This is the part of the show where…
No. No VeggieTales here! Thursday is the day where I put together a post full of things I enjoyed over the previous 7 days. Sometimes there will be a common thread running through all of my favorites, and sometimes it will be a random jumble, which is fairly typical. If you make it to the end you win a virtual high five!
This busted-up, warring world will taste resurrection, not because of people stepping up in front of news cameras or spotlights or spout their soundbites — but because of people who step down into the shadows to be the light of Christ.
This bleeding, broken planet will taste healing not because more of us tried to climb ladders to be seen — but more of us went lower and saw the face of Christ in those who are too often unseen.
This spinning, scarred chunk of sod in the corner of the universe will taste shalom not because more people wanted to be crowned important — but because more of us have knelt at the feet of the One who is Important and we’ve got the dirt of His kingdom under our fingernails.
Hope rises up when there are people who are willing to descend and serve because God descended and gave.
Hope rises only when there are the courageous who are willing to go lower and incarnate Christ.
–Ann Voskamp’s blog on her journey to Israel and Iraq. Hope rises when we get down. When we set down, lay down, and beat down – hope rises. Hope soars. Please take the time to click the link and read Ann Voskamp’s words.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
Twenty One Pilots released the first single from their upcoming album Blurryface and it was everything I could have hoped for and more. Plus, the music video was one of the best I’ve seen in a while. I don’t purchase music unless I really, really like it, and I think I just might end up buying this album.
If I’m being honest – this week felt like quite a blur. However, I spent a good bit of my day chatting with my best friend about the fact that I get to see her in just over a month and the conversation made me incredibly happy!
Also, my new Tote & Shoot bag from Shootsac came in! I have a feeling it’s going to see a lot of use. A review will be coming in May after I travel with it and have a chance to get to know it. 🙂
This may be one of my favorite images ever – it’s definitely one of my favorite portraits. The pure emotion that is embedded in Tom Hiddleston’s face… I don’t think that even an incredible actor could pull it off without a genuine conversation to bring about that very emotion. Add the lighting and perfect sharpness… This image is just heartbreakingly beautiful.
YOU HAVE JUST WON A VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE