Reflections

November '17 Reflections

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1. Listening to this podcast as I continue to think through and research the Enneagram.  It has been so helpful as I grow in and re-learn self-awareness as well as helping me understand the people around me better and how to care for them well. 
2. Seeing a movie this Friday with my new sibs. Cheers to Dollarama candy, movie theatre popcorn and comedy movies with quality people. 
3. Reading No Silver Bullets by Daniel Im with my staff team and loving the insights that He is bringing to the table. I highly recommend this for anyone in any type of full-time Christian vocational ministry. 
4. Learning that relationships are not like they are in the movies and how watching all those romance movies actually gave me unrealistic expectations for relationship. Praise God for the older couple that mentors us and has walked alongside us - grounding us in reality and in the Gospel.
5. Wanting Bows and Arrows coffee beans. 10/10 Recommend these beans. 
6. Following Lore Wilbert and Jackie Hill Perry on Instagram. These women have learnt to live in the tension of speaking Truth in love (from what I have seen in the captions, read in Lore's blog and heard in Jackie's talks) and I want to learn that too. 
7. Thinking through what it actually means to do community well. Does it mean being vulnerable with everyone? Are there different layers to it? I would love to hear some of your thoughts!
8. Feeling ready for our staff retreat coming up next week! Grateful for the chance to work with an organization that cares well for its staff. 
9. Loving  this blog post by Lore Wilbert Ferguson on engaging with technology. I find that social media and Netflix offer too many readily available opportunities to disengage from aspects of life that are painful or uncomfortable or joyous and that I need to fight to be present today more and more. 
10. Looking forward to  this new adventure B and I are starting as we prepare for marriage! 

Guest Reflections: Lori

I have the privilege of being surrounded by some really cool people who have brilliant ideas, engage with incredible people and come across interesting things that more of the world needs to know about. So this series is a space for that.
World, meet Lori.

1. Listening to anything and everything by George Ezra

2. Seeing how suburbia (I grew up and currently live in Mississauga) isn’t so bad when you get to wander around your neighbourhood watching the sunset

3. Reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (started this one last year and put it down to finish up my undergrad, so I figured it’d be a good time to pick it back up now that I’m done school) and George Muller: Delighted in God by Roger Steer (an awesome missionary biography and an incredible challenge to pray boldly and with expectation).

4. Learning that sometimes what I need is more important than what I want. God cares deeply about my sanctification, more deeply than I care about it, and is willing to look like the “bad guy” in my eyes by as He reveals more of the ugliness of my heart instead of giving me what I want in the timing that I want.

5. Wanting to get better at longboarding so that I can tackle steeper hills and cruise for a longer amount of time.

6. Following some awesome women who are so real and open about their lives (@lorewilbert & @emmorice) and a really cool illustrator (@11___13) on IG

7. Thinking Through what is actually restful and what is perceived to be restful. I’ve come to realize that although binge-watching Netflix is easy, it’s not as restful as I think it is. I’m trying to figure out how to introduce activities that might require more effort, but are actually more restful, into my life.

8. Feeling disappointed but confident. I am disappointed because things don’t seem to be working out the way that I want them to, but I am glad that I can have confidence in knowing that even if things don’t work out in how I picture them to, He is still good.

9. Loving hanging out with my parents and getting to know them as I transition into adulthood.

10. Looking forward to learning a new culture in Asia.