Links, books, and other things I love – November 2015

1 Second Everyday 

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1. What to think when someone (or you) says, “This is the clear teaching of Scripture” from Experimental Theology: “Emotional Intelligence and Sola Scriptura”

2.  Addicted to your cellphone? Uncomfortable pictures from The Washington Post.


3. The minority experience in a majority world. Watch this especially if you’re in the majority culture.

Minority Experience in a Majority World

4. 24 words that mean totally different things now than they did pre-Internet. Like, bump, cloud, and troll.

5. A must-watch funny video: If moms talked to each other the way they talk to their kids

If moms talked to each other

6. Adorable pictures of President Obama and kids from BuzzFeed “All the Times President Obama Lost His Chill around Kids”

President Obama and kids


  • One Thousand Gifts (again)
    But this time as a small group DVD study. I’m participating in a fabulous 5-week group of new and old friends, serendipitously started by a child (now a beautifully wise adult) who I attended church with when I was a teenager and she was a little girl.
  • Books I recommend
    From my October reading list, including The Martian. (Have you seen the movie? So good! But read the book first.)
  • Newbery books anyone?
    I recommend Amy’s reading challenge to you: Read one Newbery winner a month from a list per decade. We’re finished for this year, and will start back fresh in January. But you don’t have to wait; you can start now.
  • Daily Bible Reading
    In my daily Bible reading I’m in Ezekiel in the Old Testament (ugh! honestly, the imagery of God here is tough-going).
    In the New Testament I’m in Romans (much more enjoyable).
  • My books on Goodreads


  • Weekend with the eldest
    We spent the weekend with our oldest daughter, Morgan, and husband at their place. It was fun hanging out with Morgan’s in-laws too—so thankful she has great ones.
  • My youngest daughter’s Kindergarten class
    Jenna lets me help out one afternoon a week and I’m loving it!
  • His/Her Packing List
    This is exactly Jeff and I.
    his and her packing list
  • My baby boys
    Well, they’re not mine by blood, and they’re not babies anymore, but these little fellows have my heart anyway.


1. Intercessory worship
I know about intercessory prayer, but I’d never thought about intercessory worship (+ background of song Healing Is Here, one of my current faves)

2. 6 ways to hear from God
These are from J. I. Packer’s classic book, Knowing GodWe finished reading it with the online group at Tim Challies last week. I love his series of Reading Classics Together.

3. Take a daily dose to overcome anxiety
What is it? It’s grace.

4. 31 Days of “Tools to Memorize a Bible Chapter”


This was my series for the 31 Day Challenge for October. (I have to admit I’m glad it’s over! I love participating, but whew.)

5. Not perfect
Perfectionism is rarely your friend, and especially not with scripture memory. Drop it and move forward without it.


  • A new Servolution
    And coincidentally (not! It’s God!), our local church campus is also beginning a new ministry this month. We’ve participated in our Huntsville campus’s Servolution, but now we’ll be able to serve closer to our own neighborhoods. Including sending volunteers to help at the House of the Harvest (it all comes together).
  • A road trip
    Jeff is still feeding his hobby of buying/selling Cushman motor scooters, so we’ll taking a trip soon up the east coast to collect parts, and get to see some dear friends that we haven’t seen in a long while.
  • Faithful flowers
    Grateful for flowers that refuse to believe winter is on its way. Can I believe with them?
    black-eyed susan flowers

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

Linking at Leigh Kramer’s
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24 thoughts on “Links, books, and other things I love – November 2015

  1. Bill (cycleguy)

    I just finished what i am calling my trifecta-the church’s anniversary, the chamber of commerce banquet (I am a board member) and our Day of Service. I am looking forward to a breather knowing Thanksgiving Day will find us serving lunch to the community and Christmas morning will find us serving breakfast to the community. In between…my life of ministry happens. Oh yeah, I hope to find some time to ride my bike (weather permitting) and do some reading.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You better breathe fast, Bill–Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. 🙂 Just read your post about the service day. So glad it was such a success and that many were helped–and that many were able to help! Equally important for those who get to serve as for those who are served. We all are participants together, regardless of which “side” of the serve we are on.

  2. Bill (cycleguy)

    I failed to mention that trifecta was all within one week. And that is not counting the New Beginnings (our crisis pregnancy center) banquet with Pam Tebow (of which I am a board member) which took place just two weeks before the trifecta. I’m tired. 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      That mama talk video really cracked me up too. 🙂 We can all relate to that.

      I forgot that I also have Ann’s devotional book; now would be a perfect season to pull it back out as well! Thanks, Linda.

  3. Sharon

    OK, I watched that video about the Moms talking to each other like their kids. I also watched the next one, “If Moms ate like their kids do.” Oh my goodness, I laughed so hard!! So enjoyed that.

    And I also enjoyed all the other *stuff* that you included in this post. Love the heart of service that your family has – and how you all follow through by acting in obedience to the call. Such an inspiration!

