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A Coffee and Some Recommendations Friday

A Coffee and Some Recommendations Friday

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Photo Credit: Beverly Goodwin ©2013 (Flickr via Creative Commons) Sometimes I read the works of other writers, and I find myself wondering what I think I’m doing, trying to collect and share my own clumsy prose.  Not that I begrudge others the way they have with words and phrases and thoughts, for lately rather than have it bog me down, it’s starting to buoy me and help me keep learning these ways of word and page.

Encouraging me this week:

  • “I’m not saying we should swallow things without question or believe everything we are told,” writes Leanne Penny in “Confessions of a spiritual hole-poker”. “What I am saying is that the human heart can’t survive endless doses of cynicism and critique in regards to their faith, it starts to feel like starvation.”
  • Shawn Smucker is taking a break of undetermined length from social media. And I found something freeing in this phrase from his blog post about his break and the funeral of a friend: “It’s actually a huge relief, the diminishing. The trusting.” It speaks to me of the simplicity to be found in Christ (and which I lose sight of far too often.)
  • I’ve read a few times from a few different people how we aren’t to envy the success of others because we don’t know what all preceded it. But sometimes it’s good to hear some of those preceding details, as Levi Lusko shares in his recent blog post “Just Keep Swimming”: “The song “Let it Go” [from the movie “Frozen”] is not just a great song, it is literally the best. It won an Oscar for the best song in a motion picture. It was so good that it changed the course of the movie.”
  • And this song made me tear up this past week. It speaks of a quiet waiting on/for God that’s full of hope and reverence and joy:

What has encouraged you this week?

Happy Friday, all! And thank you for reading!

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