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ENJOY and CELEBRATE {Pursue Presence}

ENJOY and CELEBRATE {Pursue Presence}

I'm spending Tuesdays this summer pursuing presence by enjoying and celebrating small things and taking to the time to share them with you here. Small things, added together, are what make up a life and chances are, someday, when we look back at our lives we will notice that perhaps those small things weren't so small after all. 

Books I'm ENJOYING and CELEBRATING...

  • Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman - This HAD to be my first choice for this category because it's what inspired me to do this on Tuesdays. I've been enjoying participating in the #itssimplytuesday community on instagram for quite a while, in which, on Tuesdays, we celebrate the extraordinary in the ordinary of Tuesday. I'm finally, slowly and savoringly, reading the book and boy does it echo and affirm all that the Lord is doing in me around slow living and and pursuing presence.

There are so many quotes I could share with you, but this one is speaking very much to where I have been lately...

May we be open to discovering home right here instead of wishing for something different. May we release our tight-hold on what could be and be willing to sit on a bench in our front yard in the midst of what is. Be our courage and wisdom as we discern when to stay, when to move, and what it means to bring you with us.
— Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
My kitchen table today and "It's Simply Tuesday"

My kitchen table today and "It's Simply Tuesday"

  • Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley - I love a good memoir. I like hopping into someone else's life and taking a peak around. I guess that means I'm nosey, but I'd prefer to think of it as curious about and desiring to learn from others. I'm not someone who is super into pop-culture or follows the lives of stars, like at all; but it was kinda fun to get an inside peek of one of the stars of a movie that has been a part of my life (Father of the Bride) and to see her "just like everyone else" human story. Her mother is living with a very rare and severe form of dementia and she shares the journey through that in this honest and relatable book. It also tells some of her love and marriage story with Brad Paisley. (I didn't even know they were married. That's how much I pay attention to these things.) It's super cute, by the way. 

Here's a quote that resonated with me: 

“What’s this like for you?” “It’s hard,” she said, and paused to think for a moment. “But I often find that messy, complicated situations bring people closer than we would be otherwise.”
— Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Apps I'm ENJOYING and CELEBRATING... 

  • A Color Story - You probably know that I LOVE instagram. It's such a fun platform for those of us who are visually inclined. This app has been SO fun for me and is the only photo editing tool I use these days. I bought all the extras, and I've never regretted it... But it's pretty sweet even without them. (FYI Chroma is my FAVORITE and most used filter.) 
  • OverDrive - We've been rediscovering our love of reading this year and, goodness, this app has helped. It's a place where, via our local library, we are able to check out both kindle books and audio books! The Nashville Public Library has a ton of awesome titles available here and I'm so thankful. So much reading, for free, is literally at my fingertips! (This is how I read Where the Light Gets In, so FYI it's available for free if you are in Nashville.) 
  • Hoopla - This is a 2nd app that our local library has available. It does a lot of the same things but in a slightly different format. There is different content available on each, with some overlap. You can check out 10 books/audio books/music albums/etc per month.
 "Where the Light Gets In" on OverDrive

 "Where the Light Gets In" on OverDrive

* Simply Tuesday is available on BOTH of these apps in Nashville (and likely other places).

Small {Extra}Ordinary Moments I'm ENJOYING and CELEBRATING...

  • There have been some really beautiful evenings this week, filled with gorgeous sunsets and twinkling fireflies, my son calls them "fire bugs." When the days are hot and I want to stay inside, those treats feel extra sweet.
  • I've had some really sweet and encouraging conversations with friends recently, even today, that remind me of the Lord's goodness and faithfulness. (And who couldn't use those reminders?)
Nashville skies can really be amazing! 

Nashville skies can really be amazing! 

What about you? What is worthy of a good pause to ENJOY and CELEBRATE today? 

 

     

     

     

    finding space

    finding space

    ENJOY and CELEBRATE {Pursue Presence}

    ENJOY and CELEBRATE {Pursue Presence}

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