monday miscellany

In which I clean out my bookmarks:

~ There is no treasure with worry.

~ I know the newly published Harper Lee novel is all the rage these days, but I don’t want to read it. First, I’m skeptical about its provenance, and I can’t shake that feeling (the Onion sounds all too plausible here.). Second, I don’t want it to overshadow or spoil the greatness that is To Kill A Mockingbird. Third, I have this automatic reaction against whatever is all the rage — whatever someone tells me I just must read ________. Phil at Brandywine Books made me chuckle with his  list of newly discovered literary sequels.

~ Mainstream media is more than just maddening. They’re just plain boring with their determination to see the world a certain way, along with intellectual laziness. See Exhibit A: Andrea Mitchell.

~ 22-year-old college student blows her $90,000 college fund and blames her parents.  Sigh.

~ Here’s a new (to me, at least) concept: Sugar Baby Schools. In a nutshell, young women connect online with men who are willing to pay for their tuition, among other expenses:

The website, describing itself as the “No. 1 sugar daddy site for those seeking mutually beneficial arrangements,” says a “modern daddy” is “a successful and generous man who is willing to pamper and offer financial help or gifts to a young person in return for friendship and companionship.”

The website describes a “goal seeking sugar baby,” as a girl who “know(s) you deserve to date someone who will pamper you, empower you, and help you mentally, emotionally and financially.”

What’s missing at the end of that last sentence is:  FOR MONEY.  You know, there’s a word for that arrangement.

~ “Rome is on the verge of collapse.”  That really makes me sad.

~ How your iPhone replaces $3000 of tech stuff from the 1990s.

~ Ineptocracy. Indeed.

That’s it for now. Happy Monday!

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random thoughts

​~ Song lyrics with bad grammar are as cringe-worthy as nails on a chalkboard to me.

It’s just another reason why it always comes back to you and I…” That “I” makes me wince every single time.

~ In my opinion, a Prius is not so much a car as it is a device on which to display Obama and/or Hillary bumper stickers. Apparently I’m not alone. (Ha!)

lacroix~ LaCroix Cerise Limon is my favorite beverage these days.

~ A quick glance at the headlines these days is all I need to cry out for Jesus to return. This world is seriously messed up.

~ The phrase “Sell crazy somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here,” comes to mind.

~ I need a new series to binge-watch on Netflix. I just finished Damages. Any suggestions?

~ My sweet husband sent flowers to me at work today:

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~ The trains are out of control in Thomasville. It’s especially wonderful when they come to a complete stop on a major road right at 5 pm when I’m trying to get home.

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It’s been a week, folks. And, yes, I know it’s only Thursday.

Ciao,
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monday miscellany

Another collection of links:

~ The truth about tilapia

~ Words to eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter.  A hearty AMEN to this one:

Don’t use that when you refer to people. “I have several friends that live in the neighborhood.” No. No, you don’t. You have friends who. Not friends that.

~ An embarrassing week for Christians sharing fake news.

~ Doctors need a dress code.

~ Naps may improve our frustration tolerance.

~ Much to my relief, the water Tom Selleck accused of stealing was paid for.

And that’s it for today. It’s been a very long, very full day.

I hope your Monday has been a good one,

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monday miscellany

another hodgepodge of links to start the week:

~ I’m not sure I’ve ever lived in a town with as many upscale burger joints as Tallahassee. Now there’s even a Burger Trail here.

~ a little pep talk from Nancy at Femina Girls

~ Why God makes you wait

~ We are what we read

~ some symbols of hate that no one is clamoring to ban

~ Well Fed and Well Fed 2 are just $1.99 each for Kindle right now. They’re regularly priced at $9.99, and I don’t know how long they’ll be on sale.

That’s it for this Monday.

Have a good one!

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“…the new standard.”

[a repost from March 2014]

alovinglifeFrom Paul E. Miller’s A Loving Life In a World of Broken Relationships:

As our culture loses its Christian moorings and searches for new myths, for new ways of making sense of life, it is lurching back to the world of paganism–the world before Christianity–where “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judg. 21:25). That quote describes the time of the judges, which is the setting of the book of Ruth. Ruth begins with, “In the days when judges ruled…” (Ruth 1:1). A modern paraphrase for our culture might be, “In the days of Oprah when feelings ruled…” Oprah has an amazing ability to empathize with people, but she, along with most of our cultural elite, channels nineteenth-century thinkers like Emerson and Thoreau who made feelings and self-actualization absolute. “How I feel” or “my happiness” is the new standard.

“What the Psalms do is lean against some of our natural instincts.”

