May your weekend be filled will all things pumpkin and all things family,
May your thanksgiving be laced with grace and spun in love,
And may it never cease.
For those of you with some extra time on your hands, here are my favorite reads of the week-
Shauna Niequist: What My Mother Taught Me: I almost choked on the heart in my throat when I read this piece on Tuesday. She’s the author of several books, and until Tuesday, I never knew that she was also the daughter of Bill Hybels, the founder of Willow Creek. Take a read, and see if you find yourself in her mother’s story. I did.
For all you writers out there looking to be published, this one from Michelle DeRusha, may be for you. When you’re looking for an endorsement, where do your eyes land?
I love this girl. I got nothing else. Just slip on over here and take a read. I hope you laugh and cry. Just a little.
If you have 18 minutes, I’d love to encourage you to listen to this podcast between Jennie Allen and Lauren Chandler. They chat about calling, seasons of life, and family. Both ladies will be speaking at the IF: Gathering.
And this one, from the lady who makes me laugh until I cry and then think hard about those tears. Live small, she says. And I say amen.
Today, while most of you find your way to my place, I’ll be in the old Suburban somewhere between Rocky Mount and Winston-Salem. I’ll be savoring every drip of a Starbucks something-or-other, listening to a mix of Country/Pop/Jesus/Rock/Jesus/Country/and the occasional Rap, and counting the miles until I arrive At The Barn.
So while you gorgeous people rake leaves and sip apple cider and wrangle your little people, I will be alone in the Piedmont region of my state and I will be making art.
Both in and out of the Suburban.
To say I am slightly giddy with excitement would be scandalous.
Actually, I am on air.
I love you guys-
I love how faithfully you show up here.
I love that you mindfully leave your words in the comments and then pray that God moves in my heart. (And He does. All the time.)
And I love how you love Jesus and His Church.
You do my heart good and you spur me on to love Jesus more.
I give thanks for you each time my hands plunge into the kitchen sink.
And that’s a lot.
Love to you and yours- May you give thanks to God for all that He has done…
And all that He is going to do.