Lord, when it feels like the world’s gone straight up crazy, the only thing to do is lean like crazy into You. From at-home to far away places, may grief-suffering families become hope-grasping families. May You open my eyes for ways to be a part of solutions rather than a contributor to problems. When my senses overwhelm with endless newsreels of destructive behaviors, may You fill my heart with instructive reminders. Because the truth is this: behind every great loss and disappointment is even greater Hope. Thank You for always being bigger still.
In the name of your glorious Son,
A good homecoming is fresh air at its finest. So happy your man is home safe and sound, Molly! (Photo found here.)
Dominic Done, lead pastor at a Jesus Church’s Westside campus in Portland, is a gifted communicator and teacher (a real favorite of our family’s). His heart for Jesus speaks abundantly through word and pictures, and his instagram feed is a feast for the eyes *and* heart. (You can also hear his audio podcasts here.)
I have read a whole lotta books this summer, and this one by Annie Downs was a true favorite. If you’re a scaredy cat like me and a little too prone to letting your fears dictate your future, then you will find encouragement in Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have. Through her words, Annie shows us how to step forward into all God wants for us in spite of that fear, and she does it in a come alongside way that lets you know you aren’t alone. What’s more, Annie can’t help but wind her own funny, unpretentious, endearing personality into the book, and the result makes for one delightful read. I give it an exuberant five stars! Find it here and here.
Have a beautiful, fresh-air filled weekend, m’friends. Much love to you.
Beth S. says
I love this Kristen and love how you titled it too. I do a Friday Randomness post (however it’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one due to travel) that highlights the goodness found and I always enjoy pulling it together.
Love, love, love the picture of Molly and her husband.
And that first sweet picture of yours too.
It was so wonderful to meet you in real life. One of my favorite moments from the weekend.
Much love to you.
Beth, meeting you was an absolute highlight. It was hard to believe I hadn’t met you sooner because I feel like I’ve known you forever. Thank you for the gift of your friendship!
I love that quote at the beginning. Leaning crazy into God is the only answer for all that’s going on in our world at the moment. I’m so glad we’re not persecuted to the extent that people are in Iraq, and we don’t have rockets dropping on us like in Gaza.
Beth Williams says
Thank you for a profound post! For me when life gets overwhelming, tough and crazy–like it did earlier this year–I lean hard on & into Jesus. I tend to pray more and listen to Christian music & praise Him for the good days!
Loved the pictures-especially the one out in the woods!