Strength and Comfort

At this particular time in my life, walking through what I am walking through, I draw great strength from these three songs.

Parashot Vayakhel (He gathered) and Pekudei (Countings)

Torah: Sh’mot (Exodus) 35:1-40:38

Haftarah: Yeheskiel (Ezekiel) 45:16-46:18

Gospel: Yochanan (John) 13:1-19 and Or (Luke) 16:1-13

The Glory and the Tabernacle

Integrity in Accounts

Torah With an Occupation

Building the Temple

The “Church” at Mount Sinai

The Lost Ark


Tyler Staton on Prayer

Praying Like Monks, Living Like Fools Introduction

Prayer Workshop with Tyler Staton and Tim Mackie

What Does It Mean to Contend in Prayer?

Adoration With Tim Mackie

Praying for the Lost with J.T. Thomas

Silence and Persistence with Pete Greig

Prayer Posture with John Mark Comer

Intercession with Christine Caine

Unceasing Prayer

Where Prayer Becomes Real

Prayers of Intercession

Prayer is More Practice Than Theory

Prayer Can Be Delightful and Risky!

1 Corinthians 14:1-4

Tyler Staton Interviewed by Canadian Church Leaders Network

Prayer and Paradise (Luke 23)

Matt Massy Interviews Taylor Staton

Prayer as an Invitation to Intimacy

Teach Us to be a Praying People

Where Prayer Becomes Real

This One Thing

Tyler Staton’s Interview with twelve;thirty media

The Truth About Prayer

Recovering an Early Church Prayer Rhythm

House of Prayer


Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien (a review)

Title: Death by Dumpling
Author: Vivien Chien
Published: 27 March 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: A Noodle Shop Mystery
Date Read: 7 January 2023
Format: eBook
Source: Own
Genre: Mystery
Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
My Rating: 4
GoodReads’ Rating: 3.7
Other Books by Author: 
Dim Sum of All Fears, Murder Lo Mein, Wonton Terror. Egg Drop Dead, Killer Kung Pao, Fatal Fried Rice, Hot and Sour Suspects, Misfortune Cookie

2023 Reading Challenges:
2023 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge (#alphabetsoupchallenge)
Cloak and Dagger 2023 (#CloakDaggerChal)
Craving for Cozies Challenge 2023 (#CravingCozies)
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies 2023
2023 Goodreads’ Reading Challenge
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2023 (#Read52Booksin52Weeks)
The TBR Pile Challenge 2023 (#TBRYear10)

First Sentence: 
You know in the movies where someone says “You can’t fire me, I quit!:…maybe don’t do that in real life.


I have a particular sweet tooth for cozy mysteries, and I have a great love of Chinese food, so it was only a matter of time before I stumbled upon the Noodle Shop Mysteries by Vivien Chien, which I learned about through the amazing and constantly updated Cozy Mystery List.

The first book in the Noodle House Mystery Series introduces us to the Asia Village strip mall, owned and operated by Thomas Feng, and its many vendors and customers. One of the shops in Asia Village is the Ho-Lee Noodle House ran by Betty Lee and her family. As the book opens, Betty’s daughter, Lana, abruptly quits her job and ends up waitressing in her family’s Noodle House.

After delivering a lunch order to Mr. Feng, Asia Village soon learns Mr. Feng has died as a result of a shellfish allergy. The Ho-Lee Noodle House and its cook, Peter, quickly become the prime suspects. Lana has known Peter since childhood and convinced of his innocence, undertakes amateur sleuthing in order to solve the crime and clear the name and reputation of her friend and co-worker.

One of my most favorite parts of the book was getting to know all of the vendors and customers of Asia Village from the Mahjong Mavens who breakfast each morning at the Noodle House to Mr. Zhang, the octogenarian purveyor of medicinal herbs, they all are wonderfully crafted characters who breathe great life into the narrative of the mystery.

I greatly enjoyed Death by Dumpling and look forward to reding the rest of the series.

Dune: A Chronological Reading

Hunting Harkonnens (short story)

The Butlerian Jihad

Whipping Mek (short story)

The Machine Crusade

The Faces of a Martyr (short story)

The Battle of Corrin

The Sisterhood of Dune

Mentats of Dune

Red Plague (short story)

Navigators of Dune

House Atreides

House Harkonnen

Blood and Water (stand-alone excerpt from House Harkonnen)

House Corrino

Wedding Silk (short story)

Paul of Dune (part II)

Fremen Justice (stand-alone excerpt from House Corrino)

Paul of Dune (part IV)

Paul of Dune (part VI)

The Winds of Dune (part II)

The Sands of Dune

The Duke of Caladan

The Lady of Caladan

The Heir of Caladan


A Whisper of Caladan Seas (short story)

The Waters of Kanly (short story in Infinite Stars, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt)

Paul of Dune (part I)

Paul of Dune (part III)

Paul of Dune (part V)

Paul of Dune (part VII)

The Winds of Dune (part IV)

The Road to Dune (short story)

Dune Messiah

The Winds of Dune (part I)

The Winds of Dune (part III)

The Winds of Dune (part V)

Children of Dune

God Emperor of Dune

Heretics of Dune

Chapterhouse: Dune

Sea Child (short story)

Hunters of Dune

Treasure in the Sand (short story)

Sandworms of Dune