Untangled

Untangled

  Today I wrote a post for the LifeWay Women blog on becoming untangled from the sin that so easily ensnares us. (They let me write about the upbeat, fun things.) When we thought about the word release for our prayer this month, we thought of Hebrews 12:1-3. Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. Even though I’m not a runner, I love the picture this passage paints. Running is not an easy task. Sure, there are Olympic athletes who can run 100 yards or 26 miles in seemingly impossible times. These athletes have spent their lives training, though. They’ve worked hard, been in pain, refused to do other—perhaps more enjoyable—tasks. They have oriented their lives around running. And you better believe they have taken great pains to lay aside every weight and thing that will entangle them on race day. Click here to read the...
Friday Five

Friday Five

We’re back! 1. I’ve had so many discussions already about this article. A lot to think about as a reader, writer, and editor. 2. I just thought this was funny. 3. This is so, so good. Thought-provoking for single women and for those who love them. 4. Jen Wilkin made me laugh and challenged me in this piece on the Instagram Bible. 5. Also funny. BONUS PODCAST RECOMMENDATION: This interview with Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of...
Tweets of the Month Club | August + September 2016

Tweets of the Month Club | August + September 2016

Guys, guys! August and September gave us a lot to tweet about. Unfortunately, I was not on Twitter as much as usual and I was in Alaska on September 1st. So here we are with a double feature. To recap (for context), we had the Olympics, Instagram copied Snapchat, the election, etc. etc. Without further ado, the best tweets I read in my feed in August and September. This morning I hid in my bathroom for 50 min. when the handyman unexpectedly came in my apt. So that's how I'd handle a zombie apocalypse. — Molly Gentry (@mollsabeth) August 2, 2016 Year of the This is Fine Dog — PJ Vogt (@PJVogt) August 2, 2016 Instagram becoming Snapchat is like those women who sneak zucchini into their potluck brownies. NOBODY WANTS THOSE BRITTANY. — Jamie Golden (@jamiebgolden) August 3, 2016 If you haven't made an Instagram vid about how insta is trying to be snapchat then you are REALLY MISSING OUT ✌🏼️ — erinmcgown (@erinmcgown) August 3, 2016 Proud to announce that I'm starting a nonprofit that brings old people with premium cable together with youngsters who just need passwords. — Eddie Kaufholz (@EdwardorEddie) August 4, 2016 Writers, thank your editors today. They have a tough job killing our darlings and making our work stronger, better, and clearer. — Lore FergusonWilbert (@lorewilbert) August 5, 2016 Yes, I, as an editor, favorited this and am putting it here. As a writer and as an editor, I agree. Me normally: "Lifting a Mountain Dew can to my mouth is exercise."Me during #Olympics: "I'm confident I could medal in judo with ease."...
Tweets of the Month Club | July 2016

Tweets of the Month Club | July 2016

Here’s the deal. There was a lot of tragedy in July 2016. I also accidentally took a week off from Twitter. Those things combined make this an unusual Tweets of the Month Club. I’ll just leave it as these are some, but not all, of the best tweets to cross my feed this month.  Pretty sure this means I found where they filmed Deliverance. pic.twitter.com/NAFJyPqxrX — Rachel Callahan (@ObjectivityRach) July 1, 2016 We pray, talk, write, read, teach, counsel, and even tweet because words matter. Don’t waste them on hate, slander, grumbling, or division. — Brandon D. Smith (@BrandonSmith85) July 2, 2016 My family’s taking a break this weekend from complaining about America so we can celebrate America. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/JBcSRvM5G0 — Jamie Golden (@jamiebgolden) July 2, 2016 I appreciate our youth pastor's patriotism & creativity, but that'll be the last time we attempt a Roman candlelight service. — Fake J.D. Greear (@FakeJDGreear) July 3, 2016 Quick acknowledgment of the first world struggle that is traveling on a Sunday when @ChickfilA is closed. — Dean Inserra (@deaninserra) July 3, 2016 If I spent as much time hustling as I do picking a 4th of July outfit, then I’d be the Republican AND Democratic Presidential nominee. — Jamie Golden (@jamiebgolden) July 4, 2016 “We don’t have any hobbies. But we do try to get together a few times a month to judge people and complain…” pic.twitter.com/r66KX4wFR4 — Brandon Stanton (@humansofny) July 4, 2016 #goals “He must have so much time for interesting hobbies” — me, thinking about the guy behind me who verbally shortened “possession” to ”possesh“ — Tennessee Grimes (@10ehC)...
Friday Five

