It’s been a little while since we did a smorgasbord blog (check out previous ones here, here and here) so let’s share some link love and get some mutual edification up in this place.
“Sell everything and buy wisdom.” -Proverbs 4:5, MSG
“A wise person knows there is something to be learned from everyone.”
“Knowledge without humility is vanity.” – A.W. Tozer
6 Costs of Real Friendships by Jen Thorn
This. All of it (especially No. 3 and 4). Straight to my heart. Check out a snippet:
Everyone has a dark side. Sin is the great equalizer and our common enemy. Friendship is designed, among other things, for growth in godliness. This means friends help each other identify and fight sin (Eccl. 4:9–12). Doing this requires you knowing their heart and them knowing yours. There must be a willingness to open up our lives and hearts and to let others in. We need to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Intimacy must be a part of friendship, and it must go both ways.
Best Advice for Dating Couples (VIDEO) with Jen Wilkin, J.D. Greear and Derek Rishmawy
These awesome people weigh in with stellar Scriptural advice:
Derek: Be committed to the local church.
Jen, encouraging women: Be sure that a man celebrates your strengths and doesn’t feel threatened by them.
JD: Physical attraction can be intoxicating and misleading.
Save the Drama: Raising Girls Who Speak the Truth by Jen Wilkin
Don’t panic: drama doesn’t have to plague our daughters. We can help them steward those adolescent emotions as a gift rather than succumb to them as a curse. It’s a stewardship skill learned first and foremost not among their peers, but at home.
Love Demands Holiness by Michael Durham
The woman caught in adultery was told something else besides, “Neither do I condemn you.” What else did Jesus say to her? “Go and sin no more.” The love of God demands a change. It demands that we live holy lives unto God. Why? Because that’s what His love does. That’s what His love is. It loves everything that’s holy and pure and right and good.
When It’s Not Your Heartbreak by Haley Russell
My best friend is a gem (people, she’s the one King Lemuel’s mama is talking about in Proverbs 31 when she says she is worth far more than jewels) and she writes in a way that is real and raw and beautiful. Check it out (and see one of the most adorable photos of all time [spoiler: it’s Haley on her first day of first grade. heart eyes]).
Life hurts. And what hurts worse is that I can’t fix things. I can’t fix break ups or deaths. I can’t fix sadness or grief. I can’t fix loneliness. It’s easy to think of things to do or words to say. It’s easy to give a hug. But what’s not easy is putting all of that love and heartbreak into a prayer. To cry out to our Abba, our Father. I’d rather be spinning my wheels, looking like I’m doing something. Feeling good about helping. Trying to fix. When the reality is: I can’t fix anything. But I can cry out to Abba.