I have been pleasantly absent from social media for a few weeks now. I plan a more reflective post about that experience after Christmas. However, one major things I’ve struggled with after being off Facebook & Twitter is how to share what I read or find with others. I love reading- books or blogs, and when I read/hear/see something I love I want to share it. Most lazily I share it via social media. In an effort to share some of the great things I’ve run across in the last few weeks, here are a few of my favorite things.
- Dear Kids: What You Need to Know About Duck Dynasty, Justine Sacco, and Christmas: There are so many things great in the post and so many lines to share. “The tongue is the tail of the heart. The heart is known by how the tongue wags…. You are going to get the words wrong. And so is every one else….The only words that are infallible — is the Word of God Himself. So — we grant grace. Grace is air — without it we all die.” Amen. oh Amen.
- How Long Are We Going to Keep Feeding the Gay vs Christian ‘Controversy?: It drives me nuts that people think these two things are mutually exclusive. Regardless of your thoughts on this, it’s a good read. I haven’t watched the video, so I can’t comment on that, just the upworthy.com article.
- 10 Tips on Embracing People with Mental Illness in the Church: Matthew Warren, son of Rick & Kay Warren, may be the most notable example that being a Christian doesn’t exempt someone from struggling with mental illness. Watching the Warren’s interview was convicting that we need to do a much better job of caring for our brothers and sisters carrying heavy loads. This post offers some great places for us to start to bridge that gap.
- Singled Out: How Churches Can Embrace Unmarried Adults: I cannot tell how you much this resonates with my experience and from conversations with friends- theirs as well. While this is geared towards those in ministry, it’s also incredibly helpful for anyone who knows someone who is single and wants to offer
helpfuladvice. So many good quotes, but this is a huge point: “Singleness isn’t a junior varsity version of marriage. It’s an entirely different sport – and if you haven’t played it, you haven’t mastered it.”
- She’s Rarely the Boss: This article in The New York Times springs from the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg about the struggles of being a woman in the work place. This particular NYT article stresses the importance of work places making room for diverse perspectives of leadership, which includes women.
- Wanting History: “I didn’t realize how much I valued history with people until I didn’t have it.” An encouraging read for anyone moving to a new place or who is wondering when the new place will start to feel like home. Enough Said.
- Instagram’s Envy Effect: The thoughts Shauna conveys in this Relevant Magazine Article mirror the feelings I had driving the desire to go without social media for a while. Real connection doesn’t happen over 140 character, edited interactions but in real life, real, stressful, crazy, messy life.
- Smashing the Trophy Cases of Social Media: Noticing a trend? Me too. “Social media is a place where the good and bad in our lives are displayed in virtual trophy cases.”
- Present Over Perfect: My heart does leaps of joy when a Shauna Neiquist post shows up in my Feedly list. Everything she writes has a way of saying what I think and this post is no exception.
On A Lighter Note:
- One of my favorite things about Texas were Kolaches from West. Kolaches are these delicious Czech pastries that can be either savory or sweet. My personal favorites were the sweet varieties that are very similar to danishes; specifically the cottage cheese (yes, it sounds gross but it is DELICIOUS) and the pecan roll. This article from Texas Monthly tells how you can have Kolaches from West anywhere you live. Order them from the Czech Stop and you won’t be disappointed.
- I recently saw this Kentucky Bucket list. Having grown up in the state I’ve only done about 14/50. I need to start being a tourist in my home state!
- Watch this video and you will smile. I was introduced to this by my favorite little, two-year old blonde texan in November. Whenever I listen to it I can hear his voice singing along enthusiastically. Then there’s the line: “I’ve never felt more found than when I’m lost in you.” That’s a theological “woah” moment. Watch the video then buy The Digital Age’s Album. They are the former Band part of the David Crowder Band. The whole album is great.
- My dad introduced me to the Piano Guys by showing me this video tonight. It’s amazing and they are very talented piano players.
That’s my list of things I thought about sharing on social media. What about you? What are your present favorites?
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