THINGS I LOVE
- All things space-related. (But I still haven’t seen Interstellar. It’s on my list.) This week it’s all about NASA’s Orion spacecraft being launched by United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV rocket (hubby works on this one). If all went well this morning, it’s on its way 3,600 miles above the Earth’s surface (15 times farther than the Space Station). And if all goes really well, this will be manned one day for deep space journeys. I feel like we’re back in the excitement of the Apollo days!
- Jigsaw puzzles. Particularly this one—Pieces of the Promise—that we’re doing during Advent. We put together one section of the puzzle for 16 nights and work through a short family devotional of scriptures surrounding Advent. It’s great for kids, but Jeff and I are enjoying it ourselves. Friends of ours from church (Mark and Buffi Young) created it so I’m glad it’s doing well!
- Hospitality of the Benedictine Sisters. My friend Kay and I went to the Sacred Heart Monastery last Tuesday for a one-day Advent Retreat. The sisters there welcomed all of us, even though several of us aren’t Catholic. I’m now considering signing up for a 3-day Centering Prayer Retreat there in January.
- 4 Corners. I love spending time with these life-long best friends every chance I get. This was an impromptu lunch at Applebee’s since everybody happened to be in town over Thanksgiving.
FAVES FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
- Favorite pin from Pinterest. From my sister Sandy’s board:
- Favorite new app for iPhone. I’m using the Examine app every night this month as an Advent reflection at the end of the day to record what I’m thankful for, what’s drawn me closer to God, where I’ve failed, etc.
- Favorite tweet on Twitter. We visited Church of the Highlands with Jenna over Thanksgiving break for their #AtTheMovies series. We heard great lessons from Pastor Chris, saw a good portion of the movie Captain Phillips, and got popcorn and coke.
WHAT I’M READING
- A Captain’s Duty. Because we saw the clips again at Highlands, we rewatched the movie at home of Captain Phillips. I highly recommend it. So now I’m reading the book. It’s fascinating despite knowing the ending.
- 1 Samuel in my daily Bible reading.
- Also reading these (all good!): The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (Jacobs); Nudge (Thaler); Writing About Your Life (Zinsser); The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Kondo); Jesus Feminist (Bessey); A Christian Survival Guide (Cyzewski). I keep track of them on Goodreads.
ON THE BLOG
- Having compassion on our small e enemies
- 5 things I learned from the Dalai Lama in Birmingham
- Are you prejudiced?
WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO
- Being finished with Christmas shopping (but not the actual shopping itself). If I could get everything online, I would.
- Outdoor Church this Saturday. It’s always special to worship with our homeless friends at Manna House.
- Kids being home for Christmas.
- 2015 One Word. I’ve had my word for awhile; now I get to plan (from my end anyway) how to work it out over the next 12 months. God comes up with all the surprises.
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What are you looking forward to in December? Leave a comment here.
- Turn on the light – Memorizing scripture
- Is it disappearing? – Review of Yancey’s “Vanishing Grace”