It’s hard to believe it’s August already! I’ve already been spending long days back in my classroom getting ready for school in just a couple of weeks. I’m honestly ready to get my routine back.
It’s the end of another week, and as such, it’s time to take a look at the last several days at all the things that fueled me.
In Real Life
Last Friday, I was in Dallas having a blast at Echo Conference. Among the highlights, getting to hang with Lore Furguson, Micah Murray and several new friends at the Bloggers Meetup. Next up is STORY in Chicago. Who’s with me?
On My Shelf
I haven’t talked about this, but it’s been a tough few months. Not only do I tend to flounder when school is out, but I’ve been trying to control some real anxiety and even depression. Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk who has been gone for decades has been rescuing me and revolutionizing my prayer life. In a world where spirituality isn’t often not all that spiritual and faith is often a tool for conquering goals, Merton’s outlook on contemplative prayer and being at peace with ourselves is just what I need. I didn’t know where to start with Merton, but you can’t go wrong with his Essential Writings.
I’m really happy for my friend, Renee Fisher. Her new book, Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me released last week. Also on the new releases, another friend and fellow Moody author, Jeff Goins released The In-Between, which I’ll be talking about next week.
On the Blogs
My blog reader was dominated by the ladies this week. Ally Vesterfelt commented on the temporary nature of all things with It’s Not Forever, It’s Just for Now. Kelly Youngblood toned it down with a multiple part series, starting with I’m Not Tone Deaf. And Sarah Markley, who always writes lovely things, discussed a new responsibility she discovered she has to her daughters in The Responsibility to be Brave.
That’s what fueled me this week. What about you?