Share Four Somethings – July 2019

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I’m linking up with Heather Gerwing for another month of Share Four Somethings!

Are you breathing a sigh of relief that July 2019 is almost over? I sure am. I’m not sure if the excessive heat has the country extra cranky or what but everywhere I turned people were looking for a way to take a break from dealing with more people this month.

The great part about hard seasons like what we’ve experienced as a nation is that many new and deeply insightful conversations begin.

Something Loved

I loved the President of Christianity Today’s thoughtful response in an article titled On Court Prophets and Wilderness Prophets

Here’s a portion of the article:

If white Christians wish to stand on the bridge with brothers and sisters of other colors and backgrounds, they need to stand with them first in the foxhole. We should all stand so close that attacks on “them” are attacks on “us,” until there is no longer a distinction between “them” and “us” remaining. If we abandon our sister in the foxhole, we cannot expect her to attend our potluck.

So let us not be silent. We are not captive to political party. We are accountable to a higher authority. We expect better of our leaders, and we stand in the foxholes with our brothers and sisters when they are taking fire. We hope court prophets and wilderness prophets alike, and Christians of all political persuasions, will speak the truth and stand with those who suffer unjustly.

Something Said

A few months before I knew we would be moving I wrote an article that published over at Friday Night Wives. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we are settling into a new neighborhood.

You can read Dear Coach’s Wife, It’s Feel Like Home Soon Enough over at Friday Night Wives.

Here’s a Preview:

Dear Coach’s Wife in a New Town,

It’s almost spring here in Central, IL which means that any time the sun peeks out I adjust my work schedule and head out for a walk. I was savoring a mid-day workout last week when my mind wandered to you dear friend. It’s moving season. I’ve seen your posts asking for prayer as you interview for jobs, prep resumes, list your homes, say your goodbyes, pack, pack, and pack some more.

I spent some time praying for your moves, for your kids, and for all that lies ahead as you yet again become the new person in town. There are so many good and hard things about moving. So many emotions to process. It’s one of those things we just can’t pray enough about right?

Something Learned

This month I learned that sometimes you need to throw out the directions. Part of our move includes a new office area for me, which is great! I needed a new desk, so I hopped on and found one that matched a bookshelf I purchased after our last move.

As much as I love this desk now, it was quite a challenge to put together mainly due to the fact that the metal rollers were all mislabeled and the directions were out of order.

After trying over and over to follow the directions I finally backed up a few steps and did things the way they seemed most logical and within 30 minutes I had completed the desk. It was so frustrating I’m not even recommending it as a purchase for anyone else, however, I am looking forward to showing you this completed space in a future post.

Something Read

I’ve been able to snag a sneak peek at Mary Jo Sharp’s book which releases November 6th titles Why I Still Believe A Former Athiest’s Reckoning with the Bad Reputation Christians Give a Good God.

Curious to know more? Here’s what Amazon says:

Why would anyone be a Christian when there is so much hypocrisy in the church? Mary Jo Sharp shares her journey as a skeptical believer who still holds to a beautiful faith despite wounding experiences in the Christian community.

At a time when de-conversion stories have become all too common, this is an earnest response – the compelling conversion of an unlikely believer whose questions ultimately led her to irresistible hope. Sharp addresses her own struggle with the reality that God’s people repeatedly give God’s story a bad name and takes a careful look at how the current church often inadvertently produces atheists despite its life-giving message.

That’ what I’ve got this month for Share Four Somethings. Head over to Heather Gerwing’s blog to see what others are saying.

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