Our church, Gathering, has had morning prayer every day this week from 6-7. It has been so amazing to gather with friends and pray while we watch the sun rise. I think I have always known in the back of my mind how powerful consistent early morning prayer can be, but this is the first time I have experienced it in such a profound way. Sitting in my living room, surrounded by my brothers and sisters in Christ, ushering in a new day with prayer and consecration felt sacred and holy.
I started back to work at the preschool last week. Isabel goes with me and LOVES her class. I love being able to peek in her room and see her interacting with the other kids. Ava has had a great first three weeks and joined the school choir. Her passion seems to be music, and this excites me. After years of struggling through violin practices and lessons, she has turned a corner and can MAKE MUSIC! Violin is a difficult instrument and she still has a long way to go, but as my mom says, “Once they realize they can make music, everything changes.” We are over a month into our wheat-free diet and going strong. Here is some first day of school cuteness for you:
Let’s get to some links! My most popular post from the last two weeks is: Dear Dad, Letter 1.
That doesn’t include my posts that gets lots of hits from Pinterest. These are:
My favorite links, in no particular order:
From A Deeper Story, There Are No Trophies Here
11 of the Greatest Hymns in Church History at (in)Courage. This is really cool.
On Truth, Specks, and the Blinding Goodness of God at Narrow Paths to Higher Places
Over at Rachel Held Evans, What Would Jesus Do (With His Enemy)?
In Which I Will Become More Undignified from Sarah Bessey
At A Holy Experience, When You’re Ready to Wear Who You Really Are
You don’t hate me. You hate my brand. From Rachel Held Evans
From Tim Brister, From Strangers to Missionaries: A Neighborhood Strategy for Mission
Broccoli Slaw at Smitten Kitchen
At A Beautiful Mess, It’s Smoothie Time!
How to be a Great Dinner Party Guest from Shauna Niequist.
Marriage and Parenting:
In Which I Beg Barbie’s Pardon from Sarah Bessey.
Worst End of Summer Mom Ever from Jen Hatmaker. So funny.
How Mothers Are Made from Lisa-Jo Baker
From Addie Zierman, For the One Who Married Young
From Design Mom’s Living With Kids series, Living With Kids: Emily Hart. I love this home.
So there you have it! Grab a cup of coffee, sit outside on a summer afternoon and read some of these posts for inspiration. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Have a great weekend!
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