Friday favorites

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It’s been too long since I’ve done a Friday favorites post… almost a year. Hah. Talk about a long time! So here I am this week, with some of my favorite things right now.

Chasing God by Angie Smith | I have read exactly one chapter and I’m a mess. Two lines that I can’t get out of my head:

“I’m not trying to sell you something here. I’m reminding you that you’ve been bought.”

“It doesn’t matter what you say or do or feel or want or dream or imagine your role was. The reality is that He did the beautiful thing you could never do. He chose us in spite of ourselves, and without that, we would never have found Him.”

My heart. (As a reminder… check out this post because I am doing a giveaway that ends after church on Sunday!) (Or buy it at one of these places: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | CBD)

The song “Made Alive” by the band Citizens | Can’t. Stop. Listening. One of the pastors who leads a worship team was listening to it yesterday and I just can’t get its lyrics out of my head. They are just so true and deep. My favorite line? Well, all of them, but the chorus is reverberating in my head for sure: You have bought me back with the richess of Your amazing grace and relentless love…

Bacon | I really feel like there is no further explanation necessary but just in case:

bacon is good for me

The ESV Journaling Bible | We got these as Christmas gifts at work and I love it. I’ve read two translations before – the NIV and most recently the NKJV – but I am really, really enjoying reading through the Bible using the ESV translation. (If you’re interested, here are some places you can buy this Bible. Check out all of the links because you never know who will have sales! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | CBDCrossway)

Sharpie writing pens | I’m a good love of Sharpies in general, but I discovered these bad boys a few years ago and it was like a totally life changing event happened. No matter how much I love technology, I am a true-blue paper journal planner (which will lead me to a bonus 6th Friday Favorite in just a sec) and I love colorful pens because hi, I’m Krista and I’m a Type-A color-coder. Black pens are boring but most pens bleed through the pages. These Sharpie pens DO NOT. And no one paid me to say that!

sharpie pens | I have been looking and looking and looking for a paper planner that will really meet all of my needs. I want it to be multi-purpose: I want to plan my day, meal plan, and do some kind of record keeping when it comes to the blog. Plus it’s nice to have a place for addresses, gift lists, etc. (Type-A. I think we’ve already covered this.) I was randomly looking at people’s instagram accounts last night and saw a link to this. It. Is. Magnificent. You can totally make a planner that works just for you, in multiple sizes, with your choice of cover. It’s pretty much amazing. To be upfront, they are on the more expensive side… but I can’t wait to order one when I get paid on Wednesday because they’re the bomb!


Chasing God – a giveaway!

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you will know that I love Angie Smith. She is my favorite blogger and Christian author. She’s pretty much for me the way Beth Moore is for millions of Christian ladies.


That’s a love of love.

Plus, I’ve met Angie twice and interacted with her countless times on twitter and years ago by email, back when she was blogging about life and her Audrey girl.

Well, Angie just released her fourth book, her first hardcover. Apparently I really, really wanted that book because I managed to pre-order it not once, not twice – but three times. Three! Don’t ask me how that’s possible. I realized I’d ordered it twice but was surprised by the third one.

Apparently I was just so ridiculously excited to get it.

Or I’m losing my memory.

Chasing God is described this way:

Three words changed everything.

Maybe you’ve never asked the question out loud, but you’ve wondered. You do the things that look good on paper: read you Bible, pray, attend study groups, and go to church on Sundays.

But you aren’t convinced you really know Him.

Angie Smith understands, because she had run in circles around the same paths searching for him, frustrated at her lack of progress. And she probably would have continued to do so had it not been for one realization that changed everything.

She wasn’t following God; she was trying to catch up with Him.

And without realizing it, you may be as well.

I haven’t started my copy, but I will soon – probably tonight as soon as I wrap up the last few pages of a book I’m reading. I’d love to give away my extra copy.

The rules for entering are simple. Leave me one of two comments.

1. If you’ve read one of Angie’s books before (I Will Carry You, What Women Fear, and Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole), leave me a comment telling me which book was your favorite and why.
2. If you haven’t read one of Angie’s books before, tell me why it is you want to read this book.

You can get one extra entry by tweeting about this giveaway. I don’t care what you tweet as long as you use my name in the tweet (@kristaonpurpose). Be sure you come back here and leave an additional comment with the link to the tweet. If your account is private, I’m not sure I can see the tweet.

I’ll draw a winner sometime after church on Sunday!