Forest with a blue box that has white words saying March 2023: 'Deeper' + The Hope of Glory

March 2023: ‘Deeper’ + The Hope of Glory

How has your Lent been going? I think sometimes when we make grand Lent commitments and stumble through them, we forget the point: Drawing nearer to Christ. Let’s focus on that more. 

Here’s my March recap: 

Best Book I Read This Month 

I have become a big Dane Ortlund fan. He communicates deep theological truths in such a kind and impactful way. Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners was no exception. You can find it here

Best Article I Read This Month

Police brutality is horrifyingly common. But the system is set up so there is minimal accountability and too much leeway in the exercise of power. Until bad cops are publicly and harshly punished, things will not begin to change. A Reason magazine article published this month lays out this argument and is worth the read. You can view it here. 

Tip + Trick of the Month

Did you know that your body physically clings to trauma and stress? This is especially true of your hips. This Healthline article does a great job of diving into the details of why the hips and how this works. 

So, need to do some emotional processing or have an upcoming therapy appointment? Maybe try a few hip stretches first. It can only help. 

Quote of the Month

“Do you want to be right or do you want to love?” -Sarah Wilson

Kelvey’s Thought for the Month

I’ve been reading through Colossians a lot in the past weeks, and recently, I was caught by a phrase I had never truly thought through. It was ‘the hope of glory.’ 

It isn’t an uncommon sentiment in Scripture. But the use of the phrase in Colossians 1:27 made me stop in my tracks: 

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (ESV) 

What is the hope of glory? Scholars could have much more academic thoughts, but this is the simple thought I jotted down upon reading: 

“What does ‘the hope of glory’ mean? That regardless of how this time on earth plays out, I have hope because I am glory-bound and will dwell in glory alongside Christ my Savior.” 

Those who have been saved by Christ’s work on the cross will dwell together with Him, witnesses to the glory of God forever and ever. If that can’t produce hope in hardship, not much can. 

If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, the hope of glory is not out of reach. Shoot me an email or leave a comment and we can talk. 

I hope your March Madness brackets were spot-on and that you had a lovely March. I’ll catch you next month.

April 2022: Greenlights + Build Back Better (Habits)

April 2022: Greenlights + Build Back Better (Habits)

Here’s hoping your Monday went well and that your May is off to a great start! April 2022 was far too cold, but I still shivered my way through a full month to recap for you: 

Best Book I Read This Month 

I read my first celebrity memoir, and I think it’ll probably be my last celebrity memoir. Matthew McCounaughey’s Greenlights was a wild ride. Beautiful quotes and wise advice were interspersed with stories so crazy they must be true (partially because a good number of them reflected very poorly on him, his family, and other loved ones). It was an entertaining and bewildering read, and you can get the book here. 

Best Article I Read This Month

I swear I read journalism from other outlets and not just from the magazine I work for, but Reason has so many good takes it would be a crime to not share. Enjoy this longform read from our May 2022 issue talking about the pandemic, social networks, and old-time saloons. 

Tip + Trick of the Month

Do you want to cut back on mindless social media scrolling? Set time limits on your phone, but let someone you live with set the password. And DO NOT let them tell you what it is. I share a house with my sister, and since having her set my phone’s time limits, I am far more exacting in my social media use. I’m not exaggerating when I say it has reduced my phone use by hours every week. 

Quote of the Month

“If you are part of Christ’s own body, your sins evoke his deepest heart, his compassion and pity. He ‘takes part with you’—that is, he’s on your side. He sides with you against your sin, not against you because of your sin. He hates sin. But he loves you.” 

-Dane Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly

Kelvey’s Thought for the Month

I was in great shape when I was in college, but by the time 2021 rolled around, I couldn’t say the same. Between gym closures, reduced outings, and food delivery, the pandemic took the same toll on me that it did on everyone else. Couple that with a newly diagnosed thyroid disorder, and I lost a lot of muscle mass while putting on inches and generally losing a lot of my former healthy habits. 

2022 has been my rebuilding year, and I’ve rebuilt with wellness (not just muscles or hard workouts) in mind. Here are some of the simple habits that have had me feeling better, building more muscle, and leading a healthier life than I have in years. Steal if they work for you! 

  • Prioritizing Enough Quality Sleep
  • Getting 150 Grams of Daily Protein
  • Maintaining Average Calorie and Macro Consumption
  • Averaging 70,000 Weekly Steps
  • Building An Adjustable Workout Schedule

That’s all for now, folks. Have a great May – I’ll catch you next month.