Weekly Favorite Links (March 5-11, 2015)

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This post is specially dedicated to my friend Janna, who listened, rebuked, and pointed me to Truth this past week. Thanks for helping me exercise discipline in my thoughts and emotions. You’re a true friend.

I don’t know what’s been going on with your life, but a lot of interesting, unexpected events have been happening in mine. Some good, some bad, but all of them have occurred totally beyond my realm of control. It’s like one day I was casually strolling in the park and the next thing I know, I am trying not to get crushed by flying boulders and rainbows. If I were to be totally honest with myself, I hate it when I am not the one in control — I completely freak out. Trusting in God is hard, and I tend to seek answers within myself or turn to my friends, who could then provide me with immediate gratification, before humbly communicating my anxieties before God.

I want to hear from God, but only on my own terms. I want God to tell me what I should do with my life, what decisions to make, what paths I should avoid, and I just want to know my future now. In the depths of my heart, I kind of want it to be picture-perfect, too. But what if God is more concerned with my holiness and sanctification, rather than my future security in this transient life? (Answer: He is.) What if He is using all these uncertainties and challenges to show me my sinful tendencies and calling me to repentance? (Answer: He is.) What if God is trying to teach me to surrender all my emotions to Him, to open my eyes to His wonderful faithfulness, and to mold me to have a more a dependent-like faith? (Answer: He is.) What if God is breaking me so that I come before Him in desperation? (Answer: YES, HE IS.)

See, I know I should choose to believe in God despite whatever doubts and that I should choose to have joy despite my circumstances. Hence, the blog title. But my faith is weak. I am fearful of my future. I am fearful of making poor choices and mistakes. I am worried about failure and not looking my best (according to my own standards), and also disappointing others. My emotions can, and often do, overwhelm me. It’s only when I begin to lose my mind that I confess that I cannot manage things by myself.

Time and time again, God’s Word empowers me to focus on what is true and what is not true. His Word speaks life into mine, calms my fears, and brings me great hope. Let me share with you one such passage, which has strengthened and comforted me during all that has happened to me in one week. God is good. Always.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9).

Just from what I shared today, I hope that you, dear invisible reader, will also be able to evaluate yourself, your life, and where you stand with God. I am praying for you all, Christian or not.

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I didn’t really read or find anything on the internet that I wanted to share beyond the Christianity and Food categories this week. However, there’s a lot of links that I really enjoyed in just those two categories alone, so check ’em out!

Christianity:

A Good [Wo]man is Easy to Find – Lore from Sayable responds to Paul Maxwell’s “Older Men, Younger Men Need You” post, which I’ve also linked below.

Abiding in Christ Through Suffering and Lost – “So when I became a widow I had a few choices. I could wallow in self-pity, and believe me I struggled with this. Or I could run to the Lord. I could embrace my fears—and I struggled here as well—or I could embrace my Lord. I am happy to say that by his grace, I chose to abide, to rest in Him. I came to Him weary, brokenhearted, and heavy-laden, helpless to do life on my own. And he showered me with love and mercy and comfort and strength to do things I never ever even thought I would have to do.”

Before Her King – Jesus, help me to be have a posture more like Mary’s.

Full recap of the Inerrancy Summit – This is an AWESOME resource. I will be listening to this very, very soon. Thanks to my friend musicgoon for linking to this on his blog!

God Doesn’t Want Matt Chandler to Be Your Pastor – I love all the pastors at my church and am very thankful for the way they shepherd us as their flock.

Jesus Wants the Rose – A personal reflection on how the Christian purity movement was perhaps detrimental, more than helpful.

Kara Tippetts Documentary – I cried buckets watching this. Please watch this and pray for Kara. I’m so inspired by this amazing woman’s faith in such a difficult time. Love her and I look forward to the day when we’ll both be reunited in heaven with our Savior. “The world says that I should be angry, that I should be shaking my fist at God. But I want to be able to share this story, that suffering isn’t a mistake and it isn’t in absence of God’s goodness because He’s present in me.”

Older Men, Younger Men Need You – Paul Maxwell shares a plea to older men to disciple and raise up future leaders. I think I’d like to add that every person can be both a younger person that needs to be mentored, and an older person to disciple someone else.

The Loveliest Church in All The Land – I do love my church very much. “The Church, when she is presented to her bridegroom will carry none of the stains of this world or blemishes she tries to hide these days. She will be presented pure, spotless, without blame or blemish. She will be lovely because he loves her. This is what makes our local churches lovely too. Not just my local church, but yours. Loving your local church makes her lovely to you and to others. Her loveliness becomes contagious to everyone—but mostly to you. The more you love her, the more you love her. The more she is loved and cherished, the more she will love and cherish.”

The Marks of Ministry – A sermon that encouraged me this past week.

Food:

Baked Kimchi Fried Rice – I am going to make this!!!

Biscuits and Gravy Skillet Bake – I love the step-by-step photo tutorial. Looks easy and super delish!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookies & Cream Frosting – COOKIES AND CREAM. For reals?!?

Fried Sesame Balls – One of my favorite dim sum desserts! Love that there’s a video tutorial as well!

Lemon Curd Cupcakes – This takes me back to college, back to when I made lemon curd cupcakes with a meringue, all by hand!

Molly Yeh shares how she made her own wedding cake and desserts ahead of time! She’s so crazy awesome and talented. I can never in a million years imagine having to make my own food for my own wedding. I’d probably be too stressed out to make anything.

Perfect Poached Eggs – One of my favorite ways to eat eggs. Laaavvv it!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins – It’s peanut butter jelly time. All day, errday.

Roasted Garlic and Bacon Spinach Dip – I’m craving this as a snack.

Soft and Light Brioche Burger Buns – Hardcore.

Steakhouse Filet Mignon – Fannncccyy.

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4 Comments

  1. Aaron says:

    Thanks for the shout out! I’m excited to listen to the sessions soon lol. Also, I’m gad you’re able to go to Scripture when you’re anxious. Something I’m still learning!

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    • endorap says:

      Oooh, let me know what you think of the sessions afterwards! I need to tune in sometime as well!

      Aw thanks, and you know what? I think we’re meant to constantly learn and re-learn lessons. After all, sanctification is a life-long process and it won’t be completed and perfected until we’re reunited with Christ.

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