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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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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~ No television series should go longer than 5 seasons. Inevitably, characters do things totally out of character, writers and producers indulge in silliness, and there are bizarre dream sequences and awkward musicals.

~ Since Paul gave me a FitBit for Christmas, I’ve begun thinking in steps and miles. Since I got it set up Christmas evening, I’ve walked more than a marathon in the course of my daily routine. I’m strangely motivated by this:

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~ I’ve been intentionally reading more this new year, and I’m truly enjoying it. I recently finished About A Boy. It was an easy, amusing, yet serious read. I had to smile when I got to these lines. If you’re a Dennis Prager fan, you’ll understand:

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~ I had to show my ID recently to purchase cold/sinus medicine. I guess they knew that you needed to be a certain age in order to handle the sharp implement necessary to open the little pill packs. (And, hey, how is it not racist to require an ID to purchase medicine? That’s the argument for no ID for voting, isn’t it? Who are all the haters who want minorities to go without Mucinex?)

~ If our government is going to continue to be involved in the minutiae of our lives, I have another suggestion for a law: Ban radio commercials that have sirens in them. It drives me crazy to have to check my mirrors and wonder if an ambulance or fire truck is in my path.

~ Random thoughts, random photos:

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~ Our recent southwest Georgia weather reminds me of Belgium — wet, cold, and gray. I would love to see some sunshine.

~ I love, love, love the Anhaica bucket bag I received for Christmas. It’s perfect for toting my current knitting project.

Happy Thursday, y’all!
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Another collection of stuff that recently caught my eye:

~ If you love football, you might find this very long ESPN feature on Texas high school football interesting.

~ Tis the season for Christmas cards and an overwhelming urge to pull out my red pen. Here is how to make your last name plural. Bottom line: it never involves an apostrophe.

~ The 20 best quotes from Jonah Goldberg

~ I love these photographs of scenes in the south.

~ Speaking of photography, my son has some thoughts on the 6.5 million dollar photograph. I absolutely agree with this:

It’s the same kind of bitter talk I hear from art students or other photographers that think moms or Instagram is ruining photography.  I’m exhausted of the whole “anyone who has a camera thinks they are a photographer” argument.  If you feel like your work or others work is devalued by “point and shooters on vacation” then maybe your work isn’t that valuable to begin with.

~ Christmas gift wrapping ideas

~ The biggest heresy in America.

~ On stuff inviolate:

We must learn to distinguish that which is sin in the eyes of God, and that which should be a crime in the eyes of man and God. Being a selfish pig is a sin, but must not be made a crime. If we outlaw “being a selfish pig,” I have ten dollars here that says that within two weeks this crime of selfish piggery will be vigorously policed (and fined) by tribunals made up entirely of selfish pigs.

When we make something a crime without scriptural justification, and penalize it, we invert the order of God. When we make property ownership a crime, and fine people heavily for being guilty of it, we have a society as corrupt and as mendacious and as greedy as . . . well, as our own.

If we love people, if we love our neighbors, we will consider their stuff inviolate. We will form governments that respect our neighbors’ property as much as we ourselves do. But as it is currently, we form the kind of government we now have because we the people have larceny in our hearts. We are governed by thieves who represent us well.

~ A novel every Christian should consider reading. My Kindle tells me I’m 43% through this one, and it is beautiful writing. But I’m just slogging through it. I can’t decide if I should abandon it or power through.

~ An absolutely brilliant way to stuff a duvet.

And with that, I bid you a happy Monday!

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~As I was recently cleaning out some old magazines, I found the July/August 2013 issue of Imprimis and gave it a read.  Some very good stuff on YA (young adult) fiction:

…I do not, in fact, wish to ban any books or frighten any authors. What I do wish is that people in the book business would exercise better taste; that adult authors would not simply validate every spasm of the teen experience; and that our culture was not marching toward ever-greater explicitness in depictions of sex and violence.

Yes, and amen.

