From my blog reading: (Earlier this week I shared blogs I’m keeping up with this month for their 31 Days series. These links are from even more blogs I’m loving lately.)
- Hospitality Begins at Home from Kristin at The Schell Cafe. Encouragement for the days when we blow it before breakfast.
- Learning from a Lesbian Visitor to Your Church by Trevin Wax. She called the pastor and asked if she would have to change to come to church there. His answer? We all have to change.
- The Almost Extinction of the Drop In by The Nester at (in)Courage. Almost ten years ago, Lee’s church office was at our house (the parsonage) and we had drop-ins all the time. Now, not so much.
- What to Say When You Are Not OK by Stacey Thacker. Stacey encourages us not to hide how we are feeling, but not to dwell there either.
- Chocolate: The Industry’s Hidden Truth from Simple Mom. I’ve shared posts on fair trade chocolate before, but Tsh gives lots of links to places to buy it. An important consideration near Halloween.
From my Bible reading: My Sunday school class is still working through Luke. I loved this verse from our lesson last Sunday. Jesus kept reminding those Pharisees they aren’t the only ones God loves.
“And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at the table in the kingdom of God.” Luke 13:29
From my book reading: I got to edit the second book in Phil & Erin Ulrich’s Growly series and it’s good. Really good. You’ll be able to see what Growly has been up to since Begin (affiliate link) when the second book releases next month!
From our house:
Copies of Held are going out all over the country to those who shared their friendship stories and to bloggers who want to review the book on their blogs. We are praying over each copy we ship and hope it encourages each family!
We are also totally kicking-tail on the adoption paperwork. Our case manager is so proud, and thankful because she’s met our boy and wants him to come home as soon as possible too.
The weather was warm so the boys and I dipped our toes (well, James dipped more than his toes) into the creek at a local state park and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors.
Next week I’m headed to the Orange Conference Tour stop in Lancaster, PA. I’m excited to connect with special-needs families and ministry workers in the area. If you want check out what I learn while there, be sure to follow me on Twitter and connect with me on Facebook.