I was told I read extremist blogs so it's no wonder I have the wrong view of Islam.
Now I'm trying to figure out which of your blogs are the extreme ones! :D
On Twitter, I saw this funny quote which Andrew and I both laughed about:
"What is the thinnest book in the world? Biographies of Happy women."
He wants to remember it to share with others. :-)
Hope you are having a wonderful last day of November! I haven't put up my Christmas tree yet. I thought about doing it tonight, but they are talking about a possibility of severe storms with damaging winds (shudder!) and I'd hate to go to all the trouble of putting up the tree and decorations only to have my house destroyed and all that work be in vain.
Samer told me today that I was a pessimist. Not about this, but about something else. Maybe he is right. :)
So, I read a good quote about emotions following our thoughts so we should be careful what we think about. So true. I notice when I read certain books, they make me think a certain way and then my emotions often get angry, sad, irritated, disgusted and so forth. Can y'all tell I read today about a woman mistreated in a polygamous marriage?
Actually the book (Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks) isn't that bad. I like many of the stories and found the tales of the women of the UAE being trained by American women soldiers very interesting! The instructors said they had to revise their methods and started lavish praise for good behavior rather than harsh criticism of bad behavior. "These women of the UAE," they said, "were raised to please" so they responded well to praise and not good at all to the harsh mannerism of military drill sergeants.
Speaking of our thinking influencing our emotions, I wonder if Paul had this in mind when he encouraged the Philippians this way:
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
If we fix our minds on God and how He has everything under control, we can have peace and joy even in tough circumstances. It's when we dwell on our problems that they seem to loom large, multiply and make us anxious and sad and fretful.
OK, so go have a wonderful December!
That's an order! ;)
Drill Sgt. Susie signing off