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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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Lend me thine eyes…read these

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It hit me two weeks ago that as a freshly minted college grad I no longer have to read text books. Like, ever again (praise and raise). Rather, I can read whatever I want for the rest of my life. Oh, hey 78 unread books on my shelf. Get in my hands. And may the truth of God’s Word in the pages get in my heart and forever stay.

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” 
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I’ve already read a few books this year, but I’ve been reading more blogs lately and wow. God has seriously blessed us with the gift of blogs and being able to read and grow from so many other believers.

Here are a few stellar articles that I have particularly enjoyed this week:

Ten Lepers – Matt Hodges

Theology and Doxology – Gerrit Scott Dawson

Losing Cash – Flint Tribe

Dear Guys – Cole Ryan

How to be the Parent You Want to be: 40 Things Every Child Must Know Before Leaving Home – Ann Voskamp

Candid Desires – Courtney Veasey

Tales of the Ordinary – Sarah

So take a break from the endless running around (like you’re doing now if you’re reading this) and go, click, read–be poured into so that you may pour into others.


2 comments on “Lend me thine eyes…read these

  1. Matt Hodges says:

    Happy to contribute to an effort to encourage reading!

    1. Thank you, Matt! I’m thankful for your blog, God uses it constantly to push me to Him and His glorious gospel. Praying He continues to pour into you and increases your capacity to experience Him!

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