Finding Contentment

November 2, 2010

You may have to pardon anything in this post that confuses you.  I’m still trying to figure this out myself and so my thoughts may ramble as I go about my writing of this.

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:11-13 KJV)

Contentment is not always easy, okay, I’ll be honest here – I don’t know about you, but for me it can be extremely difficult.  How, when you desire something so so badly, can you be content?  For me it’s not material things that I struggle with, it’s where I’m at in life – something that I have no control over.

For me the first (baby) step for me is to realize that there is a reason for everything in life, including where I’m at right now. I may not understand it, though who knows, for me right now it could be as simple as the fact that I need to learn contentment, but I can only guess at the reason.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)

A week ago I went to a Bible conference where  the speaker mentioned a verse that caught my attention.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 KJV)

So God will supply all my needs right? But I think that I need something and I need it now and badly! However, I’m coming to realize that maybe I don’t need what I think I do.  Oh I want it – I know that.  I want it so bad that it hurts, but God knows what I need more than I do.  Thinking on this verse makes me realize that God does fill all my needs, I just may not know what my needs are and I may be getting my needs and my wants confused with each other.

I’m sure that there will be more on this subject (and on the related subjects of peace and difficult circumstances in life) soon!


National Novel Writing Month

August 26, 2010

I know, I know, it’s only the end of August right? But September is when things really get rolling and anticipation for the new site begins to build and everyone starts worrying about what they are going to spend an entire month writing. 

For those of you who may not be familiar with NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – in November, it is where authors from around the world of all different ages and genres spend the entire month trying to reach 50,000 words.  Please go check it out at the link above for more information and to look around.  My personal profile can be found here.

Also, please check out this link to find out how you can help me support this cause. Please check it out if you can donate! It doens’t have to be much at all.

So now is the hard part and that is figuring out what to write.  My writing blog has full details of what I have written in the past, but they have both been historical fiction romance and I’m only half way done with the one that I started last year, but I would really like to start out with a totally fresh idea.


A Book Review: The Last Song – Nicholas Sparks

April 9, 2010

The Last Song

I am not a morning person – ask my poor dad who has had cold coffee in the morning because I wasn’t fully awake when I got up to make it for him before he went to work and forgot to let the esspresso machine warm up.  On the contrary I’m a good night owl – maybe not so much now as I used to be (thank you Tim who talked sense into me).  Generally, I go to bed at a decent hour, but if I’m reading a book that I am wrapped up in it is impossible for me to go to sleep.  I stayed up reading Jane Eyre until five a.m. on morning.

Last night was a night like that.  I was tired, hardly could keep my eyes open, but picked up the book I was in the middle of anyways.  Now, I’m a Nicholas Sparks fan, I have been since I watched The Notebook, but I hadn’t read much of his recently.  Then I saw that a new movie based off one of  his books was coming out.  Then I saw the book at the library two days ago – though I must have seen it a thousand times – and picked it up.

I was up till 3 a.m. reading it. 

This is definetely one of Spark’s best books yet.  He has a way of capturing your emotions throughout his works and he has the ability to leave you in tears at the end.

The Last Song is a story of Veronica “Ronnie” Miller who is forced to spend the summer with her estranged father.  Ever since he left his family she has been bitter towards him, to the extent of avoiding piano playing, something that she would do with her Julliard teaching father and not answering his calls or opening his letters.

At the same time it is a story of Ronnie’s dad Steve and his search for God and the connection with his children that he had lost all those years ago.

Ronnie has become rebellious and continually fights with her mom, but something is different about her father and eventually she opens up to him and begins to make up for all of the years that she shunned him. 

It is a summer that changes the lives of Ronnie, her father and her brother as they come to know each other more and of course…Ronnie falls in love – it is a Nicholas Sparks novel after all.  But even though things seem to be looking up at the same time they are coming apart.

A beautifully written book charged with emotions it is told from multiple point of views that brings the reader closer to the characters.  In the end this story of “the summer she’d been betrayed, the summer she’d been arrested, the summer she’d fallen in love”  left me in tears and contemplating life as Spark’s novels aways do.


February

February 5, 2010

February is here, the month of love.  Some people enjoy it, others do not.  Whether you think of it as a time of affection and romance or refer to it as ‘Singles Awareness Month’ it’s here and there is nothing to be done to keep from being reminded of it over and over. 

It seems like the commercialization of this holiday only continues to grow and we’re seeing hearts and cards promoting Valentine’s Day in stores shortly after the new year.  Trust me, I’ve already been out and bought those chalky little conversation hearts that I love.

This month I’m going to focus on the topic of love on this blog – but wait! – before you hit the back button on your browser or type in a new url address hear me out.  I’m not going to go just go on about mushy love and all that despite the fact that I am a romantic at heart and love being in love.  No, I won’t bore all of you with that.

During this month I want to go over several things, love for others (not just romantic), patience (doesn’t matter if you’re single or not) and many other aspects, as well as some content on relationships. 

So I hope you stop back by and enjoy what’s coming!

(I thought that would be an appropriate way to sign posts on this kind of thing)


Back Up!

January 23, 2010

So I hope that everyone is liking the new look of Midnight Musings – I got tired of the dark site and the header didn’t look that great.  

I’m still working on a few things – My blogroll will have it’s own page with some description of each of the blogs there, If you want yours there plase send me an email or post a comment on this and I’ll get to that soon. 

February is coming up, so I’m going to have soem posts reflecting love, romantic and otherwise.


Dockers Ad

December 15, 2009

Haha, I know, third post in one day after not posting for six months.  but this was so good that I had to share it with everyone. 

Check out the Dockers website if you haven’t already

I think that we should be supporting Dockers for this, so if you are in need of Christmas gifts still and aren’t sure what to get, check out the Dockers site.

 

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Updating Blogroll

December 15, 2009

I’m looking to update my blogroll, so if you have a blog that you would like to see there please send me a message here: jennachristine90 [at] gmail [dot] com. 

I’m looking for Christian blogs, you can see examples of what I’m talking about by visiting my current blogroll there on the left.