Welcome to the start of something brand new to the blog: Read-Worthy Weekend.
Several years ago, as I blogged through my cancer treatments, I stumbled upon a blog by Marie Ennis-O’Connor. Every Friday Marie would compile a list of blog posts and articles she had read throughout the week that inspired her and she wanted to share with her readers.
I so enjoyed finding new information and meeting new people I thought I would begin something similar here.
Each week I will have two categories of posts — blogs that I read faithfully every week and those that I find through several linkups I participate in.
I hope you will find some inspiration of your own and get connected to some new online friends.
I am excited to share with you my very first ‘read-worthy’ posts for your weekend:
* This week the blog community and faith community learned of the death of our dear sweet Kara Tippetts. If you have never ‘met’ Kara and her family, please take the time to visit her blog Mundane Faithfulness and read her book, The Hardest Peace. I promise her story will leave you changed and undone.
As a way to process our grief, many of her friends and readers have written blog posts throughout the week. To list them all would be a feat, because there are hundreds of them. I would like to share with you three that I really enjoyed this week, but I encourage you to research the internet and find them all; because each one is filled with such love that Kara left behind in the hearts of those of us that love her. You can read my blog post, Hard Is Not The Absence of God’s Goodness
Jennifer Dukes Lee
April Lakata Cao – A Well Done Life
Katie Graves – Encouraging Women on Their Journey of Faith Katieygraves.com
I met Katie almost a year ago at SheSpeaks conference. We have become fast internet friends. In fact, keep an eye open…Katie will be sharing some encouragement with us here on the blog very soon!
Kelly Ballarie — Purposeful Faith purposefulfaith.com
Kelly is the “Cheerleader of Faith” and helps women live passionately, purposefully through her writing. Kelly hosts a linkup every Tuesday on her blog. Be sure to visit to find encouragement from a whole community of women cheering each other on!
Suzanne Eller — Leading Women in a New Direction tsuzanneeller.com
Suzie is an International Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and author, former radio co-host, and Bible Gateway blogger. I met Suzie at SheSpeaks and she has the sweetest, biggest heart. She hosts a weekly linkup entitled Live Free Thursday. Visit her blog to weekly encouragement through God’s Word.
Kim Stewart — Inspired to Seek, Not Hide kimstewartinspired.com
Kim says she is “an inconsistent blogger who blogs about her inconsistent faith”. But, you don’t have to follow her for very long and you will see she consistent in her writing and encouraging in her faith. Kim and I have never met in person, but we are both students at COMPEL training, and write from RaRaLinkup and LiveFreeThursday.
Renee Griffin — Eyes of a Stranger reneegriffin.com
Renee tells her story of adoption and of finding her true identity (in Christ) as she searched for past history. She has a beautiful spirit that shines through her words. Renee is also a COMPEL student and writes for RaRaLinkup and LiveFreeThursday.
Janet Benson: A Fresh Drink of Mercy
Danise Jurado: Jesus Is Always Enough
I hope you will enjoy reading some of these wonderful ladies’ words this weekend.
Be blessed. Have a fantastic weekend!