I don’t know what it is, but for me, the fall semester always seems to fly by, and the spring semester usually just drags on. Surprisingly, that isn’t the case for me this year (spring seems to be flying by just as quickly as the fall), but in case you’re feeling the spring slump, I decided to share a bit of a lighter post today. Below, I’ll be sharing a few things that I’ve been loving lately.
HILLSONG’S SO WILL I
Okay…this song. I tend to fall in love with every new worship song I hear, but seriously, this one’s the real deal. It’s humbling and convicting and God-exalting and it gives me chills every time I listen to it. If you haven’t heard it yet, I highly recommend listening to it and contemplating the glory of our God. My favorite part comes right around the 3 minute, 25 second mark – “If the stars were made to worship, so will I. If the mountains bow in reverence, so will I. If the oceans roar Your greatness, so will I. For if everything exists to lift You high, so will I. If the wind goes where You send it, so will I. If the rocks cry out in silence, so will I. If the sum of all our praises still falls shy, then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times…” So good, friends. So good.
PINTEREST DINNER RECIPES
Thanks to Pinterest, we’ve eaten like kings and queens for the past week. The number of recipes you can find on Pinterest is astounding, and I can almost guarantee you that you can find a recipe to accommodate any dietary restriction you may have. Of course, you don’t need a recipe to make a decent meal, but I’ve found that my results are a lot more varied and impressive if I do have one. A few things I’ve made recently include meatball wellingtons, shrimp pasta with lemon garlic cream sauce, and cauliflower fried “rice” (it’s got all the flavors of fried rice and a fraction of the carbs!).
CHARLES SPURGEON’S MORNING AND EVENING DEVOTIONAL
Charles Spurgeon was a brilliant man. His sermons are incredible, his commentaries on the Psalms are goldmines packed with truth, and recently, I’ve come to love his morning and evening devotionals. They’re not longer than a paragraph, but they do so much to refocus my heart and mind on the Lord. Plus, his writing style is poetic and lovely and just brings me so much joy. If you’re a fan of traditional books, you can purchase Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotional on Amazon, or, if you’d rather access it online for free, go to http://www.wholemagazine.org/index/ and click on their Daily Reading: Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon tab. Trust me, they’re worth the time it takes to read them. (Disclaimer: I currently have no formal affiliation with Whole Magazine, but that’s where I read the Spurgeon devotionals.)
THURSDAY MORNING WALKS AND COFFEE
I don’t have to be at school until the middle of the afternoon on Thursdays, and I love it. Because of this, my mom and I started walking to our local coffee shop every Thursday morning. It’s quickly become one my favorite parts of the week because it gives us sweet, uninterrupted time to talk and also an excuse to drink the best ice-blended hazelnut coffee ever.
THE GREEK ALPHABET
We’re learning the Greek alphabet in my Biblical Theology and Exegesis class right now, and I’m enjoying it much more than I thought I would. I’m not a Greek scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but I know the alphabet now and the sounds the letters make and a short list of Greek vocabulary words too. Not only has it been plain fun to learn all this, but it also allows me to more competently use tools like The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament and learn more about the linguistics of the New Testament and the (often obscured by English translations) subtleties that are there.
So there you have it! A little list of things I’ve been loving lately. What have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments section below.