Yeah, Whatever – #7 The Beauty of Living Excellently

The irony is not lost on me: dropping off the face of the earth midstream through a series is NOT a conventional example of excellence. August was the last time you heard from me, and April was the last time we explored this anxiety-busting series that I’m calling “Yeah, Whatever” from Philippians 4:8. We have considered the words true, noble,…

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You Matter Even When... by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes) photo by Johanna Froese Photography

You Matter Even When…

Hello! I know it’s been a long while since you’ve heard from me. I have not given up writing, nor have I forgotten that we were exploring Philippians 4:8 together in an anxiety-buster series by considering each of the words (true, noble, pure, etc.). We will eventually finish the last two words (excellent and praiseworthy) in that series! But today,…

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Yeah, Whatever - #6 Admirable - Look Up Sometimes Pearl Allard

Yeah, Whatever – #6 Is Admirable On Its Way Out?

This Yeah, Whatever series is all about Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. The intent is to think of concrete examples for each so the command does not stay abstract. I’ve designed a note…

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Yeah, Whatever - #5 Lovely Rocks by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Yeah, Whatever – #5 Lovely Rocks

When I was in second grade I spent my recesses searching the playground’s pea gravel for agates. These rocks were precious finds but not so uncommon that I didn’t often travel home with weighted coat pockets. I collected rocks at the beach and occasionally at a souvenir shop. I had a clear jar of interesting river rocks filled with water…

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Yeah, Whatever – #4 Pure

It’s deceptively delightful at the moment – homemade applesauce simmers on the stove permeating the house with the fragrance of cinnamon. It’s not that the applesauce isn’t delicious or that the house doesn’t smell amazing. It is, and it does. But the circumstances prompting this uncharacteristic domestic display are less than ideal. What doom and gloom created applesauce-awesomeness-from-scratch at the…

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(in)courage guest post - No Gift-Giving Gusto Required by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

No Gift-Giving Gusto Required

After the kids were tucked in, my husband and I wrapped their gifts, chuckling in hushed tones over their gift-giving gusto for us this year. “They wrapped half their bedrooms and put it under the tree,” I said, exaggerating slightly. “I think they used up two new rolls of scotch tape just today,” my husband observed. “They’ve pointed out several…

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Yeah, Whatever - #3 Right by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Yeah, Whatever – #3 Right: The 9 C’s of Courage

If you are just joining us, welcome to the Yeah, Whatever series as we study Philippians 4:8 in a way you may have never before! (You can read the first and second posts in the series HERE and HERE.) I’ve benefitted reflecting on specific things that are true and noble. I tell you what, though, I struggled to find something…

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Yeah Whatever - #2 Noble by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Yeah, Whatever – #2 Noble

This post is part of a series called Yeah, Whatever – a reflection on Philippians 4:8. The premise for the series is that abstract concepts sound great but do us a fat lot of good unless we can start to wrap our brains around them. Therefore, each post includes a note card especially designed to help you (and me) start…

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Yeah, Whatever - #1 True by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Yeah, Whatever – #1 True Dat

Ok, “true dat” isn’t exaaaactly how I’d say it. But it worked well for the first title of what I’m calling the Yeah, Whatever series. 😉 The idea sprang from a Desiring God article my husband forwarded to me called Whatever is Lovely: How to Overcome Pressing Distractions by Jon Bloom (Desiring God article). Guess he thought I was getting…

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