Here are favorites from March and what I’m looking forward to in April. We share once a month at Leigh’s.
1 Second Everyday
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Around the Web
• You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths
by Anya Kamanetz
Take this quiz from NPR to see how well you understand what good learning looks like. “Ulrich Boser says, probably not very well. His new research on learning shows that the public is largely ignorant of, well, research on learning.”
• No, Stay At Home Moms Don’t ‘Waste’ Their Education
By Anna Mussmann
I officially used my accounting/finance degree for only a few years before I quit to stay home with my daughters. Was my education wasted? I’ve never thought so.
“Anyone who castigates a woman for failing to cash in on her degree reveals a complete misunderstanding of two things. 1. The nature and purpose of education, and 2. The actual needs of society.”
• When You Need a More Creative Way to Pray
by Betsy de Cruz
Great post by Betsy on using prayer mapping to liven up your prayer life.
“Last year, I asked God to show me seven Big Things I could ask Him for. I made a list: Greater Faith, Healing, Joy, Anointing, Provision, a Life that Honors God, and Passion for Christ. I mapped these out on paper and included scriptures, song quotes, written out prayers, and specific requests.”
• 9 Things That Are Still Great About Facebook
by Cheryl Magness
“With all of its problems, Facebook still has a lot going for it, and I for one am not willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
• Google Has Finally Killed the CAPTCHA
by Rhett Jones
Yay! Anybody else glad that CAPTCHA is gone?
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On Books and Podcasts
Here are excellent books I recommend from what I finished reading in March.
- Democracy in Black
How Race Enslaves the American Soul
by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
- The Naked Now
Learning to See as the Mystics See
by Richard Rohr
- Invisible Influence
The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior
by Jonah Berger
- Practicing the Power
Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life
by Sam Storms
- The Enneagram
A Christian Perspective
by Richard Rohr
- Grace Behind Bars
An Unexpected Path to True Freedom
by Dudley Mitchell
• Podcasts – 6 Podcast Episodes for Cultivating Compassion
by Sara Schairer
“Here are six podcast episodes that will open your heart and eyes to not only the power of compassion, but also the need for it. Watch how your own capacity for compassion grows.”
• My Favorite Podcasts This Month
These five episodes were particularly instructive to me.
- The RobCast
Episode 145: The Importance of Boredom
Do you pick up your phone when you have a spare second of boredom? What’s a different way to use that space?
- The World in Words
How Christianese Became a Thing
If you understand these phrases, you might speak Christianese:
too blessed to be stressed, spoke into my life, called to move, felt led to, ….
- Pass the Mic
Truth’s Table & Pass the Mic Crossover
A lively and godly conversation on males and females in the church.
- Hidden Brain
Episode 65: Tunnel Vision
“When you’re hungry, it can be hard to think of anything other than food. Explore the psychological phenomenon of scarcity and how it can affect our ability to see the big picture and cope with problems in our lives.”
- The Elite Advisor Blueprint
Episode 18: Ian Cron on The 9 Personality Types
Understandable information on the 9 Enneagram personality types, exploring why people think, feel and act the way they do.
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Things I Love
• My Bracket Won!
I usually lose. Jeff usually wins. I was dead last for most of NCAA March Madness this year, too. But thanks to Gonzaga’s continued wins and Kansas’ early loss, my basketball bracket won Saturday night in our group of 4 this year! So I get to choose where we all go out to eat, regardless of which team wins the championship Monday night.
• Vacation with the 4 Corners
We had a fun girls’ getaway in Gulf Shores. Laughing, crying, talking. We did a StoryCorp interview one night about our friendship. I’ll treasure that for years to come.
• Spring Flowers
I don’t have much blooming yet, but this hardy tulip managed to come back again. It’s put in its time. The remaining tulips I planted years ago at my mailbox finally stopped returning. This lone survivor still stands.
• Freedom Group
I only knew one lady in this group before February (that’s Jenna). But now we all know so much about each other. I’m loving getting to grow in Christ and in freedom with this group of sisters.
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On the Blog
• Do a Reframe
I needed a reframe. When we can only see one side of something, it’s time to flip it around.
• Hey, I Have a RIGHT to Complain! Oh, Really?
Excuses we use for complaining and how to counteract them
• 7 New Ways to Say I Love You
What words do you like to hear? We all love hearing, “I love you.” But sometimes we need to hear it said another way. To make it more personal.
• God’s Math of Little Things
It was just a little thing I saw. But maybe a lifetime of big love is really a lifetime of little loves all added together.
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What was one of your highlights from March? What are you looking forward to in April? Please share in the comments.
- On the Blog – March 2017
- Don’t Stop Looking