Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 02.07.2014

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  1. What It Takes to Change the World, at Everyday Bright by Jennifer Gresham. This post, it’s like Jennifer Gresham is reading my mind. It’s like she can see through the internet into my soul.

It’s become almost cliche to say you want to change the world.

But for you, it’s different. You know deep down that you have something of value to offer. You’re passionate. You’re hungry to make a difference and you’re willing to work hard to make it happen.

So why isn’t it happening?

2.   Ten Ways to Beat Winter Blues, by Joanna Goddard at Cup of Jo.  I really needed to read this! It’s been a rough little bit but I’m embarking on a second new year and will be putting these suggestions into good use.

Get enough sleep. It’s important to get enough rest, but try to stick to your normal sleep schedule—oversleeping can make you feel groggy and grump(-ier).

Related: these 13 tips for being happy in your new home.

3.  On Christian Femininity and Bragging Rights, by my friend Esther Emery for Christian Feminism Today.  I’m so proud of the writing she is doing!  She is awesome and, since I’m with her on the bandwagon, I’d like to tell you that I am pretty dang awesome as well.

In response to a study like this one at MSU, Christians should invite one another to actively apply the language of “calling” and “anointing” to women as well as men. Loosening our tongues to speak well of our accomplishments is a part of the process of rising to our full stature, to stand side-by-side with men as leaders in the church and in the world.

Related:  On being awesome in your 40’s, and basically all the time — Chookooloonks author Karen Walrond with Top Ten Reasons Why Being 40-Something Rocks.  This post made me so excited to be a grown-up and happy to own my awesome age, twenty-eight.

4.  Hannah over at Wine and Marble with IR: Sex, Divorce, and Good Christian Kids.  I have so much respect for the women entering into this conversation online because, let’s be honest, people can be really mean on the internet (and in real life) when you start challenging their long-held presumptions.

Instead, pastors and parents and Bible study leaders and youth group mentors have bought into and perpetuated a false fundamental assumption that binds us to shame and ignorance as a necessary part of spiritual integrity: 1) we are required to take them at their word that sex is life-changing and terrible (in both senses of that word), and 2) we are required to make our trust in their definition of sex a fundamental assumption into how we weigh out relationships and how we decide who and when to marry. The bogey of sex thus becomes a looming question mark for us and the already-significant risks of choosing to get married to someone become exponentially more risky because there’s a huge piece of the marriage-choice puzzle that we are required to leave up to chance (which our good mentors have named God’s Will to keep us quiet).

5.  Elizabeth Esther’s How to Motivate an ENFP at Work.  This honestly just made me laugh, because it is so true to life!

Speaking from experience, it’s important for me to feel all my feelings, but then I have to move past my initial frustration and try to understand the “J’s” in my life. If I can regulate my feelings, I am able to see that “J’s” have great systems and methods that can actually help me.

However, the “J’s” must NOT over-react to us. A sensible “J” will allow the ENFP some “feelings-space” to go dither, play, recreate and blow off her frustration. The “J” should NOT try to micro-manage the ENFP or give her all the Rational Reasons about why her feelings are invalid. VERY IMPORTANT: The “J” should not issue marching orders or hard deadlines.

Just let the ENFP go have her feelings and maybe even offer her a cookie while she’s at it.

Okay, there’s the top five!  I had a very hard time narrowing my list down this week, so I’ll be sharing a few extra links over on my facebook page — click here to check them out!  What awesome internet things have you been loving this week?




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