Friday Five

1. The Need for Silence [Thanks, Molly!] Loved this sentence: “i think He allows silence for our own good… so that we’ll learn to trust without hearing and walk without seeing…. so that we’ll learn to submit to His timing and not ours.”

2. I cannot get this song out of my head, so here, you can listen to it twice. [Thanks to Mary for both these links!]

3. If Andy Dwyer Quotes Were Motivational Posters. I’d print these out and frame them.  

4. Laura sent me this a couple of weeks ago and I just forgot to put it in the Friday Five. Classic First Lines of Novels in Emojis. I got six of them (not always the line, but the title of the book) without looking at the answers. How many did you know? 

5. I thought this was a sweet video by Jenny & Tyler:



Friday Five

1. 36 Hours in Nashville

2. I liked this article about Deciding What to Read Next. I thought it was an interesting thought about having to learn how to decide. I distinctly remember the overwhelming feeling (that I still get sometimes) of being able to read whatever I wanted after college (and grad school) and not knowing where to start. How do you decide what to read next? 

3. Speaking of books… 

4. Speaking of bookbook™, this is an interesting study on memory and books on pages vs. digital. I believe it’s 100% accurate for me. 

5. The Little Rascals got back together and had a photo shoot. Insert comment about how old we are. [Thanks, Mary!]

Finally, I need your help for next week. So far, I have like two things. Friday Two just doesn’t have the same ring to it, you know?

Help Wanted

Okay, y’all. Here’s the thing. I’m going to Hogwarts next week, so I won’t be here to scour the internet for the five best things to present you on Friday. I know. 

But, I have a plan. I’m going to crowdsource this. I know what you’re thinking, “Elizabeth, whenever you crowdsource things, no one replies.” Well, you’re right. I had the same thought. But something about persistence and achieving things and I believe in you and clear eyes and full hearts. 

Here’s what I’m asking of you, dear readers. Please send me one of your favorite things from the internet. You can either click here to send it via email or if you hate surprising people, leave a link in the comments. This doesn’t have to be a recent thing. I’m looking for that article you’re always referring to, the TED talk where you took notes and made a print from your favorite quote, the YouTube video you force people to watch at parties and family gatherings, the song you love like a hipster (because no one else seems to have heard of it), etc. The only stipulation is that this is a family-friendly blog. I ask that things be rated PG at the most. Oh, also, I need these in by this Friday (September 5). 

I’ll compose a list of five (or maybe more … we’ll see how well this goes) of my favorites as next week’s Friday Five. It will almost be like “The Best of the Internet Awards” or something. 

[This Friday (September 5) will be your regularly scheduled Friday Five.]

Thank you in advance! 

tweets of the month

Tweets of the Month Club: August

Twitter, this may have been our best month yet. Good work, everybody. 




Friday Five

1. Nick Offerman contemplates deep shower thoughts from Reddit. 

2. Being a Woman in Comedy. This is an interesting look at the difference between men and women comedians and what it means for a woman to be funny. 

3. Darkness is Losing by Jefferson Bethke. 

4. What Writers Can Learn from Goodnight MoonI remember my creative writing professor talking to me about the merits of Goodnight Moon once and how Margaret Wise Brown was a genius for the poetry in it, so I enjoyed reading this article about one of my all-time favorite books. 



Friday Five

1. I like the way this impressionist says goodbye to Robin Williams.

2. 14 Books That Change With Age. I haven’t read all of these, but I definitely remember the, um, metamorphosis of my opinion of Kafka. 

3. The Many Music Video Personas of Taylor Swift [Did y'all know she came out with a new song this week?!]

4. I once got a perfect score on a hue test, so when I saw this game, I knew I needed to test my superpower. The later rounds are difficult. I got an 8.5 overall. 

5. It’s Friday. Let’s take a trip to Europe. 

Magical Europe – Timelapse from StanChang on Vimeo.


What books have changed with age for you? What score did you get on the color test? 


