My Jane Austen Binge

IMG_4864I really didn’t mean to do it, but as the week progressed it all fell into place. My Jane Austen Binge. It started with a book I found on Audible Miss Austen by Gill Hornby. The main character? Cassandra Austen. But of course, the narrative sheds light on the life of Jane too. Life, Love, Love Lost.  All so exciting.

That led me to the stack of DVDs that I had set aside last year–Austen’s six novels in film from various years. What a treasure to pursue during my Stay at Home days! In no particular order I watched “Sense and Sensibility,” “Persuasion,” “Mansfield Park,” Pride and Prejudice,” “Emma,” and “Northanger Abbey.” Watching old movies is a positive of this slower, simpler time.

And, it so happened that the next book in my TBR stack was The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James.  I’m so glad that it follows along with Miss Austen with some of the same stories.

I want to stay in this Austen world for a little longer. I could read all of Jane Austen’s novels again….Perhaps!

Do you enjoy Jane Austen? Or which author would you read over and over?

Some Stay at Home Lessons

IMG_4146Rumor has it that the world is about to open up, offering a new normal. All I know is that I have learned lots of lessons that I hope I will implement in my life after the pandemic. Each of us has carried different burdens, perhaps bringing some from before the stay at home mandate–health, finances, jobless, depressed, loss. Most of us did not need the addition of a pandemic in our already hectic, over busy lives.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 

This morning as I thought about a release from quarantine, I prayed for the health of the nation and more specifically for me to not forget the lessons from the past 40 days. Your list will look different from mine.IMG_4418

Slow down                                                                                                                                                Simplify                                                                                                                                                  Spend less                                                                                                                                                Read                                                                                                                                                          Grow                                                                                                                                                          Reach out                                                                                                                                                  Support                                                                                                                                                    Appreciate                                                                                                                                                Love                                                                                                                                                          Listen                                                                                                                                                        Enjoy                                                                                                                                                          Exercise                                                                                                                                                    Pray                                                                                                                                                            Celebrate                                                                                                                                                  Encourage                                                                                                                                                Write                                                                                                                                                          Praise

                     “Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7

Join me as I decide to take these lessons to heart and make them a part of my life as I’m called to enter the world again.

 

What are some lessons you will keep close no matter the condition of the world? 

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