(A repost from January 2013)

I’m still working through Psalm 37. My memory work has been slow going, and I’ve tried to catch up over the long weekend. Yesterday I began a list of what the psalmist says about the wicked and the righteous. So far, the column for the wicked is longer.
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I know professing believers who would be very uncomfortable with this list because it dares to label some as wicked and others as righteous. It implies judgment. It identifies character and behaviors that are condemned. And, yes, it can be uncomfortable to think about God laughing at the wicked (verse 13: But the LORD laughs at the wicked for he sees that his day is coming.) But our discomfort is precisely why we need to be in God’s Word, seeing things as He sees them, being corrected in our thinking. The psalmist’s words are Scripture. If we’re not willing to submit our hearts to it, we’re putting ourselves in a very dangerous place of thinking we’re more righteous than God, holier than He is.

And it’s instructive to remember that if we’re on the “righteous” side of that list, it’s only because of God’s grace in applying Christ’s obedience, death, and resurrection to us. It’s not because we were just naturally good. We were one of those laughed at by God until, in His mysterious mercy, He rescued us. So there’s no cause for boasting in ourselves here or feeling smug about which side of the list we’re on.

So, back to the list: The big theme here is how fleeting the prosperity of the wicked is. Isn’t that hard to see on a daily basis? And again, that’s why we need the reminders from Scripture! Through His Word, He re-orients us to truth: The wicked will look like they’re doing great — but it’s only temporary. It may look and feel permanent to us, but it’s not. Wait patiently on God, and you will end up with abundant peace FOREVER. Look past the circumstances of today. Look at God’s promises in Scripture, and wait on Him to work them out. Trust in His timing. He ALWAYS does what He promises. ALWAYS.

As I was thumbing through a favorite book yesterday (Ed Welch’s When People Are Big and God Is Small), I providentially came across an underlined passage that articulates all of this so much better than I can: (emphasis mine)

When confronted with enemies, we should go directly to the Psalms if we are not sure how to feel or what to say. In them, we are given exactly what we need. What the Psalms do is lean against some of our natural instincts. When we are inclined to take matters into our own hands, the Psalms teach us to trust God. When we would insulate ourselves from pain, they teach us to trust God. Instead of vowing that we will never again move close to another person, we learn to trust God. Instead of extinguishing hope, the Psalms teach us to trust God and, as a result, be filled with jubilant expectations for the coming of the kingdom. You could say that the Psalms improve our quality of life.

Believe it with me!
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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!

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monday night miscellany

Another collection of randomness:

~ I love me some Dennis Prager. And he’s spot on:

…when Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the United Nations about the threat Iran poses to his country’s survival and about the metastasizing cancer of Islamist violence, he, unfortunately, stands alone.

Virtually everyone listening knows he is telling the truth. And most dislike him for it. Appeasers hate those who confront evil.

~ Sitting is deadly. I was far more active as a stay-at-home-mom/homeschooler. Now that I’m at a desk all day, I’m grateful that my workplace encourages me to move. I have an exercise ball/chair, and we’re involved in an 8-week step challenge that keeps me focused on moving.

~ Confessions of a Kindle Convert. If you know me at all, you know I love books. But I’ll be honest: I need to get rid of many of them. We’re in the thick of moving, and packing and hauling books is no fun at all. I actually uttered these words to Paul yesterday: “I need to get rid of some books.” **shudder**

~ Starve your idols to death.

~ 5 small Georgia towns with great shopping.

~ the audacity:

Forty years of provision, forty years of tangible, edible grace, and what do they have to say to God in response? This: “We loathe this worthless food.”

We loathe this worthless food!

The audacity! The. Audacity. At least when I think these things, I’m savvy enough to couch these emotions in more subtle disgruntlement. “I’m just tired,” “I’m weary,” “It just seems like the onslaught never stops.”

~ Don’t follow your heart:

The truth is, no one lies to us more than our own hearts. No one. If our hearts are compasses, they are Jack Sparrow compasses. They don’t tell us the truth, they just tell us what we want. If our hearts are guides, they are Gothels. They are not benevolent, they are pathologically selfish. In fact, if we do what our hearts tell us to do we will pervert and impoverish every desire, every beauty, every person, every wonder, and every joy. Our hearts want to consume these things for our own self-glory and self-indulgence.

No, our hearts will not save us. We need to be saved from our hearts.

~ Very helpful, practical info: What to do when your flight is cancelled. We had a cancelled flight last month when fog blanketed Phoenix. I knew our flight was cancelled as soon as we landed in dense fog and I checked my email. I immediately called our airline to get in line for re-booking instead of standing in that long, awful line. Aside from having to wait  a few hours for our luggage to be delivered, all was well.

Well, that gets me a little bit caught up on posting things that have been bookmark-worthy. As I mentioned, we’re in the middle of moving, and I’m just flat out tired and overwhelmed.

May you be less tired and sore than I this Monday evening!

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