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Weekly Links is a new segment where I share what I’ve been reading and other internet resources that I hope you find helpful. Please share your own links in the comments!

Politics & Culture 

“Writing in the New York Times, Arthur Brooks summarizes modern happiness research: ‘It turns out that choosing to pursue four basic values of faith, family, community and work is the surest path to happiness.'”

  • Excellent writing and from an important perspective. Had me hooked by the second line! READ HERE in this month’s Fathom issue (and enjoy!)

“I’m already in the car when the message comes, stuck in traffic but halfway to work. We think someone at the office may want to try and kill you today.”

Beauty & Style

  • Caroline over at Un-fancy.com is modeling some of Elizabeth Suzann’s gorgeous winter pieces. ES is a local designer to my home of Nashville, where she makes slow/sustainable garments for women that look easy to live in (and easy to love!) My favorite looks on Caroline are #2 and #5. Go take a look!
For more on the available works of art, CLICK HERE.
  • “Paris Musées, a collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public on their collections website. Artists with works in the archive include Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others.”

Everyday Theology

  • If you’re not on my VIP newsletter list, then what are you waiting for? I send my VIP list a monthly bonus essay (basically my heart to yours), some of my very favorites (links, photos, social posts, Spotify playlists, and similar goodies!), and first dibs on all the news and happenings in my world. I’d love to share it with you! This month, we talked about emotionswanna sneak peek?

“People are overwhelmed with decisions and can only make those decisions on the basis of feelings.” (from Renovation of the Heart, p 126.)

“Our context may be distinctly post-modern, but thankfully, this isn’t the way of the Christian. In Psalm 139, David cries out to God, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Only someone secure on an unmovable foundation, one that isn’t based on wavering emotions or changing circumstance, can have the boldness to pray that kind of prayer. He has chosen to place his trust in the only steadfast option–in God himself!”

That’s your reading list for the weekend, folks. And if you’re not already following the Big Bang Decision of 2020, get on over to Instagram and par-ti-ci-pate! See ya there.

A Slow Walk

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Sometimes you write a blog post after weeks of feeling brain-dead and exhausted and it takes hours to write because of the many, many interruptions that happen in the life of a mom and wife and it takes real concentration and just a small glass of wine to finally finish. And then, even after years of use and faithfulness, the blogging platform has a moment and completely loses said post. I could have cried, lemme tell ya. I could have succumbed to the feelings of utter defeat.

But you know what? Instead, I chose to let it go.

Instantly I felt a thousand times better and like I somehow skipped ahead in the game, just completely bypassed the anger or frustration or whatever I was supposed to feel. It was great!

And then, I realized two things. First, I told myself to get up tomorrow (I had finished the post close to midnight) and write again. To keep at it. Keep writing. Never stop. I knew instinctively that in order to embrace this part of me, the creative side, I would have to be okay with loss now and then. Okay, lesson learned. Moving on.

The second thing was, Wow! I was changing! Even though the last several months, and in some ways years, have felt like a slow walk without arriving anywhere new…this wasn’t actually my reality. What was really happening was slow, yes, but a slow and steady move toward who I was called to be- who I’ve thought about and pictured myself becoming- this gradual changing of my character.

Do I want to be patient? Do I see myself as a leader? A true friend? A champion for others? Someone who chooses love? I see these labels in my head, like files in a folder, needing to be organized. But how much better is the love of God that his gentle Spirit guides me toward the areas I most need to work on in that moment? And yes, he is strong like a rock, but he is also ever moving forward, like a river that slowly changes the landscape around it with its quiet strength.

Where ever you are today, be encouraged that growth and change are happening, even if it seems slow (or non-existent.) Ask God to give you little glimpses into how he sees you- his excitement for your life and who you are becoming. Let your Creator and heavenly Father -who knows you best- connect with you in a way that you can get…he knows how to speak your language, because he made you that way.

And please check back and keep me accountable to keep writing! I appreciate you!