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Our ‘Downton Abbey’ Theory Will Blow Your Mind – I am a Downton Abbey fan. And though I didn’t like this season quite as much as some of the others, I like this idea.

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Dachshunds – I love my dachshunds. Cute dachshund photos are included.

The Gospel According to Pinterest – My partner at Out of the Ordinary, Melissa, talks about how the good ideas we see on Pinterest can make us forget where our true worth lies.

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I Don’t Have to Read the Book or See the Movie to Know Heaven is Real by Nancy Guthrie – “Isn’t it interesting that Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, did not include details about what he saw in his personal guided tour of heaven and said, in fact, that it should not be talked about?”

Don’t Give My Husband Romance Lessons, Thank You by Kim Shay – “I am not an overly romantic person, and that’s good, because my husband isn’t the type, either. And that’s okay with us. If he was to sit down, at candlelight, look into my eyes, and recite poetry, we’d both end up laughing.”

7 Signs You’re Reading a Book by a Prosperity Preacher by Aaron Armstrong – “God is Not Mad at You, Reposition Yourself, Your Best Life Now, Become a Better You, It’s Your Time… I’m noticing a trend here. Someone’s a pretty big deal, and apparently that someone is me.”

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7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders – Yep.

Top 10 Ridiculous Responses Regarding My Third Pregnancy – Let me first admit that I was guilty of saying a few of these. Then people said them to me, and I realized how annoying they were.

I’m Thinking of Going to the Doctor for Depression Meds by David Murray – Solid, balanced advice from a wise man.

The Success Story of a Failed Novelist – If you would have told me 15 years ago I would end up writing nonfiction, I wouldn’t have believed you. I haven’t quite given up on fiction, but I’m thinking about it more and more.

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How to Moneyball Your Way to a Debt-Free College Degree – This post had some interesting things to say. As the parent of a high school junior, these are the kinds of things we’re thinking about these days.

A Calvinist and a Fundamentalist Walk Into a Bar by Tim Challies – I’ve seen all three examples at play, and Tim’s analogy was helpful.

In Praise of Fat Pastors by Jared Wilson – He makes some great observations here, and because it’s the Internet, a lot of people completely missed his point.

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes – Okay, a few of these looked the same to me, but this was well done. If you wear scarves (or want to), it’s worth 4.5 minutes of your time.

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Five Crucial HTML Tags Every Blogger Should Know – I’ve been blogging for almost ten years, so I had to know these tags to do anything back then. But a lot of new bloggers don’t know this, and it helps to understand them.

19 Quirky Conundrums Only Book Lovers Undertand – I loved this one. Except number 7. I prefer sans-serif fonts over serif fonts. So sue me.

How a Helpful Illustration Turned Deadly by Mike Leake – “I foolishly thought that the Lord’s provision of grace equaled the Lord’s pleasure. It doesn’t. I was sleeping proudly in my justification while my spirit was wasting away. And no amount of telling me, “Look how free you are in the gospel” was going to make me do the one thing necessary—repent and get back to engaging in spiritual disciplines.” Mike has hit on some things that have been bothering me for awhile.

Where Have I Gone Wrong? by Kim Shay – “If we believe that perfect parenting results in perfect children, we may be disappointed at some point. And we may actually be taking credit which does not belong to us.”

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Laptop WorkThis Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent and Here’s What Happened – I see a lot of articles along these lines, especially at this time of year, but it’s good to remember. I think humans are drawn to the idea of grand, sweeping changes, but we find them hard to implement.

Here’s a Horrifying Picture of What Sleep Loss Will Do to You – I need these reminders. Maybe someday one of them will scare me straight.

When Women Lust – A good look at the differences between men and women. I especially appreciated the connection she made between self-pity and pride.

In Deep Drought – Lindsey has some good thoughts on those seasons we all have, when it feels as if we’re spinning our wheels.

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Laptop WorkI meant to link this from Russell Moore when he first posted it. Should a Christian Fire His Too-Hot Hygenist? He also gets extra points for using “anti-dentite.”

Lore Ferguson’s writing is a new discovery for me, but I’ve loved everything of hers I’ve read. I even want to have my picture taken in a field of wildflowers, because maybe if our blog photos look alike my writing will look like hers (that makes perfect sense inside my head, by the way). I loved her post Who Will Teach the Women Who Want to Be Taught? when it first appeared on Project TGM. The Gospel Coalition liked it too.

The Domestic Kingdom blog is a daily read for me, but somehow I missed this one when it first appeared. I providentially found it there the other day as I was absently clicking around links: Unanswered prayers and adultery. It’s not about marital adultery, but adultery against God. And it’s very convicting.

My husband and I both got progressive lenses recently. His text to me after leaving the optometrist was, “Fool, take off the glasses and come home.” Ha!

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I’m including this link, not because I’m vouching for it’s spectacularness (is that a word?), but because this is a handy place to put it. I wrote a guest post at Desiring Virtue about when we Tear Our Sisters Down.

Speaking of which, the next Desiring Virtue Book Club selection is Modest by Tim Challies and RW Glenn.

Loved this one from Lore. She shares the “secrets” to her ability to write so prolifically in Writing Advice is Life Advice.

Lindsey Carlson talks about Battling Sinful Sarcasm. This isn’t something I struggle with, but I’m including it for those of you who do (that was sarcasm).

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God Is Looking For Plodders by Stephen Altrogge:

Our problem is we want things now. We want it in a 4-hour work week. We don’t like having to wait 2 weeks for our new iPad to be shipped. We want to get everything at the drive through. “Can I have a double character with a side of patience and a super-sized endurance – like, NOW!”

Frank Turk at TeamPyro reminds us that though the celebration of Christmas isn’t a biblical concept, we need to join with the culture on this One Day a Year:

[A] day which, in the English-speaking world, bears the name of Christ and the whole world is frankly stopped because of it...Opportunities like that don’t just fall out of the sky, especially in a post-Christian culture.

I loved this story from Kim at Out of the Ordinary:

Christmas has a way, still, of drawing people to thoughts of Jesus. Whether one is an inquisitive six year old girl or someone older, there is something moving about that young family in Bethlehem, about that young girl having to deliver her child, but finding nowhere to rest. The miracle of the child conceived by the Holy Spirit is still something that moves people. We may be in a post-Christian world now, but the proclamation of the Advent of the Messiah will draw people.

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Rebecca remembers her first Christmas in Whitehorse:

We—husband, wife, baby—came with everything we owned in the back of a pick-up truck. We brought no furniture and had no money.

Trillia Newbell talks about the temptation to be a self-righteous wife:

After the honeymoon we returned to our home eager to start our new lives together as one. But soon the fairytale ended and real life began. It didn’t look quite like I had imagined. There were no glaring problems. No deep-rooted sin issues. Yet I was extremely aware of my husbands’ shortcomings, and I wasn’t holding back on sharing my thoughts.

Tim on why we are so quick to believe the worst of those who love us the most:

I’ve been married to Aileen for more than fourteen years now. In that time she has been loving and loyal and kind and everything else a husband could desire in a wife. She has borne me three children, supported me through career changes, tolerated my sin, prayed me through difficulty, helped me be a man whose church can call him to be their pastor. And yet in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when she in some way displeases me, I can act as if she has never loved me at all, as if she has only ever treated me with contempt.

This has been making the rounds, but in case you haven’t seen it: Seven Characteristics of an Effective Critic.