What I'm listening to.
Mumford & Sons.
Ryan Gosling's band Dead Man's Bones, complete with piano and children's choir.
Phil Wickham, always.
What I'm watching.
Parks and Recreation, Season Two. Amy Poehler is running through my mind.
Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows. A genius film, perfected by the brilliance of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. I left the theatre wishing people still dressed like that (hats? canes? trousers? overcoats? so.cool). I know Sherlock and I would be friends, with his penchant for details and his art of observation. Holmes, you make thinking look so cool.
What I'm reading.
A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The first in the Sherlock Holmes collection! Dr. John Watson and Sherlock Holmes have just met - I'm pumped for the adventures to come!
The Only Necessary Thing, a collection of writings on prayer by Henri Nouwen.
"Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love. Let's break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds."
Rereading One Thousand Gifts, a treasure by Ann Voskamp.
Exodus. Beginning book two of the Holy Bible.
What I think you should read.
A beautiful blog post a friend wrote on the Hunger Games and the armor of God. Read even if the name Katniss doesn't send chills up your arm. From my friend's beautiful mind to yours - she's a gift. www.werewolfjesus.com
What I'm learning.
What I am learning. whew. It's still processing and unfolding, but it's exciting! I am learning gratitude, that giving thanks is the key to the fullest life in Christ. I am learning to fight, to use the armor of God. I am learning discipline, in all things. I am learning the expanse of a big, big God, an I AM WHO I AM kind of God. It changes everything.
What I'm memorizing.
Psalm 51. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
What I'm remembering.
Our God came. In the form of a tiny baby. He came because He loves us. He loves what He created. What a love.
Take a pause. Then keep going.