Overcoming the Turmoil in Our World: Coffee Sips and Lovely Links

Friday, January 27, 2017
Overcoming the Turmoil in Our World

Between the women's march, "vagina hats", talks of Trump, Obama, abortions, and all the way down to whether or not it's okay to whip out a boobie in the middle of Target to breastfeed- the media has blown up in the past few days (and even the past year or so).

There's so much going on in the world that has nothing to do with feminism or women's rights, but right now, that's what is on my mind. And I have lots of opinions about each one of these things, but this blog is not the place where I share most of those.

I want to encourage you all to become better versions of yourselves, and I fear that if I opened up the floodgates of politics and sharp opinions, I would sorely regret it. So as tempting as it is for me to vent, rant, and spew all of my thoughts out onto this page, I'll refrain.

But you know what I will do? I'll tell you what I am thankful for.

I'm thankful for:

-The freedom to believe what I want

-The freedom to live by what I believe

-Rights and privileges that other countries do not offer

-Friends that love and respect me even when we don't agree

-A laid-back hubby who reminds me to calm down

-This blog

-Fun music that cheers me up when I am stressed

-Coffee...Lots and lots of coffee

-More Coffee

-Did I mention coffee?

Thankfulness helps us overcome trying times!

Obviously, I am thankful for so much more than that, but this list was meant to prove a point: We can choose to focus on the things that make us crazy- that make us want to hide under a rock- or we can be thankful for the things we are blessed with.

Being thankful doesn't erase the issues of life, or the turmoil in our world, but it does re-frame our minds and hearts and helps us be more in tune with the blessings we have.

And since TPT's Coffee Sips and Lovely Links segments are designed to provide you with helpful links on specific issues, if you need some help overcoming the turmoil in our culture and in the world, here are a few helpful, encouraging links!

How to overcome the turmoil of our culture and the world.

My husband started a blog recently and he has some great thoughts on how to overcome the outrage culture we are seeing around us. It's his first ever blog post, so you should definitely check it out. He's kinda cool 😉

Or how about this 2.5 minute interview with John Piper about the fact that God will supply ALL of our needs?

I also LOVE Chip Ingram and am always blessed by his messages. Honestly, I haven't listened to this one but I felt that this would be appropriate to this post (based on the title). I've never heard a Chip Ingram sermon that didn't encourage me: How to Experience Peace in the Midst of Uncertain Times.

I hope you come away from this post (and the lovely links I left for you) extremely encouraged. Be thankful, be humble, and walk in the truth of Jesus and his love.


  1. Kudos to your honey! Thanks for your good suggestions. The Lord also reminds us to "fear not" for He has "overcome the world."

    1. Exactly! If we know him, we have no reason to fear!
      Thanks so much!

  2. Kristen, you are so talented! This blog of your's is beautiful and insightful! God bless you and Taylor with everything you stand in need of!

    1. Thank you so much, Karen! I really appreciate that! We love you!

  3. There is so much going on in the world. It's insane. But there is lots to be thankful for. Yes to coffee!!!

  4. We live in San Francisco and I am so grateful for the progressive views of our city and state. I used to take them for granted but in recent months I have become so aware of how lucky I am to live among my peers.

    Gennifer Rose | www.GenniferRose.com

  5. Great post, love! It's so important to remember about what we are grateful for when things are negative.

  6. As a scholar of political science and a "political junky" I can get particularly wrapped up in these things (especially right now!) Thanks for reminding me to step back and be thankful no matter what.

  7. Totally agree. I am sad to see it seems to be getting worse not better after the election! But hopefully it will all settle down here soon. In the meantime, yes, stepping back is so important!

  8. I really appreciate a lot of these points. Simply trusting that things will work out is a show of faith, yes, but I believe that God wants people to use their voices and other gifts to make the world a better place.