Goodness, this month is flying by. Hard to believe Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away! I’m sure your life is as busy as mine right now, but I hope you’ll take some time to check out these links. There are a lot of them (nine!), but all were so good I couldn’t pick and choose, so I’ll leave that to you. Some are practical, some uplifting, and all of them met me right where I’m at this fall.
“I really needed a win. And that day I was going to get that win. I had a plan. I was going to get on top of everything and prove to myself I could do this. I organized my day with naval precision. A row of empty boxes awaited my checkmarks. There was zero margin for error, no room for anything to go amiss. Unfortunately, the universe decided to go amiss.”
“All of life for the Christian is spent hearing, listening, reading, and knowing God’s word and then also doing it. But our culture, even our Christian culture, doesn’t really make a lot of space for that. We appropriate our culture’s verbiage for everything and then wonder why simple obedience in the face of hard things is so hard.”
“For my family, I prefer to invest in higher-quality packaged snacks and saving them for when we need them (on the go, when traveling, and on the occasional school day when we are in a rush or don’t have other homemade options ready). This lessens how often we eat them, stretching our food dollar further without compromising quality.”
Kendra Note: This post makes is a great companion to my own list of preschooler-friendly foods.
“Books gave me the courage to travel. Books gave me the conviction to quit my job. Books gave me role models and heroes and meaning in a world where I had none. I want to say reading 200 books a year is an amazing thing. But the truth is, it’s not. Anybody can do it. All it takes is some simple math and the right tools.”
“If you say to your soul, ‘How are you?,’ but your mind responds, ‘I am foggy, but who knows about the soul?’ Then gather up the fog. It is one of the faces of grief. Ask of God that He remove it so you can see what it actually covers. He is already there for what comes next, if what hides is a crushed soul.”
“The envy we don’t own up to will otherwise end up emitting what Nietzsche called ‘sulfurous odours.’ Bitterness is envy that doesn’t understand itself. So, first, don’t deny your envy, and second, if you can, try to examine it.”
“Dress for the job you want, right? So dress for the marriage you want, too. I strive to dress well— as well as I would if it were our first date instead of our 900th. I doesn’t need to be fancy but it does need to look like you put an effort in.”
It’s a space for me to process what’s going on in the world. It’s a counterbalance to social media, where it’s all to easy to jump to conclusions or get caught up in what everyone else thinks. It’s a space where I can hear myself and process at my own pace. It’s helped me become more accepting of my human state. It’s helped me develop self-compassion. It’s helped me foster a positive, healthy relationship with myself. It’s a chance to spend time with myself and get to know myself better.”
“So if you’re tired of drawers and closets that are overflowing, or you love the idea of a more minimal wardrobe full of things you love – and less money spent on clothing excess – then this post is for you. There are definitely people with even fewer clothes, and folks who have other methods for paring down, but I’m just gonna lay out what works for me. And if you’re a wardrobe maximalist who loves having tons of clothes and a bunch of different looks and you ADORE your extensive wardrobe, then this post is not for you (do whatever works for you, boo! I’m ALL FOR THAT!).”
Have you read or written anything share-worthy this month? Feel free to drop a link in the comments!