Weekend Stuff: Choosing Today

Happy Friday! 

Not sure about you, but I am heading into this weekend with a happy heart and a whole lot of gratitude. I survived my first week of work (which boasts crazy city views, a fully stocked kitchen, and free cold brew, PRAISE HIM), made it to Wednesday morning bible study at Grand Central, enjoyed time at home with my little family, and didn’t reach for a long coat once. I’d say that was a successful week.
But there were a LOT of good submissions for today’s post and I’m excited to share these weekend mercies with you.

There are so many ways we could spend this weekend. Spring weather abounds and the Master’s is happening and those days that start with S’s always seem to fill up quickly. But let’s be sure to make room for mercy – sourcing and savoring little moments throughout to remember what matters and how much we’ve been given. The abundant life is yours to claim.

So claim it. And fill your weekend with the good stuff!

– Bailey

Let Me Be A Woman – Elisabeth Elliot

I just started this book after seeing approximately 7,000 posts about it and I already loving it.

“We are called to be women. The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman.”

The Essential Guide to Difficult Conversations

This article is a MUST. READ. Though written in the context of work, this is essentially a summarized version of the Non-Violent Communication book I’ve shared (and evangelized) before. This communication style works in marriage, friendships, work, and pretty much every situation you can be in. HIGHLY recommend.

You Could Have Today. Instead You Choose Tomorrow.

PLEASE read this. And then read it again. And then share it with everyone you know.

My husband, Steven, submitted this one and he nailed it.

If we could all just keep this wisdom sealed to our hearts each day, we’d be a happier, healthier people.

There Are Only Two Ways To Love A Book: A Theory

My friend Kelsey McKinney writes a killer newsletter on women writers who’ve been written out of history. Her recent most on the reasons we love books is exceptional.

Enjoy. And then let me know if you agree with the theory. (And then subscribe to her newsletter.)

Raise A Hallelujah – Bethel Music

I’d never heard this song until my friend @rebaland submitted it, but it is beautiful.

“Up from the ashes, hope will arise
Death is defeated, the King is alive”

Your Elusive Creative Genius – Elizabeth Gilbert

If you’ve not yet heard this TedTalk by Elizabeth Gilbert, you will not regret the 20 minutes it takes to watch.

And if you’ve already heard it, you should probably hear it again. In fact, I’ll do it with you.

Ello Devon Glass Tumbler – 20oz

It’s finally getting warmer which can only mean one thing: ICED COFFEE. I am probably one of the world’s worst offenders in the single use coffee cup game due in large part to my iced coffee addiction. So this year, in my attempt to reduce waste, I’m investing in a reusable glass tumbler that is functional, BPA free, and dishwasher safe. Helps the environment and even gets you a discount at many coffee shops. Get one – let’s match!

BeautyCounter Friends & Family Sale!

If you’ve been considering the switch to clean beauty, now is the time to do it. This company is committed to safe, cruelty-free products, environmentally-friendly processes and packaging, and advocacy for safer beauty laws. Plus, the products are fantastic.

This weekend you can get 15% off of ALL individual products with a money-back guarantee for any reason.

Need some recs? I’m your girl. Email me at

On Simple Shifts

But massive change comes from an endless series of small moments. The life I want truly is just tiny choices away, but a thousand times over. The heart I yearn for is found in a quick and quiet prayer, over and over, one-by-one.

The abundant life is not found over night or by chance. We won’t just wake up and find ourselves in the midst of it. The abundant life is a gift and a choice. It’s freely ours, if daily taken.

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