For The Middle of Your Week {Favorite Reads and Last Week’s Winner!}


May you wake to something hot and steamy in your mug

And something sweet to eat.

May you chunk the busy in the trash,

And choose slow over crazy-making.

And may your Wednesday be ribboned in scarlet, its moments unraveling the story of Christ…

And may you linger in those moments, giving space for your heart to prepare a place for Him.


For Your Advent

Kris Camealy:  God is a Midwife {Advent Reflections}  We wait and in the long stillness of night, in the filth of a stable, ripe with droppings, the King drops in. He fills the whole stinking space with His glory–  Heaven sings over this babe.

Ann Voskamp:  When You’re This Close to Giving Up Hope Because Advent means Christ is coming. And He alone is our hope.

Kathy Escobar:  When Joy is Elusive  Honesty about our feelings, our realities, our lives, our struggles, how-we’re-really-feeling-about-Christmas, is better than hiding it and pretending we are doing better than we are.

Austin Channing Brown:  Dwelt Among Us  For the Word came to dwell in our mess.  Why shouldn’t I?

Sarah Bessey:  In Which Advent is For the Ones Who Know Longing  And I know longing.

Flower Patch Farm Girl:  Jesus Isn’t The Reason for This Party  I’m here in full-on party mode, doing my best to feel the weighty pulse of my rescue.  It’s tricky and messy, like all of life.  And that’s why he came.  Yep and amen.

And that’s why he came.

The Pioneer Woman:  Christmas Delights  I actually cooked 180 of the Candy Cane cookies last week and stuck them in the freezer for our Neighborhood Open House this weekend.  Easy and crazy delicious and I’m no baker.


And A Few Extra Ones To Shape Your Thinking (and mine)

Jennie Allen:  Being a Husband Who Unleashes His Wife  The title says it all.

Becca Stanley:  FAQ about Adoption  Don’t let the title fool you.  I don’t think it’s really about adoption as much as it is about this: I worry less about enabling and hard-lines-in-the-sand, and more about loving with the kind of love that enters in. I ignore the voices that whisper it is too hard. Because of course it leans hard; the cross was never intended for easy. We bend low, and meet our Savior there. Every single time.   (I so love this girl’s heart.)

Christena Cleveland:  Singled Out  Loved her thoughts on how the church should respond to its single adults.


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  1. Grateful and humbled to be included here, Lori. Thank you for sharing. God bless you!
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