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!
Donald Trump and a Tale of Two Gospels by Rachel Held Evans
“This is the gospel of Donald Trump, his ‘good news’ to Christian voters: Stick with me and you’ll be a winner. Stick with me and I’ll give you power, protection, prestige. It’s also the very thing Satan promised Jesus when he tempted him in the desert.”
Please Don’t Praise Me for Loving My Child With a Disability by Ellen Stumbo
“Comments that praise me for loving my child suggest that while everyone else got high speed wireless internet, I’m stuck with dial up. I mean that stinks, dial up of all things! ‘So sad you can’t enjoy the internet or participate in social media like the rest of us, I could never do it, I could never do dial up. I know what high speed wireless internet is like, it must be so hard to wait for the dial while everyone else is already on Facebook.’
My child is not the least desirable option, she’s not dial up, she’s a person.”
How Republican Controlled Georgia Became a National Leader in Criminal Justice Reform by Casey Tolan
“This kind of reform is not a partisan issue. . . If you look at it through a partisan lens, you’re not going to get something that works.”
Trusting the Process by Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy
“I found that when I began simply tracking these activities—holding myself accountable to doing these small and medium tasks everyday—the results took care of themselves. And I enjoyed the process so much more.”
On the Blog:
What I’m Loving This Week:
Ok, this is sort of cheating. I mean, I always love audiobooks. But I’m into a really interesting one right now and it reminds me how much I adore audiobooks. I use two different apps to listen to my books: Audible and Overdrive. The Audible app works with Amazon, and the Overdrive app works with my library. Audiobooks are perfect for when I’m driving or doing mundane chores. If you’ve never signed up with Audible before, you can get your first two books free, just for trying it out.
I’ve talked about this before, but I seriously don’t know how I ever did any Bible study without it. It gives me so much insight into the original language and makes the scriptures come alive in new ways. And it’s free.
3. This Gem:
4. Reading to my little guy
We just started The Green Ember, and I hope it’s as good as everyone says!
This Week’s Lyrics for Life
When I was a young twenty-something attending a big church in Dallas, the (then) new Christian group Point of Grace came to do a special pre-Christmas service for our singles group. They did a mini-concert and led us in some Christmas carols. I played the piano for the caroling part. So I like to tell people I once played for Point of Grace. Well, because I did!
The following is one of the songs they performed that morning. It pierced me to the heart that day, and every time I’ve heard it since.
This Day: Words and Music by Lowell Alexander, Recorded by Point of Grace
This day is fragile, soon it will end
And once it has vanished, it will not come again
So let us love with a love pure and strong
Before this day is gone.
This day is fleeting when it slips away
Not all our money can buy back this day
So let us pray that we might be a friend
Before this day is spent.
This day we’re given is golden
Let us show love.
This day is ours for one moment
Let us sow love.
This day is frail, it will pass by
So before it’s too late to recapture the time
Let us share love, let us share God
Before this day is gone.