May you wake to hot coffee, warm hugs, and the Light of Christ flooding across the floors of your home.
May you linger around the table while your people eat bowls of Froot Loops and Pop-tarts.
May your words be Grace-Full, your every move, Mercy-Full, and your every thought, Christ-Full.
May you meet with Jesus and may you join Him in whatever He may be about in your own place.
May you choose to live out the love you say you hold within your very heart.
And may you bend low and let Jesus get all the glory.
Happy Weekend, friends. I thank you for the many ways you shine your light into my life. You guys inspire me. You encourage my heart. And you are my Jesus with skin on- even though we are miles apart. I am blessed beyond measure and I am quite humbled. Most every day.
And for you extra special friends, here are my faves from the past 2 weeks. Take a moment, scroll through my short list, and then whisper a quiet prayer to be changed. Then read and listen to them all. My prayer is that you will number your own days and live more Jesus in each one you are given.
Oh, go get some tissue. You’re going to need it.
Ann Voskamp~ A Letter to the North American Church:
And I’m sitting under a tree in Africa with the richest in the world and it’s not Bill Gates and it’s not Warren Buffet and it’s not Mark Zuckerman and it’s not the family with 2 cars, a flat screen television and one week at Disney. It’s a bunch of kids in Africa in ripped shirts and torn shoes, who have no knives or forks and sleep on floors.
It’s only the people who give sacrificially who get to live richly.
And I bow my sorry head.
Need I say anything more? And me, the chief of all sinners, this mama who spends her days grumbling and always wanting more and wakes most days to frown upon her riches…
I should bow my own head and weep for my own selfishness.
Read Ann’s words, weep because of your own extravagance, and then do something. Sponsor a child with Compassion. Feed a neighbor’s child. Go write a check and change someone’s life. Just get off your hiney and do something.
The IF: Gathering~ Y’all, I have no words for this movement. For the last 18 months of my life, these ladies have been my life line, my home away from home, my place of refuge in my present world of “What in the World, God?”. I could write a book on the words of Jennie Allen’s dream because I feel her dream down deep in my bones. I give you this link, a link to the movement of God’s women, in hopes that you open your heart to God’s nudging in your own life and say, YES. Yes to Jesus. Yes to the women in your sphere of influence. Yes to radical living.
I’ve circled the dates of this conference in red and I will be attending this gathering in February 2014. A few dear friends have expressed an interest in attending as well, and I would LOVE to have you join our threesome. I know it’s a long way off, but if you would be interested in learning more, please click this link and say YES to doing life differently. After you do that, come back here and leave a comment to let me know if you would like to be a part of the group that is forming now. We’ll flesh out the details later!
Love Does~ Bob Goff: This book is on my nightstand, on my cookbook stand, and next to my bathroom sink. It is an easy read that will inspire you to live your love out loud. If you’re a fan of Donald Miller, you will love Bob Goff. This book reads like Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and will make you laugh, then pause, and hopefully shift your way of living. This one will be a book I return to, over and over again. Buy it. And then go live differently. ( And no, Amazon pays me nothing for giving you their link, dang these NC laws. But they do ship the fastest, so go pay your $12 and then exhale. You’ll be glad you did.)
Heath McNease~ Weight of Glory: Songs Inspired b,y the Works of C.S. Lewis. Heath is a fearless lyricist. With his silly, multi syllabic rhymes, unabashedly honest storytelling, and insanely erratic freestyles onstage…he leaves people feeling like they’ve just connected with a genuine guy. Not a pretender. Not a rock star. Just a guy who loves music. – Thank you Noisetrade for the free listen and to Jordan Greenwald…you always keep this mama hip, cool, and relevant. Seriously- Listen to this music. It’s beautiful, lyrical, and a bright change from my normal playlist.
And one more, probably my most favorite of all my links today…I cried when I watched it the first time, and then showed my family and cried again… This body of believers spur me on to love Jesus more, to bare my soul to His body, and then they dare me to allow myself to be loved greatly. I am forever grateful for the way they live out GRACE. May you spend a few minutes to consider your own legacy…
A Lasting Legacy~ Fellowship Dallas, in association with the United Way, produced this short video. What legacy will you leave behind? Grab a tissue, 3 minutes, and please watch. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.