After a busy people-focused weekend, David and I decided Monday would be an introvert recovery day. We did enjoy some time bike and scooter riding! We also finished up his J-term unit on The Force Awakens and I saw the movie for the first time. It was good, even though I’m not a huge Star Wars fan! James had a dentist appointment this week. He’s going to have a procedure done next month and they think they won’t have to fully knock him out like we’ve done before for his dental work. We will see how it goes!
- An Introvert’s Guide to Making an Impact is so, so good! You can’t love others, make disciples, or show hospitality all alone. This post helps you balance what you need to do to care for yourself, and what you want to do to care for others.
- Why the Unchurched or Newly-Churched May Not Come to Your Small Group – This is especially true for introverts! Not knowing what to expect can be so scary they’d rather just stay home.
- Listening to People in Pain from Adam McHugh. He quotes Bonhoeffer as saying, “Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking when they should be listening.” Adam helps us realize our true role when we join others in their pain (as Scripture tells us we should). I’m looking forward to reading Adam’s book, The Listening Life.
- 8 things I do each day with my dyslexic reader is helpful for homeschoolers! David and I are about to focus on writing and spelling like never before. I hope he makes progress and that progress motivates him to learn and do more!
The last week of the month is a busy one as I get posts ready for the next month on Not Alone. So I didn’t get much book reading done, but I did start The Relational Soul, a book our church is using for a class.
From my Bible:
In our small group, we went through Exodus 3 together. It’s such a rich and applicable chapter, but my favorite words from God in that scene come from chapter 4, “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?'” (v 11). You don’t have any excuses for not fulfilling the purpose God gave you because He created you with the limitations and strengths you have. That’s encouraging!