For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend

May we find a way to gather up all the competition and comparison we carry in our hearts and toss them into the lap of God. May we have the courage receive what he gives in return – compassion, generosity, and a light heart.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads along the way:

  • New But Good by Ellen for The Sweetwater Blog because this short glimpse into her life as a mom of a new middle schooler reminds me not to be so anxious about my girls growing up.
  • I’m Sure It’s Fine by Shannan Martin for FlowerPatch Farm Girl because in the midst of this crazy, heartbreaking, confusing world, it’s good to remember that some days are for “kissing life on the forehead.” (A phrase like that you don’t forget. She’s full of them.)
  • Living Our Lives as a Work of Art, a podcast with Kathi Lipp because I enjoyed talking with her and her co-host so much and it could be some nice company and encouragement for you as you fold your towels.

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I thought about titling this post “Remember When I Used to Write on a Blog?” but that felt a little negative and self-indulgent in a weird sort of way (self-indulgent: a word I can never use without hearing Simon Cowell in my head).I 85 from CharlotteSo I’m just going with hello, friends. I’ve missed writing in this space more regularly. But October is coming and you know what that means? That’s right. 31 days of writing – a post every day. Can you handle it?!

Here are the series I’ve done in the past:

2010: 31 Days of Grace

31 Days of Grace

Because I have more to say about grace than anything else so it only made sense. Plus I was writing Grace for the Good Girl at the time so that was the only topic I thought about, ever.

2011: 31 Days to Change the World

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This was also the year Grace for the Good Girl released and the year I turned in Graceful.  We were a little ambitious in 2011.

2012: 31 Days to Hush

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After a full and difficult 2011, I desperately needed some space. I was working on my third book at that time and October was a particularly discouraging time in my writing. I wanted to join in on 31 days, but the only thing I was motivated to do was to be quiet and listen. So I wrote about that.

And for 5 whole days of it I didn’t write at all because hush. #brilliant.

2013: 31 Days of Living Art

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This was last year’s series and it coincided perfectly with the release of A Million Little Ways, that book I finally was able to finish. I probably had the most fun writing this one but it was also the most work.

And so here is the place where I’m supposed to tell you what I’m going to write about this year and invite you to read along. But I don’t really know the answer to that yet. The only thing I have is a deep desire to write more consistently here. And October is a great time to do it.

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In fact, this year my sister has rolled out a brand new website designed just for us 31 Dayers. If you’re thinking of writing on your own blog everyday in October you should definitely check it out and join in.

Meanwhile (a word I can’t say without remember I used to think it was meanwild – didn’t everyone?) I will continue to take notes and jot down ideas.

I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you have any topics or thoughts in particular on what might encourage you from me here in October. Trust me, it could be anything. I’m debating writing about TV, kittens, and Oreos for the whole month because that would be fun, adorable, and delicious.

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Seriously, though. I just want to write out a few simple lines and share a lovely image everyday next month. That may be all there is to it. It may not have a fancy name or an interesting catch.

But it will be me and there will be you and I will be writing here again. And I just wanted you to know.

For Your Weekend

for your weekend

"O God, help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is." Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart May we know all of our questions, insecurities, doubts, and disabilities are hidden with Christ in God. May we not dread the small beginnings, the little impacts, the slow results, rather may we finally stretch out into the fullest shape of ourselves  - a small, dependent child of God. May we allow our souls to be a spacious foundation for the building of the kingdom of … [Continue reading]

When You Want to be Joyful but You’re Not Quite There Yet

When You're Having Trouble Finding the Joy

Typically when I'm on the elliptical, I'm listening to ridiculous dance music on Pandora. But this particular day, I noticed on one of the TVs in front of me that Nancy Writebol, the American medical missionary who was infected with and survived the Ebola virus, was preparing to make a statement to the press. I shifted my ear buds from my phone to the little channel box on the machine so I could listen in. Her husband spoke first, sharing his gratitude for all the prayers and support. With a … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend - Chatting at the Sky

May we be open to finding a gift in an unwelcome situation, hearing wisdom from an unlikely person, and receiving grace in an unexpected place. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are some good reads and reminders: Forgive Yourself by Seth Godin, because these may be my favorite 62 words on the internet this week. How to Talk to Your Own Soul by Amber Haines, because her words always move me to stop and listen to the stirrings within me that make no sound but still cause a … [Continue reading]

When Your Dream Begins to Change

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They had a dream to create a place where they could take the old, beautiful things – the wooden chairs and side tables and other broken pieces people tend to throw away – and give them new life. They wanted a place to do what they had always done: make the used into art.   I shared their story here before, how they wanted a shop, how they dreamed of a name and came up with Chartreuse, a word they thought of separately in the night and realized it in the morning, their oneness showing itself … [Continue reading]

A Million Little Ways ebook Only 1.99

a million little ways ebook sale

I have a real post coming later today, but I just found out that A Million Little Ways ebook is only 1.99 at Amazon - not just US! It looks like Europe and Canada are playing along, too. You can download that free Kindle app for your phone or computer and grab a copy of A Million Little Ways. Okay - I'll be back in a few with a real post. … [Continue reading]

Let’s Share What We Learned in August

What we learned in August

It’s the end of the month so it’s time to share what we learned in August! Remember, this is a place to share all kinds of learning, both the silly and the serious. I lean toward sharing the silly since I tend to share the serious every other day. But any and all learning is welcome. Here are seven things I learned in August in no particular order. 1. Instead of saying, "My patient is 5 cm dilated" or "My patient is pushing" my nurse friend Anna tells me she and fellow labor and delivery … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

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In the warm close of summertime, may the colors of nature remind you that you, too, are created. May you find peace in your body and soul this weekend as you move about in your world wholly accepted, loved, and seen. May you remember how Christ came down to be with you and makes your heart his home. And may your life be the kind that brings his presence near to others. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Come back Monday where we'll be sharing together What We Learned in August, a fun monthly … [Continue reading]

What Love Never Does

What Love Never Does

Lately I've been taking more walks, the kind where I put on shoes and go outside and refuse to respond to the ping. It takes more work than it should, at least for me, to release an hour of productivity and replace it with something unknown. Will I feel refreshed after? Will it really clear my head? Will I regret this wasted time later? These questions are always a good sign that narcisstic Emily is threatening a mutiny and it's time to get into the woods and be small again. I generally … [Continue reading]