~ The ER demonstrates the inverted priorities of American society:

It’s all about priorities: those of individuals and those of leaders.  Our leaders, ever convinced that we must give medical care to those perceived to be in need, often forget that modern definitions of poverty and need may be a bit different from need throughout human history.  And that if a family has an expensive cell plan, new truck and big-screen TV with satellite, it might not be unreasonable to ask them to put up a little money for their own health care.

Do read the whole thing — it’s short.

~ I really enjoyed this interview with Ben Young, one of the Sturdy Brothers. They make some quality stuff, and I love my waxed canvas tote.

~ Feminist hysteria is causing the infantilization of women. So called “feminists” do not speak for me, that’s for sure.

~ This Snickerdoodle Bread recipe looks really yummy.

~ Houston, we have a problem:

Really? Subpoenas? Sermons? Let the reality of what just happened settle on you. A city council subpoenaed sermons that they thought might be reflecting a little poorly on the king’s majesty. And so let this be a deep lesson to all you seminarians. Whenever you are preaching through Romans do not on any account mention the wart on the king’s nose. He takes it ill. And whatever you do, say nothing whatever about about Herodias wearing her hello-sailor-heels into the men’s room. You might have a promising ministry cut short. In fact, you yourself might be cut short.

My only hope is that if a sermon of mine ever gets subpoenaed I get some kind of advance warning so that I can put some extra zippy adjectives into it.

I have been pointing out the totalitarian impulse of progressives for some time, but they are not totalitarian because they want to impose morality. They are totalitarian because they want to impose an immoral morality. They are not totalitarian because they want to suppress something.All laws suppress something. The problem is what they want to suppress. They want to suppress decency and glorify kink, when they ought to be doing the opposite.

~  A cute front door decoration for Thanksgiving.

And with that, I’ll bid you a good day, y’all,

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I’ve been busy, busy, busy lately and majorly distracted by my new obsession/hobby of knitting. And I’ll likely be even busier soon as Paul and I are working on buying a house. Life is good and full.

Here are a few links I’ve found bookmark-worthy recently:

~ Auburn University is special to me for many reasons, and the Auburn Creed is just one of them. I’d love this print.

~ I want to make this scarf.

~ As the temperatures drop, I crave soup. This one looks really tasty.

~ How busy people make time to read.

~ Where Satan will attack you today.

~ A lovely fall home tour.

~ Thomas Sowell on Ebola and Obama:

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans — about President Obama, about the institutions of this country, and, most important, about ourselves.

There was a time when an outbreak of a deadly disease overseas would bring virtually unanimous agreement that our top priority should be to keep it overseas. Yet Barack Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where the Ebola epidemic rages, as Britain has done.

The reason? Refusing to let people with Ebola enter the United States would conflict with the goal of fighting the disease. In other words, the safety of the American people takes second place to the goal of helping people overseas.

~ I can’t end this post on that depressing note, so I’ll share one more knitting link: Shifting Colors Dishcloth Scarf.

And with that I’ll wish you a happy Wednesday!

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another round-up of links around the web:

~ 20 things to give up for Lent. I love this. It’s much better than my plan of giving up my New Year’s resolutions for Lent. 😉  Which, over-achiever that I sometimes am, I completed well before Lent.

~ First Words to the Abused: You’re Not Crazy.  I don’t consider myself abused, but I have often needed sanity checks in the middle of tough situations. A “you’re not crazy” goes a long way to giving hope and relief.

~ A simple lemon wreath 

~ Spritz. You may have seen this way cool reading tool before. I really hope it catches on.

~ 7 Steps Down the Staircase of Dishonesty

~ A fun little blast from the past: The 5 Most Realistic TV Show Families of All Time. And this is why I love Cosby:

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~ I disagree with the author on his method being the “only one that works,” but I heartily concur with his assessment of the value of Latin.

