It is my pleasure to share fun and formative things with you all in the midst of this pandemic that we find ourselves in. Here are some of my favorite finds from this week, and feel free to comment below your favorites from the week.
This delightful Instagram account following the recipes and cooking adventures of Jonathan Holmes and his daughters is more than worth sharing. Holmes is a Christian writer and counselor that I have been following for a few years after reading the book that he wrote on friendship: The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship. He just started this new account featuring his four adorable daughters, and the recipes and cooking tips that they share are worth the follow on Instagram, and you get to see a sweet family cooking together.
I've been enjoying these short animation clips of Olaf in a series fittingly named "At Home With Olaf". This one is particularly fun and restful as Olaf enjoys a sunrise.
I was playing some music for Thea this week, when this song popped up on the shuffle play. If you know me, you know that I love a good dance beat and dance number, and this song has both! I'll be honest: after hearing this song and watching the music video, I watched its corresponding Disney Channel movies: Zombies and Zombies 2. I was delightfully surprised by these tv movies, and I confess that I loved them! I guess you're never too old to enjoy a Disney Channel movie. Also, this song has been stuck in my head repeatedly. You have been warned! (But it's gooooood).
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5. From the Archives: Lay It All on Christ
Have you ever gone back and read something that you wrote several years ago, and you were like, "Woah, I wrote that?" That's how I feel when I go back and read some of the posts on this blog. One thing I love about blogging is that everything I write is like a little time capsule, and what impacted me several years ago might impact someone else years from now. So here's a little gem from the archives: how the song "Lay It All On Me" by Ed Sheeran points to the gospel.
I don't know about you, but my days look the same lately. This week it was hard to remember what my top five finds were from the week, but then I thought of some of these things. As always, I hope you find them fun and formative.
Now more than ever I need simple and daily encouragement from the Bible as I connect with the Lord during the day. This devotional is a favorite and has been once again helpful in this season of life.
Can you tell that I'm an Olaf fan? I will gladly watch all of these clips from Disney Animation of the Olaf at Home series. This birthday one is cute, and you might also enjoy Pumpkin.
I've been reading this book by Tim Challies, and I want to underline everything! I'm a regular reader of Tim Challies blog and appreciate how he writes and explains biblical truths. I'm not quite finished, but this book has offered valuable nuggets on the topic of discernment. If you want to learn more about discernment, this would be a helpful primer.
Spoken Gospel is one of my household's favorite Youtube channels, and over the past year they have been working on creating introductory videos to books of the Bible. Marrying spoken word and performance, Spoken Gospel does an excellent job explaining the central themes of different books of the Bible and how they connect to Jesus. The video linked above is an introductory to Psalms, and it's wonderful! We also love the video for Daniel and Mark.
5. Epic: India
Tim Challies is releasing a new book and connected mini series called Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History. Each episode and chapter focuses on artifacts connected to Christian history in specific areas around the world. Challies released this episode focused on India and artifacts connected to Amy Carmichael and William Carey. I'm excited for the full mini series to release to watch the other episodes and to read the related book after they are released.
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Well, it's April 2020, and the month ahead stands to look like the majority of March: we're all primarily at home, self-isolated. We are living in a pandemic, and as of today almost 1.7 million people have been infected and over one hundred thousand people have died globally from the Coronavirus. And we wait.
We wait to see if it will come into our household. If the random coughs we have are the signs of our bodies fighting the infection already.
We wait for the spread to slow. We wait for the curve to flatten, for life to return to "normal," to once again be able to see friends face to face and hug them. We wait to see family and hold them close. We wait to sit in restaurants, to peruse stores, to not have to disinfect everything.
But in this household, we wait with hope, knowing that we will celebrate Easter apart from family and the church body for the first time in this life.
We wait with hope and expectation, even though we will be self-isolated for the next month and perhaps indefinitely.
We wait with hope as this virus brings us together in ways it could not keep us apart.
We wait with hope knowing that this world is passing away, but our spirits are being renewed day by day.
We wait with hope knowing that this world is not our home, and there are far greater things ahead than any we would leave behind.
We wait with hope knowing that Jesus is with us, and as sure as he defeated death and the grave, he will defeat this virus one day.
We wait with hope knowing that our heavenly Father has the whole world in his hands.
We wait with hope knowing that we are secure in his hands.
And so we wait... but we wait as those with great hope.
What a week it has been! And what a Friday it is. Here are some links for a little levity for your week. Let me know about your favorite finds from this week.
This worship song has been on repeat in our household lately. It's also very timely for this Holy Week leading up to Easter.
Confession time: Animal Crossing was my favorite digital game to play growing up. I remember playing it with my sister and our neighbors during our middle school years, and we loved it! So when I found out that Nintendo was releasing a new Animal Crossing game, I felt the urge to play again! But I don't own a Nintendo Switch, so the next best thing has been Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, which is a phone app. It has been a fun little game to play as I find myself with small pockets of free time in this season.
If you're looking for something to do as a family, a librarian from Peters Township Library created a digital escape room for Harry Potter fans!
This weekend only, Sight and Sound's Performance of Jesus will be available to watch on TV and stream online. Brandon and I are huge fans of Sight and Sound and their musical retelling of Bible stories. We didn't get a chance to see this show live, but we're excited to watch it tomorrow!
Disney created some new videos, crafts, and various things for families missing a little Disney in their lives with parks closing and being at home. I'm enjoying a new mini series they are starting with Olaf.
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