Once a month we share articles, books, and things we love at Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into.
Here are some of my favorites from June and what I’m looking forward to in July.
1 Second Everyday
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Around the Web
• Giving Up the Right to Be Right
“The truth is, whether justified or not, my grandfather’s decision has affected our family for two generations. Right or wrong, it was a loss for the whole family. . . . Unforgiveness that is unresolved, never made right and never gotten over reaches far beyond the original offense,” says Laura Acuña.
• The Ten Pleasures
An interesting reframing by David Murray of the Ten Commandments. “The Ten Commandments are framed mainly in the negative. But each negative also implies a positive, and each prohibition of vice enjoins a pleasure in virtue.”
• Psychologists Recommend Children Be Bored in the Summer
“There’s no problem with being bored,” says Lyn Fry. “It’s not a sin, is it? I think children need to learn how to be bored in order to motivate themselves to get things done. Being bored is a way to make children self-reliant.”
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On Reading, Writing, and Blogging
• Read Like a Reader, Not a Student by Ryan Higginbottom
“Reading like a student is limiting. It’s like restricting yourself to one kind of pie. Apple is great, but wouldn’t life be better with cherry or pecan on the menu too?”
• Should You Start a Blog? by Darren Rowse
Here are 22 questions to ask yourself if you’re thinking about starting a blog.
• Can Reading Make You Happier? by Ceridwen Dovey
Yes, there is such a thing as a “bibliotherapist” now. Not a bad idea. We avid readers would agree that the right book can really change your life.
• Currently Reading
- I Am Malala
The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai
by Vince Vawter
- Entering the Castle
An Inner Path to God and Your Soul
by Caroline Myss
- The Happiness Dare
Pursuing Your Heart’s Deepest, Holiest, and Most Vulnerable Desire
by Jennifer Dukes Lee
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Things I Love
• Ah, the beach
Jeff and I took a quick trip to Panama City Beach last weekend. This is one of our favorite things to do:
• Barry’s Show
My brother-in-law Barry is now in the top 4! He entered the “Kickstart Your Career” contest with a local sports radio station, and if he wins, he’ll be the host of his own radio talk show once a week.
We’ve had such fun gathering at The Furniture Factory each Tuesday night this month to eat together and watch Barry and the other contestants.
• Wedding Planning
has been fun. . . especially since we’ve successfully avoided this so far: The Problem with the Pinterest Dream Wedding.
Since Jenna got engaged May 30, I’ve enjoyed the extra time together and seeing how excited she is to spend the rest of her life with Trey. They began premarital counseling with their pastor last Sunday and are off to a great start.
• Book Club
A few of my family and friends are reading Entering the Castle together. We met a few weeks ago at my sister Sandy’s house for our first discussion. It’s a challenging book for spiritual growth, but knowing we’re in it together is helpful.
• NY’s Gain
We’ll be soon losing a great ministry and prayer warrior here in Alabama. I’m sad. But New York, look out because Ginger is on her way to be a blessing to you!
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On the Blog
• Three Reasons to Let Go of Perfectionism
Sometimes it’s a win-win when we do something imperfectly (like face painting?) instead of just saying no altogether.
• Declutter Your Spiritual Junk Drawer, Too
Clutter builds up in our spiritual spaces, too, and can use a cleaning out.
• 3 Words to Silence Your Worries
When I start to worry too much, these three words make a difference for me.
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What was one of your highlights in June? What are you looking forward to in July? Please share in the comments.
- On the Blog – June 2016
- Remember What You Read—Choose One Thing per Book