Sunday, January 10, 2021

Weekend Whatevers

My First "Weekend Whatevers" post this year! Wahoo!

Well y'all, we just completed our first week of 2021. Without taking into consideration all the crazy news headlines from the past week, I'd say it's been a pretty good first week of the year for me, by God's grace. I'm just doing what I can to keep my chin up, be kind, live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God (Micah 6:8) I read this cool quote this week: 

Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. ~ BobKerrey


Having experienced that unexpected kind smile from that person I made eye contact with crossing the street the other day, that unexpected hug from a sister at church, or even a kind unexpected compliment coming from that sweet cashier in the grocery store, I believe this quote to be true. Unexpected assaults of kindness can totally demolish any negative thoughts I have or bitterness floating around in my mind, can lift my soul when it's weary, and can even redirect and transform my attitude and way of thinking for a day. Knowing how random acts of kindness affect me, I want to do my best to pass on the kindness to others! I know I can't change the world this way, but if can positively impact the sphere of people the Lord has placed me amongst, then why not! Ya with me? Maybe you can help me to brainstorm different unexpected ways we can bless and treat kindly those people all around us. Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Just me and G unwinding after a long but successful first week...

1. I'll begin my Weekend Whatevers today by sharing with you about the new daily devotional I've started for this year:  Experiencing God Day by Day Devotional by Henry T. Blackaby & Richard Blackaby. I absolutely am loving it! I have an in-the-palm-of-your-hand sized copy. I appreciate how even though the concepts are shared in a short and concise manner, they still pack very convicting and profound punches of edification. It is an easy read. I actually look forward to reading it in the mornings because I know I will be able to fit it in. I have just discovered there is also an Experiencing God Bible Study by the same people I will definitely have to look into next.

2. The Five Silent Years of Corrie ten Boom is the book I've started reading for 2021. So far so good. We'll see how long it takes me to finish!

3. I also have to mention how in love I am with my NEW John McArthur Study Bible gifted to me by my Grandpa, one last gift before he went to be with Jesus. Y'all this bible is amazing. Just taking in how many cross refreences he sites, that alone, has led me to saving faith all over again, HA, and without yet even reading them.

4. I stumbled upon this really cool blog, and wanted to share this post with you about the 6 super foods that would be a great idea to keep in your kitchen. I found this article really helpful and interesting not because I am looking to lose weight or anything but just because the foods discussed in this article are simply really healthy and nutritious, and would make great staples to anyone diet. It's a new year! Who ISN'T making strides to improve their health around this time? 

5. Let's talk movies! Has anyone else seen the movie "Soul" by Disney? I thought it was pretty good. I appreciated it paying homage to musicians and artist, but I don't feel the need to own this one. If you have see Disney's Insideout, it kind of reminded me of that movie, butin my opinion better. I was not a fan of the "Great Before" concept.

6. I also recently got the chance to watch the movie "I Believe" for the first time. My cousin spoke SO highly of it! I LOVE me a good Christian movie, but this one did not do much for me. It was somewhat predictable, and though I hate to compare true stories, I think "I Can Only Imagine" was so much better, in storyline but also production. 

7. If any of you love shopping at Bath & Body Works like I do, NOW is the time to shop. Twice a year they hey hold their Huge Semi-Annual Sales, January and June I believe, and they are the sales I hold out all year for! 50% off sale items - ya gotta check it out! I always make sure to stock up on their wall flower fragrance refills!

8. Let me tell you about these High-Rise Ankle Length Faux Leather Jogger Pull-On Pants I recently bought for myself, and my grandma for Christmas (yeah, my G-ma is that cool) from Target, I am OBSESSED. I am definitely glad I read the reviews because they definitely do run extremely large, don't fit exactly right in the hips, and oddly, make a bit of noise when you walk, okay maybe kinda loud, BUT they are sooo cute if worn well, and for the price that even other faux leather pants go for, they are definitely a steal! ! ! ! I am in love and wish I could wear them everyday.

9. Right now I am really into "Five Iron Frenzy" and their songs "Every New Day" and "On Distant Shores". I know they are SO dated, but it can't be denied that they're really unique, fun, and deep artists!

10. On an entirely different note, I think it was my mom who introduced me to this really neat online learning platform called Alison where you can enroll in taking FREE courses offering numbers of different relevant and valuable subjects. I mean, it is not like getting a collage degree but if you are interested in exploring a certain topic, developing your current skills in a given area, or want to dip your toes into learning a new trade, this website might be a great place to start. Check it out! I think I might be interested in looking into some of their business, marketing, or computer science courses.

That's a wrap friends! Thanks for stopping by! 
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