Outfit inspiration for the Chalice Gold Hoop Earrings!
Tomorrow is “Embrace Your Geekness Day”!! (Who comes up with these?!) You may not know this, although I haven’t made any attempts to hide it, but there are plenty of things I could “geek out” about! I started to write about them all, and it got a little ridiculous. There was a particularly long paragraph about The Lord of the Rings.
What is “geekness,” though? I think it’s when you can’t contain excitement over a particular (often cerebral) interest, making you look uncool. People who say they don’t have any of these moments or interests are lying to you, and stifling them is so not the best way to live. In “embracing our geekness,” can we just say that we’re going to allow ourselves to thoroughly enjoy what we love, even if other people don’t?
I marvel at our capacity to enjoy things. Our ultimate enjoyment is only found in God, but he also created everything on Earth for us to enjoy. (It says so right here: 1 Timothy 6:17)
There are two quotes from C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters regarding this topic that I love. Remember, that these “letters” are the communication between two demons trying to keep the “patient” (human soul) away from the “Enemy” (God.)
“Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours.”
“The deepest likings and impulses of any man are the raw material, the starting point, with which the Enemy has furnished Him… I would make it a rule to eradicate from my patient any strong personal taste which is not actually a sin, even if it is something quite trivial such as a fondness for county cricket or collecting stamps or drinking cocoa. Such things, I grant you, have nothing of virtue in them; but there is a sort of innocence and humility and self-forgetfulness about them which I distrust. The man who truly and disinterestedly enjoys any one thing in the world, for its own sake, and without caring twopence what other people say about it, is by that very fact forearmed against some of our subtlest modes of attack.”
If you get excited going to a planetarium or museum, get excited. If you have fun watching sci-fi tv shows, have fun. If you enjoy playing strategy board games with your family, do it. Harmless interests and hobbies like these, in their proper place, make us who we are, which is apparently what God had in mind all along.
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
They brought me rubies from the mine,
And held them to the sun;
I said, they are drops of frozen wine
From Eden’s vats that run.
I looked again, — I thought them hearts
Of friends to friends unknown;
Tides that should warm each neighboring life
Are locked in sparkling stone.
But fire to thaw that ruddy snow,
To break enchanted ice,
And give love’s scarlet tides to flow, —
When shall that sun arise?
One of my favorite stones! I am considering making this a monthly collage series to celebrate each birthstone.
What do you think?
Friends, get thee to your local Christian book store, or CBD, or Amazon, and buy Jen Wilkin’s 1 Peter study!
I just finished going through it with the ladies’ group at my church and it was one of the most fortifying/refreshing Bible “walk-throughs” I have ever experienced!
And while it would be accurate to say that 1 Peter is just incredibly meaty and satisfying, the truth is the entire Bible is that way if you know how to study it. What I loved about Jen’s study is that she shows you how to dig into this particular book in such a way that by the end, you feel better equipped to plumb the depths of the entirety of scripture. The book also has a dvd of her leading the study, and I am 99% sure you’ll enjoy her teaching. She’s so sincere and down-to-earth, you’ll feel like she’s talking to you in person.
None of this is a paid endorsement, by the way (funny that it’s necessary to say that nowadays), just my own personal feeling!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:3-5
If you get it, make sure you let me know what you thought of it!
I visited the South last week. It was such a blessed time on the family property with my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandmother. My parents, sister, and I had not been there in two years, and I got a little nostalgic walking the property and snapping photos of things that stick out in my memory. Having always gone back there no matter where I’ve lived, it’s like a second home. Here are a few images I captured, including a mini-photo shoot with my aunt’s new puppy because…puppy!
I usually put a song at the end, but for this, I’m putting it at the beginning so you can listen as you scroll! 🙂
Reading: “Les Miserables” – THIS IS A BIG DEAL. When I was seven, I would look upon my dad’s copy of this book with awe. It’s an old penguin paperback with a dark picture of a hairy man drinking and smoking at a table covered with a white cloth. It is about as thick as my fist and is daunting to behold. At that young age, I thought that nothing would be more mature than reading it. So, even though there are prettier editions and more recent translations from the original French, I am reading THAT copy of “Les Miserables” and it is a BIG DEAL!
Drinking: Water & Black Tea – These are really the only things I drink regularly. The black tea is Vanilla Almond from the Republic of Teas (my favorite), and the water is filtered Ohio rainfall. Of course, with summer around the corner, I’m starting to salivate thinking of all the lemonade-y drinks in my future!
Watching: Too many things… my sister and I are on a rotation of Smallville, West Wing, Dr. Who (Matt Smith’s seasons), and The Crown. I did just start Death Comes to Pemberley on Netflix the other night. It’s good so far!
Feeling: Contemplative…this is my natural state. I can analyze the heck out of my own thoughts and feelings. Right now, I’m thankful for the work that the Lord is doing on my heart through my pursuit of joy this year. Joy was my word for 2017, and I am desperately trying to learn what it means to live joyfully (more on this later). What does it mean to you?
Making: A big deal out of reading “Les Miserables,” Also… about 40 new pieces of jewelry. My goal for the end of May is to have 100 pieces listed in my Etsy shop and the Sel Rosé website.
Listening to: At this very second – “Be Still My Soul” by Sandra McCracken. Whoop, just changed to “Fresh Eyes” by Andy Grammer.
