Fiction review: I’ll Watch the Moon

Ann Tatlock’s I’ll Watch the Moon is a different kind of book from her—based on her grandmother’s story. I absolutely loved it.

She calls it a “love story,” and it is, though it’s not a romance. Told from a little girl’s viewpoint, we learn of Nova’s star-gazing brother, Dewey, and her Auntie Dortha, mother, and two men: Josef and Thomas. She also introduces us to Dewey’s friends and Dewey’s world. Dewey sincerely wants to be the first man on the moon.

Little by little, Josef’s life story unfolds, along with some life-changing happenings in Nova’s life. Unfortunately, I can’t tell more without spoiling.

This is a sweet, lovely read. I enjoyed the sensitivity with which it is told and the authentic historical setting. A wonderful book that I can recommend to anyone. Easily five stars.

It isn’t fair

How many say, “I dropped out of church” or “I’m not interested in church” or “I can’t trust people in church” or “Just not interested in God” …

because …

someone who claims to be a Christian hurt them?

It’s sad that a Christian didn’t act like a Christian. That someone was a hypocrite. That a person who claims to be a Christ follower acted like a jerk—or worse—inflicting soul-wounds on another person.

But, you know something?

It’s not fair to judge God by something a rotten human being did.

Humans have sinned—since the first two of them. Humans fail. Humans can be hypocritical. They can hurt others. They can be downright nasty.

And humans who are Christians—or say they are—can disappoint.

Some of these hurts are very deep.

They can leave scars.

But people shouldn’t judge God by people.

People are on one spectrum, but God is:

  • love (1 John 4:8)
  • perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4)
  • good (1 Chronicles 16:34)
  • faithful (Psalm 119:90)
  • merciful (Psalm 103:8)
  • kind (Psalm 117:2)
  • full of grace and truth (John 1:14)
  • caring (1 Peter 5:7)

God doesn’t disappoint. He can’t. He wants to save every single soul. He gives light to every person. He wants to have a relationship with us.

He loves you.

Genuinely.

Without holding back.

Forever.

God is infinitely greater than any person.

Don’t reject His house because of sinful people.

And, more importantly, don’t reject Him because some of the people who go to church don’t act like Christians. Someone wisely said, “The church is a hospital.” The truth is that everyone at church is needy, and the Lord is the Great Physician.

Don’t give up on God.

He never gave up on you.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,

but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

A Phrase for 2019


A lot of my organized friends have already chosen a word or a theme for the new year. The more “with it” friends had chosen theirs before the end of last year. Instead of thinking very deeply in December, I was visiting with my family. So now, home again and jet lagged, I have time to meditate, pray more, and look somewhat sanely at the year ahead.

It’s already full of mountains and valleys. It’s unsure. I find myself wondering, anxious, and questioning.

It’s barely begun.

I’m the kind of person who likes to know what’s going to happen, so I can prepare.

But, who can prepare me for the unknown? Who can lead me through the labyrinth of this year? Who will take me by the hand? And, whom can I trust—completely?

Who’s the best provider? Who will show me the way, if I am only willing to trust?

I’m sure you’ve guessed. The Lord. God.

He has led me all my life. Even before my birth He knew me. He saved me when I was a young lady. He has led me in so many marvelous adventures and carried me through the awful times. He’s the One who knew my limits when I couldn’t take any more. He’s the One who meets me through His Word.

The Lord is amazing. He knows everything—all about 2019. Time doesn’t limit Him. He is everywhere, all the time, preparing my way. He hears my prayers and knows my needs before I even know them myself.

So, I will trust.

Remembering His faithfulness through my fifty-year walk with Jesus, I know by experience that He delights in doing the impossible—in surprising me with His goodness. (Though, why should I be surprised? God is good.)

God loves and cares for me. It never ceases to amaze me that He actually cares for a silly person with an abstract mind. He cares for me personally, and the awesome God who created the universe constantly shows me his love. He loved me so much He gave His lifeblood for me—and is preparing a place for me.

Knowing God’s character, I can trust Him in every detail of 2019.

I told you I can see the bumps and valleys. I have a feeling God sees 2019 as one straight, level line. And my labyrinth? He knows the way. It’s already mapped and memorized.

I need only to hold His hand.

What’s my phrase for 2019?

“trusting God through the labyrinth”

We’ll get through it together—around every twist and turn. And, I promise I’ll tell you all about it as we go!

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man (Psalm 118:8).

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105).

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Introducing Walking in the Way

Fresh.

New.

Familiar, too.

That’s Walking in the Way.

We’ll continue to feature book reviews, short Bible studies, and looking at current events and other themes from a biblical perspective. But I also want it to be more accessible to you.

So, we’ve changed our name to Walking in the Way, which is inspired by many Scripture passages. For example:

  • Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee (Psalm 143:8).
  • I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths (Proverbs 4:11).
  • And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left (Isaiah 30:21).
  • And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way (Mark 10:52).

We’ve also changed our location. Make sure you save it, so you can visit us regularly.

Walking in the Way is about two main concepts:

  1. Finding the Way—What does God want? How is He directing? What does the Bible say about this subject?
  2. Walking in the Way—Actually following God’s will. It’s not enough to know in our heads. We need to put feet to pavement and actually walk in His ways.

There are many verses about walking in the way, but I’d like to share several from Psalm 119. The psalmist—we’re not sure if it’s David or not—asks God to teach him so that he can obey.

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes…. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments…. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight (Psalm 199:1-8a, 10, 34-35).  Can you sense the psalmist’s heart desire? He wants to know God’s Word so he can do what the Lord wants. Also, he delights in God’s Word. This inspires me!

At the beginning of this year, I’m introducing my new blog, Walking in the Way. I want to share my passion for the Bible with you. More than that, I want to grow with you. I want Walking in the Way to be about mutual spiritual growth. Join me as I learn and share with you.

May the Lord bless you,

Lou Ann

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