Friday Five

1. When to Use an Exclamation Point. Agreed. And, let me just add, they go even further in print than on a screen. 2. I just love this. 3. An interesting insight into the process of being vulnerable with your writing. 4. This article says what I want to say to so many women struggling with identity. “Our primary problem as Christian women is not that we lack self-worth, not that we lack a sense of significance or purpose. It’s that we lack awe.” 5. You may have heard, NEEDTOBREATHE has a new album out. You know the drill. Download, listen, dance, repeat. And if you want to see some fun, check out the #hardlove hashtag on twitter. They had a dance off that is a joyful respite to the rest of Twitter this week. BONUS PODCAST RECOMMENDATION: Invisibilia has been fantastic in season two. I have loved every episode so far, but The Problem With The Solution was...
Tweets of the Month Club | June 2016

Tweets of the Month Club | June 2016

This month featured the start of summer, Father’s Day, Brexit, and various other events, both happy and tragic. Here are the best tweets to cross my feed during June. All I know is I never want to be the person who shuts the airplane window because they're bored & unmoved by the view. — Jenna (@jpeyt) June 1, 2016 Attention and influence are not the same thing. — David Qaoud (@DavidQaoud) June 1, 2016 "If I were a superhero and my arch nemesis was Saran Wrap, the earth would be doomed." —@KeithPipes helping with dinner — Carol Pipes (@carolpipes) June 1, 2016 I really just eat dinner as a bridge between lunch and late night cereal. — Brandon D. Smith (@BrandonSmith85) June 2, 2016 Preach the gospel at all 🕐🕙🕞. If necessary use 💬. – St. Francis of A🌊🌊 https://t.co/Qida933IzA — Fake J.D. Greear (@FakeJDGreear) June 2, 2016 @sammyrhodes Dear Lord, yes. — Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) June 3, 2016 He’s smart, loves Jesus…his texts are green. — Jamie Golden (@jamiebgolden) June 3, 2016 Writing (or creating anything, really) isn't about achievement. It's about connection. It's a hand reaching out, a bridge, an invitation. — shauna niequist (@sniequist) June 5, 2016 imagine if sesame street was a tv show for adults and you just heard about it and you're trying to get caught up pic.twitter.com/Z3czwHsUYq — Judson Collier (@JudsonCollier) June 5, 2016 I’m convinced I will never confidently fill out a W-4. — Laura McClellan (@laura_mcclellan) June 7, 2016 really appreciate the effort my grocery store put into this pic.twitter.com/NxX4EqCpQx — Amber Krogel (@amberkrogel) June 8, 2016 Step 1: Download...
Friday Five

Friday Five

1. This pitch for an episode of The Office based on this year’s election makes me almost want to read fan fiction. (via Jacey) 2. Speaking of TV, this little video mourning the loss of some of our favorite shows made me smile (language warning). 3. On a completely different note, I loved this piece on the synchronous fireflies. 4. I cannot wait for the new Beauty and the Beast. It is my favorite fairy tale and the first movie I remember seeing in theaters and now it’s live! I love this side-by-side comparison of the two trailers: 5. A couple of British items that have nothing to do with Brexit: 1. This gif. 2. This video, which perhaps only I will like, but Friday Five also serves as a filing system for me, so I’m including it. This makes me want to row again. BONUS Podcast Recommendation: I just started listening to Presidential (I’ve heard George Washington and John Adams thus far), but I love the idea. And I love random facts. And history. Plus, I think it’s very timely to learn about our past presidents in light of the upcoming election. I also love that they say they don’t yet know who will be the subject of the 44th episode. Do you think they’ll record two and then throw the other one out, like the losing team’s championship t-shirts?...
A Lesson From My Dad

