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Words For Your Week: Sunday Links, Vol. 3

Every Sunday, I will link up and share quotes from posts that have really spoken to me during the past week. So many writers make me laugh, make me think, make me cry, and why wouldn’t I share them with you? Sometimes one or two, sometimes a much larger handful – I hope that they increase your faith as they did my own.

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#162 – Jessica, at Authored Angioplasty

“I may be a “Don’t”
or a “Won’t” Christian
(there’s a difference
of intention –
just the way I choose each day
to wrap
these silver symbols over skin)
but that’s the “super” thing
about religion –
from beneath the stacks
of unopened devotions
and amid the sawdust mist
and Cliffs un-noted
I arise each morning knowing
I want more
from the twisting of this orbit
and wake up face to face
with equal parts free will,
and grace.”

There Will Be No Baptists In Heaven – Antonia, at A Deeper Story

“I’m just not sure we are all supposed to look the same. Maybe, actually, at the last and first we will all be baptizing each other over and over again (babies and teenagers, in rivers and gold fonts), we will always ever be speaking in tongues, communing with the saints, tapping tambourines, swinging incense, writing icons, having testimony time,  forever passing around the bread and the wine, therefore let us keep the feast, Alleluia.”

Embracing My Sasha Fierce – Osheta, at Shalom In The City

“There’s more than scandalized pearl clutching and judgmental accusations. There’s more than rule following and pledge card signing.  There’s more than insecurity driven coldness and fear-based shaming. There’s more than books that turn married sex into a seven day project or game to be won. There’s more for us, holy, wild, wonderful, Sasha Fierces. There’s Holy Spirit sealed, Creator-God sanctioned, Jesus Christ celebrated,  joyful intimacy in marriage.”

To The Wife Who Holds Her Breath – Sheila, at Longings End

“For she can never change him when he doesn’t want to change, doesn’t see the truth in a true, real Way. Won’t bend His knee to the Almighty when it’s the throne he desires.”

This One’s For The Men – Brianne, at Compassion Blog

“Sponsorship isn’t just for women. You know, the maternal type. The ones who seem to be the most likely to remember to write. The ones who might shout for joy with each letter received. A bond between a boy and a man is quite purely, important. So this is a call to all the men to Sponsor a Child. Or a call to all the women who know a man (a friend, a husband, a boyfriend, a son) to encourage that man to Sponsor a Child. There is a boy out there who might find such joy at just the sound of your name. A boy who, in the midst of poverty, might find his best friend.”

Words For Your Week: Sunday Links Vol. 2

Every Sunday, I will link up and share quotes from posts that have really spoken to me during the past week. So many writers make me laugh, make me think, make me cry, and why wouldn’t I share them with you? Sometimes one or two, sometimes a much larger handful – I hope that they increase your faith as they did my own.

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What I Am Finding At The End Of Myself – Allison, A Deeper Story

“I have had opportunity after opportunity to choose this – to surrender my own sufficiency for His strength and light yoke – but I have not. I have managed. I have, for the most part, carried it on my own. That’s not to say I haven’t royally screwed up over the past four years of parenting. I’ve had some days where I phoned it in, and many days I’ve regretted, but in the end I’ve been able to turn it around, to mom up, if you will.”

Choosing The One You’d Least Expect – Emily, Chatting At The Sky

“I wasn’t planning to sponsor a child in Uganda. It’s not that I don’t think it’s a good idea, obviously. I already sponsor Pinky in Bangledesh and Stacey in the Philippines. But that was why: we sponsor two children already. Should we add a third child?”

What Good Dads Do – Shaun Groves

“With the help of her sponsor and a nearby church, mom and dad will boost Colline over these walls and out some day. This grinning eleven year-old can tell you what’s out there on the other side: A university, a nurse’s uniform, a family of her own sitting around a table under a roof whispering thanks to God for too may blessings.”

How To Find Time And Space For The Life You Want – Ann, A Holy Experience

“God gives us everything we need for space — but we will have to make space. God gives us all the ingredients for time — but we will have to make time. God gives us everything we need to live — but we will have to make a life. No one just gets space. No one just gets time.

The Religion Of CrossFit – Chad, The Twelve

“While I don’t believe that Glassman’s CrossFit has found the “how to” for energizing a lost generation, I do think it gives hope to the church. It gives me hope that there is still a longing for welcoming, authentic, demanding, pastoral, and missional communities. Is CrossFit a religion? I doubt it. But it has given me a sense of community that I can bring into the community. And for that, I am thankful.”

Why I Give To Beggars (And Think You Should, Too) – Kelly Oribine

“If I arrive at church on Sunday morning, wearing my most convincing soccer-mom-who-has-it-all-together outfit, with my slew of children all groomed nicely and a three dollar coffee in my hand, but failed to help the person in need along the way? I have really, really missed the point.”

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