Weekend Reads

Here are a few good stories for your weekend…because the theme here lately seems to be that belief in the unseen is the bedrock of hope.

How to Love Your Spouse With Kids in the House by Patrick & Ruth Schwenk for A Holy Experience

“The problem arises when our desire to be great parents overshadows our desire to have a great marriage.  Out of our desire to raise kids the right way, our love for each other gets kicked to the curb.  Not intentionally, of course.  It just happens.”

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Holding Onto Hope That’s Just Around the Corner by Michelle Lazurek for (in)courage

“Hope isn’t about white-knuckling my way through life, struggling to remain in control of an otherwise out of control situation…Hope is the belief that God will provide, protect, and work things out for His good, even when things for me are not so good.”

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When Hard Times Harvest Hope by Jenny Howell for (in)courage

“Hope doesn’t always look like the answer we’ve been waiting for.  God’s economy of hope is built on belief in the unseen.”

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Above All, Trust in the Slow Work of God by Shawn Smucker for Chatting at the Sky

“For three months I’ve been waiting for something.  You probably know what it’s like.  You’ve waited too, for many crucial (and not so crucial) things: a final diagnosis, an offer, a closing date, a yes or no, a call back, word on that promotion or potential adoption.  Waiting to become pregnant.  Waiting for your children to grow up.  Waiting for retirement.  Waiting.”

And because waiting also seems to be a theme in our lives lately…

When You’re Waiting for an Answer…and You Don’t Hear Anything by Ann Voskamp

“WAIT” he mouths it to me and to all the wound-tight, out of tune mamas.  Waiting is just a gift of time in disguise – a time to pray wrapped up in a ribbon of patience – because is the Lord ever late?  So we wait.”

Praying your weekend is rich, friends.  Even if you’re in the middle of waiting on the unseen…there is hope.

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