A look back over the week. What I’ve listened to, read, watched. And what I’m learning along the way.
Podcastery: Podcasts from this week that taught me something I didn't know, or encouraged me, or made me think.
All Souls Charlottesville—Restored To The Beloved Body of Jesus
The Allender Center Podcast—Race and Trauma, Part Three
TED Talks Daily—What I learned serving time for a crime I didn't commit | Teresa Njorage
TED Talks Daily—The Housing First approach to homelessness | Lloyd Pendleton
OnBeing—Rachel Yehuda - How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations
OnBeing—Ta-Nehsisi Coates - Imagining a New America
This Good Word with Steve Wiens—The Little Falls Edition
Left, Right & Center—LRC Presents: One Year Later
The Popcast with Knox and Jamie—Listener Workplace Confessions
Typology—Becoming Lisa Whelchel
Bookery: Books on my desk and by my reading chair and on my nightstand.
The Long-legged House, by Wendell Berry
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
Every Moment Holy, by Douglas McKelvey
On the Webbery: Articles and Videos. What made me laugh, made me cry, made me better because it made me think.
Learning Themery: My friend, June Ann, used to ask whenever we visited, “What’s God been teaching you?”
This week brimmed with busy motion, up and down the mountain and teaching and writing and wrestling with words and working and hosting house guests. And the regular things of grocery getting, taking Aidan to and from school, preparing meals, cleaning. And This is Us. It was full, and I was grateful. It was not very balanced, and I was tired.
I thought about belonging and adoption (in various ways). The word gratitude plagued me as I avoided then fought with articulating a healthy view of gratitude joining hands with lament.
God asked me, with tenderness, to continue practicing laying aside my ego and cyclical thinking. Keep making the movement of laying it down, I kept hearing in my spirit, and it will become second nature to be content in God's estimation of me.