Carry-Ons and What You’re Reading

It’s Fearless Friday, but I don’t feel like writing about¬†fear. ūüôā ¬†¬†

John and I are leaving today for a couple of weeks in Zambia and Tanzania with our church and World Vision.  Not to be braggy, but we kind of pride ourselves on our ability to travel light.  We rarely check bags, but always use carry-ons.

The one place this proves problematic for me is with books. ¬†Now when the Kindle came out I was thrilled because I knew it would be a great resource, at least when we travel. Think of all the space we could save! ¬†157 books in the size of less-than-one! ¬†Never mind the fact that it takes me 39 days to read just one. ¬†I’m an optimist.

John has adapted well to the Kindle and uses it all the time, but me? ¬†Well, I’m too tactile, too visual, and maybe just too remedial. ¬†I need to be able to flip back and forth, to review what I’ve read and quotes I’ve underlined. ¬†I also have this weird thing about wanting my full sized Bible with me that has all my notes and dates and underlines. ¬†I just seem to “know” it better than other Bibles. ¬†We’re old friends.

Bottom line?  I just hate using the Kindle and only submit when absolutely necessary.

Which brings us to this trip. ¬†I have so many books right now that I’m excited about reading!! ¬†Here are a few that I’ve finished and some I’m looking forward to. Continue reading

Inspiration in the Face of Trepidation on Fearless Friday

I’m amazed at how fear can constantly raise its head in different guises. ¬†Like Whack-a-mole, you clonk a fear mole of rejection, and a little fear mole dressed as¬†change pops up. ¬†You whack the fear mole of the future, and up pops the fear of conflict or provision, or significance.

Sometimes trepidation needs a little inspiration to encourage us when the moles seem persistent.  So, here are a few resources on Fearless Friday:

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What Fills You Up?

What fills you with joy or gratitude or spurs you on to higher ideals?  What energizes or encourages you?

Is it particular relationships with people who pour wisdom and hope into you?  Or a particular place or tradition that makes your heart sing?

In what environments does God’s Word come to life for you?

We need weekly rhythms of filling so that we serve out of overflow but I believe we also need seasonal and yearly rhythms of filling too.

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A Blog, a Bomb, and a Book

As I write this we’re on vacation in my happiest place. ¬†A place of fresh cut grass and warm breezes and colorful flowers and sand-between-my-toes that we’ve been blessed to enjoy for years thanks to some hospitable and gracious friends.

Anyway, vacation is a great time for me to catch up on podcasts and reading along with the fun of activity with great friends. ¬†It’s Spirit Stretch Friday so I thought I’d share a few resources I’ve enjoyed this week. ¬†Actually, maybe “enjoyed” isn’t entirely accurate. ¬†In some cases “convicted” might be more accurate. ¬†As I look at them they’re all kind of about coming up short. Maybe you’ll be able to relate.

The first is a fantastic blog post from Steven Furtick. ¬†If you struggle with insecurity and doubts about yourself (and I think if you’re breathing you probably do), take a look at this¬†and finish the devil’s sermons.

Along those same lines, Andy Stanley preached a great sermon titled, The Comparison Trap. ¬†He talks about the land of “er” and “est” where when we compare and don’t measure up we either hate the other person or hate ourselves. ¬†Toward the end he asked a question that shook me to my core (That was the “bomb” of the post title. ¬†More on that later). ¬†Take a listen.

The last resource is a book I’ve been reading called Flunking Sainthood (A year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving my Neighbor). ¬†This is a memoir by Jana Riess who writes about her year-long experiment of trying twelve spiritual practices – one a month. ¬†I’m still in the middle of this and am not sure what I think about it as a whole, but Riess writes with delightful humor and some interesting insights. ¬†While experimenting with Lectio Divina she reads all of the book of Mark all month because she doesn’t want to turn “Eat This Book¬†¬†[Eugene Peterson’s book on Bible reading]¬†into Eat This, Not That, picking and choosing only the loveliest passages that fit with my existing understanding of faith.”

Hope you find some good reminder from God in one of these and have a delightful weekend!