I am home today in my jammies. I had one vacation day left, and I had to take it before the end of June. We are wrapping up the semester this week at work, and next week there will be a whole new shiny list of things to do for the new semester. I am learning that endings are really just beginnings in disguise. Something new is looming ahead, and I have to let go of where I am to leave room for the new things God wants to do as I press forward.
A while back, I visited Emily’s blog, and her monthly wrap-up post inspired me to start this weekly list of things that I am learning — because I am prone to forget, and I think God wants me to remember. I do this once a week here, usually on Fridays. But, this week, Emily is hosting a new link up for bloggers to share 10 things they have learned in the month of June. So, this week’s post is going to be a bit of a review of the month with a few new things sprinkled in.
Here in no particular order are 10 things I learned in June:
“‘For in Christ
all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
AND YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN
FULLNESS IN CHRIST,’
(Colossians 2: 9-10).
I have been given fullness.
I can place
the wholeness of my identity in that reality…
and see everything else as small in comparison.”
2. Studying the Bible with a group of girls can be a life-changing experience. This month, I started reading Jennie Allen’s book Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul as part of the Good Morning Girls Study. I am sharing this journey with 20 amazing women. I am so excited about what God is going to do in our lives! Jennie is challenging us all to put feet to our faith through the “If Gathering.” If you have a heart to mentor younger sisters, make sure to check this out.
3. Something magical happens when we gather around a table with friends and food. Shauna Niequist is reminding me in her amazing book Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes. Have you read it? The Bloom Book Club for (in) courage is digging into this amazing book this summer. Go here for the details. Here is a quote from the “Introduction” to whet your appetite:
“What’s becoming clearer and clearer to me
is that the most sacred moments
in which I feel God’s presence most profoundly,
when I feel the goodness of the world most arrestingly,
take place at the table” (p.13).
Shauna also wrote a great post on here blog earlier this month where she outlined 7 things I should do to be a great dinner party guest.
“Love and forgiveness are possible when we surrender our right to have rights, when we relinquish any sense of entitlement–
- to expect others to behave how we want them to
- to withhold a loving/forgiving response until they’re truly repentant or compliant
- when we’re the wronged party, or in any obvious sense, are ‘right’”
5. Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy got me thinking with her post “Making it Yours”:
“Ownership–and we’re not just talking money–is a powerful construct. When you make something yours–a town or a book or a baseball team–it becomes part of your identity.
My husband and I have been thinking about what we want to make ours as a family. What will our thing be? What makes us us?”
I mentioned a while back that my husband and I have “our spot,” and we do make an intentional effort at “keeping company,” but what she said about identity really grabbed me. What do we want our identity as a couple to be? This is something to pray about with my husband.
6. I love this idea over at The Dating Divas for a wedding anniversary tradition: Time Capsule Anniversary Gift.
7. I need to be intentional about affirming my husband. Kristen at We are THAT Family provided me a framework in her great post “What Every Husband Needs to Hear.”
8. This week, Lisa at Lisa’s Notes challenged me to “be a ripple”:
“When Jesus heals a soul, he doesn’t stop with one.”
9. Jenn at Running This Thing Called Life reminded me that “God is waiting to heal our upwrapped wounds.”
10. “Always have enough for everyone.” Tricia lives this out with her boys in “People Need Spoons.”
Q4U: What did you learn this week?