~ Eight Ways to Spot Emotionally Healthy Pastors and Staff. I don’t think those ways are limited to that profession…

~ Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

~ Victor Davis Hanson on Liberals and Their Uppity Enemies

~ The Bigger the Government, the Smaller the Citizen. Another right-on video from Prager University.

Hey, have a great Thursday!

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Yet another round-up of all manner of links that caught my eye recently:

~ I’d read this poem before, but I recently came across it again. It has captivated me:

The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak;
They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.

~ Sometimes faith requires caring less.

~ “Shared responsibility payment“? Who names these things?

~ Victor Davis Hanson, as usual, nails it:

On almost every contemporary issue there is a populist, middle-class argument to be made against elite liberalism. Yet the Republican class in charge seems ossified in its inability to make a counter-argument for the middle class. Never has the liberal agenda been so vulnerable, a logical development when bad ideas have had five years to prove themselves as very bad ideas. When Obama is all done he will have taken high presidential popularity ratings, a supermajority in the Senate, and a large margin in the House and lost them all — if only the Republicans can make an adequate case that they represent the middle class, the Democrats only the very wealthy and the very dependent.

~ Put yourself in the path of God’s grace. YES, YES, YES!!

~ A new Netflix series in the works starring one of my favorites, Kyle Chandler.

~ The problem with smart people.

Happy Wednesday!

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~ I miss college football.  And I’m not even the teeniest bit interested in professional football.

~ I have some travel ahead, and over the years I’ve found the key is to have very low expectations. That way, if my flights are on time, I’m pleasantly surprised.  Heck, if I don’t have to spend the night in an airport, I’m pleasantly surprised!

~ That reminds me of a powerful quote from John Piper that I read recently: “We are not entitled to pain-free, trouble-free life. Embracing this will ease the collision between expectation and reality.”

~ I’m really enjoying my Kindle lately. It’s so much easier to read in bed at night with it instead of a big hardcover book, and I love the light that came with the cover.

~ Speaking of reading, I’m hoping to finish John Grisham’s recent novel today. My favorite of his novels has been A Time to Kill, and this one picks up with many of those characters about three years later, but with an entirely different story. It’s not great literature, but it’s a good story set in the south.

~ I find myself growing more and more cynical about politics these days. And that’s not a good thing. It’s just hard to keep up with the news without getting discouraged. Yet I know that ignoring the news is not an alternative.

Gotta run. Have a great day!

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Another collection of randomness from around the interwebs:

~ How God gives hope. (Hint: it involves your Bible.)

~ Hey, reading a novel can help your noggin’ work better! Glad I’ve got lots of good fiction lined up for this year.

~ The 14 habits of highly miserable people.

~ It’s really, really hard to feel sorry for those folks who supported President Obama and are now being burned by Obamacare:

It is not lost on many of the professionals that they are exactly the sort of people — liberal, concerned with social justice — who supported the Obama health plan in the first place. Ms. Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney.

Although, with a President Romney we probably would have eventually gotten a version of Obamacare, but with a working website.

~ I know Christmas has come and gone, but I liked Doug Wilson’s thoughts on gift-giving:

As I looked out over the pandemonium, I thought of the annual clucking of tongues over consumerism and so forth, wherein we are all exhorted — for the betterment of our souls — to limit ourselves to one or two gifts, max, and preferably they will be kind of gifts that did not attract the attention of too much mammon, the kind you can get at the dollar store. In short, the exhortation — for the betterment of our souls — exhorts us to be as unlike God as we can be. God is lavish, and He did not try to teach us selflessness by undergiving. Throughout my entire life, not to mention all the ages before I was born, God has always way overdone it. And the imitation of Christ means, among other things, imitating that.

~ A good explanation of Auburn’s AUsome read option. I sure hope it works tonight!

~ I love Tara Barthel’s encouragement — Don’t Be Afraid to Try Again.

~ We U.S. taxpayers spent $7.4 BILLION in three years helping other countries deal with “climate change.” I wonder how much Al Gore made on that deal?

Happy Monday & WAR EAGLE!

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