When I am afraid, I will trust in You - Psalm 56:3 NIV

Such a simple little verse. I think I learned it as a small child in Sunday

Now that I'm all grown up what does it really mean for me. Fears creep up on
me like thieves - fear of failure, fear of the past, fear of disappointment,
fear of the unknown, fear of pain, fear of _______. That's the first part of
the verse.

Here comes the 'I will' part - I will trust. Trust doesn't really come easy
for me. Being burned in the past doesn't help, but I'm generally a guarded,
closed, suspicious person. Let me down and my trust has to be earned.

This is so unlike our Father. Despite my fears and lack of trust, He is
trustworthy and has never disappointment or done anything to lose my trust.
Here's the kicker: why don't I trust Him?


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cruising on Celebrity Infinity with Shades Sr. Adults – August 2010 – Seattle, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Victoria

Book Review: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

The author of “Blue Like Jazz” has another attention-getting book – “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”. thanks to Thomas Nelson I got a complementary copy to review. The books have the same weird humor, but the latest one has much more emotion and is much more likely to prompt a reader to introspection!

This time Miller’s writing his own story – thinly disguised… Here’s the plot: a writer gets so caught up in his writing and fictionalizing to ‘make a good exciting read’ that he ignores that fact that his own life is boring. It’s passing by and he doesn’t even realize he’s not living it!

While he’s concentrating on making up a good story, he is offered the chance to write a movie script of his life. He is attempting to conjur up something that people will want to read. So – using first person narrative Miller asks the question – “What makes a good story?” Through his own journey he gives a good example for others to evaluate their life goals and values; what’s really important.

By the end of the book, Miller comes to the conclusion that a life lived well should make a good read. I can recommend this book, but be prepared to think about your own story. Does it need to be edited to be something others would consider ‘reading’?

[Full Disclosure: I read and reviewed this book in February 2010 as part of the booksneeze.com program.]