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Reading and Listening | No. 15

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Preaching to Yourself audiobook – Hayley Morgan

The Briefing – Albert Mohler

Renewing Your Mind – R.C. Sproul

Trusting God with Our Children with Nancy Guthrie – Risen Motherhood

No, I’m not a mom yet, but for me, this was a compelling and inspiring reminder from Nancy about trusting God with all my loved ones.

Jesus Came Not To Give Bread but to Be Bread – John Piper

A Playlist of Benedictions and Doxologies – the Dwell App

The Wound and the Worry – The Village Church

Home Row Podcast – J.A. Medders

Unhealthy Friendships with Kelly Needham – Journeywomen

“Knowing God requires us to be all about him and not ourselves. In friendships, we can get away with putting each other on pedestals and making much of one another. And that doesn’t fly with God because he won’t share his glory with another. It’s actually really good for our souls to not be the center of our own universe, and it is his kindness to dethrone us. But that’s a cost we don’t always want to experience.” Kelly Needham

Don’t Even Look at It! – Knowing Faith

What has inspired you this month?

Like all you lovely folks, I’ve got a dream

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If you have any sort of knowledge of Disney, you might recognize that line from Tangled (one of my favorites).

In my years of publishing words, train tracks have been made in the form of two Bible verses:

1 Peter 2:9-10, which says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

and Psalm 73:28, “But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.”

Christianity is a faith that revels in the sharing, writing, expressing, and creating of words.

Everything we see and experience is a result of our creative God’s words. He gifted us His written Word, that we would pitch our tent in it, it being “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:15–17)

I am a longtime journaler. Writing helps me process my experiences, about God, about marriage, about life. It helps lay bricks of foundational truth, and is a sweet climate for the adventurous nature of communicating with God. It helps me uncover lies I’m believing, or small joys to be thankful for. As I write, the Holy Spirit irons out thoughts and feelings, always prompting me to apply the Bible’s counsel.

In the early years, my blog was a mixture of documenting memories, sharing inspirational quotes, talking about God and books, and other random creative things. Only a handful of people knew it even existed. This year is my 8th year maintaining a personal blog, but like most hobbies it has evolved as I have grown.

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Have you ever had a dream and found yourself [maybe somewhat timidly] asking God to multiply it, to make it meaningful and useful for His kingdom? Me too.

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truth + iPhone lock screens

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Sometimes when I need a break from work, I choose a verse or phrase currently challenging me and create a new iPhone background.

I figure, if I must look at my phone, it might as well direct my thoughts toward God.

Below are a few that I have sent to friends and family, in an effort to encourage them also… maybe they can refresh you!

 

Psalm 62:7-8 from The Message

Live the Gospel. Display Christ.

“Live a life for the Father’s smile.” -Melissa Helser

Even if Jesus is all you have, He is enough

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