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I need to come up with some catchy title for my weekly favorite-things blog. If you have a reasonable suggestion, let me know. Since I don’t post it on Fridays, I can’t use “Friday Favorites.” “Wednesday Weirdness” may work. We’ll see.

I found it hard to narrow down my favorites to five this week. I loved the Reese’s peanut butter cup blondies I made on Saturday – but I’ll write about those next week.

img_2584(1) Trader Joe’s dark chocolate cherries and almonds. Because I made a three-hour road trip back to my hometown to celebrate my uncle’s 80th birthday, my cousin (who flew in from California!) brought me these amazing chocolate treats. Not sure how she knew dark chocolate was my muse, but we are treating ourselves to one or two (or three or four) a day. Don prefers the cherries so of course, that leaves a large container of almonds just for poor me.  I think they may last through Sunday, but only because I’ll be out of town for a couple of days.

(2) Dare to Lead. I try to read something enlightening, entertaining or educational, along with my daily Bible reading. This week I’m working on Dare to Lead by Dr. Brené Brown. I’m only about 50 pages in, but I know I’m going to love it. There are a lot of Tweet-able quotes in here along with some amazing content designed to make me think. And then do! Imagine that. One of my favorites already: “You can’t get to courage without rumbling with vulnerability. Embrace the suck.” It’s gonna be a great read.

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My new mug, complete with this morning’s lipstick!

 

(3) My library. I use my local library every week, sometimes multiple times, and not even for books. Every Tuesday evening I meet my little 5th grade tutoring student in a study room to play math games. Every so often my husband will camp in a chair with a black coffee for an afternoon to study or write. When I was a homeschooling mom, I used library resources to supplement my curriculum. My company has used their auditorium for our annual meeting. The space is open, light and loud. Yes – the library isn’t the quiet space I remember from my childhood. It is a gathering spot for everyone: teenagers studying after school, young moms hauling kids to story time, job seekers on the computers, groups having meetings, homeless staying warm and dry, and of course, those sipping a latte on a rainy afternoon. I could go on and on – haven’t even mentioned the rooftop garden. My library – it is definitely one of my very favorite things.

(4) Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. I listen to a lot of music. When I walk, drive, sit at home…I love music.  About six years ago, at our first NEEDTOBREATHE concert, we fell in love with the opening band. You can go to their website to read all about them, but I feel like Drew and his wife Ellie really are my neighbors. They are down to earth, honest, faith-filled people, writing and performing down to earth, honest music. Their latest music video “Family” is a new favorite – filled with some of my most beloved musicians (spying Amy Grant in the group!) and some pretty fun dance moves.

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This song is on repeat – YouTube and Spotify.

(5) Kathie Lee Gifford. Seems like an odd addition to a favorite’s list, doesn’t it? Kathie Lee’s been around a long time, only recently leaving her talk show hosting duties on NBC’s Today. She was welcomed into America’s homes while co-hosting Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years. And I actually remember seeing her on “Name That Tune” back in the early 80s – something not even noted in her Wikipedia biography.

But Kathie Lee is on my favorites list today because of her most recent work. Her book The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi records her journey into a deeper understanding of God’s Word. But I was in tears last night because of her collaboration with Nicole C. Mullen on The God Who Sees. I’m not going to spoil it for you – you must click on the YouTube video and experience it for yourself. Many years ago, Don had a few of us take a name for God and do a study to present to our Sunday school class. Mine was “El Roi” – the God who sees. Maybe that’s why it was so powerful for me. Or maybe it was because the Holy Spirit spoke directly to me in the middle of that video – giving me assurance that He sees ME and those I love…that the dreams He’s given us have not been forgotten..that the desert we are in isn’t endless – He sees me. And He sees you. Wherever you are today.

Until next week…

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