It’s the week following Easter, and I want to include some resources in this week’s list of my favorite things. All are focused on the resurrection of Christ and living in light of this powerful truth and reality.
What I Am Listening To
After the Easter holiday, I began listening to the album, Resurrection Letters, Vol. 1, by Andrew Peterson, and it is on repeat on my Spotify account. The songs are truth-filled resurrection hope pointing me to live in light of eternity, and lifting my heart in joy and gratitude for what Jesus did by dying on the cross and raising from the dead. This is a good discipline to add to your faith in good times and tough times. You know sometimes you just have to preach the Gospel to yourself, or sing it!
This article is actually an excerpt taken from a book written by the blog’s author, Scott Sauls, contemplating the true reasons behind the atheist’s arguments blocking their belief in the resurrection, and ultimately their belief in God.
Just Something Extra
During the Easter weekend, I went and purchased some Hydrangeas. If this doesn’t make you smile and bring good thoughts, then nothing will! I mean look at them!!
A Gem From Social Media
I saw this inspiring tweet the other day from a pastor in the Houston area named, Steve Bezner:
Had 20 or so Muslims from our neighborhood mosque join us today for Easter. Afterwards we hosted a brunch for them to ask questions about the Resurrection. It was pretty sweet. Love my neighbors. pic.twitter.com/nHLsVPsI5S— Steve Bezner (@Bezner) April 21, 2019
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He left us all with a commission to go and preach the gospel to all nations. This tweet really challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and take a chance on someone who may look different than me or comes from a different background. I love that this church took the time to just sit around the table and have conversation. Who do you need to invite to your table or maybe just for a cup of coffee?
This February has been full of changes, mainly in the weather. Spring-like temps and yellow daffodils one day, and freezing downpours the next. February is not one of my favorite months of the year. It’s that place of in between, the end of winter with a hint of spring around the corner. It seems to bounce me around, keeping me off balance. So, a few of my favorites are as up and down as the February weather patterns (click on the highlighted links):
I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to this topic, but this podcast does have some really useful information and practical resources to help you out if you are struggling with that daily reading plan that you may or may not have started at the beginning of the year. Check it out, I promise it won’t disappoint.
This came out of listening to the above podcast I mentioned. I downloaded this app and it has really changed the way I view the Scriptures. It has “fun” videos you can watch from The Bible Project people which help to explain overviews of the book you are reading along with some big picture concepts of the Bible, such as the image of God or the covenants. It also provides a Psalm for reading and meditation that goes along with your daily portion of Scripture. If you have tried and failed to read the Bible through in a year, then give this app a try. Listen to the podcast and those good people will explain it all a lot better than I do.
“No Guarantees.”Parenting is hard, and often we believe that if we parent well that our children will turn out well. This thought-provoking article points out that there are no guarantees. What’s the end game here? That if we do our job right, that they will reflect well on us?
Wham Bam Can of Ham! Humor is good for the soul, and I often find that in The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
My last favorite is the song, “He Knows My Name,” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard. I heard a woman sing it acapella at a women’s conference I attended this past week. It blessed my soul, and hope that it blesses yours.