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My round-up of exceptional online reads discovered this week:.

It’s OK to Choose Grace and Space. “There’s no Goals Police or Resolutions Monitor waiting to slap your hand if you don’t produce.”

Wherein an Anthropomorphic Tree Upends Me. HT to Story Warren. Beautiful.

What If Motherhood Was Meant to Be Hard? HT to Story Warren.

Letters to Taylor: On New Beginnings. HT to Story Warren.

Being Lazy Is Actually Good For You sometimes.

And, finally, I’ve always loved this quote:

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I have a short but good list of thought-provoking reads discovered in the last week or so.

Freak Out Thou Not. This Means You.

On Being a Christian Woman in the Year of Our Lord, 2018, HT to Challies. A lot of good thoughts here, among them: “We must teach the women to act like Christian women, not door busters. We must teach them that the Christian life is not one of getting our way or forcing our plans or barging in––it’s one of dying daily, humble waiting, prayerful dependence, and unseen service where our right hand is ignorant of our left.”

Well-behaved Women Rarely Make History,” HT to True Woman. The article from which this statement was taken out of context actually lauded well-behaved, ordinary women. (On a side note, I have no idea what the author means by “God’s seven eyes” – I have never heard that before.)

Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings, HT to Challies. “The fact that such unwelcome advances persist, and often in the office, is, yes, evidence of sexism and the abusive power of the patriarchy. But I don’t believe that scattershot, life-destroying denunciations are the way to upend it. In our current climate, to be accused is to be convicted. Due process is nowhere to be found.”

Logan Paul and Our Embrace of Two Minutes Hate, HT to Challies.

Boring Church Services Changed My Life. “The work of ministry is not so much about finding new, tantalizing ways to make people excited about Jesus, but about the timeless rituals that shape their hearts.”

Three Questions for the New Year. I like this: simple, but effective. Somehow I have never seen the first one on any goal-setting plan, and I am wondering why no one thought of this before?! Someone probably has and I just haven’t come across it til now. But I don’t know why I never thought of it. I do this with planning for a day but for some reason never thought about it when planning for the year.

This is not a new post, but an older one I return to occasionally: The New Year talks about setting goals rather than resolutions and considering all the different aspects of your life.

And a couple of funnies found on Pinterest:

To be fair, the instructions could have been clearer: Show your work, or Write and equation for this problem. But I love this answer from a very literal-minded child. I tend to be like that with math, too – I don’t know how I got it, I just figured it out.

*Eyeroll*

Happy Saturday!

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It’s been a while since I’ve been able to share interesting links with you. Here are some I’ve come across the last couple of weeks.

Often I write about Bible reading plans at the beginning of the year. I didn’t this year, but have found some good ones at What Is Your Bible Reading Plan for 2015? and A 2-Year Bible Reading Plan.

Similarly, you can find a plethora of posts about New Year’s Resolutions and/or goals. A couple of the best I’ve seen are Ten Truths That Will Change Your Life in 2015 and 5 Ways You Need to Be Honest With Yourself.

This is an older one, and I’ve linked to it before, but I just rediscovered my friend Susan’s post about making plans or goals for the New Year in a number of areas: spiritual, physical, marriage, children, homemaking, and creativity, along which some suggested questions and reasons planning aids us.

A Christmas Present from the Mainstream Media: Newsweek Takes a Desperate Swipe at the Integrity of the Bible (Part 1) and Predictable Christmas Fare: Newsweek’s Tirade against the Bible are a couple recommended by Tim Challies in response to Newsweek’s article slamming the Bible and those who believe it. In all honesty, I have not read all of the original article or these responses, but I’ve read parts of them and saved the links for when I had more time to concentrate on them.

How to Change Your Mind.

The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand. Very interesting story about the author of Unbroken and how she deals with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Hope you have a great first weekend of 2015!