It’s been a pretty great week for women. Rosalind Brewer became the first woman and the first African-American CEO of a Wal-Mart Stores business unit. A 32-year old missionary was rescued from pirates. And, of course, today is Friday. In keeping with this week’s theme of faith and prayer, here are some favorite posts that keep us joyful on the good days and the messy ones!
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Around the Blogosphere
- “On The Run, In Hiding, And An Attempt To Not Feel” – The Good Women Project gives voice to buried pain, shares the hope of freedom in Christ and invites us to drop our “messes” at His feet. Where can we sign up?
- “Rescued Missionary Sold Everything for Africa” – Isaiah 6:8 says Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” This week, the heroic SEAL Team 6 brought home Jessica Buchanan, a missionary kidnapped by Somali pirates in October and a woman who embodies that courage. A big “thank you” to Yvette from Michigan for sharing this uplifting story with us.
- “What Now? | When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned” – Ruthie Dean talks about her initial plan to serve the people of China and what happened when her plan didn’t jive with His. Andrea Lucado got us hooked on Part 1 of Ruthie’s story, and we can’t wait to hear what happens next.
- “What it Means Not to Judge” – This article by Deeper Story celebrates pro-life with articles like these: light on politics and heavy on love. We know someone who lived His life that way.
- “Love Your Neighbor, Know Your Neighbor” – RELEVANT Magazine‘s Ben Stevens reminds us that you can’t love your neighbors until you know them. Practical tips include planning get-togethers on a Sunday, when people have fewer reasons to rush off. (“I have a work thing…I mean…a colonoscopy thing.”)
- “Six Days We Shall Labor” – Rest. It’s as simple and complicated as that. In a relatable and convicting post, Boundless (a Focus on the Family production-remember our chat with Esther?) talks about the working woman’s weekend and the importance of rest. And the women said, “Amen.”
- “Real Women Don’t Text Back: How Women Fuel the Man-Boy Problem”– This post by her.meneutics is so great, we’re overlooking the fact it doesn’t really fit our “pray” theme. The take-away? Women are responsible to uphold our own dating and relationship standards. Well, that and the fact that we are going to try and use “Man-Boy” in at least one sentence today.
Monday: Performance Review readiness: With over 4,500 people reporting to her as COO of a Fortune 500 company, Diane Paddison has a wealth of wisdom to help you shine.
Wednesday: We interview city girl McKenzie Griffin, a young professional woman working with her peers in a big Dallas church, considers how the “big city mindset” influences how we view money, dating, and God.