Ten Things I learned in June

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(We’re taking a break from our love series for this post.)

In no particular order, I share thoughts on creativity from Elizabeth Gilbert, a review of a Dickens’ movie, Ken Burns on history, and other things:

1. If you’ve ever prayed to God for a miracle and didn’t get it, then Lisa words will (hopefully) encourage you.

“Miracles are not the answer to suffering; God is.” —Lisa Appelo

Read the rest of Lisa Appelo’s heartfelt post, “5 Reasons Why God Answered Her Prayer Not Mine,” here.


2. Are you unknowingly breeding mosquitoes with the  Zika virus (link to CDC) in your yard?

Mosquitoes can breed in stagnant water “as small as a discarded soda bottle cap” in a week so remove all water from these items in your yard: children’s toys, birdbaths, flowerpots (yikes), clogged gutters, and the tarp over your woodpile.

Source: “Top 4 Things You Need to Know About Zika,” Health magazine, July/August 2016 issue.


3. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)’s version of Charles Dickens’ The Great Expectations on Netflix got an enthusiastic thumbs up from our family.

Helena Bonham Carter excels as the eccentric Miss Havisham. The BBC version is more true to Dicken’s novel than an earlier Hollywood version.

Watch trailer here.


4. Ken Burns reminds us we need to know history if we want to create a better history.

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise – with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”—Abraham Lincoln

The past often offers an illuminating and clear-headed perspective from which to observe and reconcile the passions of the present moment, just when they threaten to overwhelm us.”—Ken Burns

Read more of Ken Burn’s speech here.


(Photo from Filoli Garden & Estate)

5. In honor of the Charleston Nine: “One year is nothing in the face of grief.” —Jonathan Hanson, “A Fragile Forgiveness: Portraits of Resilience,” Christianity Today, June 2016.

“The first debt owed to the survivors of the massacre at Mother Emanuel is to recognize the grief they still carry, and will carry for years to come.” —The Editors

We remember and pray for the families and friends of the nine members of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, who were shot on June 17, 2015,


6. Sometimes water and a listening ear are the best gifts one can offer when tragedy hits.

Friends in Orlando reached out with water, prayers, and loving presence to those affected by the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We remember and pray for those affected by this tragedy.


7. God’s creativity on display at Lake Tahoe.

  • When we hiked back from Cascade Falls, we felt light snow falling. I caught several barely there snowflakes in my hand.
  • We saw lots of teeny tiny baby ladybugs on driftwood and on large boulders along Lake Tahoe. Amazing.


8. Elizabeth Gilbert dishes on creativity in her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

“These days, I’m far more moved by authenticity [than originality]. . . . Just say what you want to say, then, and say it with all your heart.”—Elizabeth Gilbert (110–111).

“Frustration is not an interruption of your [creative] process; frustration is the process.” —Elizabeth Gilbert (163).


9. I appreciate Dallas Willard’s insights on doubt and faith.

“. . . whether someone is a Christian or not, they are going to live according to certain assumptions about what is real.” —Dallas Willard

Read the rest of this mock interview with Dallas Willard (on doubt and faith) here.


10. Danny Silk’s book Loving Our Kids On Purpose speaks to the importance of giving our children a choice (when appropriate).

“Making room for people to choose is what builds a culture of honor. When you meet the deep human need in your children to have some control,

you communicate to them that their needs matter, that they are valuable.” —Danny Silk (151).

Danny’s advice made me think of how God gives us the freedom to choose to do things his way or our way wit.

What did you learn in June?

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Thank for being here! I want to give a special shout-out to each person who is joining me on my 40 Day Challenge (7/1 – 8/10/16).

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Thank you also to each person who has prayed or is praying for me. I’m very grateful.