    I just received in the mail Priscilla Shirer’s newest book, “Fervent.” It’s about prayer, and I can’t wait to delve into it!

    One more thing…November?? Really???


    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I haven’t watched the eating video; I’ll have to go back and do that! Thanks for the tip, Sharon. Can’t wait to hear what you think about Fervent. Sounds good. And yes, November—how did we fast forward to here so soon???

  4. Jean Wise

    I needed a smiling break this afternoon and you provided me with one. Love that mom video and the packing instructions. Also so much love and giving here. People engaged and connecting with one another. You have brighten my day, Lisa. Thank you

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Jean. The packing instructions is spot-on for my husband and me. I start packing days ahead of a trip and he’ll take five minutes whenever he wants to, and be done. (Granted, I pack little extras that he doesn’t think of and that he benefits from too! ha). Hope you are having a great Thursday!

  5. Barbara H.

    Always love your 1 second every day videos! I may have to figure out how to piece together video clips and give that a try.

    I’m glad Write 31 Days is over, too. I enjoyed it, but even though I was posting quotes and not original material, it took time. Then I was wary of posting much else because I didn’t want to overwhelm people.

    Love the packing graphic! Very true!

    I actually got a little frustrated with the “clear teaching of Scripture” post.

    I’ve been happy we still have flowers hanging on, too. We’ve had a couple of nights of frost but not anything terribly cold yet. I am hoping this means winter won’t be too bad. 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I absolutely love the 1 second app! It’s been so fun and easy to do. It stitches the seconds together for you; all you have to do is choose which second clip you want to use. There are times I wish it would allow more than one second though—that’s hardly any time at all. ha.

      We feel pretty much the same about 31 days. I’m glad it is over too, even though yes, I enjoyed it as well. It always takes more time than I anticipate it will. And yes, I feel like I’m overwhelming people with too many posts too (including myself!). Back to normal now. 🙂

  6. Ceil

    Hi Lisa! I LOVED that video about speaking to children. I also posted it on Facebook. So funny 🙂
    I loved that photo of Obama with the baby too. It’s so great to see such huge political figures act like real people.
    What fun! A trip to the east coast with your hubs, that sounds lovely! And being in the classroom with little ones lets you be a kid again, right? I am angling to go to Grandparents Day at my granddaughter’s preschool. What ever-loving fun.
    I’m sure you are glad your 31 days of writing are over. Phew. That’s such a commitment, and I have to give you props for it. I’m not sure I could ever do that…

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I posted that video on my FB page too; too funny not to share. Yes, I loved the Obama pictures as well. In the end, we’re all still human, more alike than different, regardless of what “positions” we hold (or don’t). Hope you got to go to Grandparents Day! Fun times. 🙂

  7. floyd

    Awesome recap, Lisa. Funny stuff… and convicting… Love the shots of your family. At first glance I thought the picture of the cell phone one was your oldest and son in law. Amazing how something so good can be so bad. Like all things in this life I suppose.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Wow–since you said that about the picture, I looked at it again and definitely see how you might have mistaken it for Morgan and hubby. What’s really crazy (and what I didn’t notice before) is it looks exactly like their porch! ha. I’ll have to send it to her and see what she thinks.

  8. bekahcubed

    It sounds and looks like you’ve had a busy month! I read along with your 31 days but didn’t memorize along (between some trips and the house-building process and Tirzah Mae doing some teething and a cold that just.won’t.end, I knew I needed to not add anything extra to my plate.) I’m hoping to read it through again as I memorize a chapter sometime next year.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You’re doing good to keep up with life at all right now. 🙂 A busy season for sure when you have a little one AND are building a house plus all the other things routine with all our lives. Blessings to you!

  9. June

    I *love* your “things I love” posts, Lisa! Such good stuff and inspiring, too! Jeff will get a call from my husband one of these days, he’s just been slammed with another project! Have a blessed week!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Leigh–the grand opening today went very well! It was so exciting to see families coming in who had been wondering where they would get food. God provides. Also interesting was that our building (that we were able to purchase for $1 this week!!!) is two doors down from a Dollar General. A couple of their employees and then their manager came by, and subsequently sent their own customers our way.

  10. Beverley

    1 second a day video, not sure mine would be that interesting. Love the mum video made me smile. Starting Anna Kerenina today. Still reading the Old Testament, in Ezekiel too, chapter 23. The Martian – seen the film, didn’t know it was a book as well.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      My “second a day” videos probably aren’t so interesting to anybody else but me, especially when I get to the end of a day, realizing I haven’t done a video yet, and just film whatever is around me–a book pile, food in the fridge, etc. 🙂 But that’s life.

      Hope you’ll enjoy Anna Karenina! A big project, but a good one. I’m taking a break from Ezekiel this week and reading in the New Testament–1 Corinthians. It’s much easier reading.

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