A Lesson From My Dad

On Mother’s Day, I wrote about a lesson I learned from my mom. So, today on Father’s Day, I thought about the lessons I’ve learned from my dad. He’s taught me many things—how to iron, how to use a compass, how to mow, and endless trivia. If you think I know a lot of weird and pointless facts, you should talk to my dad. From him, I have a dry sense of humor, a thirst for knowing all the things, and a need for preparedness. As I thought about my dad, I realized a theme emerged from all our memories together. He has taught and teaches me how to be there and be interested in those I love. My dad read to me all the time when I was little. We read the same books over and over until we both knew by heart the step-by-step action plan after you give a mouse a cookie. We also knew the sequence of things to say goodnight to, ending with the moon. My dad lived in a house full of girls—even our pets were always female. So, he played Pretty, Pretty Princess and had tea parties and went to dance recitals. My dad researched different braids and learned to do them. When I had a slight obsession with Amy Grant in elementary school, he took me to concerts, meet-and-greets, and more concerts. When I took modeling lessons (a story for another day), he drove me to class and even participated one day when I saw other parents in the class and didn’t realize it was a make-up tutorial, not some sort of parental permission...
Tweets of the Month Club | May 2016

Tweets of the Month Club | May 2016

It is June, y’all. That’s just something I realized yesterday, so I’m still getting used to the idea. May meant Mother’s Day, a DCTalk announcement, and a whole bunch of political issues. As a result, there may be a little bit of whiplash from serious to snarky, but isn’t that what we all love about Twitter? Here are the best tweets tweeted in May.  Father, rightly order our loves today. — Rachel Trammell (@racheltrammell) May 1, 2016 Let’s turn this Waffle House into a Waffle Home. — Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) May 1, 2016 At this point, I think there's just one continuous, 24/7 country music awards show that we get monthly live cut-ins of. #TooManyAwardShows — Jonathan Howe (@Jonathan_Howe) May 1, 2016 For single folks without kids, your gender reveal is just a party to announce which sex of baby will be the reason we never see you again. — Jamie Golden (@jamiebgolden) May 2, 2016 If you're married and have no single friend to whom you'd love to give a spare key, go get one. pic.twitter.com/9HpUth0OaE — Bethany Jenkins (@BethanyJenkins) May 2, 2016 I’m afraid Taylor Swift is a new talk show host in the Hunger Games. — Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) May 3, 2016 I'm at the age where I regularly find myself recommending my doctor to friends. — Cindy Warren (@cindy_warren) May 3, 2016 Don't worry guys, this chicken broth was able to roam around uninhibited. Just the way nature intended. pic.twitter.com/TR7rm0bj3D — Joel Kaser (@joelkaser) May 4, 2016 You'll never convince me #DCTalk didn't have that text conversation last night before they dropped this: pic.twitter.com/t3XIPYqVEO —...
Friday Five

Friday Five

1. 13, Right Now. A look at life in Generation Z. This is interesting and reminded me a lot of the piece from This American Life on Instagram and middle school kids in the prologue of this episode (I highly recommend a listen to that, too). 2. Foster Families and You. My friend Laura wrote a helpful post on how you can help out foster parents. 3. Reasons Why I’m Single. This is not necessarily me 100%, but I did agree with a lot of this post and thought it was a helpful perspective for those among us who are not single. 4. Corporate America Chases the Mythical Millennial. Here is a truth I encountered just last week: people like to stereotype. It’s how we organize the world around us, in a way. Another truth I’ve realized: I hate being on the receiving end of a stereotype. Perhaps this is, in part, because I am a millennial and—to stereotype—we were raised to be unique and independent and “special.” Or perhaps no one likes to be put in a box of any kind. Even when that box is labeled with their name. All that to say, I appreciated this article because it debunks the myth that millennials are all terrible people. 5. My friends made a legit music video based on possibly my favorite of their songs. New Friday Five Bonus Feature: A Podcast I Love. If you know me at all, you know I listen to approximately 50 podcasts a week (this number has no mathematical basis). So, I thought it would be fun if I included one each week* that...

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