When you wake to last night’s dishes in the sink, may you give thanks for the abundance of food in your home.
When you sort a week’s worth of colors and whites, may you give thanks for the clothes on your back.
When your doorbell rings at 7:49, may you give thanks for the people God sends to your doorstep, even those He sends your way before 8 in the morning.
And may you share some toast and a glass of OJ with your early visitor and may your legs dangle from the porch swing as you both sway back and forth.
May you see God move in your midst and among your people and may you count it all a gift.
And may you be humbled before your God as you give thanks for this life you get to live.
And now, my favorite reads this week…
Sarah Bessey: I believe God hides in plain sight in your right now life, if you have the guts to taste and see, confront and wrestle and rest. Beautiful post written by a beautiful lady. Makes me want to be undignified.
Shannan at Flower Patch Farm Girl: I know I share her posts quite often, but she is quickly becoming one of my favorite reads every week. Her life mirrors my own in so many ways and I love that God uses her story to remind me that others have been called to the same sort of work, in their own neck of the woods. I usually nod my head with her and find myself saying, Me, too!
A Deeper Story: Andrea Levendusky: I have found in tension, when you’re strung up above the things that hold you down, and below the things that wildly hint of what is to come, the best thing to do is wait.
The things He has started, He will finish.
I have nothing else to say. Great read for those of you in the space of life called The Waiting.
I’ve lived The Waiting for years.
Amber Haines: The Run A Muck: Can I just tell you that I love this lady? She was my second read, after Ann, and I fell in love with her heart and the way her life beats grace. She’s been in the pit since early summer and I am so grateful that she is emerging, letting us into the story God is writing in her life. So maybe just swing by and give her some love… She makes me want to think deeper about my faith and about God’s gift of grace.
Deidra Riggs: On the movie The Butler… If you have an hour, check out her post. A few women and Deidra, have a frank and honest conversation about race, Jesus, and the state of our world and she has uploaded a 50 minute video of their conversation. In case you were wondering, Deidra is an African American woman and I really love her heart.
To Kill A Mockingbird: Harper Lee: Despite having read more books than I can count in the last 20 years, I have never read To Kill A Mockingbird. I hang my head in shame. I bought this novel from the bargain bin at my Wal-Mart and I love to escape into its pages, especially when the yard is full of crazy afro loving kids and white kids bent on pushing every single rule to the limits. And yes, those white kids are also red-headed and freckle-faced. And they are named Isaac and Ainsley. They are currently up for time-share options.
And one more recipe for you guys… Crock Pot Pinto Beans ( we don’t mash them)…We had our first ever Meatless Meal on Wednesday night and I have to tell you: No one complained. It was fabulous and filling and good to all God’s critters. (And it was cheap, but I’m not talking about that…) I had no idea that when I gave you people a link to a Real Foods blog that you wise people would actually click over there. But you did and I’m beaming over here in fried chicken country. I’ve made exactly 9 loaves of that bread this week and y’all, I am regular. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? I feel like a new woman.
So I give you one more recipe- pinto beans.
I think I’m going to be regular until Christmas.
Why don’t you join me????
You and your bowels will be glad you did.
Happy Weekend Y’all…