lookin’ for some awe-inspiring stuff to light your fire this week? then have i got a list for you! somewhere in the middle of tests about the renaissance, western art, and the living God – not to mention a few papers about gothic architecture and the canterbury tales – i have come across some goodies which have provided such a blessed break-up of the mundane. and what kind of southern girl would i be if i didn’t spread the love around?
soles4souls, a charity based in nashville, is currently holding a challenge to send 50,000 pairs of shoes in 50 days to bless those who desperately need shoes around the world. many of the recipients of these gifts have never experienced having such a simple yet vital possession. over 300 million people worldwide are forced to walk in unsafe and potentially life-threatening conditions because they lack this basic necessity. donating just $5 to this cause will provide two people overseas with a pair of shoes.as of this post, there are 42 days left in the challenge. 4,800 shoes have already been donated, and you could be a part of this with such a small sacrifice. as little as $5 can change so much – won’t you be a part of this with me?
-quotes:[these are words that have come to me at just the right moments, during this week and the past few. these may not speak to any particular situation you’re experiencing, but i can’t help but share them anyway!]
“single ladies…no matter what you’ve been through…you are NOT damaged goods! God STILL has a plan for your life…and you are SO WORTH THE PURSUIT of a man who is willing to fight to win your heart…do NOT SETTLE for a boy who wants to use you, wait for a man who will esteem you!” // perry noble
“you have a powerful story, and somewhere along the way you believed a lie that you have to pay for the sins of your past. the shame that you carry for the “bad” things you have done and the burden of the sin of your past are not from God. Jesus to paid for those sins with a very high price, which more than covers your sin no matter how bad you think it might be. you holding onto shame from your past gives power to the struggle and hinders the power of what Christ has done for you. you have all authority over the past and your pain and your shame. shame is not from God. He gives you grace and grace in abundance. His grace is sufficient for you.
you have a powerful story, and God wants to use the very specific things you have done to bring Him glory. He wants to use the things you have done to set people free from the very same things you struggled with. this is a part of a process that God has you on, and that process is different for everyone. some people need prayer of deliverance, some people need to make restitution, some people need to forgive themselves. it’s very different for everyone.” // lori boucher
go here to read a quote by marianne williamson, which my beautiful suitemate and best friend has posted in our bathroom to remind each of us they our “playing small does not serve the world.” i hope you, too, claim this truth as your own!
-blog posts: [take note of a few postings i have adored this week so far.]
elohim – my friend addison is such a beautiful person and writer. the words you’ll read here expose just a tiny portion of that!
the ties that bind – rachel has articulated everything i have felt this past year and of what i need to let go of. my own “soul tie” has rendered me paralyzed for far too long. traveling light sounds like such a good idea today. =)
-books:[i know, the pleasure of reading sure seems like a distant memory most days for us. but just in case the free time to enjoy a book shows up again soon, here are a few titles that have rocked my world lately.]
living the sermon on the mount – this book, by glen stassen, was assigned in my life of Christ class. though a hard read at times, it is a powerful examination of Jesus’ words that were meant to transform our lives.
the green book – i wish i was a hippie. if you read this book, you’ll become one. just kidding – but you really will learn of some practical ways to leave a better mark on the world!
walking on water – it’s been awhile since i last read this book, but it is something i feel i must promote regardless. madeline l’engle shares gorgeous reflections of faith’s influence on life and art. keep a pen or highlighter handy as you read through this one! [p.s. my favorite singer, nichole nordeman, wrote the forward for this book’s latest printing!]
i’m not gonna lie, taylor swift’s new album fearless has been ringing in my head since it’s release last week. as i was sitting in my dorm’s hall lobby several days back, i heard “love story” being sung at the top of a group of girls’ lungs. i laughed at the time, only because i knew i had done the same thing in my own car not a few hours before. =)