Linking You Up for Valentine’s

It’s Valentine’s week and while the world is heavy, we reflect on the one Love which gets us through.  We don’t take lightly the stories which are hard and leave us breathless. But we also reflect on the good things God is doing. His light is not extinguished just because the world seems dark.


So here’s to Valentine cheer and the good news of what God is doing and has done.



Racial Tension:

From the IF:Gathering, The Heart Work of Bridge-Building



On Friendship (in hard times):

“She doesn’t rush into the pauses, she sits in the hush and lets me collect my pain, ease it out slowly like a prayer.” -Alia Joy, When Hollowed and Holy Quiet




*Lecrae won another Grammy on Sunday for “Messengers” and if you know Lecrae, his acceptance is worth hearing.


*Katie from “Kisses from Katie” is now married!


*Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton, is expecting a baby.




*Unicorns, in the Bible? Isaiah 34:7 KJV says, “”And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls…”  One expert says that this is no joke in an article  titled much the same way, “Unicorns in  the Bible? One Expert Says That’s No Joke.”


*”Doctor Claims Boy’s Dead Heart Was ‘Jump-Started’ by the Holy Spirit



For Conscientious Consumers:

*The Root Collective is combating gang violence in Guatemala through jobs.


*ViBella Jewelry provides employment where jobs are scarce and hungry is rampant.



Places to Gather:

*A ministry of encouragement to women 45 years and over is The Consilium, a Facebook group designed for conversations.


*On March 6-7, there’s an invitation to “women from all different places in life together under one roof…women who are active in their church to those who don’t attend a church” to Refresh Your Heart.




*”Why a Star Football Player Traded NFL Career for a Tractor,” by Steve Hartman.


*”Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers,” and you won’t believe what happened.



Discussion Piece:

When God Speaks to Katy Perry,” by  who wrote that “65 million Twitter followers saw it. Before the halftime show of the recent (and most watched) Super Bowl, Pop Superstar Katy Perry quoted Psalm 118:24. Then according to her, this happened, ‘It’s funny, I was praying and I got a word from God….'”




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