monday miscellany

Ahhhh. It’s a cold Monday morning here (31 degrees!), and I’m in my warm, cozy bed with a cup of coffee. Perfection!

Here are some odds and ends from around the web:

~ The most common trait in great men

~ The risk of having good habits:

But good advice without reference to Christ is like a car missing its engine, a choir its conductor, or a bark its dog. Or—and this is where it matters—a gospel without any sense of salvation or rescue. Worse, it threatens to become a semi-Pelagian heresy in which the Lord Jesus has supplied something to us by way of initial grace, but now it is up to us to make that grace effective by forming good habits.

~ In this life you will grow up:

In this life we will have trouble and our incessant bookmarking of blogs or reading of bestsellers each promising a way to win friends and influence people, or whatever brand they’re selling, will only serve to show us the discrepancy of where we are and what we’ll never be. God has not called us to love the bodies we want to have, but the bodies we do have. He has not called us to desire the marriages we do not have, but to be faithful within the marriage we do have. He has not called us to stock up for the bills we might someday have, but to steward the finances we do have. He has not called us to settle for a 10-step plan to anything, but to abide in Christ as He abides in us.

In this life we will have trouble. No bestseller from a cool Instagram mom or weekend conference with a man who says he’s not your guru—but really, kinda, sorta is—will alleviate the trouble of living in a world groaning for full redemption. When we feel the pangs of the world we live in, instead of running to water that doesn’t satisfy, empty wells, and broken cisterns, drink deep from the Living Water. Then go live in the body you have, with the singleness you have, with the marriage you have, with the kids you have, with the finances you have—faithfully offering all of it back to the one who awaits with perfection for you.

Are you sensing a theme?

~ The cost of surrounding yourself with negative people:

We are responsible to guard ourselves against certain negative influences. But even a brief analysis shows that the Bible’s warnings do not concern people who may put us into “a negative space” or keep us from soaring like eagles, but people determined to lead us into sin. If we do not have the convictions or maturity to stand firm against temptation, we need to avoid situations and even people who may tempt us into sin.

But what Hollis and Osteen and others teach goes far beyond this. They teach that we need to reject and avoid people who cause us to feel negative emotions or think negative thoughts. Why? Because according to the principles of positive thinking, our thoughts are the power that change and shape the world around us. To get ahead in life we need to get rid of anyone who holds us back. I am convinced this principle is abhorrent and will offer three reasons why.

Do read the whole thing.

~ I’m all caught up with Call the Midwife on Netflix, and I just finished reading Jennifer Worth’s memoir. So good, y’all.

~ I’m on standby for granddaughter #2, arriving any day now. I’m loosely packed and am not making any firm plans for anything else while we wait. I can’t wait to meet this new little person and have some Kenna time. Praying friends: please pray that my daughter knows clearly when to go to the hospital, as she is very anxious to — in her words — GET THIS BABY OUT.

~ I’m finally knitting an Andrea Mowry pattern, and now I see what all the fuss has been about. My first Free Your Fade likely won’t be my last, as I’m thoroughly enjoying the knitting and color changes.

~ Thanks to the accountability and structure of another step challenge at work, I’ve been moving more and feeling all the better for it. Turns out the prescription for my sore, aching hip is to get off it.

~ Unless Baby decides to make an appearance today, I’m looking at some walking, reading, and knitting on this day off from work. Yay!

Happy Monday y’all!

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