Oh, August. Thou art hotter than necessary. Thanks for cooling down to balmy temperatures the last few days.
My heart aches for my sweet friend Ellie (matron of honor to my bridesmaid this past April). Her toddler son Chase was just diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. Please pray for them as he begins treatment.
Titus is out of the hospital and has gained a little bit of weight back. Please read Amber's update here and keep this family in your prayers.
For those of you who have been following baby Pearl's story, here's her amazing update. I have been blown away by this little girl! She's a couple of days away from her 3 week birthday. I had the pleasure of meeting Pearl and her parents at church this past Sunday and absolutely adore them.
I know you already read Addie Zierman. But just in case you don't? Here's a must-read on daring to descend into someone's pain.
I'd never heard of Style Rookie before this interview on Bust Magazine. If Tavi is this accomplished and well spoken at 16, I can only imagine what life holds for her.
I love Anthropologie and cracked up while reading this. Um, yeah.
After reading A Letter from a Charismatic Girl to the Suspicious, I felt like my friend Arianne had written it just for me. (And maybe she did. The lines that spoke such healing truths to me were a bit misconstrued by others.)
Ed Cyzewski is writing pretty thought-provoking pieces in preparation for the release of his co-authored book Hazardous: Committing to the Cost of Following Jesus. I especially liked this one on the Rich Young Ruler.
Caleb Wilde did an AWESOME job guest posting for Rachel Held Evans on Ask A Funeral Director. The comments are worth reading, too.
Beautiful perspective from Tea & Cookies. See the beauty around you today.
Kim Van Brunt is paying her own way to Uganda and we can help. (I love the way Kim is doing this. LOVE.)
I needed this reminder from Katie of Cakes, Tea, and Dreams: "Let’s stop discounting our own effort, our own gifts, our own valuable work. Let’s stop hiding behind the false modesty that is really a shield against criticism, and let’s take up our pens and brushes and instruments and keep on creating."
I roll my eyes with the best of them every time a new hip version of the Bible rolls out. But this idea? Absolutely necessary. I hope a publisher takes note.
Micha Boyett's poignant reflection on moving and how God speaks to her brought tears to my eyes. Beautifully written. I'm bummed she won't be in Austin when I visit in November but wish her well on this new transition.
Yes. This. From Jen Hatmaker: "You know what belongs in the basement? Hard issues, folks with different convictions, difficult theology, struggle. Bring your frustrations and concerns, your passions and positions. The basement doesn’t require unanimity. We’re on all sorts of frontlines down here. Real life is going on underground. This is no place to hide from legitimate concerns and injustices; rather, a safe place to engage them wholeheartedly. The basement is a way, not a place."
Just a Mediocre Miracle. A beautiful, touching story of generations coming together.
"Real love moves freely." Wonderful reflection from Hilary on what guarding our hearts should look like.
Fascinating interview with Steve Carell on the state of comedy.
What are your favorite posts that you've read or written so far this month?