Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Some "worth the read" links

This wonderful graphic is by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings.
 From time to time, I read some blog posts that really speak to me.  I subscribe to a number of blogs via email, and so I can read the posts as I have time.  Sometimes that might be days or weeks after they were originally posted, but good writing stands the test of time!  Often I will pin such posts to my "Worth the Read" Pinterest board, and sometimes I share the links here at my kitchen table.  Today I would like to share a few links with you!

One of the best posts I have read in a long time is Spring Cleaning the Soul by Sarah Beals at Joy-Filled Days.  Yes, just as our homes here in New England need cleaning after a long winter of cobwebs, tracked-in mud,  and wood ashes, our hearts need a thorough going-over, too.  I think Sarah is one of the best Christian bloggers out there.  She is "iron sharpening iron" for me (Proverbs 27:17) and her posts never fail to encourage or challenge me in some way.

This post -- 4 Ways to Cultivate Margin and Breathing Room in Your Life -- by Crystal Paine was so helpful to me.  I need to go back and re-read it.  Crystal's book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is also well worth the read and re-read. "Balance" is my one word for 2014, but so far I'm not doing too well putting it into practice.  I hope that Crystal's book is going to help me a lot with that.

Last week the "Intentionally Focused" Bible study from Good Morning Girls was zeroing in on our ministries.  I intend to blog about each of the days, because the study was just so good and I got so much out of it that I just have to share.  One ministry we all should pay attention to is hospitality.  I feel so strongly about this that I have an entire Pinterest board about Hospitality.  This post: God Changes Lives when We Open Doors will bless your heart and possibly change the way you view hospitality.

Some times and seasons of life are very, very hard.  Although I don't have young children in the home on a regular basis, I can remember those days well, and this post -- Your Parenting Struggles are Opportunities to Choose -- by Sarah Beals might encourage you if you happen to be in this season of life.

If you are facing or living through some hard things right now, be sure and read Life is Hard.  God is Good. by Diane at An Extraordinary Day.  You will be blessed and encouraged!

Remember, "The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him."  (Nahum 1:7).  God is good, and He will always be good.  All the time.

Just one more.  We all have a story.  A story of childhood and growing up, a story of how God worked in our lives to bring us to salvation, a story of how He has sustained and led us since that time -- even stories of hard times He has brought us through.  Read Redeeming Your Story by Brenda at
Coffee Tea Books and Me and be encouraged today to share your story with others.

I hope that these posts will encourage others as they have me!


  1. I am trying to read a few blogs before my Margaret wakes up!! She is staying with us for a few days. And once she is up... no rest for Nana. Thanks for sharing these blogs Mrs T. Hope Spring is beginning to come to your neck of the woods!!

  2. Wow, Arlene, you will be a busy Nana for the next few days! Hope Marvin's knee is coming along well and that your study with the younger women at church is going well also. I am praying for you!

    As for Spring, well -- not yet, I'm afraid. There's a big storm predicted for tomorrow and I have heard anywhere from 6 to 20 inches of snow for our area. The Lord knows -- and I'm thankful that He is in control of all things.

    Hope you enjoy these links!

  3. Thank you for the great links. I have been following "Joy Filled Days" for a while and did enjoy her post on "Lent". It's been all the talk around work, especially last week. God doesn't just want a month of commitment... He expects a life commitment. I'll be checking out some of these other blogs too.
    Have a great day!

  4. Amen! He does indeed expect a life commitment ... and it is simply our "reasonable" service when we consider the price which was paid to redeem us.

    Hope you enjoy the links. I love to do a post like this every now and again. Hope you have a great day too!


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