Monday Inspiration and Encouragement (Volume Eleven)

August 21, 2017

I shared a couple of months ago that for a while now I have had a dream of sharing some Monday inspiration and encouragement on the blog. Life is hard and I know full well that in the difficult times it can be hard to find inspiration, so a couple of months ago I shared my first post (which you can find HERE and all of the Monday inspiration posts HERE) and I plan to routinely share with y'all different things that I have found to be really inspiring and encouraging from all different genres and hope that it will encourage and inspire you for your week! 

It is hard to believe that it has been almost a month since my last Monday Inspiration and Encouragement Post. This past month has been busy, full, and seems to have flown by. It is a month that I will treasure though as I have learned a ton and grown in so many ways. Here are just a few things that have encouraged and inspired me the last several weeks and I hope that they inspire you and make you smile!
{first} I shared before how I was researching for a project and upcoming trip to Alaska. I was so glad to know that I am not the only one who dreams of going there. If you missed my post, Why You Should Dream About Visiting Alaska, you can find it HERE. I hope to be able to share more posts with y'all in the future from that writing assignment. 

{second} Okay, I have shared this so many times, but it needed to be shared again because I am still loving the sound and music. If you haven't checked out Hope Social Club do so. Absolutely love the sound and music. If y'all haven't heard of them check them out HERE. Go listen and let me know what your favorite song is! 
{third} I shared a couple of months ago that for a special upcoming project (that I can't wait to share more about in the future) that I have been reading a lot of books from World War II and about the holocaust. So much of it is so difficult and yet, I am passionate about keeping this area of history alive so that it never happens again. 

The book above, The Emperor of Lies, has been absolutely horrific and inspiring. The book is research for the project I just referenced and it is rough to read. The book focuses on Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, who was the leader of the Lodz Ghetto. His actions are extremely controversial and frankly are a constant evaluation (in my opinion) of what would you do in the worst case scenario. The book is fantastically researched and written and truly makes you think. You can find it on Amazon HERE.
{fourth} Did y'all see the trailer for season 2 for The Crown? UM. Yea. My little British loving heart is happy. 
{fifth} I have mentioned this book so many times here on the blog, but every summer I re-read Evidence Not Seen. I come away always so inspired and challenged. This year I did so again. My copy is worn with notes in the margins and tear stains at some places I have cried through. "I realized how little I knew of what makes a true missionary statesman; of a faith that never staggers at the promise of God, no matter how incredible to the natural man its fulfillment seems; of a trust in the Unchanging One, who keeps the heart at rest and unperturbed in a changing world; of a burning love that counts not life dear unto itself, but is expendable for God; and a vision that is never dimmed... " Many years ago on the blog I shared more about this book which you can read about HERE or you can purchase the book on Amazon by clicking HERE
{sixth} I shared this in my health update post yesterday but this song from Elevation worship is so beautiful and has been on repeat recently. Have y'all heard it?

I hope that you are inspired and encouraged by these six things on this Monday! What about you? What is inspiring you recently?

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