5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – July 2018

Did you do anything exciting in June? What are you looking forward to in July? We share once a month with Leigh, who recently just published her first novel (my review here)!

1 Second Everyday

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

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5 Things Around the Web

1. How Much Money Do You Save by Cooking at Home?
by Priceonomics Data Studio

Save Money Cooking Home

Just how much money do you save by cooking at home? Researchers analyzed the true cost of cooking at home from scratch, compared to delivery from a restaurant or a meal kit service.

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2. Are There Contradictions in the Bible?
by Peter Enns

A different perspective on the nature of the Bible and inspiration. Something to think about.

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3. Study: Charts Change Hearts and Minds Better than Words Do
by Christopher Ingraham

How do you combat misperceptions? A surprising answer: charts.

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4. Read This Article!!!
by Julie Beck

How many exclamation points do you use when you’re really excited? (Hint, nowadays, probably more than one.)

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5. Sitting in Grandpa’s Chair Is a Serious Offense  

Did you have a chair like this in your house? My dad had a chair that no one else sat in (except when we felt really daring).

Sitting Grandpa's Chair

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5 Things about Reading, Writing, Listening

1. WRITING: 31+ Best Books on Writing for Copywriters, Storytellers, and Bloggers
by Henneke

I love this list. Some of my very favorite books are here (including Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath.)

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2. PODCAST: Internet a la Carte
from Planet Money

If you had to pay for things individually that you access online, how much would you spend to google something? To use Facebook? To shop online? A short but interesting look at how we value our online habits.

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3. PODCAST: The Secret to Making the Most of Your Limited Time  
from The Productivity Show

I like this strategy of timeblocking. Lots of time efficiency tips here (including doubling your time estimates—that’s a toughie!).

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4. BLOGGING: A Call for Plodding Bloggers
by Tim Challies

“So my message for my fellow bloggers is this: Plod on! Be content to be a plodding blogger and trust that God is glorifying himself and blessing his people through your faithfulness.”

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5. BOOKS: Seven Books I Recommend – June 2018     

I finished some great books this month. Everybody, Always by Bob Goff is an especially good read for loving others as God loves.


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5 Things I Love

1. Wear Orange

Like everybody else feels, mass shootings hurt my heart. My friend Kay and I have joined Moms Demand Action (and it’s not just for moms). We want to be more informed, make a difference, and stop feeling so helpless. #UseYourVoice

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2. Selfies…Ugh

I don’t take many selfies (I don’t like pictures of myself in general). But I do like to have pictures of Jeff and me together when we travel. So I’m trying to do better. We marked two firsts in June: Epcot for a day and New Orleans for a weekend.


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3. Cemeteries

Cemeteries are so intriguing. We walked through one in New Orleans, which was very different than the ones I’m used to in Alabama.


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4. Father’s Day

Jeff continues to be a great dad, no matter how old our girls get. He loves them; they love him. He got to enjoy time with both Morgan and Jenna around Father’s Day.

fathers day 2018

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5. Grandbaby…you knew a pic was coming

I was blessed with lots of time again in June with my sweet grandbaby (and with Morgan and Fuller). I can’t get enough moments with this precious girl.


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5 Things on the Blog

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What was a highlight from your June? What are you looking forward to in July? Please share in the comments.

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36 thoughts on “5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – July 2018

  1. Joanne Viola

    I enjoyed this post and will come back to spend time exploring the many interesting to me links! And your grandbaby is precious! Thank you for sharing all of this goodness!

  2. Linda Stoll

    You know I love your 1 second video each month, Lisa. Oh, and baby girl is such a little beauty. These are the good old days!

    Thanks for keeping us posted, friend …


    Stay cool

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, these are the good old days! I’m loving every day I get to spend with her. I only wish she were closer, but then I might pop in every day and that might not be good. lol. Trying to stay cool but it’s awfully hot in Alabama so far! Thanks, Linda.

