INSPIRED: Friday’s Fave Five

friday's fave fiveGod often inspires us in unexpected ways.

Here are five places I’ve been inspired this week from people I don’t even know.

And, get this: To bring it full circle, # 5 actually prompts *me* to return the favor by encouraging 5 people that *I* do know. (And I didn’t even plan for that to fit in here—how amazing is God’s wisdom and timing???)

Read more Fave Fives on Susanne’s site, and reflect on your own blessings the past 7 days.

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1. Jakes’s Journeyjakes_journey
I’ve become a fan of “Jake’s Journey” on Facebook.  Jake is the 18-yr-old nephew of my friend Lynn. Last month, weighing in at 395 pounds, he had surgery for a jump-start to a healthier life.

He’s now posting very honest videos about how hard it is, about how determined he is, and about how much weight he’s already lost.

If you’re a Facebooker, send Jake a word of encouragement yourself. Go, Jake!

2. Death is not dyingdeath is not dying
So much death in the media lately, but not with a lot of hope. Rachel Barkley’s story is different. This video is from March 4. She knew she would be dying soon. She died last Thursday, on July 2.

But this is not depressing. It’s incredible.

If you’ve not watched or listened to it yet, please do. Yes, it’s long, but it’s profound. Download it on your iPod and listen as you drive to work or go for a walk. [Or perhaps sacrifice one TV program this week to find time for it?] You’ll have no regrets.

3. Jim’s Bike Pump jims bike pump_recycle_your_faith
This is a great reminder for me because sometimes it seems too inconvenient to “be otherly.” It’s short but powerful.

4. Musical instruments in worship 
piper_musical instruments This one may not be inspiring to the masses, but to anyone from my religious heritage, it’s a very meaningful and polite answer to a very heated issue. 



5. The Noticer Project
noticer project Today’s the day. I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, ever since I read The Noticer. I’ve put it on my schedule for this morning. The “Project” is to notice five people who have impacted your life. Then decide on a way to recognize them for it.

Reading the comments that others have made is definitely a boost for how good God is. Doesn’t He always put the right people in our lives at the right time?

I’m thankful for the people he’s put in MY life, even just this week!


ellen b said...

What meaningful 5's this week. That Noticer project sounds very cool. Love the bike pump story!!

Rebecca said...

Very meaningful posts.

Jerralea said...

Lisa, what a thought-provoking post! I'm going to have to come back this weekend and look at it when I have more time.

Sandy@JesusandDark Choc said...

Wow lots of good info all in one post. :) I must download that info from Rachel B, your are the 3rd person I have seen who posted about.

Nina Wichman said...

Thank you so much for featuring my son, Jake, in your post! All of the "fan support" over on Facebook has meant so much to Jake (and to his parents!).

The link you provided is to a Facebook page, so your readers will only be able to comment there if they have a Facebook account...just fyi.

Blessings to you, Lisa!

Lisa notes... said...

You're welcome! It's been encouraging watching Jake take on this challenge. I'm thankful he's sharing it with so many. Who knows who all he is encouraging along the way?

You're right about the Facebook account...I'll make a note of that on the blog post.

Barbara H. said...

I've heard of the Death is not Dying video but haven't watched it yet. The Noticer project is a good one!

Thanks for the article about music. I've never understood why some didn't believe in using music in worship when the OT speaks of it so much. This helped me understand the thinking.

Willow said...

Deep and meaningful FFF this week. I'll go back and read the various links. Thanks.

Have a great weekend.

Susanne said...

I hadn't realized that Rachel had passed away.

A very meaningful fave five.


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