1. I can hardly wait for this weekend. I’ve been wearing my old back-up pair of glasses for about three weeks now, ever since my son broke my current pair. Plus I’m out of contacts. Tomorrow is the glorious day when I get to pick up a new pair of glasses AND new contacts. Hopefully they’ll all be rose-colored.
2. Blog Spotlight: I’m an alum of Notre Dame (Joke: How can you identify an ND grad within 5 minutes of meeting them? … Just wait, they’ll tell you), so I’m going to point you towards to of my favorite blogs by other Irish alumnae: Katrina at Cedars and Tiny Flowers, and Meg at Held by His Pierced Hands. Katrina and her boys are so cute and friendly, and her pictures always make me Domesick. She makes me want to move back to South Bend so we can be besties. Then there’s Meg’s blog, which always gives me so much to think about; her devotion and confidence in God are so inspiring. Her story is incredible. Go check ’em out.
3. It snowed here last night. It’s only mid-November! Oh wait–you don’t know where I live. Welp, time to out that little piece of info. I live near Philadelphia–we aren’t supposed to get snow until next month. All the weathermen promised that the Polar Vortex thing was so last year… I’m skeptical.
4. This article is a fabulous look at marriages portrayed in the arts, and how TV shows and movies can have a really profound effect on social attitudes.
For those of us who are married, we need to give ourselves permission to live transparently before our neighbors, letting them witness our marriage’s imperfections and tensions, as well as the moments of grace when God rescues us from our worst selves. We ought also to support those whose marriages are breaking or broken.
As always, we should seek every opportunity to lay down our lives to serve our neighbors, gay or straight or otherwise, offering them the hospitality of Christ in witness to the fatherly love of God. Nothing good will come of holding onto stereotypes. Our neighbors are not our enemies. They are men and women made in the image of God and beloved by him. To them we owe the same kind of humble love that Christ has shown us.
In the end, faithful artistry together with faithful living may well enable our neighbors to imagine life not “just as it is” but as the triune God would have it.
5. Related to the previous take: who can tell me how I can make those block quotes appear in a smaller font size? They’re HUGE! I don’t see an easy adjustment option in WordPress here. (Blog noob alert!)
7. I just want to say that I am really glad to be blogging here. I hope you enjoy reading–and please, let me know your thoughts! It is a fact universally acknowledged that a young woman in possession of a new blog, must be in want of comments and validation. Gimme.
(No seriously, though–this writing project feels GOOD. Come, Holy Spirit, and keep my fingers from typing anything too wrong. I’m grateful for this opportunity!)