Today I’m thankful for…
The Magnolia Story (book) by Chip and Joanna Gaines
Since I just returned from The Silos in Waco, Texas (check out my last post), I’ve been remembering the book that led me to love Magnolia. It shares a beautiful story of faith, family, and work.
For some reason I love insight on different personality types. After listening to this Story Podcast about the enneagram with Ian Morgan Cron and hearing it mentioned several times by one of my favorite authors, Annie Downs, I decided to check it out. I’m still trying to decide if I’m a one or a six. I think knowing more about my own and other’s personality type can be helpful to understanding and relating to God, myself, and my family and friends.
Georgia Pond (album) by Johnnyswim
This has been one of my go-to summer albums. I love how unique and meaningful Johnnyswim’s music is. Check it out!
While we were in Waco, we found out about an organization called Jesus Said Love. We visited their store in Waco, Lovely, and I was in awe of their mission. Jesus Said Love sends groups of women into strip clubs throughout Texas to love the strippers, take them cupcakes, offer them hope, and share God’s love with them. We see the problem of sex trafficking and prostitution in other countries, but we often ignore the problem here in the United States. Jesus Said Love has programs and job partnerships prepared to offer women who feel they have no other option a way out of strip clubs. A brave Lovely employee shared her testimony with us which shows the way God is working through their mission. I was really inspired by the ministry of Jesus Said Love and it challenged me to examine the ways I can join the fight against the sex industry. I encourage you to check out Jesus Said Love and maybe even buy one (or a few) of their cute t-shirts or earrings that support their organization (shop Lovely here).
A Prayer Of Thanks
Dear God, today I’m thankful for all the little things that make life beautiful. Sometimes I get caught up in the noise and the busyness of it all. Then I’m reminded through a book, music, or a new appreciation for the unique way you’ve crafted each heart that life is a beautiful dance when rejoicing in your presence. I’m thankful for the people and missions you place on my journey in the midst. May my eyes be open to your quiet gifts and everyday miracles. Amen.