This weekend, I pray someone hands you a gift right out of the blue by way of unexpected encouragement. I pray that tucked inside that encouragement is the knowledge that you’re seen. I pray you know in all your tired places the cool relief that your life, your work, and your creativity are appreciated. And may you feel the truth of this soften the stubborn hard places.
I pray that as you move about your weekend, may you be inspired to also encourage someone else–no matter how incomplete, imperfect, or inadequate your words and actions feel. And above all, may you have the opportunity to draw close to Christ in whatever way is your favorite.
In the Wild Blue Yonder
What I’m Reading:
The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard by Kara Tippetts Backstory: we started attending a new church around Thanksgiving of last year, and it turns out the church we go to is the one that planted a local church where Kara’s husband preaches. So, thanks to mutual church friends, I repeatedly found Kara’s posts flecked across my facebook feed and began following along.
Kara is currently battling stage 4 cancer. Doctors have said she doesn’t have too much time, and the manner in which she lives the gospel as she prepares for dying has me in awe…and in tears. Her book just released October 1st, and when I went to get a copy from Mardel’s, they had to pull mine (as well as another waiting customer’s) from a just-received box in the back of the store. Hometown girl’s words are leaving their mark! I haven’t started it yet, but if the book is a fraction as good as her blog, I’ll love it. Not only is her story incredible, but her writing is phenomenal.
I Want God: Forever Changed by the Revival of Your Soul: Lisa Whittle never fails to encourage me as a woman, mama, and writer. She is insanely smart and one of the kindest, most supportive women I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Her writing is bold and genuine, poignant and gracious. I can’t wait to dive into her book (which, I think, has one of the best subtitles in the history of forever.)
Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look: I started this book at the beginning of the summer but had to set it aside on account of book writing. I’m thrilled to pick this memoir back up again. Emily Wierenga is basically a giant heart with arms and legs, and that quality makes her writing gracious and warm. Her prose simply illuminates the page–and my own heart. Also? All proceeds from Atlas Girl go toward the non-profit The Lulu Tree, an organization dedicated to preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers.
What I’m Doing:
Photo from Southern Living.
Faith and I are going to make a couple of these mumkins for the front porch this weekend. Happy Fall to us!
Who I’m Following:
Photo from Hopeologie’s instagram page.
Instagram continues to be one of my favorite ways to connect with folks. I follow Hopeologie on instagram because their pictures and words help me exhale a little deeper. I am also a member of the Hopeologie site, and I love following along with their hope-filled encouragement for the home, family, and soul. In addition to articles, membership to Hopeologie includes access to podcasts and free printables, like these two pretties by Annie Barnett:
Have a wonderful weekend, friends. Much love to each of you.