  3. bill (cycleguy)

    The links I have been using are studying and commenting on some rogue belief systems (Bethel Redding) so I will forego those. I have been reading some books and just picked up a couple that look good. God of Tomorrow by Caleb Kaltenbach is one I have been reading. Just finished the two I mentioned Becoming a Welcoming Church (and have worked on a study for the leaders) and We Want You Here (which I will redo to fit us). The first is really excellent in giving “eyes” to an insider.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Lots of good reading there, Bill. I love when you share your titles so I can go look them up to add to my own list. 🙂 I read Caleb’s “Messy Grace” awhile back and really enjoyed it.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You would have probably held this alligator, Michele. With his mouth taped closed, he was pretty harmless. Although when he started squirming with the girl right beside me, she did almost have a heart attack. 🙂

  4. Bethany

    What an adorable grand baby!! Your mortglt updates are always so full of fun and great recommendations, thanks Lisa!

  5. Maree Dee

    Wow, you had quite a month and managed to read seven books too. I am impressed. I need to get better at my time management. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to coming back and checking out a few more of the things you shared. Happy 4th of July.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      A lot of my reading comes in tiny chunks of time while I’m doing other things, like doing laundry or blowdrying my hair, etc. 🙂 But it adds up! Hope you have a great 4th as well, Maree. We always go to my in-laws on the 4th, and tomorrow will be the same. It’ll be a hot one.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’ve enjoyed discovering your GraceFull linkup, Ronja. I can never get too much grace! Your post about saying no definitely calls for an extra measure of grace; it’s too easy sometimes to just say yes and overextend ourselves.

  6. Barbara Harper

    I love that both of your daughters have the same pose with their dad. I continue to be amazed that what started out as brief ways to communicate keep expanding – the exclamation mark post was interesting. I’m saving the list of writing sources.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I thought it was funny too that both girls ended up with similar pictures, even though days apart and cities apart. 🙂 I guess that’s sisterhood. ha. The exclamation point article was interesting to me too. I’ve noticed that the generation underneath us uses a lot more exclamation points than we do. (!!!!!)

  7. floyds

    Yes, I knew a pic was coming and I knew the one second video would be grand baby dominated!

    Great stuff. What blessing you have in your loved ones, sister. I know you know it.

    And you’re way braver than I am! Snout bound or not, I’m not holding one of those!!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You were right, Floyd. I need to start a one-second video for myself of only grandbaby pics. 🙂 I do feel very blessed. This is a sweet season of life. I’m sure you would have held this baby gator; he was a sweetheart.

  8. Jean Wise

    As usual love this post. Wow, I figured we did save money by home cooking but never imaged it would be that much. Makes you really want to reconsider eating out, well at least part of the time. Of course the article about exclamation marks was wonderful!!!!!!! Great photos too, especially that precious little one!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, it is surprising how much we can save by cooking at home. It’s just not always as easy to cook at home. ha. I’ve found that Jeff and I eat out more now, since our kids are gone. It’s harder to cook for just two people. Or is that just my excuse? 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Oh, that is beautiful to hear, Sarah. What a blessing you are to your family, past and present. Cemeteries are a sobering place to get our priorities straight.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Leigh. I think our granddaughter is a sweetheart for sure. 🙂 And I’ve enjoyed the Moms Demand Action group in my community. It’s continuing to grow. So commonsense and practical. Praying it makes a difference.

  9. David

    Dear Lisa, That “There are no contradictions …” piece is clever. I thought I would just skim it but he really pulled me in. Very clever use of irony. I can only think of the Bible as a collection of texts written at different times by different people for different reasons, and then editted by other waves of people. In that context the contradictions don’t seem a big deal — the ones I know about all seem relatively minor and peripheral. What is remarkable is the strength of the core message growing over thousands of years.

    Have you seen the “A Wrinkle in Time” movie? I watched it on the flight back from A Far Eastern Nation last week. Very good I thought. Very Disney (in bad and good ways). The more I think about the film the more I realise the depth and richness of the novel. Very respectful (but not precious) rendition.


    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I love your description of the Bible, David. I agree with you. And yes, it is amazing that its core message continues on and on through so many people through so much time. God is real.

      No, I still have not seen A Wrinkle in Time, but it is on my list to watch very soon. Hopefully next week even. My daughter and I want to watch it together (and our husbands are invited too). 🙂 I re-read the book this spring in anticipation of seeing the movie, so I’m sure the movie won’t live up to the book imho. lol. But I’m glad to hear you found it to be very good. I hope to do the same.

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