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Weekend Inspiration


At the end of our second week of school I find myself enjoying a new routine but floundering to figure out our new rhythm.  This is what I love about weekends.  There is a chance to somewhat catch my breath, evaluate what worked and didn’t, reconnect with my children, and hopefully re-work the issues that need to be rearranged or removed in order for us to function better next week.

So, this weekend, I’m trying to hit the reset button, both in our home and in my heart.

Maybe you need this too?

And while I want to make sure and iron out the trouble spots to make things run more smoothly and efficiently, more importantly I need to spend some time looking into my heart.  Because hiccups in my day from busyness and the stress of new routines and demands usually manifest themselves through irritability toward everyone I hold most dear.

So, I’m going to run to Jesus, the Living Water, and drink deeply of His love, forgiveness, and power.

And the heart of my prayer this weekend is from Colossians 3:

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.


From around the web this week:

Marian continues to teach me through her writing.  I loved this post about valuing our right-now work, and determining when a desire has become an ‘over-desire’.



I was struck by these words from Alia Joy:

Ordinary life has been the hardest calling I’ve ever answered. I had no idea the depths of my own selfishness until  asked to share myself with my family. To lay my will down day after day and seek God’s.

Read the entire post here.


Some sort of struggle is always happening in my heart.  I love the way Amanda, from The Masterpiece Mom, explains how she pinpoints her struggles, writes them down, and then develops practical ways to work them out.  

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  • Reply Marian Vischer

    I’m so grateful to be here Lauren! Thank you. (I also needed the truth of Colossians 3 today so thank you for that too!) Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    September 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm
    • Reply laurenwasher

      Grateful to have you!

      September 20, 2016 at 6:36 am
  • Reply Alia Joy

    Thanks for including me here, Lauren! We just finished our second week of school too and I’m also catching my breath this weekend. Hope you had a great one to reset and be refreshed.

    September 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm
    • Reply laurenwasher

      So glad to include you! Your words were such an encouragement to me.

      September 20, 2016 at 6:36 am

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