To realize that within our grasp, in Zeta Tau Alpha, lies the opportunity to learn those things which will ever enrich and ennoble our lives… remembering always that the foundation precept of Zeta Tau Alpha was Love, “the greatest of all things.”

01-17-2018

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welcome back!

How was your break? I was so excited to see friends and be back in Fayetteville.

After I finish unpacking and settling into my schedule I need to get in the habit of working out (just for better health overall!) and eating more fruits/vegetables. I have done Kayla, whole30, paleo for awhile... I just need to pick a routine and stick with it. Any tips?????

This week:
1. Four Fun Things
2. Year in Search
3. Books!
4. Dealing with Difficult People
5. Scott Erickson Art

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1. This ceramic mug keeps your coffee at the perfect temp and is controlled through your iphone...I need it. (I swear I end up reheating my coffee 5x in the microwave)
2. Get rid of the pills, lint, etc on your sweaters/leggins/coats with this! (Or just a reg. razor works ok)
3. So I read this article about having a REALLY good bra, and maybe I can save my pennies for one of these.
4. The voting game looks really fun.


BOOKS!

I heard of several (supposedly) really good books over the break. Most are super popular, NYT best sellers.
1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
2. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
3. Abba's Child by Breannan Manning - I just finished this and LOVED it. Taught me so much about myself and the Lord. (Thank you to Lyndsey Nyland for telling me about this one!)
4. Lastly, The 10 Most Addicting Books (according to the internet)
Do you have any recs???


Year in Review, and questions for 2018


I am not very good at reflecting back on periods of my life but this questionnaire was thought provoking and interesting to go through and look back on 2017, evaluate, plan for 2018, etc. The questions are really well written, but there are quite a few.

I can't WAIT to read this at the end of the year! Here is the google doc where you can find them.

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Dealing with difficult people.

It is probably really easy for you to think about someone who is difficult. Or mean, obnoxious, annoying, self centered... etc. etc.

Our natural tendency is to want to run the other way, to avoid them as much as possible. But is that what honors God in these hard situations?

Moses was no stranger to leading a group of difficult people. Even after rescuing them out of slavery and leading them safely away from the Egyptians, the Israelites were not happy with him. Instead of being grateful for their new freedom and provision from God, they were shedding tears over the menu (Numbers 11:4–6), grumbling about not having water (Numbers 20:2–3), wishing they had died in Egypt and could choose another leader (Numbers 14:2–4). Even Moses’s own siblings were jealous of his leadership (Numbers 12:2) and complained to God about their brother and his Cushite wife.

Yet what amazes me about Moses is that he didn’t retaliate against this annoying group of people. He didn’t even defend himself against the harsh accusations. Instead, he demonstrated amazing humility and compassion on those he led, repeatedly interceding for them.

Moses pled with God to heal Miriam’s leprosy (Numbers 12:13). He begged God to forgive Israel’s unbelief when it was time to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 14:19). He lay prostrate before God, fasting forty days and nights after Aaron and the Israelites had made the golden calf to worship (Deuteronomy 9:13–18).

Admittedly, there were moments when the Israelites’ constant complaints drove Moses to the brink of despair (Exodus 5:22Numbers 11:14–15), yet by God’s grace he persevered. And even at the very end of his life, he was still lovingly leading the disobedient Israelites.

Moses remained steadfast to his last days and made sure God had another leader in place to take over. He didn’t want his wandering sheep to be without a shepherd (Numbers 27:16–17). Moses never stopped loving them, even at their worst.

By God’s grace, we too can keep loving the difficult people God has placed in our lives. The easy thing is to cut the troublesome person out of your life when possible, or just avoid them at best.

But I suggest we are more like our patient and loving Savior when we bear with each other and seek to show mercy and kindness, no matter how we are treated.

Here are six practical ways, among many others, to show love to a difficult person God has placed in your path.

1. Pray for your own heart.

Ask God to soften your heart towards this person, to put off anger and irritability, to put on meekness and kindness, to understand this person’s struggles and meet them with compassion (Colossians 3:12–14).

2. Pray for them.

Ask God to be at work in their hearts, drawing unbelievers to himself and sanctifying believers to become more like Jesus (Philippians 1:9–11).

3. Move toward them, not away from them.

Although our tendency is to want to steer clear of people with whom we have strained relationships, they are exactly the people we need to be intentionally moving toward. Find ways to engage them in conversation, meet them for coffee, send them a text.

4. Find specific ways to bless and encourage them.

Write them a note of appreciation. Buy them a book that has been an encouragement to you. Tell them you are praying for them.

5. Give them grace, just as God extends grace to you.

Remember God’s lavish grace poured out for your own daily sins. Ask God to help you bear with them, forgiving them, as he has forgiven you (Colossians 3:13).

6. Realize that you too are a difficult person in someone else’s life!

You might not even realize that you are a thorn in the flesh for someone close to you. Don’t be oblivious to your own shortcomings and sins.

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Scott Erickson ART!!!

There are a few reasons I get on Instagram anymore: The Dogist, Humans of New York, and few randoms, and finding artists. This guy is amazing. He clearly puts so much thought into his beautiful pieces that represent Christianity. Here, he talks about the one pictured above: (The longer you look at it all the little piecies/symbolism come together)

"This is about Jesus calling out Peter's true identity. Peter has settled on an identity based on his occupation... and we see this struggle throughout the gospel texts. Its only after death, resurrection, miracle, breakfast on the beach, three questions of "Do you love me?", and a baptism of Holy Fire does the identity begin to take hold...
It's easy for me to read this story and then set upon a series of actions and activities to try to transform myself. But the real treasure in all of this is that this is not a story of will power. This is not a story of tasks to accomplish. It's a story of Grace - Loving Presence given freely and lavishly.


So today... as I work through my feelings of inadequacy, aloneness, doubt, insignificance... my hope is not in pulling up my boots straps to make it all better.... but to answer the question that is always there: "Do you love Me?"... and allow that beautiful question to transform the inner narrative of what today holds, who I am, and where this is all going." Scott Erickson

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have a wonderful week! let me know if you find anything cool!

xo Sarah Burger

01-23-2018