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.

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 God.

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

  • Silence by Dr. David G. Benner because he says Silence is our constant ignored companion and I think that’s important to remember.
  • Barn Update by The Nester because in two weeks we have a writer’s event here and it’s almost ready and we can’t wait to host more and more things in the barn!

For Your Weekend

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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 ruckus. 
  • The Bench because I’ve decided to name my monthly newsletter and next week I’ll begin sending it out once again. Sign up to receive it and you’ll also get a free week-long devotional ebook I wrote, Seven Little Ways to Live Art.
  • The Hope*ologie Podcast is available on iTunes, where The Nester, our Dad and I talk about our experiences with change, transition, and the hope we’re finding in the middle. We could all use a little hope on-the-go.

a million little ways sidebarFinally, the ebook sale is still going on in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe (maybe other places as well?)

You can get A Million Little Ways wherever ebooks are sold for only 1.99!

You don’t have to have a a Nook or Kindle – simply download the free Kindle app for your phone or computer.

Here’s to a lovely September Saturday.

For Your Weekend

augustIn 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 community link up we practice, sharing the fascinating, ridiculous, sacred, or small things we’ve learned. For an example of pasts posts, visit the What We Learned archive. See you then!

For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend

May I stop dreading small beginnings and embrace the importance of my right-now work. May I understand the difference between good and best. May I remember to write down the gifts found today incase I lose sight of them tomorrow and may I be willing to be the gift for others, no matter what that may mean.

Enjoy your weekend, friends.

  • Who is Your Neighbor? (Kingdom Come) - by Alia Joy, who writes about the invisible kingdom in a powerful way.
  • The Best Yes Webcast Replay - I so enjoyed spending some time in Charlotte to celebrate the release of Lysa TerKeurst’s new book, The Best Yes. Here is the Webcast of her teaching and a fun Q&A with us at the end.

For Your Weekend

for your weekend

May I be quiet long enough to stop caring what my own voice sounds like. May I have courage enough to be small, to be still, to wait. May I be gracious enough to forget myself and see others instead. May I be open enough to let go.

Enjoy your weekend, friends.

Hello!! After nearly seven weeks of silence here on the blog, I’m happy to be back. I’m sharing what I’ve learned so far this summer on Wednesday July 30 and I hope you’ll join me. We’ve got two months worth of goings on to catch up on and I can’t wait.

For Your Weekend

summertimeMay you enjoy all the blues of summertime and find someone to share them with. May you notice and receive the gifts that present themselves to you in hidden ways, gifts you may not have even known to ask for. Enjoy your weekend, friends.

Here are some good reads for along the way.

For Your Weekend

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Before the sun is even high enough for shadows, we wake up to read. This one wakes up, too – reads his Bible next to Daddy, asking questions about pillars of salt. May I be ever curious, open, willing to ask and to learn. May I remember where to go with my questions and rest in God’s presence even when I don’t understand the answers.

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On the last day of May, some reads for your weekend:

  • The Masterpiece Mom :: A new website and podcast about motherhood created by two lovely women I met at She Speaks last year – Amanda Bacon and Anne-Rene Gumley.
  • Fiction & Non-Fiction Book Proposal Tutorials :: Writers, if you’re looking for help writing that book proposal, look no further than Mary DeMuth. I used her non-fiction tutorial when I wrote my first proposal that later became Grace for the Good Girl. She knows all the things and shares them generously. Well worth the price.

Hopeologie

  • Hope*ologie :: Tomorrow we’ll roll out the third month of content in Hope*ologie – new podcasts, posts, videos, and printables to take you through June. Join us and you’ll have the whole month to read, watch, listen, and download. We’re having a lot of fun over there.

Local Interest

The One With the First Sugar Box :: If you live in the Triad area and are also a Friends fan, you need to order a Sugar Box stat! Kendra has re-imagined the monthly box of happiness to make it even more fun – basically if Hollywood and sugar had a baby, it would be The Sugar Box.

This month, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series finale, the theme of the box is Friends, so all the edible goodness in the box will somehow tie in Chandler, Monica, Rachel and the gang. Could this BE any more fun? Order your box today and pick up June 20!

Enjoy your weekend!

For Your Weekend

A Blessing for the Finishers

In this season of finishing up, of moving on, of celebrations and endings, today I offer a few words of blessing over at (in)courage  for those whose service and work is coming to an end. For the teacher, the graduate, the parent, the artist, the coach, the performer, the traveler, the youth leader, or anyone else who might be moving on . . . a few words for the journey here. Enjoy your weekend, friends.