Multitude Monday

4 Oct

Here’s what I’m thankful for on this rainy Monday…

53. A Monday that went surprisingly fast
54. A husband who knows how I like my coffee
55. A book I’m enjoying
56. Exciting ministry possibilities
57. Jars of Clay concert this Friday!
58. Good conversations
59. Ideas for a book
60. The faithfulness of God

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Friday Finds: Thirst Edition

1 Oct
I'm taking a break from my normal search for weekly finds, as I've had a lot going on this week.  My car was totaled on Sunday, and though I'm trusting in God's provision, this week has been a long one.
 
Last weekend I had the privilege of going to a young adult conference with 12 other young adults from my church's group.  We had a great time listening to some fantastic speakers…all from different walks of life, with their own unique styles. 
 
When I came back from the conference, I added many of these speakers to my Google Reader, and have been inspired by their posts during this tough week.  Be sure to check them out!
 
Margaret Feinberg – At the conference, author and speaker Margaret shared about the mention of sheep, bees and wine in the Bible.  Very interesting, compelling information.  After checking out her website, I realized that she's the author of several books I've heard about, but have never read. 
 
Stuff Christians Like – Authored by Jon Acuff, this blog is a hilarious look at the things that Christians like.  Jon was even more hilarious in person, but his session was also really inspiring.  Make sure you read his recent post about burning barns.  Really important stuff.
 
Anne Jackson – I loved Anne's transparent, vulnerable style.  The posts on her blog are equally inspiring and thoughtful.
 
Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee – Land of a Thousand Hills provided free coffee for everyone who attended the conference, and it was amazing coffee.  But far beyond that, the mission of this incredible company is awesome.  Stop by there today to read how this company is making a difference for the once civil war-torn Rwanda.

The burning…

30 Sep
This post from Jon Acuff, who I saw at Thirst last weekend, really inspired me.
 
Please read it.  Then tell me how you want to burn those barns in your life.
 
What are barns, you might ask?
 
They are the things we run to, instead of turning to Jesus.  These things take our minds off of our situations, dulling the pain, but never fully stripping it away.
 
Things like pride.  Affirmation.  Drugs.  Sex.  Relationships.  Entertainment.  Anything that we could use as an idol in our lives.
 
I am guilty of looking to everything but Christ to solve my problems and heal my heart.
 
So how do we burn these barns in our lives?  And how do we take those first steps toward fully trusting Christ to be the Master of our lives?

Multitude Monday: Trust and Grace

27 Sep

This weekend I went to the Thirst Conference.  Aside from hearing from a lot of great speakers (which I plan to share about this week) I really felt that God was speaking something to me….

Trust me.

How often do we as Christians say we trust in the Lord, but hold on to parts of our lives we’re not willing to surrender to Him? 

This weekend I prayed that the Lord would pour stuff out of me.  Just absolutely pour all of this worry and bitterness and the junk that I hold on to out of my heart and my mind.

On Sunday, after coming home the night before, I felt like a weight had been lifted.

And then Sunday afternoon, I got into a car accident.

I was fine.  My arm is bruised up a bit, but otherwise, I’m alright.

It’s hard to explain, but as soon as that airbag deployed I thought to myself, I’m ok.

I just started sobbing because I knew that despite what had just happened, I can trust in the Lord.

He protected me.  He will take care of finding us another car, if that’s what it comes to.  He will provide.  He will provide.

So on this Multitude Monday, here is what I am thankful for:

42. Seatbelts
43. Full car insurance
44. A husband who ran to me in a time of trouble
45. Good friends who came to my side
46. A great weekend immersed in the Word
47. A growing vision for our young adult ministry
48. Lots of laughter while listening to this guy
49. Some great new worship music
50. Knowing that this will pass
51. Parents who are lending me their car
52. Online friends who encourage and lift me up

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Friday Finds: Fall Edition

24 Sep

Though it’s supposed to be in the 80’s tomorrow here in Pennsylvania, my mind is on fall.  The leaves are changing, the nights are cooler, and I’m ready to break out the sweaters and the boots!  So here is are some pieces I’m planning to pick up this season!

Love these boots:

Gotta have a matching bag…

A splash of color…

A pretty skirt to bring it all together…

Some corduroy pants for truly cool nights…

And a pretty new locket…

What are your fall must-haves?

TV Review: The Event

21 Sep

Head over to Luxury Reading to check out my review of last night’s premiere episode of The Event.  Did any of you tune in to the first episode of the new series?  What did you think about it?

Book Review: The Mockingbird Parables

21 Sep

For those who love Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird, Matt Litton’s The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives through the Power of Story, is a must-read.  Either read alone or as a companion to the original work, The Mockingbird Parables examines characters and well-known scenes of the classic novel through the lens of faith, tying these examinations to a practical issue relevant to the modern reader.
A few topics addressed are finances, caring for our world, the role of women in faith, the importance of compassion and communication.  While Litton’s observations are certainly grounded in a firm understanding of literature and religion, those looking for a more classically academic-sounding work might consider looking elsewhere.  Litton’s personal first-person style of writing made me feel as though I were participating in a conversation, not just reading his words on the page.  Not only does he relate modern concepts to each chapter, but he also tells stories from his personal life that serve to emphasize the importance and relevance of his discussions.
All in all, a very enjoyable read.  As a literature major and person of faith, I am always interested in the connections between so-called secular works and the acts or practices of faith.  In To Kill a Mockingbird, Litton has found parables that we can all apply to our lives in order to make an impact on those around us.
 
A copy of this book was provided by the Tyndale Blog Network.  I received no monetary compensation for this review.  All opinions express here are my own.