Pining for Pinterest

Pinterest

I would love to connect with you on Pinterest.

My new favorite Board is How to Easily Create Quote Graphics.  With this information, I created this fun graphic from a quote and linked to my blog post:

quote

Here are some of my other favorite boards:

1. Date Night Ideas

2. Crock Pot Yum

3.  Loving Your Man

4. Easter Fun

5. For the Mommy

Q4U:  Are you on Pinterest?

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I am joining Kelly today for Show us Your Life: Favorite Pinterest Ideas

Lessons Learned in 3D — Looking Inside

This week, God has been dealing with me on the inside — shining a light on some areas that are dark and ugly and need to change.   I pray daily for Him to help me be “less of me” and more like Him.  My thorny heart has been touched by so many stories shared on the web these past few days.  So, here in no particular order are the top 10 things I learned this week:

1.  Mrs P at “Be Still This Hearth” taught me about the “most insidious sin.”  Ouch!

2.  I was deeply saddened to read this post by Jen where she shared that 80% of those raised in church will be disengaged by age 29.  This breaks my heart.  As a church, we need to talk about how to turn this around.

3.  Lisa taught me about “Centering Prayer.”  This ties into some of the ideas I read in Richard Foster’s book Prayer

4. Passionate mommas have a lot of wisdom to share.  If you are a parent, you will not regret reading these words by Ann, Kristen, and Emily.  If like me, you read news articles last week about the rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, these three posts will give you hope in the midst of the darkness.

5.  As a help meet, I am called to by a fighter.  The word in Hebrew is “ezer.”   (Love this post by Terry for Missional Women!)

6.  I am so excited about Easter!  John Piper’s church put together a Lenten Devotional for next week.  You may download it here.

7.  I know I am a little late to the party, but I finally downloaded Kari Jobe’s latest album, “Where I Find You.”    Tuesday morning, I had it playing while I was getting dressed for work.  I was thinking about a friend who is going through a difficult time, and the song “Steady My Heart” came on.  I was so encouraged by these lyrics:

“Even when it hurts
Even when it’s hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
Cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart”

8.  I ran across an old post by Jon Acuff this week that truly captured the heart of God.  Check out “I wish every church said what this church said in their bulletin.”

9.  Building community is so important!  This week, I jumped into leading a small group for The Soli Deo Sisterhood.  I am love, love, loving the girls in my group.  If you are looking for an online community that will encourage you and connect you with some prayer partners, please head on over here.

10.  Our God is a Healer.  (Love this post from Barbara titled “The Bruised Soul.”  It filled me with such hope.)

Q4U:  What did you learn this week?

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I am joining Jessie and friends over at Vanderbilt Wife for “Saturday Linky Love.”

Tea Time?

 tea time

My senior year in high school I won the lead in the school play, Arsenic and Old Lace.  The plot of this black comedy focused on a family riddled by insanity.  But, at first you don’t realize it.  Everything appears idyllic and innocent.  Then, as the story unravels, the audience discovers that the two sweet little old ladies who like to serve elderberry tea are actually poisoning their guests with a brew laced with arsenic and just a pinch of cyanide.  In a climactic scene in Act 2, the murderous sisters describe their behavior as an act of charity to help lonely, poor, old men find peace.  In this upside-down world, two women outwardly portrayed moral politeness by offering a warm brew in a pretty china cup.  To them, the wicked potion was a gift.

How absurd!  My teenage sensibilities did not understand the deeper meaning at the time.  But looking back now, I see so much more of myself in this crazy story.  I often feign politeness when I am trying to verbally push my moral agenda on others.   I want to help others, the poor person who in my opinion seems so unhappy and alone.   I know I am right.  If only they would see it my way.  I politely offer them my poisoned tea to drink.

I need to choose the flavor of my words  more carefully.  Sometimes, I brew my tea in the flesh and not the Spirit.  This morning, I was reading in Proverbs and ran across this verse:

Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.

Proverbs 18:21, MSG

Q4U:  Have you been every offered a “poisoned cup of verbal tea”?  How do we avoid infecting our verbal brew?

My one-word focus for the year is “fruitilicious.”  Find out what that means here.

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Joining like-minded sisters today at Faith-Filled Friday, Thought-Provoking Thursday, Tell His Story, Playdates with God, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday, and Soli Deo Gloria.
 
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Lessons Learned in 3D — Sickly Me Checks In

This week has been a tough one at our house — we are coughing and blowing our noses and praying for our colds to go away.  “Me” no like to be sick! 😦    I am happy that I have the weekend ahead to “re-group” and rest.

Here in no particular order are 10 things I learned this week:

1.  Monday was National Napping Day.  Don’t you think a daily Siesta would be a good thing?

2.  In marriage there is a winning strategy.  (Great post from Lisa with Club 31 Women!)

3.  A well-lived life is worthy of honor.  Just ask Dan Cathy… (loved this post about his dad.)

4.  I downloaded two wonderful new albums this week — Zion by Hillsong United and Let the Future Begin by Passion.  Both excellent CDs!

5.  March 14th is apparently “Pi Day” — this is a holiday dedicated to Math, or to eating Pie for those who like to celebrate with calories.

6.  I finally discovered a simple way to create a cool quote graphic.  Here is my Pinterest board with some web sites that help you do this “easy peasy.”

7.  Google Reader is going to die.  (Boo hoo!)  — This week I tested Feedly as an alternative for reading my favorite blogs and really liked it.

8.  I need to pray more faithfully for the parents of special needs children.  I read several blog posts this week written by courageous parents who walk out their faith in a way I will never understand.  Here is a video about Byron, Susan, and their sweet Allie that will touch your heart.

9.  A bookstore can be a great place to spend date night.  (See here for some inspiration.)

10.  Favorite quote of the week: “Don’t say, ‘God, here is my problem.’ Say, ‘Problem, here is my God!'” – T.F.Tenney (Thank you, Rayni for tweeting this!).

Q4U:  What did you learn this week?