Saturday Suggestions: 2/2/13

This morning were watching some Yo Gabba Gabba and eatin’ cheerios. What are you up to?

Here’s my recommendations this week:

On Parenting and Marriage:

Quality Time: 3 habits for Unplugged Quality Time by Fierce Marriage

A great reminder about “unplugging” and actually spending quality time with your spouse, your significant other, and even friends, extended family and also your kids.

“Quality time with your spouse is one of the best investments of time and energy you can make. In our super-connected society, we have to fiercely protect that time against leeching distractions. If left unguarded, true quality time with your spouse may be eroded and contaminated.”

Day 14 Update by McMiracle

This blog is about a couple’s struggle through infertility and now through the process of praying through keeping a baby inside for viability. Day 14 Update is exactly what she says it is: raw. And…so heart wrenchingly beautiful.

“Please don’t miss that. In our own strength, walking this road alone, I would be a complete and total basket case. Every day would be filled with new opportunities to fear, be filled with anxiety and freak out. I would desperately, and unsuccessfully be attempting to control the outcome of this pregnancy. The outcome of my child’s life. I would be crabby, snappy, cranky, and uptight. I would shout and yell and blame and complain and rage. I would be bitter about our situation and jealous of anyone and everyone who has had a “normal” or complication-free pregnancy. That’s me. But even uglier than any picture I can paint with words. I’m not the hero here. Jason isn’t the hero here. The faith that we are currently walking in is a faith that has been given to us by God.”

For my single (or married) readers:

Everyone Starts out Single by Leigh at Deeper Story

I love this post. It reminds me (as a married person) that there is both beauty and struggle in every phase of life. There are always “greener” pastures, but we have to remember we are right were we are supposed to be and we should embrace it.

“I don’t hide the fact I want to get married or that I’m reveling in my life as an unmarried person. Each side has its gifts and perks. Each side takes work, some ways more obvious than others. Neither is a prescription for automatic happiness.”

On Faith and Service:

I am Damaged Goods by Sarah Bessey

Holy Toledo! This post created a running dialogue all week in our house. Whether you agree or disagree, Sarah points out that it’s important to evaluate what are we making idols in our churches and our homes. P.S. read the comment section…i’d post those here too if I could.

“There is no shame in Christ’s love. Let him without sin cast the first stone. You are more than your virginity – or lack thereof – and more than your sexual past.

Your marriage is not doomed because you said yes to the boys you loved as a young woman. Your husband won’t hold it against you, he’s not that weak and ego-driven, choose a man marked by grace.

It’s likely you would make different choices, if you knew then what you know now, but, darling, don’t make it more than it is, and don’t make it less than it is. Let it be true, and don’t let anyone silence you or the redeeming work of Christ in your life out of shame.”

Be Brave in an Ordinary Way by Sarah Bessey

Sarah has done it AGAIN…no surprise.

“Let me take off my masks, admit my imperfections, tell my stories. Give me grace to be the one who jumps first.”

Saint Joe by Joseph Chambers

Okay, so seriously, if you haven’t read what my father-in-law writes…now is the time. This post is by far one of my favorites. We all need the reminders that we are all unworthy and saved by a beautiful grace. Thanks Damnpa (what my kids call him).

“What has helped me a great deal has been to take a long hard look at my sinful life in the mirror of God’s word and let it drive me to brink of despair and then in that darkness tune my ears to the whisper from the gentle Savior and hear him say, “Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace.””

How One Woman Created a Community out of a Neighborhood by Storyline Blog (Donald Miller)

I love this. I’m hoping to create a similar goal for my neighborhood. I would love to open up my home and my table like this!

“My dear friend Sarah turned her backyard into a dining room, and set what seemed like an impossible goal. And then meal by meal, week by week, friend by friend, she lived out her intention. Her life changed because of it, and so did the lives of hundreds of people, literally, in Dallas and beyond.”

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