Saturday Spotlight

Happy Saturday! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, and rich, and full. I did find a few minutes to peruse the blogosphere, and here are some goodies for you. Enjoy!

 

Best Bargains

F is for Black Friday Deals by Kari Patterson at Sacred Mundane.

I don’t know what deals you scored yesterday, but none could beat the ones listed here. It’s an intentional shopping list for your seasonal gift giving needs.

 

Most Meaningful

5 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful This Year by Tom Davis at beliefnet.com

As we begin to deck our halls, mail out Christmas cards, and plan our holiday calendars, let’s pause to think how we can create meaning amongst the flurry of activity.

 

Most Resonating

Jumping Off the Treadmill of Importance by Ray Hollenbach at Rachel Held Evans blog.

This is a guest post at Rachel Held Evans’ blog. I actually grew up spending a few Thanksgivings with this smart lady (and her family), though at the time she was probably only seven or eight years old. She has interesting perspective on cultural Christianity and her blog is filled with fascinating interviews, guest blogs, and thoughts. This post happens to parallel the one I wrote last week. Good stuff.

 

Most Beautiful

You’re One of His Favorites by Katie at Kisses from Katie blog

I am pretty sure you have already heard about Katie. But if you haven’t, you must read her writings. She lives an incredible life as a mother of dozens of orphaned girls in Africa, and she is only in her early twenties. Her thoughts are beautiful, as is her life. She is one that is truly exemplifying a life that is living loved.

 

Most Likely to Make You Smile

White Bread by Deidra at Jumping Tandem blog.

“I snapped my fingers to the beat and walked to where H stood in front of loaves of bread. ‘Let’s dance,’ I said. I knew it was pointless. My man is not one for public displays of affection. But every now and then, I like to push the envelope. I keep thinking maybe one day, he’ll say yes.”

At the movies today I saw an old (I mean old) married couple holding hands in the darkness as they watched Hugo (great movie by the way). It’s the kind of marriage that I pray and fight for, one that is loving to the end. It just may mean that we need to dance in the bread aisle, but I am willing to do whatever it takes.

 

Most Creative

The Dating Divas

And here is a fun blog site that provides ideas for keeping marriages strong. May the date night creativity inspire you!

 

Best Blog Intro

Sarah Mae at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee

“Hi. I am Sarah Mae. I’m figuring out how to fit perfect into fallen skin. Stick around for the stretching…your soul is welcome here.” Love it!

 

 

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Saturday Spotlight

Here are this week’s findings around the blogosphere. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!


Oh so funny! I know that millions have already seen this, but you have to admit it’s worth watching a second time. The great part is, I have actually eaten all of my kid’s candy before! One of the many reasons I hate Halloween….



Most Controversial


I happen to know about the controversy this subject can bring. Remember this post, and it’s follow up here? We are each left to our own decisions, but it’s best to be informed first.



Best Reminder


“The loudest cheers in heaven’s victory stands may not be reserved for the obvious heroes.”



Best Motherhood Practice

God’s Word Spoken Over Our Children by Priscilla Shirer at the Going Beyond Ministries blog.

I so enjoy Priscilla Shirer as a teacher, and now certainly as a mom. This is a great daily ritual with some practical ideas to get us thinking.



Most Helpful


Okay so this isn’t a current post, but it’s applicable to the theme of generosity this past week (at our church and on this blog). Great thoughts.



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Here is some reading that I wanted to spotlight this week….


Most Enlightening:

Revenge of the Introvert by Laurie Helgoe on Psychology Today. (For all my fellow “Innies” out there!)


“There are as many introverts as extraverts, but you’d never know it by looking around. Introverts would rather be entertained by what’s going on in their heads than in seeking happiness. Their big challenge is not to feel like outsiders in their own culture…”


Most Timely:

What do we do with Halloween? by Kari Patterson on Sacred Mundane.

“So, yesterday in Bible study we looked at Galatians 4:8-11 and discussed How Christians are to relate to culture. That is, Are we to shun Halloween, celebrate it, dress up as Bible characters? Hand out gospel tracts to the kids that knock on our door? What is the Christian’s relation to holidays and holy days? Here are a few biblical principles to consider, to help as you navigate this issue for yourself…”


Most Necessary:


“For more than fifty years, children’s free play time has been continually declining, and it’s keeping them from turning into confident adults…”


Most Raw:

Leading and Loving It: Pastor’s Wife Overcomes Depression by Gabrielle Devenish on The Christian Post.


“Filling out superwoman’s bodysuit is a tough job. Mothers and wives juggle family, finances and household matters, not to mention a full-time job in some cases. Well, donning the superwoman cape can be even more challenging for a pastor’s wife.”


Most No-Nonsense




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