A response to “Marriage isn’t for you” – There was a viral article going around at one time about how marriage isn’t about you. While I agree that viewing your marriage in light of your spouse is critical, it’s so much more important to view it in light of God. This succinct article does a great job of addressing the misconception that marriage is all about us and not about God at all. — Whitney
Committing to Friendship – I love this article. I do such a poor job of managing my time to keep up with friends and sometimes it just helps to hear it from someone else. — Whitney
How to be better Bereans – This is a practical article I found so helpful. A good reminder that we are called to be eager and intentional with the word of God. — Whitney
Ann Voskamp on Comparison. Something we all struggle with: How the hidden dangers of comparison are killing us … and our daughters — Melissa
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. … The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. … He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” – Revelation 22
A great reminder that God has already won. — Whitney
I’ve read three books by Lauren Winner in the past month. She is just a phenomenal author; smart and refreshingly honest. Please read these books. Please?
Girl Meets God – Her memoirs about converting from Orthodox Judaism to Christianity.
Mudhouse Sabbath – A look at integrating Jewish Spiritual disciplines into the Christian life. That doesn’t make it sound very interesting, but it really is.
Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity – Probably the best sex book I’ve ever read. A look at how to truly promote sexual purity in the church, from the “been there, done that” perspective.
We are Lionhart – This adorable blog has one goal: to help instill a sense of worth. Love their mission; this world needs a little more viable worth from God. — Whitney
Podcasts & People
“It is a cheap love that avoids, and it is a cheap love that pounces on to seek to destroy. It is real love that says, ‘I hate this, but I’m going to do it anyway. It’s going to be uncomfortable for both of us. I’ve been thinking about it all day. I’ve been sick to my stomach even knowing I have to talk to you about this. I know it won’t be easy to hear, but I need to say it because I love you. … Speaking the truth in love.” Matt Chandler
– Such a great video about how our perspectives are shaped and how we are much harsher on ourselves than those around us. — Whitney
One Chance – A pretty hilarious video about one guy who found his mojo. — Whitney
Beauty & Buys
Hand and Cloth – “Blankets handmade by women. Women handmade by God.” — Whitney
Two of my favorite Christmas gifts that I got last year were a necklace from Amazima Ministries and a bag from Trades of Hope. Both of these organizations sell crafts made by women in impoverished countries, and the money, of course, goes to these women and their communities. Definitely look into getting some of your Christmas shopping done with one of these organizations. Great cause and beautiful products. – Erin
The Festival of Lights scent by Yankee Candle is my all time favorite. It’s inspired by the smells of Hanukkah and it smells wonderful this time of year. — Erin