Summer Bookclub: week 4: the God of Freedom

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Chapter four focuses on the fact that God is a God of freedom. Yet we tend to live lives that are small and scared. One reason is that we don’t know what to do with grace. While this chapter includes many important ideas, I’ll focus on God’s extravagance and the older brother in the Prodigal Son parable. I can’t wait to hear what impacted you as you read.

Summer Bookclub: Week 2 Caged by Our Limitations

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This week we’re looking at chapter 2 inWild and Free, We have become caged by our limitations. In this chapter Haley addresses head on the reality for many women: We feel like we are too much and not enough all at the same time. The result? Defensive living.

If we live defensively, we will miss the fullness and richness God has for us. We will miss opportunities to partner with God because we are so focused on ourselves we miss the needs of the world around us.

Lessons from a da Vinci

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One of the places we went last week was the Uffizi Gallery. If you’ve read Shadowed by Grace, you know that some pivotal scenes in that book happen at the Uffizi, so it was an absolute thrill to go there last year on a tour with the students. But when you tour with a group, you don’t get to savor and enjoy the art. It’s a rush to the five or so paintings that the art critics consider important, and then you move on to the next painting or place. This year we wanted to savor and soak in. I didn’t expect revelation as we did.

Wild & Free: What it means

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There’s something about the words wild and free. They capture my imagination. Though I live in a staid, rule-laced box, I want to live a life that runs off the path and into wildness. Just ask my husband about the Grand Canyon. And I long to live a life that is free of other’s expectations and the voices in my head.