It’s time for High Notes — this week’s links, posts, and favorite things (Daylight Savings Time edition)!
“I believe that every church can be inclusive of special needs families.
It will take work. It will take brutal honesty. It will take open communication. It will take people stepping up to make a difference. It will take trying and not giving up – on the part of both the church ministry workers and the parents.”
When You’re Accustomed to Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression by Chris Boeskool
“Equality can feel like oppression. But it’s not. What you’re feeling is just the discomfort of losing a little bit of your privilege — the same discomfort that an only child feels when she goes to preschool and discovers that there are other kids who want to play with the same toys as she does.”
Palm Sunday, Politics, and the Power of the Cross by David D. Flowers
“So we must be careful that just because we’re not one of “those evangelicals” on one side of the American political aisle, who are certainly an embarrassment, sometimes a mockery, to the name Christ, that this means we are somehow more qualified to use government for Kingdom purposes, or that we’ve actually found the third way of Jesus. Far from it. . .
It’s time that the church adopt a healthy suspicion of all kingdoms of the world, all parties, and all candidates. If you feel convicted to participate, OK. But don’t be fooled into believing, into trusting, that there is anything uniquely Christian about it. Don’t get your life from that.
Don’t put your hope and trust in any earthly, political savior or slogan.”
On the Glory of the Clementine, and Noticing by Micha Boyett
“Yes, glory gets lost in there. But sometimes our circumstances offer us the grace to slow it down, to notice what the exact food was that taught a lovely tiny human to eat. It was a clementine orange mandarin slice in the fist of my baby. One glorious piece of fruit, grown and picked and colored orange by the sun.”
In this post I address the elephant in the room, that thing all parents (especially of the special needs variety) experience but never talk about. . .
The books I’ve read so far this month and my short reviews. . .
In which I address the question, “If you died tonight, do you know where you’d end up?” and other stuff. . .
What I’m Loving This Week:
1. My niece’s new Instagram page
My 14-year old niece, Annie, started a new “Outfit of the Day” Instagram this week. She’s posting ideas for teen style that are cute, sassy, and modest. If you have teen or pre-teen girls who need some inspiration in the clothes department, please check out Annie’s page and follow!
2. Sunshine Days
Texas is known for its sunshine, and boy have we had some this past week. After it rained the entire week before (which just happened to be spring break). Anyway, it’s been beautiful outside and I zoomed in and snapped this picture (hence the pixelated, poor resolution!) of our Boston terrier doing some sunbathing in the backyard. Oh, to live a dog’s life.
3. My Mac and iPhone calendars
So I’ve been using a bullet journal to keep track of my to-do lists and other random things. But when it comes to my calendar, I’m 100% digital. I honestly don’t know how I lived without an iPhone for so many years. The calendar on my Mac syncs up with my phone beautifully, and Eric and I keep each other up to date by scheduling things on the family calendar, which gets saved in the cloud. Here’s a screenshot from last week. No wonder I was so tired.
Seriously. The best graham crackers EVER.
This Week’s Lyrics for Life:
For your Palm Sunday. . .
In the Name of the Lord by Sandi Patty, Phill McHugh and Gloria Gaither
When my plans have fallen through
And when my strength is nearly gone
When there’s nothing left to do but just depend on You
And the power of Your name
There is strength in the name of the Lord
There is power in the name of the Lord
There is hope in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
May this passion week be filled with wonder as you go forth in the name of the Lord.