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Half-Year Reading List


As of today, 2016 is halfway over.

We’re halfway to Christmas.

What in the world.

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Maybe it’s because I’m nosy or maybe because I’m a nerd, but I love it when people share what they’re reading. Whether it’s on Instagram or on one of my best friends’ blogs, I love seeing what people are reading and what they find in the pages of a book (because books are magical and I’m a nosy nerd).

So, the following is what I’ve read so far this year, broken down by month.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 135 – Jesus Wrapped


I love everything about Christmas.

The decorations. The people. The gifts. The “magic.” The joy. The bustle. The cold. The cheer. The hot beverages. The fireplaces. The trees. The parties. The music. All of it.

But over the last few days I’ve been pondering on the “wrapping” of Jesus and it makes me love Him even more. The reality of the incarnation—God becoming man—is staggering and makes my brain hurt if I think on it too much, but I wonder, as we slap the label “incarnation” on the birth of the long-awaited Messiah, if we actively remember everything that label entails?

We do a lot of wrapping this time of year (and rapping, if you live in my house), but have we thought lately of the ways Jesus was wrapped? Let’s consider a few.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 93 – How to get honor

“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness and honor.” -Proverbs 21:21

So many people, including some of my True Beauty girls, are afraid that if they give control and reign of their lives to the Lord of the universe that they will be put to shame, mocked and made fun of.

This verse quiets that thought lie.

Whoever pursues righteousness and honor (package deal, you can’t pursue one without the other) will indeed find life, righteousness and HONOR.

Those who seek these things will not be put to shame (Psalm 34:5), they will be honored.

What is this principle?

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C.S. Lewis on Humility


(My beautiful friend Mariah surprised me with this gem of a book in the mail a few weeks ago and God has used it so much in lesson planning for the girls this summer and for my own heart. Designed as an easy to use encyclopedia, The Quotable Lewis is most definitely a worthy investment. I pray you are encouraged and humbled by the following. Yay God. Yay Clive.)


There was about a second of intense silence.

Then Hwin, though shaking all over, gave a strange little neigh, and trotted across to the Lion.

“Please,” she said, “you’re so beautiful. You may eat me if you like. I’d sooner be eaten by you than fed by anyone else.”

“Dearest daughter,” said Aslan, planting a lion’s kiss on her twitching, velvet nose, “I knew you would not be long in coming to me. Joy shall be yours.”

Then he lifted his head and spoke in a louder voice:

“Now, Bree,” he said, “you poor, proud frightened Horse, draw near. Nearer still, my son. Do not dare not to dare. Touch me. Smell me. Here are my paws, here is my tail, these are my whiskers. I am a true Beast.”

“Aslan,” said Bree in a shaken voice, “I’m afraid I must be rather a fool.”

“Happy the horse who knows that while he is still young. Or the Human either.”

-C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy


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Admiring True Greatness, Part 2


In the last blog we tried to define true greatness and presented some questions to ask ourselves, kids and youth group, to see if we can see through the hoopla of the celebrity image and into true greatness.

If you haven’t read that blog, you should do that before continuing this one.

True greatness may be closer than you think.

Have you noticed it living under the same roof as you?

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Admiring True Greatness, Part 1



We casually toss the word greatness around when referring to these people (including Michael Jordan, who will always hold a special place in my heart), but what does true greatness look like?

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Sensitivity + Contentment = My Words for 2014

IMG_2862There are lots of areas in which I would like to grow this year (discipline, listening, humility and more), but the two areas God has laid on my heart the heaviest are being sensitive to Him and being content in whatever situation, location or season of life He has me.

You can read my definitions for the two words above, along with my verse for the year (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Who knows, maybe it will encourage you and we can help each other stay focused on what who really matters this year.

May 2014 be a monumental year for us in our walk with the Lord and may He be glorified and honored in our hearts and lives more than ever before.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 28 – Humiliated

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. –Philippians 2:4-8

Over the past few days my mind has been continually blown as God is showing me more and more of the humiliation of Christ and what it meant for Him to humble Himself.

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On Thin Ice

slippery road sign

I was mad and I let her know it.

It was snowy and icy outside and I was supposed to babysit for my sister and her husband to go over to our pastor’s house for an evening of fellowship.

Against my protests (“the roads are bad”, “the curves and hills on the way to their house will be dangerous”, etc.), my brother and sister proceeded and left me with their precious 5 year old.

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Resolution for Women, Purposefully Feminine


There is strength in submission.

I read this chapter on Christmas Eve night and several things stood out, but mostly this–there is strength in submission.

“Human relationships are not designed to be a raw contest of power and strength but rather a self-controlled acceptance of clearly outlined roles. Therefore, we exert our greatest influence in life by knowing how to harness and safeguard our own strong wills.”

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