Summertime Red - For Your Weekend

May the deep reds of summer delight your senses as well as your soul. May the fruits, the flowers, and the freedom remind you of God’s provision, attention, and care. As you eat the tomatoes and berries, gaze at soft petals and blazing sunsets, see His handprint in the glory of creation. Then hear the whispered promise, the one that says He’s tucked his image into the depths of your soul.

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

So You’re Hosting for the Fourth of July by The Nester for Nesting Place // Because we all need to remember the essentials and leave the rest behind. This one is good for hosting any summer gathering.

The Soul Needs Freedom by John Ortberg // Because as much as it seems like we only need freedom from certain things, the truth is our soul needs even more — freedom for something. The distinction is important and John Ortberg outlines it beautifully.

See the First White House Tour Photos Taken in More Than 40 Years by Ellie Schafer for The White House Blog // Because now visitors can take photos at the White House and that’s kind of a big deal.

What to do When Your Sister Moves to Alaska by Kendra Adachi for The Sugar Box // Because it’s important to remember that we are free to be joyful and heartbroken at the same time, and one emotion doesn’t cancel out the other.

My newest book, Simply Tuesday, is nearly half price // Because, well, I don’t know why but it is! If you’re thinking of getting yourself a copy now would be the time. Pre-order today and surprise your future self when it arrives in the mail in August!