Tuesday, July 23, 2013

So I took a break

You may have noticed that I haven't posted in a couple weeks. I didn't really intend to take a break, but nausea and morning sickness have taken their toll.

It has not been as bad as with Ben, but I haven't been real comfortable either. So I haven't really had much to tell you all about and my brain has been on auto pilot for a few days. In the next weeks or so, I don't really know what I will say or how much I'll say.

For now, I have one thought. William and Kate are amazing. They are living under an extreme amount of scrutiny and they manage to do so with grace and love and a sense of duty balanced with a sense of realism. I am amazed by them.

Monday, July 8, 2013

How much does He love you?

While I was listening to the sermon, a verse came to my attention. John 17:26.

26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Did you catch that?

Jesus said that God loves us as much as he loved Jesus.


It isn't about how good we are or how many things we are doing or what we are saying or whatever else you are thinking is going to get God to love you.

He already loves you AS MUCH AS he loved Jesus!

And if you aren't as excited as me about that, go to your bathroom. Look in the mirror. And say this outloud,

"God loves me as much as he loved Jesus."

Now doesn't that feel amazing!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Good Stuff Saturday 7-6

Run With The Big Girls - What It's All About  

I just want to remind you whether you’re in the gym or at work or sitting at home with your family, there is always something you can do to help.  Wherever you are.  

Thoughts on Life, God, and Ministry - Faith and Patriotism  

Well, it’s almost July 4th. If you’re an American, that means it’s time for burgers, hot dogs, apple pies, and fireworks.  The majority of us will take a day off to celebrate our country’s independence from British rule over 200 years ago.  If you’re a Christian, there are lots of spiritual overtones to this holiday as well.  

Living in Harmony - He Sees You {Chasing History}  

Then a little more Spiritual meaning was added as we reach high school youth group.  Yet some how we never dug in to see the details God wanted us to.  One such story for me is about Abraham and Sarah or more specifically the handmaiden, Hagar.

Living In Harmony - My Sanctuary {Behind the Scenes} 

If I had a panorama view of you would see that where I am is not some peaceful beautiful sanctuary.  I am not sitting in some awe-inspiring bible study class being lead by a great theologian.  You might would be amazed at the pile of dirty laundry off to the right.  The cluttered desk that so badly needs dusting is to the left.  Granted my Master bedroom does not look like the most sacred meeting place.  However, to me it is. 

Overcome The Lie - Outward Appearances  

I think it’s completely safe to say that in 2013, women are
constantly bombarded with an idea of how we’re supposed to look.
We can’t watch a show on tv without a makeup ad telling us
how “flawless” our skin can be. We can’t get online to check out email with out
seeing yet another picture of a celebrity looking stunning.
And if I can be honest here.
Sometimes it’s even hard to get on social media these days,
because of the “perfect pictures” coming from friends.

Buzz Feed Rewind - Could You Pass the Literacy Test Given to Black Voters in the 1960's

Below are scans of an actual “literacy test” given to black voters by the state of Louisiana in the 1960s. As Slate points out, “There was little room for befuddlement. The test was to be taken in 10 minutes flat, and a single wrong answer meant a failing grade.” Careful readers will note the irony of the typos in this test.

This Time Around - A Life in a Tweet   

Yet there I was, reading 1 Chronicles when one of my favourite things popped out at me in chapter seven: a little factoid (they’re so cute and factual!). This particular factoid came in verse 24:
Ephraim’s daughter was Sheerah. She built the towns of Lower Beth-Horon, Upper Beth-Horon, and Uzzen-Sheerah.
~1 Chronicles 7:24 (CEV)

Navigating the Supermarket Aisles with Michael Pollan and Michael Moss 

Michael Pollan and Michael Moss visit a typical supermarket and talk about cooking and the food industry.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Good Stuff Saturday 6-29 on Wednesday

Photos and Videos

Estudia Feliz - España 

Estudia Feliz - Ala de mariposa vista a través de un microscopio (Butterfly wing seen through a microscope)

National Geographic Photo of the Day - Tallinn, Estonia

National Geographic Photo of the Day - Summer Palace, China

River's Edge Audiobook! Amazing.

I loved these thoughts about tattoos! Pastor Bob DAILY! 6/25/13 - "Before You Get That Tattoo ...."

Human Trafficking Awareness

The Life of A Christ Follower in Albania - Albania and Human Trafficking - Why does it happen? Read this and learn a little

New York Times - Behind Cry for Help from China Labor Camp  - What it is really like for those making our stuff in China.

God Stuff

Stuff Christians Like - Oh, you're a Christian  - This is totally my dream too!

NoSuperheros.com - The Breakdown of Marriage and Family  A great look at marriage and family in the Bible. Really good stuff here!

Fun Stuff

I'm a Wolf. What are you?  - You will need to know your personality type. If not, try this first.

The Ramtings of a Dad - All Done Daddy! - Love this story!

Healthy Stuff

Katie Axelson - Learning to say "No".  - We all need to do a little more of this.

Overcome The Lie - Sticking to a Plan  - Great practical Bible reading advice.