Well, these last couple of weeks have been chock-full of crazy. Among other things, every member of my family has been sick, the kids have had more going on than a variety show, and we’ve been doing quite a bit of planning for a big family trip this summer.
Also, I meant to have this post out yesterday–this morning at the latest. Best laid plans and all.
If your last week or two have been heavy on activity, may this weekend bring you a place to sit and catch your breath for more than a few moments. And if your mind rushes ahead to that new difficult thing that’s barreling down on you, I pray you ask Jesus to take him up on his offer to cast all your anxieties on him because he cares. And when the weekend ends and this last full week of February begins, I pray you are able to look it in the eye with confidence and move toward all it brings.
Here are a few good things I’m enjoying in my current season of life. (Some links are affiliates. If you click on them and make a purchase, I get a small commission at no additional cost to you.) Peruse and enjoy!
The Heart of Marriage: Stories that Celebrate the Adventure of Life Together by Dawn Camp: Collecting true stories from some of today’s best writers, Dawn Camp offers readers a chance to sit back and reflect on the heart of marriage. With beautiful photographs and poignant prose, this collection is a great gift for the bride-to-be, the couple celebrating a significant anniversary, or for any time readers need a lift. Contributors include Holley Gerth, Kristen Welch, Emily Wierenga, Renee Swope, and many more.
Flora Forager: A Seasonal Journal Collected from Nature by Bridget Collins: I fell in love with Bridget’s instagram feed a long time ago. She is a botanical artist who beautifully arranges flowers and plants into all kinds of gorgeous photos. Her journal has snippets of her breathtaking creations on every page. I love it not only because it’s beautiful, but because it’s sturdy and opens flat so it’s really easy to write on its pages.
What to Do When You Can’t Agree with the People You Love by Jennifer Dukes Lee: written originally at Jennifer’s own blog, this fantastic post was later picked up by Fox News. And then Jennifer wrote this gem after reading the onslaught of ugly, troll-y comments left there and on Fox’s facebook page. Her second post is an excellent read for anyone fighting to remove painful labels attached by others to his or her identity.
The Red Sea Road by Ellie Holcomb: This entire album is exactly what I need right now.
Enjoy your weekend, dear ones. Much love.