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Women from Around the World

Photographer Michaela Noroc continues her quest to photograph women from every country in the world. She documents through The Atlas of Beauty.

The Flint Water Crisis

A piece by Nicholas Kristof shedding light on the lead poisoning of water in Flint, and also the elevated levels of lead in impoverished cities across America. Talk about why this might still happen in a developed nation like the United States.

Be The Bridge

Women around the country gathered for IF:Gathering this past weekend. Be sure to check out Tasha Morrison of Be The Bridge, building racial unity in the church. Follow Be The Bridge on social media and sign up for the newsletter. Also a great article about what everyone needs to know about racial reconciliation from Relevant Magazine. Talk about how your family could be involved.

Shrink Your Waste

Work together to Shrink Your Waste! Take Part shares many ideas about how less if often more.

Sustainable Development Goals 

Choose one of seventeen sustainable development goals, find practical ways to make a difference and graphics to share.

Goodwill Pop Up Shop

Pop up shops, restaurants, and even weddings have grown to a billion dollar industry. What do you think of this Goodwill Pop Up Shop? Talk about creativity and make a difference with your family.

Show Up 

This past month I have been continually reminded of this one truth. Show up.

When we show up in the smallest moments that is our most profound.

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God use me.

Don’t let me give up.

Help me be faithful in all the hard,

not glamorous, 

difficult, even ugly 

moments that make up real life. 

You are there. Loving us. 

 

 

Just Show Up

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Just Show Up, written by the late Kara Tippetts and her friend Jill Lynn Buteyn.

Kara Tippetts wrote at Mundane Faithfulness and the blog has continued on by her close friends. She also wrote The Hardest Peace and the ebook Big Love. Kara lost her battle with terminal cancer in this past spring. Her writing is full of courage and grace only Jesus could inspire.

 

How do you walk through suffering together? The answer does not come easily, because sometimes life is really, really hard, like dying of cancer when you are a young mom of four. Just Show Up talks about friendship and the simple act of being there.

Showing up means opening ourselves to suffering and it takes courage.

Showing up also means a life lived beautifully for God, even when answers feel so far away.

Kara and Jill show us how to navigate suffering in all its messiness. They show us God’s faithfulness through friendship and community. They inspire us to show up for people in our lives, even when it’s hard.

ministryofpresence

The ministry of presence. 

We might not always do it perfectly. I know I have not. The most important thing is trying to show up because it means everything.

“It may be some of the best work we do in our lives.” Kara Tippetts.

 

This week I am going to be thinking about the ministry of presence.

What does that mean to you? 

(I’ll be giving away a copy of Just Show Up)