A Coffee and Some Random Bits Friday
I've found myself in a bit of a holding pattern of sorts this week. Maybe it's a matter of some post-vacation blues; maybe it's the weather teetering still between winter and spring; maybe I simply need a kick in the butt. And with an almost lazy ease, I've found myself looking at what I don't have that others do. I've looked at things relational, occupational, spiritual, house maintenance-al. My usual M.O. In such situations is to descend into a solid Doom Spiral--in a nutshell, I suck at All the Things and I'm a Horrible and Terrible Person. (Ask my husband - this is not terribly far off the mark. He also coined the term Doom Spiral.) But this time, I'm noticing a shift in the usual plot line:
- I'm reminding myself of what I do have.
- I'm working at learning to see where I genuinely do need to change.
- I'm trying to not tackle all of the above in one fell swoop.
This may not sound like much to you, but it's doing my soul good to see this shift begin.
Thanks to the podcast The Popcast, I've discovered a new podcast: The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. I have only listened to one episode - Jamie's chat with Jamie B. Golden of The Popcast - so I don't feel qualified to offer an overview of the podcast as a whole. But I do definitely recommend you listen to Jamie's talk with Jamie - it covers a range of topics from big leaps of faith, koozies, and books to read (to name, literally, but a few things).
I am still making my way through Beth Moore's book So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us. If you're unfamiliar with Beth Moore as a writer and a Bible teacher, I recommend you check out this excerpt from another book of hers where she shares a lesson she learned in an airport. She manages to make you laugh and think while offering some needed pokes at your heart and soul. And her book on insecurity will help you let go of the things making you feel “less than” and show you where our security is best found.
Steven Curtis Chapman has released his first worship album: Worship and Believe. Give it a listen if you’d like, particularly his song with another one of my favourite artists - Matt Maher – Hallelujah, You Are Good. If you know anything about the road Steven and his family have walked over the last 8 years in particular, this song has a particular beauty and poignancy.
What have you been enjoying this week? Where have you seen yourself growing? I'd love to hear from you.
And have a happy Friday!