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“What if, sometimes, there be mists and fogs so thick that I cannot see the path? It is enough that You hold my hand, and guide me in the darkness; for walking with You in the gloom is far sweeter and safer than walking alone in the sunlight!” -Susannah Spurgeon
Part of fulfilling my job as a nanny includes filling these little hearts and minds with books, songs, stories, and words that drive their thoughts, hearts, and affections to the only righteous One. Here are some of my recommendations for doing so. (Link in bio.)
Lilli was praying while coloring earlier and said, “God, I love You when You’re the same and I still love You when You’re not the same.” • This echoes a lot of conversations we have on a daily basis, conversations of how she is loved regardless of her actions and how we “love you when you listen and we love you don’t.” • “Hey, Lilli, want to hear some amazing news?” • She always does. • “God never changes,” I tell her. “He’s always the same.” • “Wow.” • “How does that make you feel?” • She smiled so big. “It makes me feel really happy.” • “Why would that make you happy?” • “Because I love Him and I want Him to come everywhere with me and if He never changes it means He is always with me.” • She’s three years old. • Solid theology is a comfort for every age. Praise God for His immutability.
“Are you not willing to pass through every ordeal if by any means you may save some?” -Charles Spurgeon

Follow me as I follow Jesus

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There are so many hard, frustrating, grievous things happening these days. 

Each one reminds us that this world is broken and there is something deeply wrong in us at a core level. But, at the very same time, there is so much beauty, laughter, and joy happening.

We could all use a little more of the latter, couldn’t we? My friend Jaquelle does a monthly “favorites” blog and it’s one of my, ahem, favorite things. So, I’m snatching her idea and sharing some of mine. I’d love to hear your current faves!

Here are 10 of my favorite things right now.

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Honorable mention for this list: palm trees. I love palm trees.

This sermon.

I will listen to anything Sam Allberry preaches and this sermon, “Prayer and the Trinity—Ephesians 2:18,” from January 27 at Immanuel Nashville is worth listening to repeatedly. It’s  phenomenal. I’m so grateful for Sam and God’s work in and through him. He (and this message) is a gift to the church (and beyond). 

This article.

If you don’t want to be encouraged, don’t read this. Justin Taylor gave us a gift when he published A Note to the Discouraged: ‘We Are Very Apt to Have Wrong Thoughts of Christ.’ 

This chapstick.

Some people have said I use an “excessive amount” of chapstick. While I can neither confirm or deny these allegations, I will say I don’t know the last time my lips were dry. This chapstick is basically my perfect lip moisturizer. It’s lightweight and silky and worth every penny. I may or may not buy it in bulk. You could say it’s the balm.

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This book.

After a sweet friend on Instagram recommended David Powlison’s short book God’s Grace in Your Suffering, my cute parents gave it to me for Christmas and it was better than I could have imagined. Intensely practical and Gospel-drenched. Everyone needs to read this.

This drink.

For the most part, I’m a black coffee-only drinker. BUT this little gem is so creamy and delicious and, if you get it with a pump of gingerbread syrup, not only does it up the caloric value by approx. 97,000, but also your enjoyment. (Drink pictured above with the Powlison book. Not pictured: the warm fuzzies that come during consumption.)

This movie.

Practically perfect in every way, Mary Poppins Returns was everything I wanted it to be—and I have exceptionally high standards for anything Mary Poppins. I saw it in theaters four times and would watch it again right now. The whole cast and production staff did such a good job. It was magical.

This hot sauce.

My boyfriend is the hot sauce master and introduced me to YellowBird’s Habanero Condiment at the beginning of the month—y’all, my tastebuds have yet to recover from the glory. I’m not saying I’m addicted but the bottle is almost empty.

This quote.

“The end of the Big Story is beauty, because the end of the story is God. This world and its history are prelude and foretaste; all the sunrises and sunsets, symphonies and rock concerts, feasts and friendships are but whispers. They are prologue to the grander story and an even better place. Only there, it will never end. J. I. Packer said it so well: ‘Hearts on earth say in the course of a joyful experience, ‘I don’t want this ever to end.’ But it invariably does. The hearts in heaven say, ‘I want this to go on forever.’ And it will. There can be no better news than this.’” -Steve DeWitt, Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything

This App.

Marco Polo is a gift for long distance relationships. Or relationships in general. I’m so grateful. 

This story.

After moving to London in 1854, Charles Spurgeon could not afford to stock his many shelves with books. He had his book binder create blank dummy books (which he later replaced with real books). He titled some of them:

“Aches and Pains, by Feltham (felt ‘em)”

“Cricket on the Green, by Balls”

“Over the Stream, by Bridge”

“Do it Again, by Dunnett (done it)”

“Rags and Ruin, by a Brewer”

“Pilgrim’s Progress hindered by a Bunyan (bunion)”

“Lectures to My Servants, by a Shrew” (Autobiography 4:292).

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