Wanting: To feel more courageous about my business. There’s nowhere to go but up, unless I chicken out and let my fears kill the forward momentum.
Loving: One of the most beautiful springs I have ever seen!
Thanks for reading!
Short, sweet, to the point: How often do you value ENJOYMENT over ACCOMPLISHMENT?
If you’re like me, your head space is so full of thoughts that bemoan not getting more done that you have no room to contemplate the joy of what you’re actually doing.
I don’t want to live this way.
Enjoyment over Accomplishment – can this be the mantra for the rest of my life?
Because, if I’m not enjoying it, what’s the point?
I finally finished “7 Habits”! I started reading Stephen Covey’s book four different times after receiving it for Christmas years ago, and until recently, just never really committed to it. I think the very title intimidated me. The words “habits” and “highly effective” are heavy.
Now that I’ve finished it, I would strongly urge you to read it as well. The subject matter is nothing if not important, and it’s filled with enough anecdotes to keep things light.
I have come up with a list of the 7 lessons I learned from Mr. Covey’s book. They are nice and bite-sized to just give you a little taste.
Here you are:
1.) Never allow yourself to feel like a victim. Your response to the world is always within your control, and you never stop being responsible for who and what you are.
2.) When we are centered on anything other than the bedrock values of scripture, we give up our security and make decisions based on emotions instead of truth. This includes being centered on good things like children, parents, spouse, and career. It ultimately won’t work.
3.) Delegation is one of the most powerful ways to influence other people and accomplish great things.
4.) We often overlook the activities that will truly make our work easier and better because other tasks seem more urgent. Make wiser decisions with your time.
5.) Communication only truly works when you focus on understanding the perspective of someone else before trying to get them to understand you.
6.) Interdependence is not weakness. Dependence is weakness, independence is an illusion, but interdependence is power.
7.) It may seem like your only choices in conflict are win/lose or a compromise, but there is actually a magical third option: creatively searching for another possibility that allows for everyone to get exactly what they need/want. This is called synergy.
That’s meaty subject matter, don’t you think? Let me know if you have already read Mr. Covey’s book and what you think of it! I’d love to chat about it!
I could tell you that I haven’t written because I had no time for blogging during the holidays, and early this year my blog had technical issues. Those things did actually happen. But the real reason for my silence is that I have had something to say for months now but haven’t been able to find the words.
A lot has changed in the country since I last wrote, and it probably sounds like old news for me to bring up the election, but that’s what I’m going to do. For this blog post, though, I won’t be expressing my own personal feelings around the candidates because if I did, it would be hard for some of you to hear what I have to say…
It may seem like America is falling down around our ears, and it is difficult to tune out the celebrities’ commentaries on the last few months and the news anchors’ prophecies on the next four years, but I feel like all those extraneous voices are a distraction from a far more serious problem within the church.
Christians, we have to face the facts: a huge number of believers voted for one candidate, and a huge number of believers voted for the other candidate. And, after the election was over, the church became a very divided body.
As I watched the aftermath of the election blowing up on social media, I was dumbfounded, astonished and confused by the words being hurled back and forth…by believers. It scared me. So much bitterness and anger and spite. So little trusting in God.
There are a number of people that I love and respect who voted differently than me. Believers who voted their conscience by spending time praying that God would show them how to vote, and then voting accordingly.
We were praying to the same Jesus Christ, weren’t we? We have the same Holy Spirit living inside of us, don’t we? So why did we vote so differently? Why are so many of us divided politically?
I don’t have answers to those questions, but I do believe I have reached a conclusion as to how I should respond. And, it’s not with hateful words of dissension.
Y’all, we must respect the Holy Spirit in our brothers and sisters; believers who were asking for the Lord’s leading when they stepped into their local polling place. We have to believe that He has a path for them to walk, and that it’s okay for it to look differently than our own. We have to acknowledge that their issues of concern are legitimate and real, and that we should try to understand them better. But, above all, we must respect the Holy Spirit within them.
Right before He left earth, the disciples were questioning Jesus about the fates that lay ahead for each of them. Peter saw John and said, ‘”Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!'” (John 21: 20-22)
I have thought of that Bible verse a lot during this season, and recognized it as an appropriate position to take when we question why Christ leads a fellow Christian differently…It doesn’t matter what Christ intends for someone else, we should focus on our own path! Granted, this could get sticky if I don’t state the obvious: When we sin, Christ is not the one leading us to do so. But we’re not talking about committing sin, we’re talking about voting based on our understanding of political issues.
Christ also said to His followers, “‘By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) We could have an abundance of love for non-believers, the poor, the needy, and the homeless, but if we are bad-mouthing our fellow Christians, we are not representing Christ as we should.
Now, to anyone thinking, “But, what about the issues,” we don’t have to surrender our positions on the issues, but we can’t let them distract us from our duty as Christians to honor our brothers and sisters. The world is watching our country right now. This is a chance for the world to look at the church in America and see a group of imperfect people choosing to love each other because we share a bond in Christ, not people whose faith wasn’t strong enough to unify them in their differences. What do you want them to see?
I, for one, would rather people look away during the next four years if we can’t figure out how to love each other well.
God has a purpose and a plan for these events, and it will all be for good. He is still in control, and He’s the only one holding all the cards. We can trust Him. Let’s not waste this opportunity to demonstrate our trust. Let’s choose to live calmly in the midst of the world’s chaos, and peacefully in the midst of dissension. We are a family. No matter what.