Friday Favorites

I read a lot of blogs.

There are people who I check in with daily, and there are others that just pique my interest with their titles as they go flying by on Twitter. I love hearing other people’s thoughts, peering into their lives and learning from what God is telling them.

I fully intended on putting up a Friday Favorites post this week. Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning and realized it was Friday. I love Friday! How did it sneak up on me?

Anyways, here are a few of my favorite posts from this week. Enjoy!

Katdish, or Kathy Richards, is an encourager. I met her through Twitter and one of the things that I appreciated about her, right off the bat, was how she promoted authors. She has regular guest bloggers on her blog and many of them have come to be my favorites.

The other thing I love about Katdish is how she does Twitter. She is no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is sarcastic and she always has me cracking up!

This Tuesday Kathy wrote a post about Teaching Self-Esteem vs. Self-Respect. She says, “I think we do a huge disservice to our children when we stress self-esteem instead of self-respect.” I loved this post, and as a parent I found it really insightful.

Jason Stasyszen is another blogger I met through Twitter. As I’ve gotten to know him better I’m constantly amazed that someone I have never met and who lives all the way up in Alaska could have so much in common with myself.

Jason is a musician, a lead pastor, and a foster parent. And yes, I realize that I just told you he and I have a lot in common and then listed things that I am not. Oh well, you’ll have to believe me that there’s other things. :)

Yesterday Jason wrote a great post about not wanting to write. At first I thought it was just a case of blogger angst. But then I saw what he had to say, “For every one of my excuses, God’s provision has already been made. For every promise, there is a sea of grace to dive into that stirs hope and His life inside.” He hit me with a Christian life lesson!

Sarah Markley was one of the first blogs I read consistently. I think she’s a spy, because somehow her posts resonate so perfectly with what I’m dealing with in my own life. I was so happy (and nervous) to discover last Saturday that she and her husband were part of the group of people Josh and I meet in real life. I was a little uncomfortable because I read her blog everyday and I kinda felt like a stalker. Sarah was funny, friendly and put me at ease. She held Silas and rubbed his belly, it was fun.

Sarah has been writing a lot about relationship and community this week. On Tuesday she wrote about the dents people leave in our lives when we come in contact with them. Then on Thursday she wrote about living life with others. What she wrote about creating relationships being her full-time job (again) connected with me right where I’m at. I liked how said, “I think we were all created to be in forever relationship with one another but that because of sin, we’ve been broken.”

So those are just a few of my favorite posts from this week. I liked doing this, because it helped me to remember the great things I had read. I think I’ll start doing this every Friday!

What posts impacted you this week? I’d love to read them, just link them up in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Friday Favorites

  1. Oh wow! I’m so honored. Thank you very much. You bless me so much through your words and our conversations. Now I have to go check out Sarah’s blog as well. Sounds wonderful.

    Thanks Melissa.

    • You have mentioned my posts and it always made me feel so special to know that someone liked it enough to highlight it later. When I read your post I knew I needed to do the same with it. I loved the correlation between how we feel about blogging and how we feel about ministry. I see this as a type of ministry and there are definitelly days when I don’t feel like I have much to give but that God is telling me He has something for me. It challenged me in my blogging and in my “real” life. :) Thanks Jason!

    • My pastor was just talking about this topic last weekend and I loved how perfectly it coincided with that. With my son heading off to Kindergarten next week I was worried about his self-esteem once he got in among the other kids. Now I am focused more on teaching him self- respect, as well as respect for others. Thanks again for this great post!

  2. you are awesome, friend.

    i loved getting to chat with you for a few minutes and hug on silas. i’d love to have more times like that; except maybe a bit quieter…

    =)

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