This season our lives have taken some unexpected twists: car accident, theft, a good friend losing ground to cancer. I’m re-evaluating God’s sovereignty and maybe trusting it more than I used to.
Linking up with Emily P. Freeman to share what we’ve learned.
Family Christian bookstores has closed all 240 locations nationwide.
These closings are of particular interest to me because we own a bookstore.
I’ve been following the story of Family Christian for a few years. They became a non-profit several years ago. Then they filed for bankruptcy. Their creditors sued them after the original bankruptcy proposal. So they re-organized and filed again. Their second proposal was accepted. That lasted two years. Now they are shutting their doors for good.
Of course, Amazon and online purchasing is to blame. Just like the big box bookstores that didn’t survive and many independent bookstores that have gone under.
I tend to think there are other factors in play as well. I think the quality of Christian products has influenced sales. There are some notable exceptions, but there are a lot of poor quality products with a Christian stamp on them that ruins the reputation for all Christian sales. Most notable are CDs and Movies, but I believe it to be true across the board.
I also think the climate Christianity in this country is reflected. I don’t want to detract from good things going on, but there’s a lot of lukewarmness and apathy as well.
How to listen to podcasts on my phone
I’m a slow learner and not techy at all, but I was able to install the Stichter app to my phone and subscribe to my favorite podcasts.
I usually listen to the podcasts in the car to and from work or doing errands around town.
The Dave Ramsey Show is the one I listen to the most. What Should I Read Next is one I don’t miss, although I’ve become a little wary of some of her top picks.
Speaking about not being techy: I’m learning how to use MailChimp again. I used it a decade ago to create a newsletter for a school. But, it’s evolved since then and I have a terrible memory. So, it’s an uphill learning curve.
I like the intellectual challenge of Five Minute Friday.
Writing for five minutes based on a one word prompt has stretched my creativity in all the best ways.
I’ve learned the importance of limits: knowing when to start and when to stop. Knowing when to stop is critical. When you don’t know when to stop, it’s hard to get started.
My mind so quickly drifts to the theoretical and philosophical. It’s my favorite type of thinking. Practical execution, actually pulling it off? Therein lies the rub.
What have you learned this Spring?