7 Things I learned in August

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A break from our Love Series while we share what we learned in August.

Is it just me but does it seem like each summer goes by faster than the previous one?

1.  A counter cultural reminder from Oswald Chambers:

The private relationship of worshiping God is the great essential of [character] fitness…

Worship aright in your private relationships, then when God sets you free you will be ready, because in the unseen life which no one saw but God you have become perfectly fit, and when the strain comes you can be relied upon by God. —Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, Sept. 10 Reading excerpt

2.  The phrase “Your promises I cannot break” from Lauren Daigle’s song “Loyal,” encourages me: God keeps his promises regarding life now and in the future (e.g., Phil. 1:6; Romans 5-8; Ephesians 1, Isaiah 41:10).

What God has said He will do, He will do, although it may not be on my timetable. If you’ve followed Christ for years, you’re probably nodding your head in agreement.

Listen to “Loyal” here (lyrics included).

I listen to this song on repeat whenever I can.

3.  Though I am graphics-challenged, our daughter is (thankfully) not. She made this graphic using a quote from my upcoming book.

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(Feel free to use the graphic if the quote resonates with you. Thanks to all my FB friends for their kindness when I shared this graphic.)

4.  Rick Warren’s book A Purpose-Driven Life gave hope to Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps when he was suicidal.

Read Phelps’s story here.

5.  According to one source, Blaise Pascal did not use the oft-quoted phrase, “God-shaped vacuum.”

Here is what Blaise Pascal did say:

What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace?

This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself. (Pascal, Pensees (148/428) Penguin ed.)

Source: http://theconstructivecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2006/05/incorrect-pascal-quotes.html (accessed August 29, 2016).

Maybe someone paraphrased Pascal’s words with the wonderful imagery of “God-shaped vacuum”?

6.  I am very thankful for my blogging friends who have given me feedback on my book as I make final edits. The word “final” keeps getting stretched out.

Thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedules to give me help.

Your encouragement has been a drink of cold water in the foreign desert of learning to self-publish.

7.  You can make moist zucchini bread using yogurt.

Here is the Stonyfield recipe I used to make two loaves.

Note: I used a different brand of yogurt (but thanks Stonyfield). My aging eyes mistook the “2” for a “3” so I added three cups of shredded zucchini instead of two!

Result: longer baking time so I put foil over the loaves to keep them from burning. They got a little brown/black before I noticed but the loaves still tasted great.

Your turn:

What did you learn this past August?

What resonated with you from my list?

I always appreciate your comments.Smile

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Did you know I began the Love Series (in part) because one subscriber replied to a Subscribers-only post and said she would like me to write a series on love.

Bonus: I will be reading Parker Palmer’s Healing the Heart of Democracy as part of Deidra Rigg’s Forward Book Club in September.

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