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Reading Rainbow intro

~nostalgia~

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365 of 2014 - Week 29

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Rainy day

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Mom volunteered at a children’s worship arts day camp at church that our niece attended. Their shirts match!

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Friday, July 18, 2014 - My run took me within a few yards of this tough guy. He had a gruesome fight scar.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014 - I visited Ashley at work, and she made me a latte.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014 - Ashley’s first 14er! (Mt. Bierstadt, 14,065 ft.)

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Monday, July 21, 2014 - I’ve finally started organizing my scripture sketches in protective binders.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - In a rare turn of events, I made dinner for Ashley tonight! Usually she’s the one who cooks and I do dishes, but she said it was too hot to stand by an oven. (This is serving your bride, boys. Take notes.)

Posted 1 day ago
Hey James, I was just wondering if you could recommend any books or bible studies that would be good for a couple to go through together? I'm really wanting my boyfriend of 5 years and I to focus more on God as unfortunately we haven't had him as the centre of our relationship ever & i really want us to start before marriage comes into our relationship. If you could recommend anything that would be really great (:
shadesofaugust asked

Hi Ashleigh,

This is a great question. It shows your heart for submitting your relationship to God, which is awesome.

One recommendation I immediately think of is H. Norman Wright’s 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged.

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My wife, Ashley, and I went through this one when we were dating, and it really helped us to get to know each other better. There were some questions we never would have thought to ask, and there were others that helped us to clarify what we thought we already knew. Either way, it’s a really helpful book to go through.

Unfortunately, I can’t think of any others I’ve read specifically for dating couples. But, because a lot of the same relational principles apply, you might branch into books written for married couples. (Just make sure you skip any chapters on sex until you’re actually married or at least engaged; you won’t do yourselves any favors by discussing sex too soon.) 

A marriage book Ashley and I read while dating was Emerson Eggerich’s Love & Respect.

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It does a good job of outlining how men and women differ – generally – when it comes to what they want from their significant others, so it should spark some interesting conversations.

Bible studies are much easier. Just choose a topic you’re both interested in and go through a book on it together. You might choose something as complex a DVD series, but it can also be as simple as a commentary by an author you both like. Ashley and I went through N.T. Wright’s Matthew for Everyone together during our engagement.

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Reading and studying the Bible together is a great habit to get into, and it will serve your relationship well if you maintain it after the wedding. At the moment, Ashley and I are reading sections of the New Testament each evening.

Anyway, those are the three books we have done together. I hope that gives you some guidance. 

Thanks for the question!

Peace, love and Jesus,
-James 

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Bishop Castle

Rye, Colorado
June 1, 2014

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Great Sand Dunes National Park 

Alamosa, Colorado
May 30-June 1, 2014

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Favorite lines:
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
“Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy; not to strike without need.”
“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
“It’s a dangerous business , Frodo, going out of your door… You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourself in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.”
“Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.”
“Do not go alone. Take such friends as are trusty and willing.”
“Courage is found in unlikely places… Be of good hope!”
“ ‘Short cuts make long delays.’ ”
“You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin — to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours — closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends.”
“Caution is one thing and wavering is another.”
‘All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost’
“I think one of his spies would — well, seem fairer and feel fouler.”
Frodo listened more than he spoke.
“The might of Elrond is in wisdom not in weapons.”
“He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”
“The power of Sauron is still less than fear makes it.”
“It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.”
“The westward road seems easiest. Therefore it must be shunned …We must take a hard road, a road unforseen.”
“The very desire of it corrupts the heart… If any of the Wise should with this Ring overthrow the Lord of Mordor, using his own arts, he would then set himself on Sauron’s throne, and yet another Dark Lord would appear. …Nothing is evil in the beginning.”
“Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”
“It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope.”
“The only measure that he knows is desire, desire to power; and so he judges all hearts.”
“In this matter it would be well to trust rather to their friendship than to great wisdom.”
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens” …”Let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.”
“In nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him.”
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that if fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
“Your Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while all the Company is true.”
“ ‘It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.’ ”
“It would seem like wisdom but for the warning of my heart. …Against delay. Against the way that seems easier. Against refusal of the burden that is laid on me. Against — well, if it must be said, against trust in the strength and truth of Men.”
Two powers strove in him. For a moment, perfectly balanced between their piercing points, he writhed, tormented. Suddenly he was aware of himself again, Frodo, neither the Voice nor the Eye: free to choose. …”I will do now what I must.”
“Not alone. I’m coming too, or neither of us isn’t going.”

Favorite lines:

  • All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

  • “Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy; not to strike without need.”

  • “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

  • “It’s a dangerous business , Frodo, going out of your door… You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

  • “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourself in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.”

  • “Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.”

  • “Do not go alone. Take such friends as are trusty and willing.”

  • “Courage is found in unlikely places… Be of good hope!”

  • “ ‘Short cuts make long delays.’ ”

  • “You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin — to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours — closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends.”

  • “Caution is one thing and wavering is another.”

  • ‘All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost’

  • “I think one of his spies would — well, seem fairer and feel fouler.”

  • Frodo listened more than he spoke.

  • “The might of Elrond is in wisdom not in weapons.”

  • “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

  • “The power of Sauron is still less than fear makes it.”
  • “It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.”

  • “The westward road seems easiest. Therefore it must be shunned …We must take a hard road, a road unforseen.”

  • “The very desire of it corrupts the heart… If any of the Wise should with this Ring overthrow the Lord of Mordor, using his own arts, he would then set himself on Sauron’s throne, and yet another Dark Lord would appear. …Nothing is evil in the beginning.”

  • “Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

  • “It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope.”

  • “The only measure that he knows is desire, desire to power; and so he judges all hearts.”

  • “In this matter it would be well to trust rather to their friendship than to great wisdom.”

  • “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens” …”Let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.”

  • “In nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him.”

  • “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that if fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

  • “Your Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while all the Company is true.”

  • “ ‘It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.’ ”

  • “It would seem like wisdom but for the warning of my heart. …Against delay. Against the way that seems easier. Against refusal of the burden that is laid on me. Against — well, if it must be said, against trust in the strength and truth of Men.”

  • Two powers strove in him. For a moment, perfectly balanced between their piercing points, he writhed, tormented. Suddenly he was aware of himself again, Frodo, neither the Voice nor the Eye: free to choose. …”I will do now what I must.”

  • “Not alone. I’m coming too, or neither of us isn’t going.”

Posted 5 days ago

Is the charm of a hand-written note undone when you’ve grown so accustomed to typing that your handwriting is all but illegible? 

I’m trying to write some now, and I’m realizing it’s been ages since I’ve done any substantial handwriting. …It’s a pretty sorry state of affairs.

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365 of 2014 - Week 28

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - Running at sunset

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Small group picnic in our apartment courtyard

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Friday, July 11, 2014 - Weird rain clouds

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Met a buddy for coffee at Panera Bread

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Ashley and I walked through Manitou Springs and got ice cream.

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Monday, July 14, 2014 - Grocery shopping!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - Stayed up late reading Lord of the Rings - No regrets