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Encouragement for You

pretty-3Today, I want to offer you encouragement. Someday soon, I can tell you about the past six months, all the closed doors, false starts, waiting, questioning, being humbled again and again… and the open doors. The ones that move the slightest bit and leave you stunned.

This is what I know, God cares for us with a gentle, careful love. He always has and always will. Even if we don’t at all see clearly what he is doing in our lives. That in itself is a tremendous thing.

To call you friends is a tremendous thing.

I want to give away three books I read over the summer- as we all free fall into a new season where our calendars expand and responsibilities pile up.

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Hand Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More by Rachel Macy Stafford

Present-over-Prefect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte

 

I pray for you all to be able to slow down this fall season and see the cracks of light streaming through the doors God opens for you.

Leave a comment to be entered to win. Or direct someone over to our Facebook Page if you think they might be encouraged there, let me know to be entered.

How do you practice being present over being perfect? 

#TalkJustice Together December Edition

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#TalkJustice Playgroups

Maddie's Fridge We will be sharing this sweet book, Maddi’s Fridge at our next #TalkJustice Playgroup Kids Helping Kids. This is a fantastic book to open up conversation about food insecurity with your kids!

We will be supporting Kids’ Food Basket by decorating lunch sacks, repackaging trail mix, and playing! Visit our Facebook Event Page here for more information.

 

 

When People Make a Difference

A stray email from a Tennessee school reaches the inbox of a New Jersey man. He ends up adopting the school and the kids call him their ‘New Jersey Grandfather.’ Read the article here.

Changemaker

Take the Story of Stuff Changemaker Quiz to see what kind of changemaker your family is!

Christmas Story 

As we gather to read the Christmas story this season, remember that Jesus was a refugee. Consider changing the conversation at Blessing Not Burden. If you are in the Holland area attend our playgroup coming this January (facebook event page). For older kids download the app My Life As A Refugee to open up the conversation.

Holiday Kindness Toolkit

A mega list of holiday kindness ideas from Pennies of Time. Including, our kindness options for Elf on a Shelf.

Our monthly #TalkJustice as a family usually shares ten ideas. This month we will stick with five, so you can spend lots of time doing our last idea…

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Slow Down

The perfect way to make a difference this season is to just simply slow down with your family.

If all we are is noise and busy, we leave no space to notice, where we might love.

What will you be taking notice of this holiday season? 

 

 

Be Still

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being still moves us against the grain of society.

Slowing down means we may possibly fall behind.

If we slow our momentum enough quiet might come, quiet that opens us up to all that is unsettling in our hearts.

 

We feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of opportunities.

We feel overwhelmed by all the gathering, pinning, and sorting.

We feel overwhelmed with how to squeeze these opportunities into our already busy schedule.

 

Be still long enough to listen.

Pause long enough to dream.

Jot down the opportunities that tug at your heart.

 

Know God. He honors a deliberately seeking heart.

Choose one new way you hope to give in the coming week.

No offering is too small.

Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God