Some great picks to mull over from this week's "Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday." Stop by and share some encouragement with your fellow writers in the coming days if you can. And thank you to everyone who linked up this week -- what a gift to read through your stories as I walk through the peaks and valleys of the week!
"Faithful over a Few Things" at One Thing Spoken, Two Things Heard -- Natalie writes about the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25, and I was so inspired by her revelation about balancing the special gifts she has received from God with her responsibilities as a mother and a wife. Thank you for the much-needed insights, Natalie!
"There Has to be More" at amanda d -- Amanda writes with such grace and clarity about her family's ephiphany: through years of marriage and housekeeping and childrearing, they have acquired an overabundance of stuff: "We had begun to feel sick of the littered life of consumption." Read about the revelation and, more importantly, the subsequent posts Wednesday and today about what they decided to do about it.
"Fetching Arrows to the Glory of God" at Out of My Alleged Mind -- I've been reading Nancy for a while now, and I just love her heart, her zany humor and her down-to-earth honesty. And I love how she zeroes in on the sub-story, just like she does in this post about the little boy who fetches arrows for Jonathan. Seems like an ordinary, meaningless role, doesn't it, this fetching of arrows? Nancy's post just may change your mind.
"Storm Facts" at A Moment with God -- I've read the story in Mark 4 before about Jesus calming the storm, but I love how Lisa takes us through this familiar story and succinctly outlines five points that were new to her in this reading. I particularly like point #1: "Walking with Jesus doesn't guarantee calm seas."
"Hidden Potential" at Ramblings and Photos by Ashley Sisk -- Not only is Ashley a rockin'-awesome photographer, she's also a great writer and a deep thinker. In this post, I appreciated her advice on how to unlock our fullest potential as Christians: "Start thinking and acting relationally, not religiously. A religious view makes people try really really hard to be accepted, but never feeling adequate enough. However, God gave his son's life to bridge the gap...not so we could have religion, but a relationship!"
"When Your Son is a Soldier" at Everyday Ordinary Dawnings -- A young man's courage, a father's wisdom, a mother's love. All I can say is wow at this powerful post by Dawn. [I added this one to the mix after I already wrote and scheduled this post...it's that good].
That's all for now...happy weekend...see you bright and early Monday morning for the next "Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday" link-up.
Oh!! I almost forgot...the winners of the The Grace for the Good Girl giveaway books:* * I'm back with another note...you know my friend, Deidra Riggs at Jumping Tandem? Well, she had a major blog malfunction yesterday, and has had to relaunch Jumping Tandem under a new domain name. So basically, after three years of blogging, she is building her network from scratch again, which is a big fat bummer. So if you know Deidra (and even if you don't, because believe me, you want to know her -- she is a rock star friend!), head over there, leave some comment love ('cause she had a really bad day yesterday) and bookmark her site so you know where to find her.
Elm at The Family Treehouse
Elm and Rachael, please email me your mailing address, and then I will send those to Emily Freeman, and she will mail you your signed books! [my email: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Congratulations, Elm and Rachael! And thank you to everyone who left a comment to enter the giveaway!