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2017 Reads

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I love to read. 

And this year reading was a challenge.

It was hard to focus and get sucked into the pages because, for the first time in my life, I liked what was happening in my own life better than what was happening in the world of books.

Who knew that was possible?

Instead of spending every free second reading about other people living their lives, I was actually living mine. And it was wonderful and hard and beautiful and excruciating, and I would choose every second all over again to see God the way I do today and to get to know and love (and be known and loved by) the extraordinary people in my life.

Anyway, here are the books I did read. (And, minus the top five, these are in no order whatsoever).

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
-J.K. Rowling

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Monday Morning Munch No. 129 – Too long for Twitter


Sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough.

Take this ironic gem by Jonny Ox for example:

Don’t expect her
to paraphrase her life for you;
she was born to be a story.
And if you can’t understand that,
then perhaps she’s beyond your reading level.

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On Dating, Guy/Girl Friendships and Marriage


Confession: I’m writing this while wrapped in a blue Snuggie. 

Lord, forgive me for all the bad thoughts I had about Snuggies before trying one.
I now realize You gave the inspiration for this 
very good gift.
Your warm
 and productive daughter, Sophie

If the above hasn’t caused me to lose all credibility with you and you’re still reading, welcome aboard my journey to authenticity.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 119 – When You Despise the Answers God Give


Saturday morning I was reading the Psalms and praying God would save so many people I love.

Praying God would redeem them. Break them down. Cleanse out all their idols. Give them new hearts. Make them new creations. Add their voices to the song that never ends. Raise them up to be holy and faithful laborers. Cause them to look and live.

“Whatever it takes, God. Whatever it takes.”

Have you prayed that before? I would venture to say most people have. We pray it at our church often because it’s obvious that, in the cost/benefit analysis of God’s grace-driven salvation, the benefits far outweigh any cost we could be asked to pay. In light of what Jesus has done, nothing we could ever do is enough to earn God’s favor and nothing He asks of us would be too much. As Elisabeth Elliot says, “He supplies the material for sacrifice.” And the sacrifice, if initiated and prompted by a holy Father, is always worth it.

But what if we pray “whatever it takes” with all our well-intentioned heart and then despise the “whatever” when it comes?

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Elisabeth Elliot’s Favorite Hymn


(My full time job is the assistant editor over at RTM Magazine and the following is an excerpt from a full post on the Real Truth Matters blog. Head over there to read the full story and to find Elisabeth’s favorite hymn.

Elisabeth Elliot. So much class.

On June 15, 2015, Elisabeth Elliot-Gren died.

Ever since my roommate in college gave me a copy of Passion and Purity, Elisabeth has been one of my heroes. Through many of her books (all of which are on my list to read before I’m 30) she has walked with me on my journey to the Celestial City, helping me (along with my mom and other women in our church) navigate the waters of womanhood and how the Bible defines biblical femininity, masculinity and relationships, among other things.

Through the RTM Magazine, we became acquainted with her husband, Lars Gren, as he gave us permission to reprint some of Elisabeth’s articles first published in The Elisabeth Elliot NewsletterI will always treasure the phone calls and letters with him and his sweet and firm nature as we exchanged stories and life updates.

Read the rest at Real Truth Matters.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 115 – Quotes and Romania


After spending the last two weeks in Romania and having lots of quality time to read (hey, 13 hours in the air) I have so many photos and quotes to share with you. 

Our time spent in Romania was great (you can read all the updates on our ministry’s blog here) and most of it was spent developing relationships with the sweet and beautiful people who compromise the small group that will—by God’s grace and His doing—eventually be a new church plant in the city of Iasi. 

I finished two books during our Eastern European adventure, A Lamp Unto My Feet by Elisabeth Elliot (it’s a daily devotional but I’m not the biggest fan of those so I just read like 10 or 15 at a time—they’re super short) and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior. 

Wow did I l-o-v-e Fierce Convictions. (I loved EE’s book as well but, then again, I love anything she writes so that wasn’t a surprise.) A fast read (I read it all while we were gone) that is rich in history, truth, exciting stories and inspiring womanhood. And this lady was a writer who loved the Gospel and education (especially for women) and believed women should be women and men should be men according to Scripture. I really can’t tell you how much I loved it.

Enough gushing. I’ll let the quotes from these two books (and some from my pastor’s conference sessions and sermons) and the photos from this gorgeous land speak for themselves.

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Elisabeth Elliot: True Nourishment


Give us this day, Lord,
Not the miracles our human hearts long for,
Not the proud but brief satisfaction of saying
     to doubters, “I told you so!”
But give us daily bread—only that which You see
     will truly nourish us in our pilgrimage
     towards home.

-Elisabeth Elliot

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Monday Morning Munch No. 113 – Love & Grief 

Once again on point in all things wisdom and love, Elisabeth Elliot:

  From her book Lamp Unto My Feet.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 111 – Five Quotes to Start Your Day

Elisabeth Elliot: Faith is the willingness to receive whatever He wants to give and the willingness not to have what He does not want to give. … Furthermore, faith does not insist upon an explanation. It is enough to know His promise to give what is good—He knows so much more about that than we do.

John Owen: Christ is our best friend and ere long will be our only friend. I pray God with all my heart that I may be weary of everything else but converse and communion with Him.

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Elisabeth Elliot’s Prayer


Lord, break the chains that hold me to myself; free me to be Your happy slave—that is, to be the happy foot washer of anyone today who needs
his feet washed,
his supper cooked,
his faults overlooked,
his work commended,
his failure forgiven,
his griefs consoled
or his button sewed on.
Let me not imagine that my love for You is very great if I am unwilling to do for a human being something very small.
-Elisabeth Elliot, A Lamp Unto My Feet

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