For Your Weekend

for your weekend

Here on this first day of August, as we allow ourselves to glance into the days and weeks to come, may we keep our hearts light even as our hands begin to mark down fall plans on the calendar. May we remember to treat fear like an armed enemy, refusing to let him come into our homes, sit at our tables, and feast on our hope. Instead, let’s welcome Peace into the room, Joy into our hearts, and Love to the head of the table.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads for along the way:

  • Self-Care That Satisfies by Nina Nelson for The Art of Simple // Because I’m an INFJ too and these are good reminders.
  • Skinny Jeans are Officially Over by Jessica Misener for Buzzfeed // Because I’m not sure how true this is, but it’s a step in the right direction. Air for ankles!

Every Saturday, I share a short blessing and a few good reads. To get these posts delivered into your inbox, simply sign up here and you’ll immediately receive an ebook I wrote, a week-long guide to help you create a little space for your soul to breathe.

For Your Weekend

for your weekend

Here at the end of hot July, as the grass begins to turn from bright green to tired brown, may we remember how our friend Jesus brings life to the most wilted souls. When our Father peers into our hearts, may he work his secret miracles: shaping our anxiety into peace, our comparison into compassion, and our doubt into hope.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads for along the way:

Communion on the Moon, July 20, 1969 by Eric Metaxas // Because I didn’t know he did this, did you? And thinking about an astronaut bringing the communion table to the moon is just the most delightful image I’ve had all week.

When You’re More Than Ready to Get to Wake Up Singing by Liz Curtis Higgs for Ann Voskamp // Because I was in that room with the praying, singing women and I had no idea Liz fell asleep, but reading about it has made me laugh and then her reflections afterward have made me cry.

Grace for the Good Girl ebook only 1.99 through Sunday // Because maybe you need a reminder that God doesn’t need you to achieve for him, but he’s inviting you to receive from him. And you can get the whole book plus the leader guide for less than 2 dollars.

Simply Tuesday book page // Because after writing four books, this is the first time I’ve had a book landing page and I’m proud of how it turned out. It’s not fancy but it does the simple job of letting you know what to expect, what some kind people are saying about the book, and the free video series we created for you. I hope you’ll sign up to receive it!

How I Keep Track of What I’m Learning by me // Because it’s almost the end of July and this Friday I will host our monthly What We Learned link up – so here are a few practical ways I’ve found to record what I’m learning and maybe they’ll help you too.

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For Your Weekend

for your weekend

May our nervous tapping slow to a halt. May we find a way to stop clenching our jaws and tensing our shoulders. May we laugh loud and sigh deep and roll our eyes at fear and insecurity. They are not welcome here today.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads for along the way:

For Your Weekend

for your weekend

May we be the kind of listeners who offer kind eyes and open hearts. May we ask curious questions and leave agendas at the door. May we swallow the I-told-you-so’s and let the minutes fall gently away as we sit beside the people in our company without demanding they be good company for us. This is hard, to be sure. Let’s do it anyway.

Several years ago I took part in a training on spiritual direction and learned more about listening in the silences than I did in any of the talk. Today at (in)courage I’ll tell you why. Want to receive these posts in your inbox? Sign up here and receive a free gift today.