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As my blogging deadline looms for this month, it seems like a good time to put all of my random thoughts into one entry:


I don’t have a long commute to work, but it’s just enough time to catch a good podcast. It makes me wonder if I’m hitting that age when NPR is next on my playlist. In the meantime, here are a few recommendations that you can find easily in the iTunes Store:

Brooklyn Tabernacle and Watermark Community Church. I listen to both of these podcasts regularly for Biblical insight, from Jim Cymbala and Todd Wagner.

Perry Noble Leadership Podcast: Perry can be quite controversial and I don’t always agree with some of the things he says, but he has also recorded a few podcasts I have listened to multiple times. A recent one on “Lessons Learned in the Fire” was very timely for a difficult situation I was facing in ministry.

Breakaway Ministries: Ben Stuart leads this ministry at Texas A&M and I really enjoy his teaching. He recently did a series on Psalms that was outstanding. I’m going to miss this podcast over the summer when they take a break.

The Big Boo Cast: Everyone just needs to listen to a podcast that’s fun and entertaining. Featuring Sophie Hudson and Melanie Shankle, popular mom bloggers, these two dish about all things female. Sophie was the emcee at the 2014 BGCO Women’s retreat and she’s coming back this fall to our Ministry Wives Weekend. If you need a couple of friends in the car, these are the two I would invite.


I’m about to complete my first semester of seminary. Learning to do online studies at my age and writing papers in Turabian style has been a challenge. I decided this week that following Jesus was much easier when I didn’t have to learn the Hebrew meaning and translation of 1 Kings 19.


This has to be my new obsession! I love taking photos but I hardly ever get them printed. I also love scrapbooking, but just don’t have the time. With the Chatbooks app on your phone, you can create a simple photo book with pictures you’ve posted on Instagram. And the cost is hard to beat–$6 for a 60 page book and free shipping. It’s a deal.


I’m horrible at remembering passwords and especially numbers. I don’t want to create a different password for every different website and account I use. Recently, we were told at work that we were going to a new system for passwords. Our computer password must have at least nine characters, an uppercase letter, a number and a symbol. Thanks to our IT guys, they suggested something I want to pass along. Use a favorite scripture! For instance, if you use Psalm63:1 as a password, you’ve used an uppercase letter, number, symbol and nine characters. Boom! (By the way, Psalm63:1 is NOT my password just in case you were hoping to hack into my computer).

Those are the random thoughts for May. Hope you are looking forward to summer and don’t forget to plant some flowers.