This edition of High Notes ought to be called “The Lazy Summer Edition.” Not that I’ve been super lazy about everything over here, but I sure have been about blogging! Anyway, here are the past two weeks’ worth of links, posts and fun stuff. Enjoy! And have a happy Independence Day!
My Most Difficult Shift Toward Healthy Religion by Ed Cyzewski
“As I step toward mystery and contemplation, I struggle to respond with grace and compassion toward those who are still citing chapter and verse with angry zeal, defending boundaries, and attempting to define who is in and who is out.”
When Conversion Is Slow – guest post by Ed Cyzewski for Emily P. Freeman
“If altar calls run the risk of overpromising what God can do in a single moment, the Psalms encourage us to wait patiently, to trust that God hears us, and to persevere even when miracles and epiphanies don’t happen right away.”
The Rest Will Follow by James Catford
“. . .if we were more honest about our doubts then the world might be more honest about its faith. Perhaps we would be surprised how much people outside the church actually believe, if only we would admit that faith can sometimes be a struggle.”
Coming of Age in This American Life by Alia Joy at The Mudroom
“Without the framework for how insidious white supremacy truly is and how it systematically presents a false narrative about what is normal, what is valuable, and what is true, we are left with a vague feeling that something is off but not quite sure how to fix it.
It is internalized racism. The low hanging fruit of white supremacy.”
My monthly post about all the books, movies and fun stuff from the past month!
In which the struggle could not be more real. . .
New prayer resources to add to your list. . . especially when your soul feels dry. . .
Because we really are the same as everyone else. . .
What I’m Loving Lately
1. Fresh Paint!
I’ve been at it again.
This girl loves to paint, because you can completely change the look of a room with very little money and a few hours. So far I’ve painted my living room and my daughter’s room. Both are still a work in progress (as far as getting stuff hung back on the walls) so I don’t have any pics to share yet. I’ve also painted two pieces of furniture and have plans for more.
Me sans makeup during one of my painting days. The process ain’t pretty, but the end result sure is! (See the paint in my hair?)
My paintbrush does overtime during the summer!
2. Going to the waterpark
We don’t have a pool in our backyard, but we do live just a couple of miles from our local waterpark. This is my second year to buy season passes for myself and the kids, and it’s a good way to force them to get outside and have fun.
We were there just last Thursday and this is how I spend most of the time. I lie there until I can’t take the heat anymore, then I roll around in the shallow water a little. And then it’s back to reading. It’s my happy place!
3. Avoiding social media
I’ve talked about it before, but sometimes you just gotta cut loose for a while. I opened up Facebook one morning last week and within two minutes was kicking myself for doing it. So for now, I’ll just abstain, thank you very much.
4. Planning our family vacation
We are TERRIBLE vacation planners. We put things off till the last minute and both of us drag our feet on making decisions. I’m currently trying to put together a road trip to the Grand Canyon in July, and y’all. . . I need help.
Any ideas or recommendations about where to stay, where to eat, what to do? I’ve got some handy guides and of course the internet to help me, but I’ve never been and need all the help I can get!
5. Reading like a crazy woman
Summer reading is my favorite.
I’m devouring everything I can get my hands on. Check out my latest book posts here and here. And don’t forget to send me a friend request on Goodreads! I keep track of everything I’m reading over there.
This Week’s Lyrics for Life:
Finally Free by Nichole Nordeman
And if the Son has set us free
Then we must be free indeed
Let the chains fall away
Everything has changed
I’m finally free