Reading this week is a little lighter, which is not a bad thing because the last couple weeks have been huge with links.
Some amazing articles and a few miracles
This is my blog - It's not goodbye if I say it from here - While brings me to my point (finally).
This is friendship.
Do you think that happens every day?
When thinking of what I would say to my friends, now that it's safe because I'm already gone, there is a passage that has come to mind, over and over.
The Church of No People - Best of my Blog: You don't need my tolerance
I love you. I think you’re made in God’s image.
But I won’t always praise, validate, affirm, or celebrate you. Please affirm my right to make that choice. Stop accusing me of being intolerant, just because I disagree with you.Beta Christian - The Wisdom of the Fool is the Beginning of Stupidity - I took all this “wisdom” to the mechanic and I was trying to educate him. I told him how he should look carefully for the flush plug, how he had to prevent air going into the hoses and what type of liquid he should use.
The 25 year auto-mechanic veteran looks at me, walks me to the waiting area, sits me down and says, “right now, your car is mine!”The Jackson's Journey - The Rains came down and the Floods went up - As you can see, all the carpet had to be ripped up downstairs and all our belongings (except for the heavy furniture) had to be hauled upstairs. (Which means boxes/random items in almost every room). They also had to cut out areas of wet sheetrock, remove all the baseboards, and now we're waiting for them to dig around the foundation to fix the drainage issues (that caused the leaking/flooding) before they can replace/fix anything inside. Oh yeah - we also have de-humidifiers and fans running nonstop to deal with the additional moisture! Needless to say our home is chaotic right now - which is tough when you live/eat/sleep AND work from home full time!
This Time Around - A Musical Interlude Courtesy of The Piano Guys - In the below video, The Piano Guys combined elements from The Bourne Identity soundtrack with a concerto Antonio Vivaldi wrote for the cello. The resulting piece is full of movement, and has a real beauty to it as well. It’s also, as I have found, a great song to have on my running playlist. I hope you enjoy it as well!
Stuff Christians Like - I wish every church said what this church says in their bulletin - We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.
Mustard Seed - Warfare Wednesday: Loneliness and Depression - He tells this lie when we are facing something big in our lives. “Nobody knows what it’s like to you. Nobody has gone through the same things you have.” Sometimes he uses our shame to tell the lie. “Don’t let anybody know you’re broke, they’ll think of you as less of a person. Don’t let anybody know that you gamble, or sometimes look at pornography, they hate you and look down on you.” For a lie to be really convincing there has got to be some truth in it, and we all know people who look down on others. I have done it myself.
Compassion - Let the Child Sponshorship Journey Begin - First of all, I’m a mom now. The idea of any child hurting absolutely destroys me.
Jennifer Luitwieler - The Flavors of God; the Need for Uniqueness in Community - Community shouldn’t be about a group of people trying to blend in and be the same. Rather it’s about a collection of individuals who show God to the world more completely together than apart.
WorldVision - Lopez Lomong: From Sudanese "Lost Boy" to US Olympian - It feels like I am a million miles away from where I might have been, had God not interrupted my life from the course it was taking. I’ve gone from being a “Lost Boy” of Sudan to a proud U.S. citizen who is loved and cared for by so many people in this country — no longer “lost!”
At the age of 6, I was kidnapped with other children from my Sudanese village church to serve as a child soldier. My subsequent escape and journey to Kenya ushered in a decade as an undocumented orphan in a Kenyan refugee camp.
celtic straits - A Miracle Inside the Aurora Shooting: One Victim's Story - Finally, one of the surgeons comes in to check on Petra. He has had some sleep, and looks more like a movie star this time. As Petra sleeps, he retells the story of the surgery, and we ask questions. The doctor reads the perfect script, as if he is on Hallmark Hall of Fame. He fills us in on the miracle. Honestly, he doesn’t call it that, he just uses words like “happily” and “wonderfully” and “in a very fortunate way” and “luckily” and “we were really surprised by that.” Kim and I know a miracle when we see it.
my heart belongs to Jesus ... citizen of the world - Why I love the Khmer Language - But the thing I love most about Khmer is the simplicity of how words are formed in Khmer. Usually, words are made up of two or three smaller words which are actually more of a description, but put them all together and you have a word!
I would like to take the time to share some of my favorites. These are my favorites, some because they are funny, and some because I think they are ingenious combination descriptions, and still others because of the way they sound when you put all the little words together.