Listening to:
Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur. In this {audio}book, the author individually explores the lives of the 12 called by Jesus as disciples. I’m less than halfway through, and already I’ve learned more than I expected.

Having been in church my whole life, and a baptized believer for just under 30 years (jeepers I’m old!) I assume I’ve heard it all. Instead MacArthur, through this book, proves there is always something to learn.

His major point about Andrew is my favorite thus far. While the disciple’s brother Simon Peter gained notoriety as the lead disciple and head of the early church, it was Andrew who brought Simon to the Lord. No one would argue Peter’s influenced greatly shaped Christianity, but we often overlook Andrew’s contribution of bringing individuals to Christ – including his brother.

If heaven has a scorecard, Peter’s “wins” column may overflow, but Andrew gets the “assist” credit for each and every one of them.While I’m mostly certain the scorecard idea is bad theology, scripture describes this idea a bit more solidly:

8 Now the one planting and the one watering are one in purpose, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s coworkers. You are God’s field, God’s building

1 Corinthians 3:8-9

Over the weekend, Jay and I binge watched Trial & Error on the recommendation of 3 different people. 13 episodes watched over the course of 2 days, on a busy weekend, speaks for how well we enjoyed it. I hope they can bring it back and have as much success for another season.

I also received my advanced copy of Women Who Move Mountains by Sue Detweiler over the weekend. For previously stated reasons, I didn’t get started on it until Tuesday. I hope to have it finished by the end of the week, but I already love the style and format of the book. Instead of merely providing testimonies of prayer alongside Biblical accounts, Detweiler also weaves in chapters of Bible study, which encourage praying and journaling to take the lessons deeper.

Stepping Stones

Sue Detweiler on Facebook

imPRESS Press-on Manicure. A Facebook friend recommended them, and despite not being a fake nail kinda girl. I love the look of a painted nail, but I’m far too lazy to keep up with perpetually chipping polish.

My hands are in water all day, every day. I’m chief dishwasher both at home and at work, as well as a germophobe who constantly washes her hands. Good, quality polish lasts between 3-5 days for me. Cheaper polish can chip after the first day. Add to it the hassle of letting tnails-editedhe polish dry thoroughly so it doesn’t smudge, resulting in a typically bare nailed Brooke.

I bought an $8 imPRESS kit at the drugstore and put it on the day before Easter. The box has 30 nails, so my niece did her nails the same. I’m currently on day 12 and the nails still look good.

FWIW: This isn’t an ad. I paid full price for my nails. I just love them.

What have you been into this past month? Anything exciting on the horizon for May?