May you bend low to serve your neighbor and then bend even lower to worship the God who commands you to love the ones you serve.
May you choose to give and give and give, and then give some more.
May you spend your minutes steeped more in Jesus than in the people you call the church.
And may you rest in the gift of the Sabbath, for the Sabbath is holy…and it is a gift. So count it.
Happy Weekend, Y’all.
Thank you for bearing with me during my space of quiet…and for the many ways you love me through the quiet. I thank you and so do my people.
And now, for some of my favorite reads of the week…
A Deeper Story: Spiritual Selfies, by Jen Hatmaker ~ What would it look like to prefer your nemesis? Would it mean laying down a few barbs and finding a shred of common ground to capitalize on? What about preferring someone who doesn’t share your convictions? If being right took a back seat, would it change the way you communicated? If we preferred our spouses, marriages would leap back to life. If we preferred others, churches would regain their prophetic voices. Preferring one another is the first spiritual pavestone toward healing and mending, releasing and empowering, connecting and loving. It is the way Jesus came and the substance by which we are saved…. And again, I say Amen.
Shelly Miller, Redemptions Beauty: Aching For Connection~ Believe you are worthy of being loved and find the courage to let go of being so hard on yourself. Then wherever you are, you’re home. I have lived this post, full circle, in the last 2 years. I also love Shelly’s heart and her gift of encouragement to the body of Christ.
Amber Haines, The Run A Muck: On Losing Place ~ I share a piece from Amber again this week because I simply love the way her words paint pictures of God in the most holiest of ways. She draws me into a space of sanctuary, right in the middle of my ever spinning world, and I can do nothing but think on the holiness of God and the smallness of me…and worship.
Becca Stanley, The Stanley Clan: The Lovely Workshop and Why Lovely Matters ~ And so I take pictures, and we look for beauty, and we remind ourselves that perhaps the greatest gift of all is this ability to find beauty in unexpected places. The kind of beauty that begs us to create and points us to the creator. And perhaps even allows me to open my eyes, however briefly, to my own lovely beauty. Because I think that this gift, above all, could change the world: offering each and every person the chance to revel in grace and throw hierarchy out the window. Giving a glimpse at her own belovedness, her own loveliness, and the beauty that lies within. And although her photography is stunning, I think her soul is even more beautiful. I think you’ll agree.
A Deeper Story: The Language of Lament , by Diana~It is lament that carries us directly into the presence of God when we are feeling furthest away; it is lament that addresses our unanswerable questions honestly, even profoundly; it is lament that opens the door to worship….Amen.
Rachel Held Evans: When It’s Too Big (A Reflection on Syria) Beautiful words for when we have no words- (I just got her book, A Year Of Biblical Womanhood…I’ll let you know what I think when I finish it…or maybe when I begin it!)
Winn Collier: The Grace of the Short Life
Ann Voskamp: The Greatest Gift – Ann’s latest book came…I saw the box on the porch at 3:40 today and my heart leapt. I won’t open it until after Thanksgiving… The Man asked me how much I’ve spent on books this month and I answered, “If Ann’s book were $100 I’d have bought it and eaten beans for 6 months.” But in his defense, I’ve bought 9 books this month…
And on my nightstand…
An Arrow Pointing To Heaven, by James Bryan Smith- A Devotional biography based on the life of Rich Mullins. Love this book! I cried reading the forward last week, in the middle of Starbucks. I wanted to fall through the floor.
Are you lonely? It’s the most common ailment in the modern world. Picked up this little nugget from Shelly last month…