Weekly Favorite Links (April 9-16, 2015)

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Sorry this weekly favorites post was late, guys! I’ll make it up to you soon. It’ll be a surprise. 🙂

Something I’ve realized, after taking my half-marathon training a bit more seriously this week, is that I hate to exercise alone. I much prefer exercising with at least one more person. It can be a bit humbling, but I need accountability. I lack discipline when it’s just me, myself, and I. I can easily talk myself out of running that extra mile or doing a few more reps. I’d much prefer being a bed potato and choosing to nap instead of venturing outside. It’s so much more painful and difficult (and lonely, too) when there’s zero accountability. I mean, it’s not that I couldn’t exercise alone, but it’s just so much better to do it with others.

I have more motivation and energy when I’m working out with someone. When I’m with others, I know I need to suck it up. Don’t complain; endure the soreness and keep going. When one person is on the verge of giving up, the other can support and encourage them to continue. And when the workout’s over, we can cheer and do little happy dances, or crash onto the floor. Together.

The Christian life is also just like training for a half-marathon, except the prize and stakes are higher. And others running it can definitely tell you that accountability with others is a necessity, not an option. We need to make it across that finish line, because we’re promised to receive the crown of life from our Lord and Savior. We must learn to be patient with the sanctification process along the way in order to be reunited with Christ. It’s not meant to be a sprint, but a test of endurance and faith. It’s an arduous race, but when we reach the end, it will be a sweet, glorious reunion. Persevere, persevere, persevere.

Like the saying goes: no pain, no gain.


Grace Dress – A re-post of Kara Tippet’s blog posts from the past.

On My Wedding Day – Some wise and encouraging dreams from Marshall Segal before his wedding day. A good reminder that marriages should have visions too. “A marriage without a vision might survive, but it probably won’t grow or thrive.

The Church is Not Your Frat House – Prayer for my church as we join together in corporate worship weekly.

The Seed of Divorce – “In every marriage is an issue, a belief, a habit, a heart idolatry—indeed, many of them—that can lead easily and naturally to the complete destruction of the union. The world, the flesh, and the devil are all committed to the destruction of marriage, and each of those enemies brings its own evil seeds. The question is not whether those seeds are or will be present in a marriage, but what we will do with them.


Brown Butter Blueberry White Chocolate Oat Bars – Ugh! Stop. Want to make this now.

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal – Brown butter, I see you. ❤️️

Fudgy Marshmallow Popcorn – Perfect movie night snack!

Havarti Breakfast Biscuits With Jalapeño, Bacon, And Arugula – I could really use this right now.

Naturally Sweetened Greek Yogurt – I love this tip! I need to eat healthier and this is easy to make! I’ve added fruits to greek yogurt without any waiting time before consumption, but I’ll remember this for next time.

Salted Caramel Bourbon Apple Pie – Pies are yummy, yay!

Sticky Pork Rice Balls With Tteokbokki Sauce – I’m already a HUGE fan of tteokbokki. The combination of sticky rice balls filled with pork on the inside AND tteokbokki sauce sounds heavenly.


Seven Reasons to Learn Calligraphy – Persuasive.

Soldier makes his wife food for an entire year – So sweet. 1000 dumplings? Oh my goooooodness.


“Bring Him Home” Cover – You need to listen to this cover of one of my favorite songs from Les Misérables, sung by Josh Groban! His voice is so dreamy.

Healer Original Soundtrack Track One – My last finished Korean drama was Healer. Some of my friends are just catching up and getting on board the Healer fan club, and one of them linked me to this soundtrack. Even though it’s been months since the drama finished airing in Korea, listening to this song still gets my heart pumping and happy. It was usually played when Healer, the main dude, was doing some cool moves or there was a nice, unexpected turn in the story. Anyway, Music really matters and sets the mood for everything.

I Know – I don’t know what it is about this song but I luuurrvvee it a lot. Been listening to it on repeat and it pumps. me. UP!!! Especially when the part “Shouting Hallelujah, Christ alone” comes on. Take a listen!

“See You Again” by Charlie Puth – I’m not really into Fast and Furious, but I adore this song.


  1. Arwen says:

    Haha I’m the opposite of you with working out. I prefer working out alone. I think I concentrate better. =)

    Love the Josh Groban cover! He’s so awesome.


    • endorap says:

      I don’t think I could work out alone when it comes to strength training. I like having a trainer because they push me to go farther than I probably would if I was by myself.

      Yeeesss, glad you like the cover. I love Josh Groban’s voice!


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