A collection of links I love, sites I like, things to do and interesting reads.
Wonder & Company – Merchants of Adventure & Whimsy. One of the first blogs I ever read and loved was Velveteen Mind by Megan Jordan. Megan is smart and patient, and to me, she’s a woman with Midas Touch. Together with Amy Lupold Bair (Resourceful Mommy) and Sunny Chanel (OH HOW I LOVE HER NAME! It makes me want to re-name myself “Happy”) she’s created a new site you simply must visit.
Writing Threads. I said Megan Jordan was smart and patience, and she’s also been busy. Collaborating with Heather King (The Extraordinary Ordinary), they’ll be launching a community for writers to reignite passion for the craft. Participants will pay for entry (details not yet posted), but I know these two ladies and their reputations speak for themselves. So cool.
On Mondays, Miracles and Marathons. Well, now…this IS a miracle: Mary Carver showed me the way *even I* can become a marathoner!! An impressive, imaginative way to push us toward something we never thought we could do. And the icing? It’s for an important cause.
Easy Balsamic Chicken in the Crockpot. I salivate over Kate Battistelli’s food pictures on Instagram, and when I needed a new Whole 30 recipe, this one fit the bill. It’s exactly what she says–easy–and you’ll find it fall-off-the-bone magically delicious.
The Consilium. Are you a woman, 50+ and/or Empty Nesting? Join an encouraging collective where wisdom meets grace. It’s a manifestation of kindred thinkings from the likes of Diane Bailey, Mary Goodwin Bonner, Susan Stillwell, Bonnie Wallace…and me. We don’t quite know what it is yet…but listening to women who are coming of age (see what I did there?), I’m certain we’re called to this space for a reason :).
So, Are You Working On Your Novel? Or Tweeting About Your Novel? My sister alerted me to this one on NPR. Though I have no interest in writing a novel, I am a writer and I can totally relate to the Art of Procrastination. It is an art form, yes?
The Osteen Predicament — Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel. This kind of thing blows my mind. I do not understand how the Osteens can, in good conscience, preach this gospel. I understand why followers subscribe to it and wish it true, but I don’t understand – outside of their weighty pocketbooks – how they can preach it. Lord have mercy.
Can Children Still Run Free in 2014? Katie Fox returned me to my own childhood, one filled with bike rides, corner lemonade stands and roaming my hood with and without friends. Good discussion raised by the questions she poses, all an interesting commentary on the world in which we live.
Diana Trautwein. I’m not linking to a particular post, I’m introducing you to a particular person. Diana Trautwein is one of the kindest, most generous souls on the internet, and if you follow her around a bit, you’ll know I speak the truth. What a lovely reputation she’s earned.
Your turn: What has gripped you by the throat on the world wide web this week? Have you written something that needs a new audience? DO share your links in comments!!
You KNOW I’m excited about The Consilium! Thanks for sharing about that. xoxo
Did I invite you?? I kept meaning to email you but THAT’S how scattered I’ve been lately! Gracious…
I can’t wait to check out all these links and discover lots of online goodness and creativity. You’re too, too generous and I’m grateful you included my recipe amongst such lovely company! Bless you friend and soon, very soon we will share a meal in real life!!! xoxo
Your recipes make me wanna invite myself over for dinner. And lunch. And breakfast. And anytime ;). Looking so forward to meeting someone it feels like I’ve already met! xo
Oh my goodness, Robin! How kind you are! That took me totally by surprise as I was enjoying your lovely list – what a treat to be included with such a creatively gifted group of resources. Thank you so much. I’m excited by the Consilium, too. Sounds really intriguing. Will it be online as well as in person?
Good day – In your writings you included a link to the quote of Mrs. Olsteen and I include it here. > In her message, Victoria Osteen tells their massive congregation to realize that their devotion to God is not really about God, but about themselves. “I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God–I mean, that’s one way to look at it–we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we are happy. . . . That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy. . . .”
Then the author Kate Bowler focuses in on what she believes Victoria is speaking about “self sufficiency” , and I believe she did not listen or see to understand this quote. I have LISTENED carefully to the preachings of the Olsteens and I recieve grace, and mercy and love. The above quote when read CAREFULLY shows that God wants us to be happy because of OUR obedience need. Obeying God is more for us, of course, to be happy because he loves us. Happy in whatever circumstance. Obedience is for us because God loves us and Obedience will give us happiness. It is for us as our Father loves us.
I am older now and have seen the criticism and judgements abound among us believers. Bottom line…. Christian is believers and followers of Christ. They will know us by our love, as we abide in Christ. They will know us by our love. Now with love.. Ephesians 3:20 – Evelyn