Life | Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Year of Little

A Little Bit Goes A Long Way

Yearly themes provide general guidance and freedom for decisions throughout the year. I briefly detail where I first heard of the concept and my theme for 2019.

I first heard about the concept of yearly themes from the podcast Cortex. A recent episode explored their new themes for 2019. The idea allows one to shift goals and priorities throughout the new year, but provides direction and guidance for these decisions. Rather than having big overarching goals, this year I seek to take little baby steps in specific directions. A little bit goes a long way.

Shared | Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday's Shared Links - Ever Present Internet

Constantly Connected

With a now two year old, I see the topic of screen time creating constant buzz in mommy blogs and parenting tips. I explore a few resources to think and act on this issue.

Technology continually marches forward, going back to something like the wheel or the printing press. However, in modern history, the use of a handheld computer, i.e. a smartphone, with constant internet connection exposes differences compared to previous generations. Recent articles and books led to more discussion for all ages in a number of different media outlets.

Technology | Friday, January 13, 2017

Apps For Spiritual Growth

Leveraging Technology for the Eternal

While smartphones often use the urgent to distract from the important, a few apps prioritize eternal information. Neubible, Verses and Echo creates useful content on our distraction devices.

Many Bible apps exist displaying an assortment of features to enhance user engagement. Because numerous options exist, each app tailors features and flow to stand out from the rest. However, due to the sad state of search within the app store, finding the best one is difficult. Therefore, many default to the first choice without exploring other options. Neubible provides two key features - simplicity and speed.

Life | Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Years 2017 - Goals

Writing Down To Live Out

The new year beckons reflection, but for a greater eternal good. I take a look at a few changes I plan to work towards.

David Mathis wrote a great article outlining why resolutions are not enough. My take this year focuses on thinking better, but with SMART goals. I outline these as goals and not resolutions as I plan to adjust accordingly. Jonathan Edwards models true resolutions, of which I aspire to detail one day.

Shared | Saturday, December 31, 2016

Saturday's Shared Links - New Year 2017

Looking back and looking forward

As 2016 comes to an end, we can reflect on a year and respond with new resolve. Here are a few ways to take action.

Many great writers and authors posts a review of popular topics and articles from the year. Trevin Wax and Kevin DeYoung outlined their most popular articles from 2016. This catches me up on thoughts and ideas I missed through the year with their enlightening commentary on 2016 events. Along with articles, reviewers often discuss the best books from 2016. Here are a few lists to consider.

Books | Friday, October 28, 2016

Read In Summer

Slowlying pressing on, little by little.

Big ideas and thought provoking content remain from the little material I covered this summer, Desiring God by John Piper and The Gospel Of The Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd.

While this summer stirred around time, I found some to go over these two books. Ideally, I cover more ground to read about different topics, but these books stuck with me. While other life events distracted and pulled time from covering more material, I appreciate the depth of content I covered. Desiring God by John Piper and The Gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd are remarkable books I highly recommend.

Life | Friday, September 30, 2016

Feeling Fall Change

Using Changing Seasons to Evaluate Our Changing Lives

As the season changes to fall, we should take the time to pause and reflect. In doing so, we find great benefit to how we live and grow as an individual.

Autumn ushers in a crisp breeze as the leaves fall, hot beverages, and pumpkin spice. I often feel a sense of excitement with each changing season. This reminds me of the verse "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven". While the New Year commonly causes a life re-evaluation, I challenge you not to wait the next three months. This new season of fall will yield fruit in your life, if you put forth a little extra thought and intention.