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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
- Aftermath and Trust and Adjust?, both with 15 comments
- I have a Question, 18
- In which I pretend I am writing a decorating blog, 20
- Maybe I will Dance, 21
- Jesus is better with 23 comments
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!