Musing on the New Year (Take Five)

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Musing on the New Year (Take Five)

Each week I scour Twitter and spend hours reading blog posts. It has been utterly transformational in my spiritual journey. Some articles challenge me, and some just initiate great conversations. Each week I will compile my favorite posts here. You can click the link to read the entire original post. I hope you enjoy and grow as much as I have!

When setting out my New Year’s Resolution List at the beginning of the week I was intrigued when Kelley Nikondeha mentioned on Twitter that she was compiling her reading list for the year. She has an intentional system that I think you will find inspirational. She unpacks her ten point reading strategy for 2013 hereDo you have a strategy or any must-read books for 2013?

Lauren Nicole offered some new year encouragement with her superb blog post:

Check out the rest of the article here. Where do you perceive change in your own life?

Kathy Escobar also started off the New Year with an inspirational post via She Loves Magazine:

“There are always countless reasons to not do what God might be stirring up in our hearts. There’s not enough time, money, support, courage, you-name-its to actually put some of our dreams–no matter how big or small–into motion.  So we stay stuck with a lump in our throats, an ache in our hearts and shackles on our feet for yet another year. I don’t think that’s the way it is supposed to be.”

What is God stirring up in your heart?

This article by Gary Thomas will make you think twice about the things that we assume come from the Bible:

“ Somewhere along the way, we have accepted a curiously baptized Hollywood line (one of the few places where religion and Hollywood happily mix) that there is one true soul mate out there for each one of us, one ideal partner it is both our duty and our destiny to find.”

This happens to me all the time. I realize that some thought or way of thinking that was ingrained in my process is from Christian culture. There can certainly be wisdom in tradition and teaching, but we would also be wise to consider why we so readily believe the clichéd without first mulling it over. What have you learned by taking time to ponder what you were taught?

About The Author
Leslie Brogdon
Leslie Brogdon
Leslie Clevenger Brogdon has spent her professional career working with at-risk youth, and served with various ministries and non-profit organizations. She earned her M.A. in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She currently serves as the youth and children’s minister at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, in Buford, Georgia, and as a Marketing Coordinator for Worthy Marketing Group. She and her husband, William, live in Dawsonville, Georgia. Leslie is passionate about helping others who have unmet physical needs, and who are lacking community. In the last year she has begun a journey to live in an intentional community with her husband and another family. She loves deep conversations, good food, and traveling. Leslie helps manage the Trochia Twitter community – so you can connect with her @Trochia.
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  • Stella Klepczynski
    January 4, 2013 at 11:19 am


  • Becky Smolski
    January 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    It is easier to believe in the cliched than to explore other ideas!

  • Michael Corey Lane
    January 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I am not a Christian, but there are lessons that come from your Christ that makes sense…

  • Harry Manning
    January 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    It never hurts anyone to listen to and explore all philosophies of life. Then you might be able to.settle on one or some combination of several.

  • Victoria Katherine Bassett
    January 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I don’t readily accept anything. I believe my mind to be an impressionable machine, and everything out to be filtered. Growing up my Dad taught me, “when you read a book, who is the author? what are their motivations? Study that before you study the book.” and I have the same idea about the things I hear and see, as well as the people.

  • Deepak Pandey
    January 5, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Nice on a part of it to make a devine sense……

  • John Dupy S
    January 5, 2013 at 8:16 am


  • Rizwan Qureshi
    January 5, 2013 at 9:46 am



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