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Beauty for Your Weekend – March 24, 2017

Filling my weekends with connection in turn fills me with life. Yes, even as an introvert, I find joy in submitting to the cosmic truth that we are created for relationship. This is why children chase fireflies in cul-de-sacs at dusk. It’s why your 9-5 is suddenly less mundane once you befriend those in the cubicles around you. And why a smile from a stranger holds the power to change the course of your day.

The shedding of our winter coats and caps for spring showers and blooms makes me hopeful for this reason. The world is now spinning towards our summer, and that means longer days and warmer nights are on the horizon. And so are cookouts, picnics, vacations, and much togetherness.

So, David and I are kicking off the first weekend of spring by filling our moments with friends. How are you spending the first full weekend of spring?

Here’s some beauty to help you kick it off:

  • Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is in theaters. Who would think that a children’s movie about a bright, independent village girl falling in love with a giant beast surrounded by talking appliances could touch humans of all ages? It’s true: I cried watching this movie.  One of my favorite things to do with wonderful, moving secular art – be it books, movies, or music – is to find the gospel in the story. There’s often a thread of fall, forgiveness, and redemption in award-winning art. Do this, trust me. It’s like a scavenger hunt for beauty!



  • Present over Perfect by Shauna Neiquest. I saw Shauna speak at the She Speaks Conference last summer, and her message touched me. This book is a drink of water for the woman who’s let busy, rushed, stress, and noise turn her into someone she never wanted to be. I’ve been there; I think many of us have, these days. Shauna has a way of crafting words that make you realize you, too, can have a life that allows you to breathe. I strongly recommend this read.



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