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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

“It may seem implausible that men who hold very different beliefs like @CornelWest and @McCormickProf could be such good friends.

But West explains to @FiringLineShow that “deep down in your heart, you know, love is not reducible to politics.”

— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover February 9, 2020


Beauty & Style

  • Happy Valentines Day! Do you need help writing a GOOD love letter? Let Jonathan Rogers guide you (I might have teared up at this one.) 💌
  • And if you need a trusty mascara that won’t flake (or cry) off but actually washes away easily, use my 10% off code for Glossier’s!

Everyday Theology

  • Ryan Colby shares his grief at the sudden loss of the woman he intended to marry, beloved writer Bre Payton.

“The Cross is change and a signpost, and tragedy forces you to choose a path. Either you draw closer to Christ and His suffering, or you take the path of self-destruction. There is no in-between.”

  • And if it’s been awhile since you last listened to my Spotify VIP List Mix, take it for a spin. This is the kind of little treat I like to put together for my newsletter crew, so you should jump on! (February’s letter will go out next week, so get on ASAP!) Happy listening 👇
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WL 3

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!
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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.

SHARED: How To Write by Elizabeth Gilbert — via swissmiss

1) Tell your story TO someone. Pick one person you love or admire or want to connect with, and write the whole thing directly to them —like you’re writing a letter. 327 more words

I caught this on Elizabeth Gilbert’s Instagram account last week and loved it so much that I stashed it in my “Saved” tab. So glad to catch it here via swissmiss and be able to share it with y’all.  For the full post: How To Write by Elizabeth Gilbert — swissmiss

Walter Brueggemann on Metaphor in Scripture

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On the use of metaphor in scripture and how the word-pictures connect with our everyday lives:

“I think they basically arise out of my continuing to look at the text. It depends on what text I’m looking at. Obviously, that is then related to what’s going on in my life that day. For example, if I take the phrase — and I can’t even remember where it is — “Let me be the apple of your eye.” That’s a very strange phrase, but what that pictures is a God who’s a big eye that looks at you caringly, treasuring you. What I imagine from that — it’s like being a little kid that’s lost in a department store, and you finally go around the corner, and there’s your mother looking at you, and you’re safe again. So I want to have God look at me that way.” — Walter Brueggemann

To listen to the entire interview with Theologian Walter Brueggemann and Krista Tippett of On Being, click here.

What I’m Reading Right Now

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My bedside table situation is always two minutes from being a total wreck. I try to maintain some sense of order in the chaos, but it’s like someone comes along while I’m sleeping and adds one or two (or ten) things and then I can’t seem to keep the mess from overflowing on to the chair next to it and eventually to the floor. There lives a lamp, my little basket of diaper changing items (and other baby stuff), a small ceramic bowl with tiny things like hair ties and lipbalm, and then there are the books. It’s really the book’s fault. (They’re everywhere.)

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A Holy Distillation

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The challenge of writing is actually doing the work of it.

Let me share a bit of unedited brain dump, lifted directly from my journal recently–

“Can we talk about how distracted I become when I sit down to (intentionally, purposefully) write? I am suddenly inspired to reorganize my closet (and go online shopping for those essential fall items), clean out the fridge and meal plan (for like, the next three months), or deep clean the bathroom (although, this legitimately might be the only time that gets done…) HELP. Must write real words.”

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