Tenth Avenue North – I really like their CD The Struggle – it talks about how in Jesus, we are free to struggle, but we aren’t struggling to be free. The things of the world are only a Shadow of the things of God, and after all, we are only Strangers Here in this world. The messages in the songs are full of grace and oozing with truth at the same time. The more I listen to it, the more I love the songs. Whenever I decide I really like a CD or artist, I automatically become a snoop and discover things like their blog and video journals. All of Tenth Avenue North’s are really good but this one on forgiveness stuck with me, and on Monday I showed it to the girls I teach, who liked it too.
Last week I finished reading The Scarlet Trefoil by LA Kelly which brought a close to her Tahn trilogy that Josh, Nomi, and I highly recommend. They were pretty full-on – Josh and I wouldn’t lend them to under 14/15yo’s. It’s set in the Middle Ages, about a mercenary with a mysterious and troubled family and personal history. Not just because of his job as a mercenary, but his childhood was full of torture and pain and grief that have all jumbled together to make Tahn the hurting, guilty, confused, yet soft-hearted person he is. Over the three books you see how the redemption of God can completely turn your life around and touch the darkest and wounded parts of your life.
I’ve discovered a really good blog this week: Sammy Adebiyi, (your Friendly Neighbourhood Nigerian). His humour and honesty makes for easy and thought-provoking reads.
As some of you might now, math is not my strong point. To be completely honest, I haven’t even touched algebra yet (I can’t believe I’m saying this online). Through most of my school years, I used Math-U-See, which really teaches you the why of math, not just learning by route, but I overthink things and find math hard to begin with and that makes for a long, drawn-out, tear-wrenching experience. Even though I’ve graduated from school, I’m continuing with math and at the moment I’m using Kahn Academy, which is very methodical and slow, and gives the reason why, but I am also telling myself that sometimes, I might just need to accept the route answer and move on with life.
This week Josh, Nomi, and I ran 5.45km with a friend as part of his 40km run for his 40th birthday! He did really well. We all ran at a very slow, conversational pace, which made it easy. I’ve been training for the last three months to run 5km. That’s something I didn’t think I’d ever do! I downloaded RunKeeper app onto my phone and used their training plan, and now I used it to record my pace as I try to pare my time down to 25minutes.
So that’s some of my favourite things at the moment (not including brown paper packages tied up with string, because that is just plain obvious. Who doesn’t love them?!)
What’s some of your favourite things at the moment?