Weekly Favorite Links (June 11-July 1, 2015)

NO CHURN blackberry chip ice cream I howsweeteats.com

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I have been trying to start this post days in advance so that I’d have adequate time to finish and post. But here I am, sitting in front of my laptop and I can’t even articulate everything that I feel into words. (Is this called writer’s block?) These past two weeks have brought about so many changes. Some foreseeable and expected, others came out of the blue. There have been numerous adjustments to my daily routine, relationships, and priorities. And need I mention that the clock doesn’t stop.

Even though I’d like to think that I have a personality that can adapt and get used to new situations quickly, I readily admit that change is something I dread rather than embrace. However, I know that God uses surprising circumstances to remind me that I’m not the one in control and to cause me to trust in him more.

Lately, I have been reading The Valley of Vision, which is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions that was put together and edited by Arthur Bennett. Reading these prayers on a regular basis prompts me to strive for a God-centered perspective and a humble attitude throughout my day. I read it often because it speaks so much truth — truths that I need to repeat over and over again because my heart is just fickle like that. I’d like to share one prayer with you, which is my current go-to favorite. Also because I think this prayer kind of captures how I’ve been praying for myself.

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;
Let me find thy light in my darkness,
thy life in my death,
thy joy in my sorrow,
thy grace in my sin,
thy riches in my poverty thy glory in my valley.


Peaches in Paradise – Paying homage to one of the most inspirational, faithful, God-fearing woman in the last century.

So-Called Same-Sex Marriage – John Piper shares his thoughts on the Supreme Court decision last Friday. Here’s what spoke to me: “Christians know what is coming, not only because we see it in the Bible, but because we have tasted the sorrowful fruit of our own sins. We do not escape the truth that we reap what we sow. Our marriages, our children, our churches, our institutions — they are all troubled because of our sins. The difference is: We weep over our sins. We don’t celebrate them. We don’t institutionalize them. We turn to Jesus for forgiveness and help.”

Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins – Please read if you haven’t already.

A Soul Physician – I love it when Challies uses personal stories to touch upon some important points. This one really hit it home for me. As Christians, we need to “carefully observe, diagnose accurately, and treat patiently.”

Responses To The SCOTUS Marriage Ruling – Here’s a list of resources regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage. There are a lot of good ones in there.


Brioche Waffle With Ground Peanut Butter – Waffleswaffleswaffleswaffleswaffles.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies – WHAT.

Cold Soba Summer Noodles – Always refreshing on a hot summer day.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites – What can go wrong with chocolate? (Answer: nothing.) With a video too!

Homemade Buttery Flaky Pie Crust – For your pie baking adventures. You’re welcome.

How To Regrow Green Onions – I hate green onions but this is a really cool video tip. Why go to the store when you can grow your own? Having watched my mom do this before, I’d say it’s pretty easy and hassle-free.

Matcha Swirl Cheesecake – Pretty, pretty!

Spicy Ahi Poke With Avocado Rice – Wow. I really want to eat this right now.

Sriracha Egg Salad – Perfect for that 4th of July BBQ coming up this weekend.


“Bad Blood” Cover – Not a huge fan of this Taylor Swift song but I liked this cover by Kina Grannis and Clara C.

“Fireflies” by Lights and Motion – Shoutout to my friend mlarkey for linking this to me. Probably my top jam song right now.

Evolution of Michael Jackson – Throwback thanks to Pentatonix.

Justin Timberlake Medley – I dig this. Love the segways.

On My Way Home Documentary Trailer – Speaking of Pentatonix, they’re coming out with a documentary! Woohoo!


    • endorap says:

      Thanks for reading, Aaron! I’m catching up to your blog. Thanks for sharing about what you learned during your sickness.

      The changes that I’m currently going through is definitely best for an in-person conversation at another date. Also it’s a humbling lesson that God is the Lord of my life.


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