Gold Star Friday (and Merry Christmas!)

Image result for Gold StarFinally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  (Philippians 4:8)

What I’m Reading / Watching:

Last Christmas,  John and I started using The One Year Book of Best-Loved Bible Verses as our family devotional after dinner.  We are about halfway through, and still enjoying it. Pastor Len Woods has done a great job in his selection;  this is a survey of gospel truth, not a deck of feel-good affirmations.  As a bonus, the meditations are short enough for dinners with squirmy kids.  Consider it for a last-minute stocking stuffer!

Devotional Links:

Len Woods on Christmas:  https://www.thewoodswords.com/about-those-three-kings/

Randy Alcorn on the joy of Christmas: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/no-one-was-happier-than-jesus

Merry Christmas from Dennis Prager:  https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/18/why-the-left-doesnt-like-christmas/

Visiting relatives over the holidays?  https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/how-to-love-the-hard-to-love

Political Links:

Do we think too highly of efficiency?  I am coming to that conclusion:  https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/18/what-good-is-cheaper-stuff-if-it-comes-at-the-expense-of-community/

Government – it’s aliiiiiive! https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/16/either-contain-government-or-it-will-destroy-us/

Hooray for the local community:  https://www.houstoncourant.com/houston-voices/2019/scrooge-in-the-city

Mollie Hemingway on impeachment:  https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/19/4-reasons-trumps-impeachment-is-the-weakest-in-u-s-history/

Important religious liberty case:  https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/19/scotus-to-decide-whether-religious-schools-have-the-right-to-choose-teachers/

More on whether the government should restrict porn:  https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/4-reasons-christians-ban-porn/; see also https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/15/a-science-based-case-for-ending-the-porn-epidemic/

If your kids must attend public school:  https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/13/4-ways-to-help-your-kids-fight-assimilation-into-cultural-leftism/

The government’s war on the gig economy: https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/19/freelancers-and-gig-workers-dont-need-lawmakers-to-help-them-out-of-a-job/

Congress blows its budget:  https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/18/congress-is-giving-taxpayers-a-2000-page-1-4-trillion-spending-bill-for-christmas/

We like to complain about the two-party system. Could it be a good thing?  https://www.heritage.org/political-process/report/the-rise-and-fall-political-parties-america

Mental Illness & Mental Health:

Dealing with pain:  https://www.ccef.org/pain-our-present-reality/

A poignant story of grief and God’s sovereignty: https://erikreed.blog/2019/12/17/peace-in-the-sovereignty-of-god/

Shameless Self-Promotion:

You can read my articles at The Federalist, Servants of Grace, and The Gospel Coalition

My Book on Psalm 119

Pray for Z. – My oldest son is recovering from serious mental illness.  Because of his disability, it has been challenging for him to find and hold a job.  Nonetheless, he is a man of many talents – including novel-writing — and we are trusting God for meaningful work for him.

Author: Laura

Follower of Christ. Attorney-Teacher-Homesteader. Wife. Mom to 4 grown sons. Writer.

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