Weekly Favorite Links (March 19-25, 2015)

I miss fall.

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I recently took an assessment test for work. Ever since I discovered the Myers-Briggs test several years ago, I’ve been intrigued with taking personality assessments and learning more about myself. It’s interesting that there’s still so much to unravel about my personality as I get older, including all my strengths and weaknesses. It surprises me that there are parts about myself that remain a mystery, and will only be revealed over time. After all, we’re constantly maturing and changing, too.

Before taking the test, there were certain traits that I sort of knew I had, but it wasn’t until after the report came out that there was greater awareness and clarity in terms of pinpointing exactly what some of those traits were. One of the newfound realizations from that assessment, though, was that I’m very adaptable in social situations and am always eager to assist others. This could be an asset and a weakness. It’s a strength in situations where it involves caring and serving people, and making sure that all their needs are taken care of. I have a pretty assertive and proactive nature; I’m unafraid of taking initiatives in any environment. On the flip side, it can be a potential weakness when it comes to conflicts and confrontations, depending on the circumstances.

I tend to anticipate possible issues and will want to do my best to deter them. In situations where conflicts do arise, my first instinct tells me to run and avoid all possible conflicts, even if I know in my head that it’d be better for me to take care of things as soon as possible. Or I’ll withhold speaking my mind and sharing my personal thoughts in order to avoid conflicts, thereby preventing any sort of negative impact on others. I guess another way of looking at it, perhaps from a more scriptural standpoint, is that I fear man and want to please man. I am afraid of ruffling feathers, afraid of failing to meet the expectations of people — even random strangers. My pride gets the best of me and I seek to preserve my image. I will adapt to cater to people because I want them to affirm and praise me, and I get anxious when it’s a challenge to do so.

Taking this assessment was a blessing because it helped me recognize areas that I needed further growth in. Thankfully, the realizations also came at the perfect time, since I was being thrust into situations where I just. couldn’t. please. everyone. But through this learning experience, I’ve come to appreciate the help of wiser, older family and friends on how to confront and deal with conflicts, even if it’s hard. Now that it’s all passed, I can look back and praise God for how blessed I am for having gone through that entire difficult, complicated ordeal. God is so good. Why do I ever doubt that truth in the first place?

Christianity: 

Culture’s Worst Lies About Falling in Love – Here are five lies that our culture may have us believe about love, romance, and relationships. “Sinners should enter marriage ready to change. You asked God to mold and refine you before you were married. Don’t stop just because you have a ring on your finger.

Is Theology Your Idolatry? – Marshall Segal writes a follow up post to “You Cannot Serve Both God and Theology” on Desiring God. So good.

Overcoming Pornography: Changing our Behavior – Part 2 of Randy Alcorn’s series on how to overcome pornography. This was humbling to read: “We are human beings, created in God’s image, with the capacity to choose. We are not victims. Every action is a choice. Every sin is a choice. Every right behavior is a choice.

Overcoming Pornography: Cultivating Our Inner Lives –  The last part in Randy Alcorn’s series. I think we’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat.” If we don’t exercise regularly or eat foods that are nutritional and beneficial, our body does take a toll; it would have a negative effect on our health. I think the same is also true about what we digest in what we read, listen, and watch. We are creatures that are affected by our environment, especially with what we surround ourselves with. If we bombard ourselves with things that oppose God’s view of sex and love, things that contradict His Word, then of course we’ll stumble. In these circumstances, I’m reminded of Hebrews 12:1-2. We must lay aside every weight that hinders us from pursuing holiness and choose to seek first His kingdom.

When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, Follow the Flour Mounds – Shout out to my discipler for sending me this link to encourage me this past week! I was going through a rough week and this was a great reminder that God knows what’s best for me. “God frustrates our time so we may fear him. When we can’t figure out where the flour mounds of our lives are headed, God wants us to look to him.

Food: 

20 Almond Desserts – Who knew almonds were this versatile?

Behind The Scenes of Gimme Some Oven – I always love learning about what it takes to be a self-employed entrepreneur, specifically in the current fast-paced world of online blogging. There was one point in time when I really thought about pursuing blogging full-time, but this was several years ago and what I consider my “B.C” (Before Christ) days. More about that in another post. A lot of people think that blogging, such as food blogging, is mostly about being able to cook or bake well, and then just posting your results online. From the little experience that I have, I can say that I’ve learned that there’s so much more behind the scenes to food blogging than simply testing a recipe and publishing. I totally agree with Ali Bright, the creator behind Gimme Some Oven when she says that blogging is so much more than content creation. There’s so much that goes into maintaining and managing a blot. It’s easy to start one, but definitely not easy to maintain this career. Just like any other profession, online blogging takes a lot of time and effort to pursue.

Caramelized Pineapple, Bacon and Goat Cheese Guacamole – Avocados make my tummy happy, and Jessica’s trashed up version sounds heavenly!

Crispy Coconut Waffles With Mango – Need. that. waffle. maker. stat!!!

Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches – It is lemony season indeed! Perfect for everyone living in Cali, but perhaps not so much for everyone else.

Mini Cheesecake Nests – Perfect fun idea for Easter!

Matcha Mint Chip Ice Cream – The photos are so beautiful that I wanna cry.

Roasted Mushroom Beef Stroganoff – Mouthwatering.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins – Yeesss making muffins are my go-to ideas for blueberries. Adding whole wheat would make me feel less guilty.

Misc:

Jerusalem 3D – I want to watch this so bad. GUESS WHO’S NARRATING?! BENEDICT. CUMBERBATCH AHHHHH!!! This is part of the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition in Los Angeles, CA. I definitely want to go!

Music:

Les Misérables Medley – This is absolutely breathtaking.

“Style” Cover – Harmony on top of harmony! Love!

The Words – This has been out for a couple months, but I’m a bit obsessed with this song and music video. Plus it starts aka Hook from Once Upon a Time! Squeee! Christina Perri’s also awesome.

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6 Comments

  1. Janna Lee says:

    its those moments when you know there is no way to please everyone and youre reminded that the only one you should be aiming to please is God!

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  2. Aaron says:

    Nice insights on your personality! I think it’s a good idea for us to be able to identify our strengths and weaknesses and do our best to give God glory with our strengths and make Christ perfect in our weaknesses.

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