In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal. – John 12:25 (MSG)
Happy Good Friday, friends! I do hope you are able to celebrate and honor this beautiful, holy day. Today may we remember the abundant and generous grace of Jesus.
Here are a few things I’m enjoying these days. I’m including some affiliate links below. If you purchase a product by clicking on my link I receive a commission at no additional cost to you. Read more here. Onto the list:
I know, I know, I’m late to the party. I’ve actually been using Spotify for quite some time, but I’m just starting to scratch the surface to all you can do with it. I love how easy it is to find new music, particularly related to the music I already love. I’m learning that my soul needs music from time to time and I like to have playlists at the ready to enhance the mood of my day or activity.
Recently, I found a playlist called, “Deep Focus” and I’ve enjoyed listening to it while I write. I didn’t think I could write and listen to music at the same time, but turns out I can. If you haven’t played around with Spotify yet, I highly recommend you give it a try.
This podcast accompanies a book by the same name that explores the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a framework for understanding personality. There are nine types and each type has a certain way of approaching life through particular motivations, fears, and needs. I do plan to write more about the Enneagram in the coming months, but until then, if you want to learn more you can check out their book or their website. While I have not read this particular book about the Enneagram yet, (it’s in my library queue) from what I’ve heard it’s an easy to understand introduction to the Enneagram.
What I love about the podcast is that they interview various people who represent the different personality types and they describe what it is like to be each personality type. I enjoy hearing the personal anecdotes and experiences of what it is a like to live as each type. There are definitely some distinct patterns and a particular energy that each type brings. Hearing from real people about how it feels to live as a certain type breathes life into my theoretical knowledge of the Enneagram.
Making our house a home
We finally painted our kitchen last Saturday. We used the same color we have in the bedrooms, Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray.
Having this last room painted helps our house feel put together and more complete. Here’s one more of our living room, all put together with the exception of curtains for the window and pictures for the walls.
And we finally unpacked the last box! Yay! Now most things have a place and I feel like my soul can breathe again. When there are lots of things undone, I can’t help feeling a bit of underlying anxiety. Slowly, but surely, this new place is starting to feel like our home.
What I’m Reading
We don’t need more churches as we usually define the word. We need more spiritual communities.
I’m hoping to attend Larry Crabb’s School of Spiritual Direction later this year and this book is on his required reading list. In this provocative and deeply insightful book, Crabb confronts the widely debilitated state of the church when it comes to influencing spiritual growth in its members. He proposes a vision of a spiritual community that truly connects and heals people, rather than the shallow sharing of rituals and experiences that characterize a lot of church groups today. I’m still in the early chapters of this book. This will be a slow, well thought out read that I hope will change my perspective and contribution to my spiritual community.
Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott
I have heard over and over in my writing circles the importance of this book about the art and discipline of writing so I picked it up from the library. I’m only on chapter two and it’s already changing my habits and perspective when it comes to my writing. It also is relieving the pressure that I too often put on myself to make my writing perfect. It’s opening my eyes to the long process that good writing requires. It’s definitely an important book for writers.