Adelyn Thoughts (#9 of 2012)

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This is part of a series of top posts from 2012.

My #9 most viewed post from this last year was Adelyn Thoughts (Now At Home).

Here is the beginning of that post:

On Friday I posted about the birth of our third child and since then I’ve had some time to reflect on our new reality. I realized that Michelle and I look at little Adelyn totally differently. For Michelle, she sees an adorable little baby girl who can wear bows and headbands of all sorts of creativity. For me, I see a little girl that will wrap my emotions around her finger, argue with me when she’s a teenager, and cause me all sorts of stress as she begins to date and then I eventually have to give her away to another man (who may not even be alive yet).

Different—to say the least. It’s kind of like this:

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A Tale of Two Cities (#10 of 2012)

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This is part of a series of top posts from 2012.

My #10 most viewed post from this last year was A Tale of Two Cities.

Here is the beginning of that post:

Tale of Two Cities

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How Are You Using Your Imagination?

Jeremy Jernigan - video shoot

“Creativity is simply the human brain forming new connections between ideas, and we all are engaged in this process every day.” Michael Gungor

I had two experiences this week that applied my imagination in different ways.

The first was a video shoot I did. I do quite a few of these at Central but this one was by far the most difficult one I have ever done. It was in the style of the HP commercials (click here to see an example of one with Jay-Z; he and I have a lot in common). That meant that I was doing things with my hands that will set up our animators to add things to the video. But it meant that I had to rely solely on my imagination to film it. Sounds easy right? (I have a new-found respect for the Blues Clues TV show guys…)

If you think it’s hard to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time you can’t even imagine trying to deliver a script while pretending to do things with your hands in a way that lines up properly so that the video editors can make it look real. I’m tired just trying to describe it for you. In this experience I learned that my imagination doesn’t always produce what I need it to. I had to work hard mentally to think through each element.

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Top 10 Posts From 2012

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Like I did last year, I will close out 2012 with a repost of my top ten blog posts from the year. This gives my readers the chance to see the most popular content from the year (especially if you missed a few of them), and gives me some time to start writing great posts for 2013.

I will be posting my top ten blog posts from 2012 during the last ten days of the year. That means that this Saturday (Dec. 22) will be #10, Sunday (Dec. 23) will be #9, all the way up to #1 on Dec. 31st.

These selections are based on how many times each page has been viewed—not how many comments it has. As a result, some of them may come as a surprise to you (I know they were for me). I hope you enjoy catching up with these top posts you may have missed or enjoying them a second time. I’m already working on some fun new things for next year.

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Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln - Daniel Day-Lewis

A still from Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg. (Photo: David James, SMPSP © 2012 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved)

I finally had the chance to see the movie Lincoln (November and December get a bit crazy for me at church). It did not disappoint. After seeing Gangs of New York I became a Daniel Day-Lewis fan. My only disappointment with the movie was that I never noticed that it was Daniel Day-Lewis playing the role. He so absorbed himself into the part. (When he decided on the voice he would use he recorded it and sent a tape to Spielberg so that he would hear it first). While the voice caught myself and others off guard at first, it is most likely accurate according to what historians tell us. Day-Lewis described playing the role like this:

“I never, ever felt that depth of love for another human being that I never met. And that’s, I think, probably the effect that Lincoln has on most people that take the time to discover him… I wish he had stayed [with me] forever.”

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Cross Roads

cross roads william paul youngAfter how much I enjoyed reading The Shack, I knew that I wanted to read Paul Young’s next book called Cross Roads. Going in to it, I was a bit skeptical on whether he’d be able to follow up on his success. As he had stated, he sort of stumbled into the success of the Shack after originally starting out to write a book for his kids (he refers to himself as an “accidental author”). Now, he would write a book starting as a best-selling author.

Make no mistake, this book does not disappoint. It is very similar in style to the Shack but it draws upon all new characters and a different scenario in which a person experiences God in a more tangible sense than we get to do currently. This book looks at a man named Anthony Spencer who has completely shut off the world and lived his life for himself. He goes into a coma and has an experience with the triune God that causes him to challenge all that he believes.

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