It’s that time of year again! Even though I didn’t spend much time surfing the web this year since I was so busy with the book, I managed to stumble across some wonderful gems. Here are my 12 favorite links of 2010:
Mrs. Parunak admits that, like many of us, she has a bad habit of letting her imagination go wild conjuring up all the terrible things that could befall her family (“what if the house burned down?” “what if my dad had a heart attack?”). Then, she found herself in the middle of a dire situation that was one of her worst fears. What was it actually like? Read the post to find out. (Hint: It’s a wonderful illustration of the adage: God gives grace for the situation, not the imagination.)
2. When One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure (Literally)
If you need a slap upside the head with the Perspective Bat, watch this:
I have to say, Carrien’s post actually delivers on its bold title. I think she really has discovered the secret to an exhilarating, extraordinary, God-centered life. (While you’re there, be sure to read about the amazing work her family is doing in Thailand.)
Abbot Joseph’s blog is so good, it’s impossible to choose one post as his best. But if I had to, I’d pick this one. It’s an insightful analysis of how spiritual attack works — a subject not discussed often enough. An excerpt: ” If the devil had his way, he would lead us all along a progressive path that looks something like this: sin, despondency, despair, suicide. His ultimate goal is to lead us to despair of salvation, and then to seal our doom by forever cutting ourselves off from the Source of Mercy.” He then goes on to outline what exactly that process looks like. A very helpful post.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker (a married Catholic priest who blogs here) hit the nail on the head with this article. Be sure to read the whole thing — lots of stunning insights toward the end. It’s one of the best analyses of recently cultural shifts in society that I’ve seen.
Making a similar point to Fr. Longenecker’s article, Betty Duffy talks about the detrimental effects of the isolation of modern family life, and the importance of community. She writes: ” My aunt is fond of saying that ‘independence is obnoxious.’ Having dependence on others or living in community is how people rightly find their place and vocation in life. In community we serve others. In community we must discipline ourselves. In community we learn to forgive others’ faults so we can move on to brighter horizons like card games with friends.”
I linked to this article in a bunch of posts this year, but I couldn’t leave it off this list. It’s the summary of a story by Severe Mercy author Sheldon Vanauken, in which he recounts the search for the daughter that his late wife gave up for adoption after becoming pregnant at 14. Meeting the now-grown daughter gave Vanauken what he called “a wholeness of vision” on the issue of abortion. A touching piece that’s well worth reading. (Also, one blogger wrote a beautiful post inspired by this article here.)
An incredibly touching post with some excellent points, written by Bethany Hudson after her father’s suicide.
I was inspired and challenged by this newspaper article about well-known blogger Katie Davis, who is a missionary in Uganda. I love the quote from Davis at the beginning of the piece, which I think perfectly summarizes what a Christian is supposed to do in the face of overwhelming suffering in the world: “I’m not here to eliminate poverty, to eradicate disease, to put a stop to people abandoning babies. I’m just here to love.”
This site is a wealth of inspiring and amazing images of babies in the womb. Maybe it’s just because I’m pregnant, but I loved looking through it!
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Abigail over the past few years (albeit only via telephone and email), and her family’s prayer habits have been a huge inspiration to me. I loved this post for its down-to-earth, practical tips for having dedicated prayer time in the midst of chaos.
Before you begin any creative project (starting a ministry, writing a book, redecorating your house, etc.) you need to read this post by bestselling author Steve Pressfield. An excerpt: “Each of us, as artistic and entrepreneurial warriors, must wade into battle knowing that the moment will come when total defeat is staring us in the face. It happens on every project. A movie, a record album, a new business, a philanthropic enterprise…at some point our funding will vanish, our star will run off to Argentina, our software will crash, the whole shooting match will go up in flames.” And then he tells you what to do next.
Which one of these was your favorite? What are some of your favorite links of 2010?