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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~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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Some odds & ends I’ve collected recently:

~ “If you ever wake up in the middle of the night and use that time to listen to a little self-condemnation, this is a post for you.”

~ While we’re on the subject of sleepless nights:

We all struggle to sleep at night, and to be fair, life in a fallen world is harsh and unpredictable. There are many outside factors that make life difficult and provide reason for restless nights.

But I’m deeply persuaded that in the midst of trial, we often abandon our theology. We quit believing that the Bible has the answers for life and we try to take the reins. With the weight of the world now on our self-appointed shoulders, we struggle to get a good night of sleep.

Do read the whole thing, especially if you, like me, suffer with insomnia.

~ Only 51 days until Auburn football season begins! (But who’s counting?) War Blogle shared a video that got me even more excited.

~ Obama’s metastasizing culture of lawlessness

~ “I’m Just a Soul Whose Intentions Are Good”: Obama, Bergdahl and Moral Narcissism

~ A simple habit to set the tone of your day

~ I want to try this salad dressing.

~ And this picnic in a glass.

And with that, I’ll bid you a happy Thursday!

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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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