I’ve heard from a few of you that you’ve been enjoying the Fellowship Finds posts. It’s a great way to introduce you to other heartfelt folks online, connect you to encouraging resources and tasty recipes, and raise awareness for pertinent happenings in our communities and around the world. Here’s what’s stirring my heart [and making me hungry] this week:
Ree, oh Ree. This Butternut Mac & Cheese is just what my fall-loving heart needs.
Debbie writes beautifully about the ways sharing leads to community. “Yes, sometimes sharing means that it is a little inconvenient. Maybe it’d be easier to just buy everything we need, even if it’s only for that one time. But what I think trumps the inconvenience is the fact that it brings us into community more. We are forced to interact with one another and live in community. It usually prompts discussions and check-ins and we find out more about the other person than we otherwise would’ve. We get a chance to step outside of ourselves.” Boom. Grateful for that fresh insight!
Brooke is all about helping you more happily inhabit your body — I need that, since most days are spent sitting at my desk, designing. From the moment I first stumbled on the Liberated Body Podcast I’ve adored these interviews. I’ve been taking daily walks and voraciously listening to this podcast.
Nancy shares in this TED Talk: “When a young woman texted us with a heartbreaking cry for help, our organization responded by opening a nationwide Crisis Text Line to provide an outlet for people in pain.” I love hearing stories of people who reject apathy, take action, and make a difference in our world.
Chungah, your Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup recipe shall feed me all-winter-long.
I clung to every word Laura wrote in her article for the New York Times: “Small Towns Face Rising Suicide Rates”. From isolation, to lack of metal health resources, to lack of psychologists and privacy, to more guns in rural areas [than in cities], to a self-sufficient attitude that keeps folks from opening up, it all adds up. “Rural adolescents commit suicide at roughly twice the rate of their urban peers. The problem reaches across demographic boundaries, encompassing such groups as older men, Native Americans and veterans. The sons and daughters of small towns are more likely to serve in the military, and nearly half of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans live in rural communities”. My heart is tender towards the issue of suicide and I just want to open my arms and table to each and every neighbor in my small town. You too?
“When a church functions more like a recovery group than a religious organization, when it commits to practicing ‘honesty for the sake of restoration’, all sorts of unexpected people show up.” Yes to that. I’m only halfway through Searching for Sunday, but have gratefully pondered the words Rachel has penned.
I’d love to know; share in the comments below.