monday miscellany

Another round-up of links that make me think:

~ Read the Bible to your anxiety.

~ I’m feeling quite world weary these days. Everything, and I mean everything is politicized. Doug Wilson articulates this well:

…it is unseemly to politicize these horrors when the families are still weeping. Whether the issue is gun control or something else, whenever a hard sell comes in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy, the only thing it makes me want to do is wonder at how boorish some people can be. If this the case when the political issue is arguably connected, as with gun control, how much more is it the case when it is so obliquely related? Did the alleged shooter even know about the [Confederate] flag? Boorish behavior can be exhibited by either side. If one man starts a roaring debate in favor of gun control the same day of the shooting, the situation is not improved if an advocate of open carry does the same thing the next day. The families involved, who include godly Christian people calling for repentance and a turn to Christ, ought not to be distracted by apparatchiks trying to make some political hay out of their grief.

~ Just start.

~ A Whole30 success story.

~ I recently made this crispy baked okra, and it was soooo good.

~ If you use Chrome as your browser, you may want to reconsider.

Well, that’s 3 days in a row of blogging.  And I pulled my camera out of the cabinet. Baby steps. 🙂

Happy Monday!



And it’s that time again…

~ 5 Promises for Your Bible Reading and Prayer. A peek:

Many mornings I’m tempted not to seek God because my faith feels weak. But that’s like not going to the doctor because my body feels sick. Just like doctors heal sick bodies, so God strengthens weak faith, as we hear his word.

Weak faith is like a weak battery. But God’s word is a battery charger. So when your faith is weak, open his word, and plug in your weak faith. God promises that as you do that, he will recharge you.

~ The gals at Femina continue to post daily devotions. I liked this one, and thought of it as I cleaned my house recently. A bit:

Our homes are subject to daily wear and tear as well as long-term decay. We have to stay on top of it, constantly cleaning and renewing, straightening and scrubbing. In the same way, our hearts are subject to daily distractions and disobedience. They need constant tidying, constant oversight, especially if Christ is residing in our hearts.

Daily renewal means seeking Him daily, keeping His residence in order. Renewal means asking His Holy Spirit to fill us and convict us of sin (which is like pointing out the garbage behind the fridge). Renewal enables us to live in a manner worthy of the One Who has taken up residence.

~ I’m going to try this simple roasted cauliflower soon. (And my children breathe a sigh of relief knowing they won’t be home for this.)

~ I loved Molly’s post on garage door openers and trust.

~ Lars at Brandywine Books wonders why liberal churches bother.

~ You’re gonna need a quality shoe.

~ I appreciated David Mamet’s take on gun laws and self-defense.

And now I’m off to work this Saturday morning. Have a great weekend!



It’s time once again to share a rather eclectic collection of things I’ve noticed around the internet:

~ We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists. Depressing, huh? And not at all surprising.

~ I couldn’t pass up this bargain cookbook for my Kindle — The Italian Slow Cooker. So far it looks fabulous. I’m looking forward to trying some new recipes soon.

~ I’ve long been tempted by the Levenger Circa collection, and Kim may have just given me a big shove in that direction.

~ Maybe I’m biased, but I really liked my son’s post on the mundane. That he threw in some Latin was just a bonus. 🙂

~ Since the beginning of the year, the gals over at Femina have been posting some devotionals. They’ve all been good, but this one on Psalm 121 stood out for me. A peek:

But that simple phrase – the one who made heaven and earth – is a wonderful reminder. As we lift things up to God in prayer, do we  have an attitude of “I’ve been around the block, and I know how this kind of thing goes….” – are we hardened, and tired? Are we forgetting that He did, in fact, make us? He made our children, He made our difficult families, He made it with His words. Why do we ever doubt Him? Why do we think that the God who made tide pools and all that is in them cannot handle an alcoholic? Why do we think that the one who threw the milky way into heaven isn’t really sure what to do with us and our troubles?

And when we are worrying – are we remembering this? Are we remembering that our creator holds us in His hand? That He never sleeps? That there are no small things that can slip by without him noticing? He made them all. We are His creation – sustained by His voice.

~ Here’s a jam-packed post on guns. The bottom line:

The lessons of the above anecdotes are blatantly clear. If you have a weapon, you can defend yourself, your family and others. If you are disarmed by law or choice, then you are wholly at the mercy of criminals.

~ I like just about anything the brilliant Thomas Sowell writes. And when he writes on education, it’s twice the goodness.

~ I enjoyed Tony Reinke’s thoughts on whether to read widely or deeply.

Happy Tuesday!



As I surf the web, I bookmark things that make me think but that I don’t have time to blog about. Here are some of my recent finds:

~ Don’t give up! A peek:

In this age, Jesus grants us the gospel rest of ceasing the impossible labor of self-atonement for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21). But in embracing the gospel we find ourselves also drafted into a war — a war to keep believing the gospel and a war to spread it to others. In this age we “strive to enter that [complete] rest” of the age to come (Hebrews 4:11).

And wars are exhausting — especially long ones. That’s why you are often tired. Most soldiers who experience the fierceness of combat want to get out of it. That’s why you feel urges to escape or surrender. That’s why there are times you’re tempted to give up.

But don’t give up. No, rather “take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).

~ My daughter tipped me off to this website when I was writing a paper and needed to include footnotes.

~ This introvert (who has recently learned that she isn’t as introverted as she thought she was) appreciates Alan Jacobs’ take on extraverts:

So, extraverts of the world, I invite you to make a New Year’s resolution: Refrain from organizing stuff. Don’t plan parties or outings or, God forbid, “team-building exercises.” Just don’t call meetings. (I would ask you to refrain from calling unnecessary meetings, but so many of you think almost all meetings necessary that it’s best you not call them at all.) Leave people alone and let them get their work done. Those who want to socialize can do it after work. I’ll not tell you you’ll enjoy it: you won’t. You’ll be miserable, at least at first, because you won’t be pulling others’ puppet-strings. But everyone will be more productive, and many people will be happier. Give it a try. Let go for a year. Just leave us alone.

~ I frequently need this reminder: Life’s Interruptions are Divine Opportunities.

~ I’d like to add a hearty “Amen!” to Douglas Wilson’s thoughts on Gun Ownership As Civic Virtue:

Some might lament the lack of faith I am displaying in our elected officials. Doesn’t our civilization depend on us learning how to centralize all the firepower? Someone might ask, don’t you trust them? No, I don’t — in countless and very creative ways, they have shown themselves to be incapable of decent governance. Trust them with my guns? After what they have done with everything else? They are, taking one thing with another, poltroons, miscreants, malefactors, mountebanks, skunks, recreants, offenders, rascals, scamps, felons, evil-doers, and congressmen.

~ This made me laugh. Because it’s better than crying.

Gotta run get ready to face a busy Tuesday,