Inspiration today.

  • 10 Things To Do Before You Click Online - a fun little free download from Ann Voskamp
  • In which I would pray, but I think I already am from Sarah Bessey's blog.  Yes.
  • This beautiful woman.
  • The joy of a new good read and the feelings it conjures. I'm currently reading Joy For Beginners by Erica Bauermeister.  The chapters have me lost in a world of freshly baked bread, the winding, mysterious streets of Venice, the scent of garlic sizzling, the coolness of summer in the Pacific Northwest.  And this passage from page 44 reminds me of the dance that happens when we cook together - Steven and I, and us with our closest of friends...

"They had cooked together in the small kitchen, moving around each other with the grace of long friendship, Caroline picking up and cutting the carrot that Marion had just peeled, Marion stirring the chicken in the saute pan while Caroline added the onions, followed by tomatoes.  Marion had brought the last of the oregano from her garden and the dusty-sweet smell filled the house when it touched the warmed oil.  Caroline cut thick slices of bread, bought from the bakery near her house, and scattered the carrots across the top of the salad.  Marion pulled the bottles of olive oil and vinegar from the cupboard, drizzling dressing across the lettuce, finishing with a few firm pulls from the salt grinder."

  • The Message version of The Bible is just what I need right now - simple, straightforward, common language.  Here are some passages that have been staggeringly beautiful to me lately...

"Run after peace for all you're worth."  (1 Peter 3)

"The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith." (1 John 5)

"This Jesus is both True God and Real Life."  (1 John 5)