Friday Quote


“And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life …”

1 Corinthians 7:17 (MSG)

Happy Friday, Friends!


Friday Finds: On Repeat

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This song.

These lyrics.

I awake in the middle of the night and I hear it. I know these words are going to fill my head and heart when I’m fighting through labor. This song was the first one I added to my delivery playlist. First one.

Even if you’ve heard this a million times, I hope you’ll listen once more and be blessed by Lord I Need You once more this week.


Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heartLord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need YouWhere sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in meLord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Happy Friday, Friends.

Friday Finds: Smiles and Kleenex

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Just a warning: Today’s Friday Finds are tear inducing in the best way. You may have caught one of these already this week, but I gauruntee they are all worth watching.

These clips highlight what happens when love, kindness, compassion, creativity, and ingenuity break into our self-focused worlds. Grab a tissue and get ready to be encouraged!

1. Down Syndrome: Tim Harris & Family | You’ve Got

2. Basketball Team Manager Gets His Big Shot 

3. What Is Love?

Annnnd… I’m crying again.

Happy Friday, my friends!



Friday Finds: Reading My Mind

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I typically decide upon a theme for the week each Monday. I spend time reading, journaling, thinking, praying and then determine the posts that will follow. By 10:00am Monday morning I knew I wanted to explore hospitality this week.

Hours later my dear friend Renea beat me to the punch! She is a contributing writer to a great blog (Thinking Through Christianity) and also happens to be one of the wisest people I know. I wanted to share her thoughts on hospitality with you this Friday.

She begins…

When we hear or use the word hospitality, it conjures a pretty specific picture: (mostly married) women hosting dinner parties, (mostly married) women bringing covered dishes (which is Southern-speak for food that makes for delicious leftovers) to the homes of those who are suffering.

We might get a broader picture when we invoke the phrase Southern hospitality.* This consists of everything from someone offering you a ride in their chicken truck to nearest PepBoys when your car breaks down (true story), to bumming a cigaret off a stranger; from holding the elevator without being asked, to insisting on water breaks for the movers you’re paying by the half-second.

These are all good examples of hospitality. The first examples happen mostly among friends and family, the latter between strangers. Both are vital to the possibility of our progressing as… human beings.

But these expressions of hospitality are not usually part of our everyday comings and goings. They’re generally either extremely planned or extremely unplanned. And, sometimes what we primarily think of as hospitable acts lend themselves toward being extraverted acts.

Proposal: Hospitality is neither for certain sects of people—extraverts and women**—nor is hospitality a once in a while, or “merely polite,” venture. Hospitality, in it’s most essential form of expression, is ontological…

I can’t encourage you enough to follow the link and finish her article. (Don’t worry, I had to look up ontological for a refresher too. Ontology: The branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being.) She makes some great points that still have me thinking.

May our homes and hearts be open!


Friday Finds: Peaceful Listens


I celebrated a birthday this week and received many thoughtful gifts, notes, and treasures. Two of my treasures just happened to be the music that has been on repeat all week. Of course I had to share them with you.

1. Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna, etc. / Salamunovich, Los Angeles Master Chorale

My dad sent this CD with wishes for peace when life needs calming in the coming year. The music is quiet enough to accompany my writing hours, but also passionate enough to keep me from falling asleep. If you are looking for some new music, I highly recommend this album. If you only spring for one movement or song I recommend “Les Chansons DesRoses.” Listen to my favorite selection below.

2. Oak & Apple by Wilder Adkins

I’ve known Renea since 10th grade. We’ve shared a lot, even a birthday party our senior year. We also share fond memories of Taco Bell, hot gluing homecoming mums, and writing English papers. (She was so good she had to get her Masters in it… and then some.) She knows me well, which is what this album by Wilder Adkins made perfect sense. I’ve never heard of the artist or album prior to this week, but his crooning voice has been my constant companion as I cook, clean, and study. I love the hymn lyrics, the folk instrumentals, and the simple harmonies. I hope you’ll enjoy it too. Check out the fav below.

Happy Friday, Friends.