I hope you are finding some spots of goodness and beauty in this weird time we all find ourselves living in. One spot for me has been the face-to-face connection (via technology) that has seen a spike due to everyone being quarantined. For example, I attended a theology class yesterday for my undergrad program and was able to “meet” a handful of fellow students that I’ve studied alongside for a few years now…but had yet (until yesterday!) seen their faces and heard their voices. It’s a small thing, but it brings me joy nonetheless.
In the spirit of silver linings, I want to invite you to my first-ever Book Club. That’s right…we’re gonna read and chat and do it all from our home in our pj’s!
I’m excited to announce that our first book pick is Lisa Whittle’s new release, “Jesus Over Everything.” I’m already loving this book and I think you will too. Lisa’s writing is full of deep, scripture-rooted truth, yet told in a super-relatable style. You’ll love hearing about how (and why!) she didn’t shop for a year. FOR A YEAR, YALL. Get the book here!
And then this Monday (March 30th) at 7pm cst we will meet together to discuss what we’ve read. If you are planning to attend, shoot me a quick email and let me know. I’ll be sending out the private Zoom link this weekend.
EDIT: Due to the Coronavirus, the event will likely be postponed until early summer. Tickets are still on sale and I will run the giveaway closer to the time of the event–stay tuned!
If you are local to the Nashville area or Middle Tennessee, consider coming to CareNet Pregnancy Resources Center’s third annual Women of Life event on March 27 & 28th. We will be gathering on Friday night and Saturday morning to worship and fellowship together and to hear encouraging words from Gloria Umanah and Esther Mollenhour about going after this Jesus-life as women in 2020!
All proceeds for the event will go to our local branch of CareNet, a ministry close to my heart. They serves families in crisis all over the nation by providing free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, education, and material assistance, as well as post-abortive counseling services. For more info about CareNet and other ways to get involved, CLICK HERE.
And wink wink: I miiiight be giving away two tickets to Women of Life 2020 on my Instagram page later this week, so go follow the happenings over there!
Fancy meeting you here on a…Sunday afternoon? Yeah, sorry about that. I usually get Weekly Links out by Friday (first thing) but this week was a doozy. Birthday celebrations, sick kiddos, and all kinds of random responsibilities caught me off guard. But hey, what’s life if not a little unpredictable?
I’m at the end of my seven-week cycle of classes, which means E X A M S and such, so this week’s roundup of links is a short one. Thanks for understanding and please, if you read (or try) anything good, share it in the comments!
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Ryan Colby shares his grief at the sudden loss of the woman he intended to marry, beloved writer Bre Payton.
“The Cross is change and a signpost, and tragedy forces you to choose a path. Either you draw closer to Christ and His suffering, or you take the path of self-destruction. There is no in-between.”
And if it’s been awhile since you last listened to my Spotify VIP List Mix, take it for a spin. This is the kind of little treat I like to put together for my newsletter crew, so you should jump on! (February’s letter will go out next week, so get on ASAP!) Happy listening 👇
“But halfway through the inspiring story, the documentary takes an all-too-predictable turn. Our beloved Taylor swaps her cowgirl boots for a new urban chic identity, clothes, and friends….Then, Swift reveals what she thinks of these people, referring to Blackburn, President Donald Trump, and their conservative supporters as ‘racists,’ ‘homophobes,’ and even ‘fascists.'”
“Writing in the New York Times, Arthur Brooks summarizes modern happiness research: ‘It turns out that choosing to pursue four basic values of faith, family, community and work is the surest path to happiness.'”
Excellent writing and from an important perspective. Had me hooked by the second line! READ HERE in this month’s Fathom issue (and enjoy!)
“I’m already in the car when the message comes, stuck in traffic but halfway to work. We think someone at the office may want to try and kill you today.”
Beauty & Style
Caroline over at Un-fancy.com is modeling some of Elizabeth Suzann’s gorgeous winter pieces. ES is a local designer to my home of Nashville, where she makes slow/sustainable garments for women that look easy to live in (and easy to love!) My favorite looks on Caroline are #2 and #5. Go take a look!
“Paris Musées, a collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public on their collections website. Artists with works in the archive include Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others.”
If you’re not on my VIP newsletter list, then what are you waiting for? I send my VIP list a monthly bonus essay (basically my heart to yours), some of my very favorites (links, photos, social posts, Spotify playlists, and similar goodies!), and first dibs on all the news and happenings in my world. I’d love to share it with you! This month, we talked about emotions…wanna sneak peek?
“People are overwhelmed with decisions and can only make those decisions on the basis of feelings.” (from Renovation of the Heart, p 126.)
“Our context may be distinctly post-modern, but thankfully, this isn’t the way of the Christian. In Psalm 139, David cries out to God, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Only someone secure on an unmovable foundation, one that isn’t based on wavering emotions or changing circumstance, can have the boldness to pray that kind of prayer. He has chosen to place his trust in the only steadfast option–in God himself!”
That’s your reading list for the weekend, folks. And if you’re not already following the Big Bang Decision of 2020, get on over to Instagram and par-ti-ci-pate! See ya there.
“What’s so amazing about centuries-old faith rituals in a new world of rockets and Moon landings? What’s compelling about the same old Bible stories in a world where scintillating novelty is our daily bread?”
Solid take on my favorite episode of The Crown, season three, titled “Moondust.” It’s worth a viewing, even on it’s own. Read more below 👇