It’s time for this week’s High Notes! I’m linking up to the past week’s posts, highlighting my favorite reads around the internet, and sharing my favorite things from this week!
5 Reasons Why You Need a Quiet Life by Neil Samudre
“Let’s stop treating life like it’s a bucket list, and instead focus on how our habits can make the most of what we have now.”
How to Get up Early–Even If You Have Young Kids by Crystal Paine
“Some people truly do thrive in the morning and some people thrive in the evening. But don’t say, ‘I’m not a morning person’ if you’ve never tried being a morning person before.”
A Prayer for Peace by Emily Freeman
“Peace is hard-won, the child of justice and courage. And anyone who has fought for justice with courage knows that peace is not the same as calm. Peace comes with war wounds. Peace has dirt beneath her fingernails.”
Christians, MLK Day, and Historical Amnesia by Rachel Held Evans
“It seems it’s much easier for white people to sing the praises of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and other civil rights leaders when they are dead than when they are alive and making us uncomfortable.”
On the Blog:
Pondering why it is we seem so averse to quiet. . . and what to do about it. . .
Know any special needs parents? You need to share this one. . .
A challenge to love what God loves, my offering for MLK Day.
What I’m Loving This Week
1. Bullet Journaling
Just started this method for organizing all my to-do lists, and so far I’m loving it. You can watch the original video to figure out how to set one up below. Or use Lazy Genius’s guide, which breaks it down so it’s easier.
2. A little devotional book I stumbled upon, entitled The Soul at Rest
I’ve been using this for my prayer time in the mornings, and I am excited about continuing with it. A lovely little devotional with scripture readings, ideas for prayer and meditation, and challenges for each day.
3. Ruby Red Grapefruit
Just another instance of why I love living in Texas. We have the best grapefruit, hands down. The ones grown in the Rio Grande Valley are red and sweet and cheap this time of year. If you’ve never had a ruby red, you’re missing out!
This is not cheap, but it’s the first product I’ve ever used that actually makes my eyeshadow stay on all day. I found myself taking off what looked like freshly applied eyeshadow at 10:00 at night. . . unheard of, I tell you! It’s a keeper!
5. Green Eggs
So yes, I’m still doing the Whole 30. I’ve been super busy so I haven’t had much time to think about not having bread. . . but still. . . I haven’t had bread in a really long time. Or sugar. Or dairy.
Good thing I like scrambled eggs. I have a couple of eggs almost every morning as a Paleo friendly breakfast. How do I like ’em? With green salsa stirred in. If you’ve never had green salsa, it’s high time you tried it. Here I’m using the Trader Joe’s brand. It makes eggs something special.
This Week’s Lyrics for Life:
My Eternal King: 17th century Latin text, music by Jane Marshall
My God, I love Thee;
not because I hope for heav’n thereby,
Nor yet because who love Thee not
Must die eternally.
Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me
Upon the cross embrace;
For me didst bear the nails, the nails and spear,
And manifold disgrace.
Why, then why, O blessed Jesus Christ,
Should I not love Thee well?
Not for the hope of winning heav’n,
Or of escaping hell;
Not with the hope of gaining aught,
Not seeking a reward;
But as Thyself hast loved me,
O ever-loving Lord!
E’en so I love Thee, and will love,
And in Thy praise will sing;
Solely because Thou art my God,
And my Eternal King.
(I had a hard time finding a decent recording of this piece to share. After watching several, this was the best I could come up with. It’s hard to capture the emotional intensity of this anthem without experiencing it live. One of my all-time favorites, though. I can never sing it without bawling. If you can’t see the video, try clicking here.)
Here’s to a fantastic and joy-filled upcoming week.
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