Friday’s Fave Five: a look back at the Lisa writes… archive, 2010

For today’s Fave Five (hosted weekly by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story), I thought I’d go retro and offer a few of my favorites from the past year of blogging (or pseudo-blogging, as the case may be) here at Lisa writes…

So, here goes: a few of my favorite posts of 2010…

*On tornadoes and such

Ultimately, whether I find His sovereign control a source of refuge or resentment depends on what I know of His character. His Word tells me He is good, that His mercy endures forever, that He works all things according to His will for our good and His glory. If I believe that, if I know His glory to be my greatest desire, if I trust Him, then I can rest even in the midst of our corporate and personal grief.

*How time flies and other things I do not understand

This summer marked a first for us: we visited a college campus as parents of a prospective college student. During the informational session (which was very good, by the way), I texted my husband (who was sitting four children apart from me): “I look younger than the rest of these moms right?” He asserted via a return text that I did though privately I have my doubts. Parents of prospective college students have to be old(er) arithmetically speaking. The math doesn’t lie.

*In and through it all there is grace

I left the funeral home that Friday night and I went to a football game where I yelled like crazy with the rest of the fans and then I went home and went to bed, my day a snapshot of life as we know it…

*Is wonderful

Week after week I see women caught in the consequences of their own ill advised choices. Sometimes I feel superior–not to those clients who are genuinely needy but to those who remain in the cycle, making the same poor decisions over and over again. Wise up, I want to say. Can’t you see how stupid this is? I don’t say it, but sometimes I want to. I forget. I forget that there, but for the grace of God, go I.

*Jesus is better

Sisters, we are not to blindly follow anyone! We are to know God’s Word for ourselves and know it well enough that we may exercise discernment and identify sloppy interpretation and inconsistent instruction, partial truths that as such are no Truth. We must ask whether a sermon or Bible study or devotion exalts Christ or us–or, God forbid, the teacher–and we must carefully and diligently hold it up to the light of Scripture. Please, do not let your faith depend upon another, no matter how sincere and personable she may be. Work out your faith with fear and trembling, refusing to settle for secondhand knowledge and secondhand intimacy.

It will make my list of five really a list of six (and then some), but I also want to include my series of posts on my trip to Nicaragua among my favorites, beginning with Maybe I Will Dance and It was good. At the bottom of the last post I published in the series are links to all my posts and pictures. (Linking to my wordpress blog so you can see the pictures)

[O]ne word can’t begin to describe all that I saw, felt, experienced. It was good, yes. It was also at turns heartbreaking and hilarious. Joy, grief, homesickness, worship, wonder, inadequacy, humility, exultation–all these emotions were mine at some point or another, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes in such a sudden weight that I couldn’t (and can’t) find words to begin to articulate the experience. I tried, to find words.

And, for the curious, here are the top five most commented posts here at Lisa writes…

What about you? Do you have five favorite posts from your own blog this past year? Or two or three? Let us know in the comments or, better yet, link up at Susanne’s with your own Fave Five! You can link up with any five favorites, posts or anything else!


Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

8 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five: a look back at the Lisa writes… archive, 2010”

  1. Great idea for fave fives Lisa! I have not checked to see what my tops were this year.My favorite of your titles is Jesus is Better. I am curious to go back and read Maybe I will Dance…Blessings!

  2. What a great reminder of all the good things you’ve shared on your blog. It’s been a blessing to have read those posts! We will meet in person one day; I’m certain of it. 🙂 In the meantime, War Eagle for Monday night!

  3. I love this post because now I feel like a really know you. (Had to laugh at the prospective college visit story — I have a similar one!) I visited your SBG blog and will be going back there. I'm one of those, too! :0)

  4. What a great reminder of all the good things you’ve shared on your blog. It’s been a blessing to have read those posts! We will meet in person one day; I’m certain of it. 🙂 In the meantime, War Eagle for Monday night!

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