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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.

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Weekly Favorite Links (Jan 29-Feb 4, 2015)

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Before I share all my favorite links this week, I want to talk about my life for a bit. Last week was a stressful week. While I thought I had planned a week full of down time with only a handful of things to do, my schedule filled up fairly quickly with spontaneous activities and meetings. While all the spontaneity was good for my soul in the long run, I still wrestled with anxiety. This led to a lot of sleepless nights because I couldn’t turn my brain off. And if you know me, I love my sleep so not sleeping well was extra hard.

In addition, the sore throat that I mentioned about last week gave me a lot of anxiety because I really didn’t want to get sick. By God’s grace, it didn’t turn into a full-blown cold. At the start of this week, I thought it did, but I was only experiencing my first-ever symptoms of allergies. Still, there are lessons to be learned. God is teaching me to rest in Him in my anxiousness. Every time I become worried about things outside of my control, the Spirit reveals to me my lack of trust in my Savior. It’s only when my body begins to break down, physically and/or emotionally, that I’m forced to recognize my own limitations and how I CANNOT do it all.

It may seem like a silly lesson to learn repeatedly, but I don’t think I’m truly repentant about it. I may be repentant about it in the moment, but time always reveals where our hearts stand. I can’t meet up with every person, I can’t pray and serve all those that I feel strongly convicted to care for, I can’t bake a bazillion things that I want to learn, and I can’t perfectly balance work and family and friends and leadership responsibilities….. the list goes on. On top of all the anxiety, last week unexpectedly brought about some unwanted emotional pain, anger, and bitterness from the past. At what seemed like the worst timing ever, God sovereignly chose that moment in time to test my faith. And when I was in the midst of dealing with a myriad of flooding emotions, Psalm 46:10 came to mind. Be still, Endora. Abide in Me. Find rest in Me.

Humbling, much-needed reminders. It’s a constant struggle, but I’m thankful that it’s not a lonely battle.

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