Riveting Reads: January and February 2016

Though I am a blogger, I also enjoy reading blog posts written by others. Not a week goes by that I don’t read inspiring, insightful, and thought-provoking posts.

Not a week goes by that I don’t read inspiring, insightful, and thought-provoking posts. Here are some of these posts from January and February of 2016.

I often pin these posts to my Pinterest page. I’ll keep doing this, but I’m also going to start sharing some of the posts here so that you can benefit from them, as well.

Riveting reads from January and February 2016

  • Amanda at The Fundamental Home provides a very useful list of 25 Things You Should Never Donate. Many of us declutter and get rid of unneeded items at the beginning of the year and as we spring clean. It’s wonderful to donate these unneeded items to charity thrift stores, but there are many items that shouldn’t be donated. Amanda’s list provides helpful guidance when deciding whether or not to donate a particular item.

25 Things You Should Never Donate - The Fundamental Home

  • AnneMarie at Sacrifice of Love shares how she was reminded while at a conference that God gave each of us different gifts. She had been feeling jealously while comparing herself to others. Does this sound familiar to you? It does to me! Read her post for encouragement to give your entire self to God so that He can use your specific gifts for His greater glory!
  • Pamela at Shelter: Postmarked provides some very useful suggestions for what to write in sympathy cards. I’ve also written on this topic (Writing Supportive Messages in Sympathy Cards), but I honestly think Pamela did a better job! She shares some personal anecdotes that are helpful and provides excellent suggestions for the types of messages to include in sympathy cards.

Postmarking Sympathy Cards - Shelter

  • Elizabeth at Guilty Chocoholic Mama shares about her 10 Favorite Mom Jobs. Though our days are often packed with a lot of tasks that just aren’t that fun (laundry, for example), Elizabeth reminds us that there are always a few jobs we can enjoy. More importantly, she shows us how the little things we do make a big difference to the souls of the people who live in our homes.

10 Favorite Mom Jobs - Guilty Chocoholic Mama

  • Kathleen at Casting My Net explains why Christians shouldn’t celebrate “Random Acts of Kindness Day” (this was celebrated on February 17th). She reminds us that being kind isn’t something we should do on a whim. As Christians, being kind is who we are, it’s what we do, and it’s a fruit we produce. Prepare to be convicted and challenged when you read her post!

Not So Random Acts of Kindness - Casting My Net

Have you read any great posts over the last two months? Feel free to share about them below.

Please note that by sharing posts by these bloggers, I am not necessarily endorsing each and every view they share on their blogs.

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  1. Thanks for this list! (and for including me, that is so thoughtful of you!) I especially love the “25 Things you should never donate” article; I think it’s very timely to read that, since I’m planning to give away some old clothes soon. This is a good reminder to go back through them and make sure that I’m only giving away items that are worth having!

    • Shannon says:

      It was a pleasure to include you, AnneMarie. I’ve definitely struggled with comparison (I imagine the struggle isn’t over yet…), so I really benefited from your post. 🙂

  2. Thanks for including me on your list! So much great information here! Guilty Chocoholic is amazing! I will definitely be checking out the other posts!

    • Shannon says:

      I loved how practical your post was, Amanda! I agree about Guilty Chocoholic Mama–I’m always blessed by her posts.

  3. Well, if I don’t feel like I just won an Academy Award a couple days late! Even better, I didn’t have to live on celery and water for a year to squeeze into a dress for the red carpet! Thank you so much, Shannon, for the lovely and humbling honor of being included in this line-up. As soon as I get these people who live in my house tucked into bed, I’m going to hunker down and read all the other posts! Thank you and bless you! P.S. to Amanda: aw, shucks, you are too kind…I think YOU are amazing! 🙂

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Elizabeth,
      I really appreciated your take on mom tasks, so I wanted to share it.
      Stick with the chocolate…it’s much better than celery and water! 😉

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