Links, books, and other things I love – April 2016

1 Second Everyday – March Edition

[If you can’t see the 1 Second Everyday video, click here]

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Around the Web

Purpose Is Not the Thing You Do by Jess Lively
Short article reminding us of this truth: “Many people are searching for “the thing” that is their purpose. But the truth is, we bring our purpose to the things we do.”

Worrying You Might Get Hurt Is Worse from The Washington Post
Yet another reminder that worrying is so not helpful. (I’m trying to kick the habit.)

Black and White: Racism in America on The Liturgists Podcast
It’s lengthy but very worth listening to. Conversations between Michael Gungor, Science Mike, Propaganda, and William Matthew. Recommended reading list at the bottom of the post.

The Contemplative Writer website
I’m excited about blogger and author Ed Cyzewski’s new website combining two of my own loves, contemplative practices and writing.


I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White video
A beautiful Spoken Word piece by Prince Ea.I Am Not Black

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On Reading

Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor
Ok, so I haven’t actually read this yet, but I want to read Shaka’s memoir, Writing My Wrongs, after watching him on Super Soul Sunday and on this TED talk, “Why Your Worst Deeds Don’t Define You.

Shaka Senghor TED Talk

Books I recommend from March reading


Currently reading

  1. The Return of the King
    (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
    by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Wisdom of the Enneagram
    by Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson
  3. The Confessions of St. Augustine
    by Augustine of Hippo
  4. The Gift of Fear
    by Gavin de Becker

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Things I Love

I won a free year’s subscription to Faithbox and the monthly boxes started arriving in February. I’m loving the gifts they send and the reasons they send them.


Easter with the family
We all got to attend Easter service together at Jenna’s church on Saturday night, then Morgan went with us to ours on Sunday morning.


Birthday fun
Our special friend Walter Baby Love celebrated his 70-1 birthday (69th) this weekend at Outdoor Church. MariBeth made sure he had a cake for the occasion.


Cruise success
We had such a wonderful time for five days in March with three other couples (all 4 Corners and spouses made it!) sailing to the Bahamas. Memories for a lifetime.


It was a little windy. 🙂 Jeff wasn’t sure he would enjoy a cruise, but even he had a fun time.


Manual labor
Jeff and I were able to help PAR yesterday clean up a nearby community that got hit by a tornado Thursday night. I’m never sure how much help I am, but every stick picked up makes a small difference, right? (And the physical work made me feel less guilty about my last Cadbury Creme Egg I ate afterwards.)


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On the Blog

5 Tips for Better Journaling

• La’Porsha’s story from American Idol

Welcome, Hope – 3 Ways to Have More Hope

Book review of Habits of Grace (Spiritual Disciplines)

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What are you looking forward to in April? Please share in the comments.

Linking at Leigh Kramer’s
My previous posts

16 thoughts on “Links, books, and other things I love – April 2016

  1. Lynn Severance

    What a full March you had, Lisa – plus getting ALL the reading you do besides. You are a wonder. Glad Jeff did okay on the cruise.

    My April goal – completion of creating a website. It will go beyond being an “author” website as I plan on content beyond that and it will not be launched until my book is ready for sale. However, it is one main accomplishment in a fairly long list of what needs to be done before that “event”! Thanks for your prayers.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Lynn. I was glad Jeff did okay on the cruise too. I wasn’t sure if it might bring on more dizzy spells, but thankfully it did not.

      I’m so excited about your upcoming website! I know it will be edifying and professional at the same time. God is really pulling things together in just the right way for you, Lynn. I’m so happy that it’s all coming together, even if not in our timing, in His.

  2. Linda Stoll

    I love your 1-second videos! My the month flies by.

    And yes, for sure, there’s nothing at all like a mid-winter cruise!


    I hope you scooped up lots of seaglass on your beach excursions!


    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Linda. I enjoy the 1-second videos for myself to recap the month. I believe June 2015 was my first one so it’s almost been a year! I never thought I’d still be doing them. Yes, it would be nice to take a mid-winter cruise every year. 🙂 But I won’t count on another one for a long time to come.

  3. Barbara H.

    The cruise looks like such fun! So glad you all could go! I have wondered if I would enjoy a cruise, too. I don’t travel well generally and wonder if I’d get seasick and whether I’d enjoy the activities. But a lot of people I know go regularly.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Only one person in our party got seasick and it was the first night. Because of her, I was prompted to put on my seasick patch after all. 🙂 She recovered fully the next day and felt good the rest of the trip. But if you are prone to motion sickness, it is something to consider when you make travel plans.

  4. Jean Wise

    Love all the photos – a real positive energy to this post. I wondered if those faith boxes were worth it. would make such a nice gift for someone. Thanks for commenting on them.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      My husband and I were pondering the same thing…Faithboxes would be a great gift for someone. They’re a little pricey; I hadn’t subscribed on my own—I was just glad to win the free yearly subscription! I’ll have to see by 2017 if I’m hooked enough to buy them on my own. 🙂 They do have such a great emphasis on loving the world through the products they choose and the money they donate, so it’s definitely worth looking into.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Beverley. I don’t always remember to do a 1 second video every day, but on most days I do, and it’s been fun to look back over each month to see all the things that are moving along.

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