experiences, and thus we get to know each other a little better, which, of course, brings me to the Holy Bible. How can we know the thoughts and plans of God if we don't read His Word and see what happened in the past and what is yet to happen in the future? It affects each and every one of us. God Bless!