Friday Five

1. Everybody Likes You When You’re 29. I’m going to try to use this knowledge to my advantage.

2. Thin Places. An essay on those places and moments when heaven and earth seem a bit closer to one another. 

3. This tribute video to Robin Williams is lovely and reminded me of how much I loved the movie Jack. [I'm linking to it instead of embedding it because this website is giving money to St. Jude based on clicks on their Robin Williams posts.]

4. Hope. Jessie Buttram writes what my heart has been saying the past few weeks, but especially this week. 

5. And because we could all use Something Beautiful.


Prayers for a Broken World

I don’t pretend to know much about what’s going on in the world. But I know enough to realize our world is very broken. It always has been, but recently, I feel like our brokenness is showing more than ever. 

I don’t pretend to know much about prayer. I don’t understand how it works, but I know it works. I’ve seen it. I don’t understand why the sovereign God of the universe asks us to pray, but I know He does. 

When the whole world is severely splintered and disintegrating right in front of us, it’s hard to know how to respond. It’s difficult to know what’s actually helpful. This I know, even though I don’t understand, we are to pray. 


We pray for the world. For all the places God’s image-bearers are sitting in terror, hurt, and confusion. We pray for the impossible. We pray for healing. We pray for peace that would completely pass understanding because how could peace be understood here? We pray for comfort. We pray that somehow, there would be a stillness in their terror, some sort of salve for their hurt, a bit of clarity for the confusion. 

We continue praying for the impossible. We pray the people of God would rejoice in their sufferings, remembering that these sufferings, while unimaginably horrifying, are temporary. We pray the rejoicing will lead to endurance, because endurance eventually leads to hope. Hope that will not disappoint. Hope. The impossible. We pray.

We pray for forgiveness, grace, and mercy to find their way into the hearts of so many. We pray love will win battles and not just the war. We pray that swords will be turned back into plowshares, that weapons will be laid down. 

We give thanks for those who are sacrificing their lives to provide aid. We give thanks for those who are working diligently to tell the stories, change the laws, heal the wounds, and share the love of Christ. We thank Jesus for them. We pray they will somehow be in encouraged in the middle of the overwhelming disappointment.

We pray most of all for two things. For, somehow, in a way only He can accomplish, God will get the glory—that lives will turn to Him. And we pray that He will come quickly to heal this broken world and set things right and new and beautiful again. 


In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. 

John 16:33


Friday Five

1. There’s a movie about Christian Mingle. Starring Gretchen Wieners. With a (seemingly) Christian message. And it actually looks good.

2. The #1 Item You Need for Houseguests. (Thanks, Lydia!)

3. Check with the Animals.

4. The Big Chill: These Are Your Parents by Lena Dunham. Just a bit of good writing. (via Knox McCoy)

5. Agreeing to Accept and Move On. Another bit of good writing. 

Bonus [The cast of The Lion King are pretty much the best ever.]


Top Christian Albums of the Last 25 Years

Y’all. I forced myself onto a was asked to be on a panel. Like, a panel of judges. It’s a big deal, okay? 

Over at The Wardrobe Door, this week is Top Christian Albums of the Last 25 Years Week (I made up the Week part, but it is lasting all week). We (the panel) chose the top CCM albums from the last 25 years and wrote a bit about them. I grew up listening to CCM almost exclusively, so I had opinions. It was fun to relive some of our favorite songs and albums from the past. 

This is basically just a post to say go read someone else’s blog. So, head on over there. Let us know if you agree with our choices. (There was a very complicated ranking system that included math, so while we each had our own top 25, only the top top ones got on the list or something like that. Math, y’all.) There’s even a hashtag: #25in25. 

Numbers 25-21.
Numbers 20-16.
Numbers 15-11. 
Numbers 10-6. 
Numbers 5-1. 

I’m going to try really hard to remember to come back and update each day with the latest post. 

[image above was swiped directly from The Wardrobe Door.]