I recently read that the average social media user consumes 285 pieces of content daily. This amounts to approximately 54,000 words. The truly amazing part of the study, though, was that the “active” social media user encounters as many as 1,000 clickable links. A day.
All this information very quickly leads to information overload and burnout, and we end up passing over amazing content because we’re tired of picking it out of the endless sea of options.
That’s why I started my Fabulous Finds series last year. I have always enjoyed reading other bloggers’ favorites lists and recommendations because it offers a sort of “seal of approval” that gives me confidence I’m not wasting my time (or money or energy). I wanted to do the same for my readers, and ta-da — my Fabulous Finds were born!
Here are a few of my favorite finds in the month of September. Enjoy, and let me know which ones you loved as well!
September Fabulous Finds
How to Pour From an Empty Cup | I Choose Brave
I saved this article earlier in the month when I first read it, but as I read through it again in preparation for this post, I chuckled at the timing. I faced my own “re-entry” period earlier this week, and, while I didn’t have to rinse out dried slabs of shampoo out of anyone’s hair, it was hard. My shoulders sank a little as I faced the return to my responsibilities. Welcome home – now get back to work.
I loved this post because, as much as we tell moms that you can’t pour from an empty cup … the fact is, sometimes your cup is empty. While you shouldn’t let this be your default or long-term strategy, there are times when you feel like you have nothing left in your cup. But you have to pour anyway.
Though they may seem overwhelming at the time, they can actually become some of your greatest opportunities for intimacy with God. They force you to let go of your own striving to “be enough” and recognize your need for His filling. His strength. His ability.
And that’s what this article is all about – how to let those times when you’re staring into an empty cup lead you to see and feel God’s presence in your everyday life.
How to Pray For My Strong-Willed Child (And Her Mother) | Girls to Grow
We definitely have at least one strong-willed child in our house (with signs of another…), and the definition cited in this post describes Aidan to a “t”. Sometimes it drives me absolutely bonkers. I am often either biting my tongue to keep from yelling out of frustration or holding back tears to keep from weeping from a sense of failure.
So when I came across this post of prayers to pray over a strong-willed child, I was all over it. But they exceeded my expectations. I appreciated the prayers for our children to channel their strong wills, but what I really loved were the prayers that helped me view my child(ren)’s strong will as a positive, God-given trait to be guided rather than a negative flaw to be rebuked.
I know I greatly benefited from these prayers, and if you have a strong-willed child in your family, I think you will, too.
Related Post: 31 Scriptures to Pray Over Your Children
A friend of mine sent me this link a few weeks ago in response to one of my email newsletters, and I loved it. While I don’t want to excuse or allow any actual bad behavior, sometimes I am too quick to shut down Aidan’s meltdowns. Like Katie says in this post, I “attempt to intercept [him] on [his] journey through an emotional tunnel.”
I forget that he’s a little person, with big intense feelings but without the experience or skills to deal with them. Moving through those emotions in a healthy way is still a work-in-progress, and I can’t expect him to do it as quickly as I can. (And let’s be honest – haven’t we all, as adults, had our fair share of meltdowns and tantrums?)
Again, this doesn’t give us a license to excuse actual bad or inappropriate behavior. But it does help us sympathize with their struggle and guide them through the tunnel. And I have already seen from experience how, sometimes, letting Aidan work through his emotions instead of intercepting them actually leads to a quicker and healthier resolution. For all of us.
What Ya Want? | The Preacher’s Wife
This post is from one of my dearest real-life friends, and I have read it multiple times already since she posted it earlier this week. She writes specifically for women in ministry, but her posts are full of amazing wisdom that can be applied to any woman’s life.
I’ve enjoyed all of her posts, but this one in particular really struck me in my current season of limbo. I loved her points about harvesting from the seeds that we plant — both the good and the bad. “If I really expected to harvest everything I sow throughout my day, there are a lot of bad seeds that I wouldn’t want in my field.” Yikes. What do I want in my field, and am I sowing the right seeds?
Read this post, answer her questions, and give time and thought to your answers. I promise you it will fire you up and prepare you for some pretty great harvest.
Instant Pot Honey Pork Chops | Once a Month Meals
Of course I have to include a favorite recipe from the month, or it wouldn’t be my Fabulous Finds!
This month, one of my favorites was this Instant Pot Honey Pork Chops recipe. Oh my, they were delicious! They were a hit with all three boys. (Fortunately for Andrew, he can eat honey now because he’s 1!) My favorite part (besides the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness) was how simple and easy they were. And 100% real food!
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you could always use the stove, oven, or slow cooker to cook these chops. … but I can’t say enough good things about my Instant Pot, so you might want to be adding one to your Christmas list. 😉
As a Christian mom, I am always looking for new ways to make learning about the Bible fun for my kids. Aidan loves his Rhyme Bible and his Beginner’s Bible, and we read from them often, but it’s nice to have other fun Bible-based activities.
From the minute I pulled this book out of the package and showed it to Aidan, he was hooked. He loved finding the items from each Bible story in the picture, and we talked about the story as we looked.
A few things you should know about this book:
- It contains eight Bible stories that you can read together before you explore the look & find scene. (The only thing I don’t like about this is that you can’t read the story while they’re looking for the items.)
- There are two look & find options: an easier version with pictures (for younger kids who can’t read) and a more challenging checklist version. I love this feature, because it means the book can grow with my kids!
- You can use a wipe-off marker to circle the items as you find them, then wipe them off and look again. I don’t know that we’ll ever actually do that, but it’s good to know!
All in all, this was a fabulous find for us, and one of Aidan’s favorite new books.
(I did receive this book free from B&H in exchange for my honest review, but including it in my Fabulous Finds was purely my idea because it was, indeed, fabulous.)
ALDI Simply Nature Popcorn
One of our favorite family activities is family movie nights. And what family movie night is complete without popcorn? We have always made our own with our stir crazy popcorn popper, but in preparation for our mini-vacation last weekend, I decided to give the bags of pre-popped popcorn a try. I thought it would be fun to eat popcorn and watch a movie in our motel room.
I had heard good things about ALDI’s Simply Nature popcorn, so as I completed my pre-trip shopping, I threw in a bag to try. It was a hit! It tasted almost as good as home-popped popcorn, and I loved the fact that it only had three ingredients: organic popcorn, organic safflower and/or sunflower oil, and salt.
Since it’s cheaper to buy popcorn kernels in bulk and pop them ourselves, I don’t think I will make this a regular purchase. But it worked very well for our trip, and I will definitely keep it in mind for similar future needs!
A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White
One of my goals this month was to read a fiction book (read why I think this is important for my writing goals here). Since I knew we were going to be taking a family vacation, I saved it for the trip. I chose a book that came highly recommended by my friend Kishona of Life in Lape Haven, and it did not disappoint!
The book was A Name Unknown, by Roseanna M. White, and it was one of the best Christian historical fiction/romance books I have ever read. It was beautiful love story that was not at all cheesy (as most romance books are) or sleazy (as, unfortunately, even many Christian romance books can be). And the plot and the writing blew me away. I really enjoyed this book, and I was literally sad when I finished.
But I don’t want to steal any of Kishona’s thunder, so head on over to her post for a full synopsis and review!
According to the numbers, if you’re an “active” user of social media, in the last month you crossed paths with 30,000 clickable links. Many of them were good, I’m sure, but the vast majority most likely lay somewhere between irrelevant and complete junk.
But I hope these five pieces (and three product recommendations) were not only relevant but also valuable and beneficial. I can’t do much about the other 29,995 links you come across in a month, but I can at least promise you five great ones!
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