Highlighted Blog #22 – Seriously Seeking Answers

Why? How is it that I believe what I believe? And is it right? The Seriously Seeking Answers blog is written by a woman who constantly questions her own beliefs, and I love that. But it’s not all seriousness. She also has fun animal pics and some recipes and other info.

The frost sadly zapped my annual flowers early this year. But as the saying goes, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” And the fall leaves, which seem to need a good freeze to get really colorful, are making up for the lost flowers. Here is the view from my kitchen window in the […]

via God’s fireworks — Seriously Seeking Answers
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Highlighted Blog #11 – Growing With God

A friend of mine writes this one, and of course, I have to follow it. But it’s not friend-obligation that makes me look forward to reading it. I believe in God, but I find that thoughts on Bible passages are not all I want for when I have my quite time with God. I want to know more.

What do different interpretations say? What was the history surrounding the things I read from the time? This blog goes more in-depth than most daily readings. And I love it.

I appreciate how the author takes time to dig below the surface. And it links to music I might never find on my own, broadening my horizons. Love it.

* For the month of November (the month of Thanksgiving in the United States), I’m sharing  writing from some of the blogs I’m thankful for. If you want thankful posts from my own personal day-to-day stuff, check out my Inspired By and Thankful For blog.

Highlighted Blog #10 – Beauty Beyond Bones

I don’t know how to explain my connection to this blogger and her blog. In fact, I don’t remember how I became aware of her site.  At one point she blogged about a place that was connected to where my children work, so maybe I felt the human connection there, but her story and my appreciation of her goes beyond that. I love following her. She is inspirational, real, amazing, and someone I’d vote for if she ever ran for anything. Life tried to knock her down as she dealt with an eating disorder, but she turned it into a blessing for others as she shares her faith and fortitude in overcoming obstacles life throws at her. Sometimes she talks about dating. Other times she covers great recipes or thoughts on faith. It’s all great stuff. She has a unique writing gift that makes each reader/comment-write on her site feel like they are her good friend. Someday, I would love to meet her in real life.

* For the month of November (the month of Thanksgiving in the United States), I’m sharing  writing from some of the blogs I’m thankful for. If you want thankful posts from my own personal day-to-day stuff, check out my Inspired By and Thankful For blog.

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Highlighted Blog #7 — Hannah Vanderpool

One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing all the different sites people create. Sometimes I’m helping someone with a site. Other times someone shows me a site as an example of what they are looking for, and still other times I chance across sites in the Reader. So I get to see tons of sites every day. Serious job perk.

Once in a while a site will jump out for me as this one did so I have to start following it. I love the writing style of this author, and the posts are well thought out, interesting reads that highlight areas of life to think about. The author is very relatable.

On her About page, the author writes:

I write fiction that explores the relationships we share with people we didn’t get to choose, and what happens when we try to live with (or without) them.
As a person of faith, I want to tell stories that are both honest about life as it is and hopeful about life as it can be. While they probe the painful realities of being human in a broken world, my novels aren’t the work of a cynic because I can’t afford to be one.

https://hannahvanderpoolbooks.com/

How can one not love that? Here’s a snippet of her latest post, shared from my Reader:

In an earlier post, I wrote about how I’m intentional about filling my creative well during the day, whether by noticing visual art at my local coffee shop, listening to podcasts on interesting topics, or reading a few pages of a novel before bed. It’s creative input, and it helps me stay connected to right-brain…

via Going Input-Free or How to Stay Creative and Sane — Hannah Vanderpool

* For the month of November (the month of Thanksgiving in the United States), I’m sharing  writing from some of the blogs I’m thankful for. If you want thankful posts from my own personal day-to-day stuff, check out my Inspired By and Thankful For blog.

Caring for Others, as we all Should

The kids in my world are very inspirational. I was reminded of this as we packed up three vans and drove a group of teens to the west side of Buffalo where they joined other kids for a week of helping others. It was a church project, and it’s something that has happened annually for years. This year Chris and I got to go for a few days as well. The kids grab a breakfast at 8 am and by 9 they are in the vans heading off to worksites where they scraped and painted and got some houses ready for our harsh winters. In the evenings they ate together then had a service.

Yes, it was fun. They got to be together for a week, staying in a hotel. But it was also some pretty grueling work. The cool temps and torrential rains the first day didn’t pull the smiles off their faces, though. And they were raring to get back to the sites the next day.

In a world where the people in churches often make poor choices and where kids are seen in a negative light, this week was extremely refreshing. And I know from past experiences that the beautiful spirit of these kids thrives even after they are home. Truly inspirational.

While I was there that week, I read the following blog post that pretty much summed up what these kids were doing. And it reminded me of what I need to work a bit harder on:

This is a re-blog of a post from a blog I really enjoy following. It’s beautifully written and highlights one of my favorite songs. Thanks for posting it, John.