Hello from a deliciously rainy California. After more than three years of severe drought, I can’t even begin to describe my joy at waking up to another morning of rain. We’ve been making fires in the fireplace, and doing lots of reading. Here are some of my favorite reads from around the internet this week:
Laughing at the Future, from Cara Strickland, is a gorgeous, generous and self-aware piece about viewing our past days with generosity, and our future with hope. What a beautiful way to approach 2016, no matter how hard the past year has been.
Andrea Palpant Dilley hit this one out of the park (dang, I wish I’d written this): It’s time to honor the hard work of raising children.
We women are generally considered fit for parenthood, but in this role we often feel like disenfranchised day care workers whose jobs are loathed and feared by many men. It’s up to us to foster an internal sense of self-worth that’s independent of what others think, but we also need the Christian community and the church at large to express deep, sustained respect for the work we do at home — not as baby sitters but as leaders.
Preston Yancey has a book releasing soon: Out of the House of Bread – Satisfying Your Hunger for God with the Spiritual Disciplines. He is supposed to be promoting this book, but he can’t… because he is caring for his stable-but-could-die-any-minute precious newborn, Jack. So let me commend and promote PReston’s book to you, and if you need persuading about the quality of his words, read this: where i’ve been. This, friends, is what it looks like to walk with God in the dark.
Helen Pidd, a single, heathen woman (her own self-description), took in a Refugee. Both she and Yasser wrote about their experience here: “Would he disapprove of my single heathen lifestyle?”: me and my Syrian refugee lodger. This is a FABULOUS read.
I so appreciate these words from Jen Pollock Michel as she contemplated the Powerball madness this week: I don’t want to win the lottery.
“Jesus doesn’t incriminate the rich simply for being rich. He doesn’t make income—but patterns of spending—the barometer of spiritual health (cf. Matt. 6:21).”
For those who love to read and who are also fans of Podcasts, here’s something new and fun: Anne Bogel (of the Modern Mrs Darcy blog and whose reading recommendations I take very seriously) has started a new podcast called What Should I Read Next? Check it out 🙂
Things that made me laugh out loud:
This May Be the Best “Acknowledgements” Section of All Time – what a find, John Fea! It makes me think twice about reading the preface and acknowledgements sections of books 🙂
Winning at SOTU: Miss Edith Childs. Losing: Kim Davis’ Mullet from Awesomely Luvvie:
“The moment I saw her on my screen looking like her outfit was sponsored by God’s favor, I HOLLERED. The sequins hat was what got my attention first, sitting on her scalp perched like a crown because she is a QUEEN. Miss Edith is my patronus. If dementors ever came around me, she’d just stop them with the shine of being saved, then the shine from her outfit. I know she got a glitter brooch that says “Jesus” like my Granny did.
She is everything I aspire to be. Cranky, bedazzled and judging everyone.”
So funny. And then this is a post from a while back, but was new to me and it made me laugh til I wheezed: from Allie at Hypoerbole and a Half: The Alot is better than you at everything.
From me this week?
For Fun: I wrote some funny song lyrics – I would walk 10,000 steps (A Fitbit parody)
Some thoughts on parenting: Let’s Take it Down a Notice: Teaching our Awesome! Amazing! kids there’s always room for improvement.