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For Your Weekend: Thoughtful Reads

The last weekend of June, and it’s our first full weekend of summer.  The cinnamon rolls are in the oven, Bradley’s parents are in town for one more day, and we’re hoping to head to the beach this morning to enjoy some play in the sand.

It’s looking to be a great family day.

I love to spend some extra time on the weekends reading words from others, so I’ve rounded up a few thoughtful reads for you today.


//The girls and I had a conversation last week about bikinis, so I found this interview/article by John Piper to be especially thought provoking.

//Because I enjoy reading and hearing about peoples’ stories, this book, Breathing Eden, sounds like one that I would love.  It doesn’t release until the fall, but Jennifer has some pre-order gifts, so you might want to check out all the details.

//Summer tends to be a lighter time for our schedules, or at least the dictation of schedule by the school calendar.  But that doesn’t mean that our souls will automatically respond in lightness. Sometimes we need a check, even in summer, to remember to be grateful for whatever comes our way.  Marian Vischer writes these words: ” summer gives me a choice: open my hands to receive it all as grace or keep my fists clenched, shaking them at God and others.”  You can read her post here, and I think you’ll be glad you did.

//I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my writing lately, something I’ll be sharing in more detail soon.  This post, “Your Writing Matters Even if it Doesn’t Make Money“, by Kaitlyn Bouchillon was an encouraging one to me.  Even if you’re not a writer, whatever your thing is, it matters.

Happy Weekend, friends!

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