The Loft Link-Up ~ Pot Luck

Hey y’all! It’s Pot Luck day at The Loft. That means that you may link up any post that has a Christian theme. Come join us for some stuff today!

 

 

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

August 31 ~ Pot Luck

September 7 ~ Labor/Work

September 14 ~ Beauty

September 21 ~ Fall Recipes

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is POT LUCK. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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The Loft Link-Up ~ Books

Today at The Loft we are all about BOOKS. It is our topic for the week and, other than Jesus, BOOKS are one of my favorite things to talk about. So, I thought it would be fun to do a book meme for those of us who LOVE to read. It’s a great way to find new reading material! Enjoy and tell me your answers to the meme in the comments.

 

One book you’re currently reading: Actually, I am kind of between books, but not really. I just finished Jennifer Lee’s The Happiness Dare (yes, do get it) and I am soon to begin Sophie Hudson’s Giddy Up, Eunice. I suppose it counts that I am reading an advance copy of Kris Camealy’s upcoming Advent book, Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting

One book that changed your life: Tired of Trying to Measure Up by Jeff van Vonderen (Probably saved my life from complete destruction via an eating disorder.)

One book you’d want on a deserted island: Bible

One book you’ve read more than once: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and Trusting God’s Heart by Frank Cox

One book you’ve never been able to finish: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan and god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

One book that made you laugh: Bless Your Heart, Tramp by Celia Rivenbark and My Southern Journey by Rick Bragg

One book that made you cry: Safely Home by Randy Alcorn and My Southern Journey by Rick Bragg

 

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One book that was a waste of time in your opinion: Don’t recall the name but it was by football star Deion Sanders

One book you keep rereading: Any church cookbook. You always find new recipes in them. The Bible

One book you’ve been meaning to read: Captivating by Stasi Eldredge ~ Downloaded it onto my nOOK recently, so I’ll get to it.

One book you believe everyone should read: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas

Finally, grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the fifth sentence and share it here: If you’ve ever been part of what might be classified as a dysfunctional small group, you know what a relief it is to realize that the phrase ‘Bible study’ doesn’t have to be synonymous with ‘gossip and gripe session’. ~~ Sophie Hudson in Giddy Up, Eunice.

 

Okay, let’s link! You will find the linky for your post on BOOKS at the bottom of my post. Happy linking, y’all.

 

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

August 24 ~ Books

August 31 ~ Pot Luck

September 7 ~ Labor/Work

September 14 ~ Beauty

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is BOOKS. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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The Loft Link-Up – Social Media

Our topic today at The Loft is SOCIAL MEDIA. I will be honest with you….my thoughts on social media lean a lot toward the negative. Oh sure, it can, and is used for a lot of good, but it also can have serious, negative impact on people and relationships. The video that I want to share with you today speaks to that negative impact.

Before we watch the video, however, I want to address one additional negative impact of social media, and that is how it has affected our attention spans. My attention span. When I began doing in-depth Bible study in the early 2000’s, I would sit for up to an hour studying Scripture, thinking little of the time that was passing. I was engrossed and engaged.

Over the course of the years, as social media became more prevalent in my life, specifically Facebook and blogging, it seems I have slipped into the sound-bite mentality. Today we get our information in sound-bites. A 140 character Tweet, a post on Facebook, an Instagram or Pinterest picture. Glance and go.

As I sit some days to spend time in God’s Word I find that I must fight against that ‘glance and go’ mentality. I check to see how much longer it will take to finish that day of study. My attention wanders after a page of homework, and I am ready to move on to the next thing on my schedule.

Sisters, this cannot be. I cannot fall into this pattern, and neither can you. We must be diligent students of the Word, spending focused time there, without falling victim to the glance-and-go mentality.

I’m eager to hear whether you have noticed this in your own life, if you are active on social media.

Ok, now for the video that I wanted to share with you. It is from The Skit Guys and offers a pointed message on how social media can have a negative impact on our lives.

 

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

August 17 ~ Social Media

August 24 ~ Books

August 31 ~ Pot Luck

September 7 ~ Labor/Work

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is SOCIAL MEDIA. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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The Loft Link-Up ~ Back to School

Hello! I wanted to remind you that it is not to late to register for my GIVEAWAY! There are only a few hours left (I will draw a winner on Thursday morning), but you may still enter to win a copy of my new Bible study, Tasting Grace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Bible Study. 

