5 Blogs I Posted
I’ve really enjoyed writing again. Just short (1-2 minute) devotional thoughts each week day. If you’re looking for a devotional as you read the Word for the new year I invite you to check it out (and sign up to get them to your e-mail). Here are 5 from this year.
- Seeing Jesus
- Treasures of the Heart
- When You Feel Alone and Isolated
- The Value of Family
- Seeking God or Seeking to Use God?
4 Books I Enjoyed
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero – The subtitle sums it up perfectly: It’s impossible to be spiritually mature, while remaining emotionally immature. I can’t recommend this book enough. Extremely helpful for me this past year as I worked through conflicts and immature emotional responses (still have a long way to go, but this book has moved me along in the process).
- The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt (audio book) – Helped me to understand the contentiousness and polarization found in this year’s political season. Written by someone from a much more liberal perspective, I really appreciated much of his insights even if I didn’t agree with all of his premises.
- Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang (audio book) – Fear of man is an issue for me. And while I do believe there are certain circumstance where there is “harm” in asking, this book helped me realize how much I may be missing out on because of my fear of rejection.
- Loving Our Kids On Purpose by Danny Silk – Helping me to realize my goal in parenting (by my actions) is obedience and compliance. I need to work changing my perspective. “Love and relationship are the bottom line of the Kingdom, and they must be ours if we wish to establish a Kingdom culture in our homes.” A book I’ll re-read in 2017.
3 Insights From 2016
- Keep it simple in love and writing
- Being faithful > Being famous
- Watching TV is not relaxing, just distracting
2 Things That Worked For Me
- 280 Daily – Been doing this consistently for about 3 years now. I love most that it gives me perspective. In 5 minutes every morning, I can record either what happened, what I’m feeling, and/or what I’m learning AND get reminded of what happened last week, last month, last year, and some random day in the past. It has helped me gain perspective, especially on events that created such strong emotions at the time. That I’m limited to 280 characters makes the writing and reading quick and sustainable over the long haul. This is one habit I’m glad I developed!
- Seeing a counselor. A good counselor is invaluable. Got great insights and perspective as I process through emotions, mindsets, and life. Finding a good one can be a challenge. I’ve really appreciated Guy Ascherman at Higher Ground Counseling.
1 Final Thought
- 2016 seemed tumultuous in so many ways, yet God is faithful. May He continue to go before us and behind us, lighting our way in the new year and sustaining us through His presence. Happy 2017!