What I’m Into – September 2013

It’s been awhile, I know.  I skipped the link up for August, and writing all summer, because I needed to just live and be with my people and re-orient myself to the things that are most important. And while my faith walk has often been filled with quick flashes of understanding followed by quick decisions to do things differently, that’s not how things have worked this last year.  Sanctification this time around has been a much slower process, and this summer required a lot of sitting in prayer and a lot of being quiet.  And I’ll tell you what, there’s pay off to all the sitting still and praying because September rolled around and I feel settled on a fundamental level, in a way that I haven’t before. Maybe it’s just part of getting older, but I think it’s more about having the bottom fall out and finding that God is good and that the people I’ve surrounded myself with really love me.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I turned 30 in September and that I pretty much spent the month drinking and eating and being merry with my pals.  And you guys, *that* is the way to turn 30!amber sign GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

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Priscilla Shirer_GideonAfter a summer-long hiatus, my Bible study girls and I started meeting again and Tuesdays are right again.  We’re working our way through Priscilla Shirer’s study on Gideon, and it’s awesome! I’ll be the first to admit that I usually enter studies pretty cynical and prepared to argue an opposite point a lot, and I suspect that’s because I’ve had my teeth sharpened on Lifeway curriculum pretty much my whole life.  But you guys, purchased at Lifeway or not, the story of God using Gideon is working its way into the deepest places of my wounding and helping me continue to heal.  And based on the kinds of conversations were having on Tuesday nights and the emails we’re sending each other throughout the week, I think the same is happening with my girls. To God be the glory.

Also read: Cloud & Townsend’s Boundaries, Lucado & Frazee’s The Story, and E.B. White’s Trumpet of the Swans.


I watched and homeschooled my friend’s ten year old for two weeks this month (hence Trumpet of the Swans), which means I also watched a lot of Cartoon Network and Disney Channel.  Shows I like – Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie, and old school Tom & Jerry cartoons.  Shows I despised – Uncle Grandpa and Incredible Crew.

In the grown-up world, though, all the good shows started their new seasons and you can bet I’m watching Castle, Parenthood, Modern Family, and New Girl.


Because I skipped the link-up last month, I didn’t get to tell you about how INCREDIBLE Audrey Assad’s “Fortunate Fall” is, or about how much I’ve been playing this album on repeat since its release on August 13th.  She released a series of videos on her YouTube channel to go along with the albums’ release, and while “Bridge Over Troubled Water” isn’t on the album, her cover might be my favorite song of all time.


Turning 30, partying and eating cake, homeschooling, and being still – that was September. And you can bet that I’m pretty excited to see what else comes this Fall, because I’m sure it will continue to be a season of change in all the best possible ways.

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6 thoughts on “What I’m Into – September 2013

    1. My Bible study group did He Speaks to Me back in 2007 (I think – after 6 years together, some of the early ones are lost in the recesses of my mind). I do remember really loving Shirer as a teacher on the DVDs, so I was stoked to start Gideon. Truly, it’s even better than I expected. I hope you can get your hands on it!

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