I like to collect links to useful articles, websites, or really anything that catches my fancy. Here are the things that have been on my mind and in my browser this week.
I came across this series of 5 short videos through Revive Our Hearts. A friend and I committed to watching one each week for 5 weeks. After watching each week, we emailed each other our notes and thoughts on what we learned. I cannot recommend this series highly enough. Whether you’re a new believer in Christ, or a well-seasoned follower of Him, this is a message we all need to be reminded of. Carrie does this in a delightfully gentle, yet engaging and powerful way!
From their own summary of the series:
DEEP IN YOUR HEART, DO YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF ASKING QUESTIONS LIKE THIS: AM I GOOD ENOUGH? DO I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK OF ME? … FIND FREEDOM FROM THE CRAVING FOR APPROVAL OF OTHERS.
“God is so powerful that He is able to use everything—absolutely everything—in your life to fulfill His overall plan of transforming you to mirror Jesus.”
Christa’s post is such a tremendous encouragement. Life
rarely never goes exactly how we envisioned it would. But it doesn’t catch God by surprise and it doesn’t mess up His plan. He doesn’t leave any loose ends and He doesn’t waste a single moment.
The Gospel Is Never Old News – True Woman
This is one of those topics that I find myself coming back to over and over again. We need the Gospel – all of us. Even those of us who have believed it for decades. We can’t remind ourselves of these Truths enough. The Gospel strengthens us and it bears fruit in our lives. You might have received it, but do you still believe it? Paula Marsteller gives us 5 tips for “dusting off the Gospel daily”.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day. A great list to save for future reference!
Books I’m Currently Reading
How To Have That Difficult Conversation by Henry Cloud & John Townsend – I’m horrible at confrontation, no matter how small. It’s just something that I’ve struggled with all my life and I decided it’s time to stop walking in defeat in that area. So far, I’ve found the book very helpful.
These High Green Hills by Jan Karon – I like to read some light, yet rich fiction before bed. It helps me to relax and unwind before sleep. I’ve known about this series for ages, but always avoided it, thinking it would be fluffy and mostly romance. I was totally and surprisingly sucked in by Focus On the Family’s Radio Theatre recent broadcast of their audio drama of the first book – At Home In Mitford. I’ve read the sequel and now am in the middle of this third book in the series. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be “pleasant”.