1. Cue the confetti cannons! It’s Friend-ish release week! If you’ve ever read Kelly Needham’s writing on the True Woman blog, you’ve probably wished she would write a book that you could buy in bulk and give to every single one of your friends. And now she has, and the book is here, and it is fantastic! In Friend-ish: Reclaiming Real Friendship in a Culture of Confusion, Kelly “casts a richer, more life-giving, biblical vision for friendship as God meant it to be.” And guess what? If you make a donation to Revive Our Hearts today, you can get your own copy of the book!
2. In the midst of our first week of school, I came across these questions from Michelle Myers and felt personally called out: “When you look at ‘all the things,’ do you ever get overwhelmed? Do you ever feel pressure to find ‘balance’ in your life, but you don’t know where to begin?” Definitely! Can you relate, too? Michelle says that the gospel centers on surrender and so should our lives. “Striving is about me and what I want,” she writes. “Surrender is about God and what He wants . . . The freedom available to us in surrendering all we are to all God has is the power to end our feelings of being pulled in so many directions.” Thank you, Lord!
3. Dear College Freshman, “you’re now breathing the fresh air of self-reliance. You make your own choices—and one is whether to wake up for church on Sunday morning. No matter how hard Mom and Dad push you or how many times Grandma asks you on the phone, when the Sunday-morning alarm rings on your phone, the choice is yours. In this moment, consider this: You drastically need the church, and Satan wants you to think you don’t.” Keep reading this post by John Kegley.
4. “Touch can be . . . a touchy subject.” Hayley Mullins, content manager of the True Woman blog (and one of my favorite people!), was a recent guest on The Hole In My Heart Podcast where she discussed how we as Christians can engage in non-sexual physical touch in a healthy way. Tune in to this episode to hear Hayley and the hosts talk about how we can deal with delicate issues relating to touch and trauma from a Christian worldview.
5. Shane and Shane just dropped a new album, and y’all—it may not be ranked as high on the Billboard charts as Taylor Swift’s big release, but it is first in my heart. Do you need a back-to-school soundtrack? A picking-kids-up-from-soccer-practice playlist? A sing-in-the-shower set of songs? This is it. Happy listening!
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