Once a quarter, I look forward to Emily P. Freeman’s “What We Learned” series.” I am fascinated with the premise not only because I like to learn (especially from the Bible – as you have probably figured out by now) but because it makes me sit back and take stock. So, I am joining in – life-long learning here we come! In no particular order, here are 7 amazing (and completely random) things I learned this summer…

It appears that some people have it all figured out. Maybe they were born with the personality to fearlessly get all the things done. Oh to juggle flaming torches without dropping a one! Something always seems to get dropped when I attempt that. Not a pretty picture. But …

Learning calligraphy seems to go in cycles. It comes back in fashion every 20 years or so, when everyone jumps on the bandwagon again. But it never totally goes out of style. Thank goodness. I was still a kid when I first learned calligraphy. I didn’t take a class. And there were no videos back then. No google. No You Tube. Not even a computer – gasp! So how in the world did I learn? …

Something about summer makes me want to read fiction. Even if I don’t have a beach trip planned {sigh}. Every other season of the year I tend to prefer non-fiction. But summer … well, it just calls for fiction. This year I picked up Beth Moore’s novel, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus. The title did not entice me at all, but I was curious about her very first fiction …

Who knew? I went to look up a few Bible study method acronyms, and lo and behold, I found a gazillion! Well, of course I’m exaggerating. It just felt like a gazillion when I was looking up each and every one! I actually found 21 – which is about 4 times more than I was expecting. So, I have listed them all (with their websites) here.

I gotta tell ya. Celebrating the 4th of July right after returning from a week in Cuba is something. The irony of God’s timing of these two events is not lost on me. Experiencing the country firsthand gave me a whole new appreciation for my freedom…