Weekly Favorite Links (March 26-April 1, 2015)

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I’ve been feeling a bit behind on life lately. In reality, I’m probably not lagging too far behind, but I just feel that I have a lot going on. Maybe it’s the combination of an ever-growing to-do list and not getting enough sleep and not eating healthy foods. Whatever it was, I decided that I needed to make some changes, which I’ll talk about in a separate blog post. 🙂

By the way, don’t you think that photo of a DIY chalkboard measuring cabinet that I found on the internet is freaking AWESOME?! I love it. And now I want to make one! Add that to the list of things to-do!

Christianity:

A Clean House and a Wasted Life – Wisdom from Tim Challies. “Like so much else in this life, you cannot have it all. You cannot have perfect order and perfect productivity. You cannot have a home that is warm and full and inviting, you cannot have every child fed and cared for, while also having every dish done and every sock laundered. You just can’t.”

Christians, You Will Suffer – Perfect in light of Good Friday this week. We will suffer because our Savior suffered too.

How to Destroy Your Pastor – Oof. All pastors need our prayers and our love.

Letter to My Readers Upon My Death – Kara Tippetts passed away last week and it broke me when I got the news. I couldn’t get past the first two sentences of her letter to her readers without bawling my eyes out. Here’s a woman that sought to glorify God through her suffering, and she did so with so much love, patience, and grace. In her battle against cancer, she was such a great model and inspiration to me on how I should handle suffering and trials. In the future, if I am diagnosed with a physical disease or ailment, I hope that I would be able to respond with hope and joy in my Savior. I can’t wait to see this beautiful woman in heaven one day.

Sin Enters – Sin is deceitful. I love the analogy she shares of her kids fighting over a silly balloon. “This is what sin does – it lies. It promises to be shiny and colorful and inflated with excitement forever. It promises to be worth it.”

The King We Needed, But Never Wanted – Thank you, Jesus. “The only Savior who truly saves, only saves through suffering. The cross was the only means of making us sinners right before a holy God. Our salvation was purchased with suffering, and it will be sealed and preserved with suffering , not comfort.”

When Your Bible Reading Plan Fails – Needed this. I’ve never really been able to keep up with a one year Bible plan, or any other kind of plan for that matter.

Food:

24 Healthy Groceries You Need To Try From Target – My coworker suggested that I should buy the entire Target store since it’s my favorite place to shop. If only I could.

Black Sesame Mochi Ice Cream – Mandy has done it again! So unreal.

Donut Muffins with Cherry Jam – I’m making this!!!

Dry-Fried Sichuan Green Beans – I love this.

Jelly Doughnut Coffee Cake – Salivating now.

Spicy Gochujang Pigs in a Blanket – Can’t wait to try this!

Strawberry-Balsamic Goat’s Milk Frozen Yogurt – I never would’ve thought of that combo.

Vote for this year’s Saveur Blog Awards here! Some of my favorite food bloggers are nominated as finalists! Yippee!

Wild Mushroom Pâté – YUM.

Music:

“Chains” Cover by Sam Tsui and Kina Grannis – Kina’s one of my favorites.

“Nobody Love” Cover by Gabe Bondoc – Just found this guy on YouTube. I like!

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9 Comments

  1. Arwen says:

    I’m offended by your first link! I have a lovely orderly, clean home, but it certainly isn’t empty. =( I resent that correlation between productive and messy. H-umph.

    The article about reading plans was quite relevant. I finally gave up on reading plans this year, and have just been focusing on one/two books at a time and really absorbing it. I think it’s helped a lot!

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    • endorap says:

      Haha aww. Sorry you were offended by the first link! I don’t think Challies would say that having a clean, orderly home ultimately means that it’s empty or a proof of a wasted life. I think he’s just arguing that it certainly doesn’t necessarily mean a productive life, either. I liked that link because it reminded me that I just can’t have it all my way. There are times when I need to sacrifice my desires to align myself with what God wants for me to do. How I use the time, resources, and talents that God has blessed me with should always point to Him and really less of me. I really think the point of his argument came down to this: If you do the things God tells you to do, messes will inevitably follow.

      Not sure if that makes sense. Or maybe the analogy he gave just didn’t make sense. I dunno, I think having talked to older women about cleanliness and raising kids and being more hospitable and how to honor God in all of it, I get where he was going with that analogy. I don’t know if you have any other thoughts about it.

      Glad the reading plans article was relevant to you! Yes, I think choosing a couple books a year to study and meditate upon over and over again is an excellent way to read God’s Word. I’m excited for you! Happy that it’s been helpful! I know that I need greater growth and discipline in reading the Word. So it’s encouraging to hear that you’re striving to be disciplined in that area! 🙂

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      • Arwen says:

        Yeah it makes more sense the way you put it. Haha how he worded things made it sound more black and white. But it is very true that we can’t have it all.

        Oh, I definitely need to grow more in reading the Bible too. Haha it’s hard to find what works, to be honest. I still have trouble really quieting my spirit and meditating on what I’ve read. Usually I read it and then move on instead of allowing it to sink in. Still something to work on. =)

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  2. Janna Lee says:

    what?! you havent heard of gabe bondoc?! hes from the bay! have you heard of aj raphael? not as great of a voice but his songs are catchy

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    • endorap says:

      Hahaha look at chu’, with the bay pride! 😛 Yup, I’ve heard of AJ Raphael, but not Gabe Bondoc. Really? I remember AJ Raphael having a great voice too. I’ll have to relisten to some of his stuff. 🙂

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