Not only is this a Bible study on the topic of mentoring, but my co-author and I have given you EIGHT of our favorite recipes for you to use to bless your family and friends. So, click HERE to be taken to my Monday post. There you will use the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post and register for the giveaway. All it takes is an email address and you are registered!

AND…..there is another GIVEAWAY of a copy of Tasting Grace going on over at Grace Table where I offered a guest post on Friday last week. Go HERE to register for that giveaway!

So YAY! Two opportunities to win!!

 

Now, on to our topic for today. BACK TO SCHOOL.

 

I, for one, loved school. I loved the studying, the challenge, the friendships, the teachers. Flitter, I even loved the food. The only time I did not love going back to school was in first grade. I cried on the first day. Copious amounts of tears. I did not want to leave my parents and my Ninnie. I wanted to stay home. I was frightened. I was full of anxiety.

Finally, my Daddy looked at me and said, “Dry it up! Or I will spank you.”

Well, that’s all it took. I did my six year old best to stop crying because I did not want a spanking.

My Daddy’s stern warning did not remove the anxiety of stepping into something new, but it did strongly encourage me to cease my crying and just go and get ‘er done.

Fast forward 46 years.

Oftentimes, I feel like I am that 6 year old once again. It seems like God just about always has me in some sort of ‘schooling’, seeking to teach me to trust Him and molding me to look more like Jesus. Life rarely stays the same, and in this season, nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is as I had thought it would be. There have been many, many changes in my life in the past 2 years. God sent me ‘back to school’ to teach me to trust His heart even in…especially in….the most difficult season of my life.

And you know what?

I have found Him incredibly faithful!

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.” Psalm 56:3 (NIV)

So, if God has you going ‘back to school’ to teach you a lesson in trust, or to work out something in your heart that does not belong there, I pray you are able to trust HIS HEART of love for you. He is so very faithful.

 

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

August 3 ~ Back to School

August 10 ~ Knowing God’s Will

August 17 ~ Social Media

August 24 ~ Books

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is BACK TO SCHOOL. Share a post about going back to school. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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The Loft Link-Up ~ Teachers

Over the course of my life, several teachers stand out in bold relief as having made a significant contribution. May I share those with you today as a way to honor these teachers, and all teachers who dedicate their lives to education?

Linda Hunter Nichols was my 6th grade science teacher. Mrs. Nichols made learning fun. I can still remember playing science jeopardy on several occasions in her class. It was easy to learn when you also had so much fun doing it. Mrs. Nichols was also the one who gave me the only spanking I received in school…..for talking. Imagine that!!

Jack Parker was my middle school gifted class teacher. He is also my uncle. He is another teacher who made learning fun and interesting. He used creative methods to help us learn, and taught us to set high goals for ourselves. He shepherded the middle school debate team, which I enjoyed participating in. That is probably where I first discovered my enjoyment of public speaking.

Todd Kimsey was my Young Harris College biology teacher. He, too, made learning interesting. He was a teacher who was genuinely interested in his students. He wanted them to succeed and went the extra mile to help us do that. TK is still living nearby, and I see him occasionally. We always take a trip down memory lane when we visit.

Four teachers, one of whom I was privileged to be taught by, are extremely special to me. Charles and Betty Adams, and Angie Adams Burns, are my in-laws. Janie Collins is my aunt. Charles was my high school chemistry teacher and was such a great teacher. He, too, was genuinely interested in the success of his students. He poured into our lives and made learning fun. Betty taught elementary grades, and Angie, my sister-in-law, taught math in the local school system. Janie taught physical education and library science in the local school system. All four are dedicated educators who are greatly loved by many students.

The very best teacher of all, however, has been the Holy Spirit. He teaches and guides me. He has my best interest in mind. His instruction and correction are for my good. His goal is not just to ‘graduate’ me to heaven one day, but rather, to help me become more like Jesus as I walk the dusty path of earth.

Those are some teachers who have blessed me. Thanks for joining me at The Loft.

 

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

July 20 ~ Teachers

July 27 ~ Pot Luck

August 3 ~ Back to School

August 10 ~ Knowing God’s Will

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is TEACHERS. Share a post about Freedom. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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The Loft ~ Still

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

July 13 ~ Still

July 20 ~ Teachers

July 27 ~ Pot Luck

August 3 ~ Back to School

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is STILL. Share a post about Freedom. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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