When Tom and I were first married, we loved to play card games with his sisters' families. We'd all sit around a table and play spades or Uno or Pit, sometimes till midnight because, usually, one of our brothers-in-law would plead, "Just one more game! Just one more."
Those long ago nights were fun and I recall them fondly. I also remember playing about a thousand hours' worth of board games with Naomi. I recall those with a smile, too. (Except for Candy Land. Good grief. I became one of those parents who eventually hid that endless, mindless game way up in a closet.) heh.
But for the past decade or longer, I've had no desire to play card or board games. Some of our oldest friends (who live very far away) still enjoy such games, but they (the games) are no longer my idea of a good time. I'd rather talk and laugh with our friends and share good meals.
And I'd also rather play my own solitary game, one I call Playing With Books.
How do you play that one? Well, you get some bookshelves and--after you discard the books you don't wish to read a second time-- you arrange your books first by catagories: adult, teen, children, reference, books-I've-not-yet-read. Then you arrange them alphabetically by author. Then you sit back and smile at your lovely books. Then you choose one to begin reading.
Yep, at this stage of my life, that's my favorite game to play. That's my idea of a great solitary time alone.
And I guess it's just one more change I've seen within myself over the years, one I've come to peace with. Some people might get all worried and wonder, "Why don't I love playing games with other people like I used to?" But not me. We all change and morph into who God designed us to be--that is--if we're cooperating with Him, not just wishing the tests away nor allowing ourselves to get stuck in muddy places like unforgiveness, fear, bitterness, etc. Get stuck in those dark places and they'll suck The Good Life right out of you.
Instead, I would recommend celebrating changes rather than dreading or worrying about them. That's my advice for this day.
Speaking of books, here are more recommendations for your kindle:
A Horse Called September by Ann Digby. Free as of today.
Murder in the Milk Case by Candice Speare Prentice. .99 cents as of today and the only ebook I've paid for so far, yet I'm glad I bought it. I love it.
Bucks, Beds and Bricks by Jean Blane Flannery. Free as of today.
And here's a fun book I found at an estate sale yesterday: The Sweet Life by Lynn York.
And oh my.... at that estate sale home, there were more than 300 gardening books. Can you imagine? I never see that many at libraries or bookstores, even. Wow.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." ... Ephesians 2:10
"Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord..." ... Acts 3:19