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Friday, August 14, 2015

For The Love of Jen Hatmaker Quotes- Friday Five

Hello, Sweet Friends!

This week, I’m trying something new!

I’m participating in a link ups over at Mrs. Disciple and Empty Plate. Full Heart! Kelly and Andrea host these link ups every Friday, with their Friday Fives.

This week’s “Five” are quotes from Jen Hatmaker’s new book, For theLove.

There are TONS of thoughtful, poignant, funny, and wise quotes from the book, so I really had my work cut out for me in only choosing five.

So, without further ado, my Five Favorite Quotes from For the Love:

1.    “Be kind. Be you. Love Jesus.”

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As a mom who’s raising future adults, this was especially meaningful. I want this for my children. If my kids couldn’t write their own name but loved Jesus and others, I would be just as proud as I am of their straight-A’s. I really, really would.

This has become something of a mantra for me, personally. It will probably be found on my actual body in tattoo form one day. 

2.    “Faithfulness is not easy, but it is simple. You are already able, already positioned, already valuable in your normal life on your normal street next to your normal neighbors in your normal work. The priesthood of the believers is real.”

I love this truth! We take Jesus wherever we go! Not every gesture must be grand—we can do small things to show God’s ridiculously lavish love to people we encounter on a daily basis.

These words opened my eyes to see that as Christ followers, our very lives are a ministry. Everyone who meets us, or reads our words on Facebook, Twitter, etc., meets Jesus too.

3.    “Let the young whippersnappers duke it out; you and your people are busy enjoying a bottle of wine on the deck.”

This year has been the year of extra chub, gray hair, and, well, just not feeling great about getting older. Jen’s perspective on aging was hilarious and full of wisdom.

The girls in their twenties can have their bikinis and low-calorie meals. I’ve reached Tankini Age, and all my business fits in my bathing suit, thankyouverymuch!

4.       “We need to quit trying to be awesome and instead be wise.”

It’s nice to be awesome, isn’t it?

But being awesome is really exhausting.

So, remembering to make wise choices regarding how I spend my time is really important.

Because you can’t be awesome if you’re face down on the floor in a puddle of drool.

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5.    Balance. It’s like a unicorn; we’ve heard about it, everyone talks about it and makes airbrushed T-shirts celebrating it, it seems super rad, but we haven’t actually seen one. I’m beginning to think it isn’t a thing.

Can we please lay the Balance Monster to rest?  PLEASE?!

Finding balance has nothing to do with how much you can do before you collapse, but instead figuring out what you can get rid of in order to keep yourself from being institutionalized.

So there they are—my Friday Five!

Don’t forget to preorder your own copy of For the Love here or here!  It’s also on shelves in some Barnes & Noble stores! 


  1. Becky!! I love your 5! And your commentary about them. SO good! I feel like I'm reading the book all over again as I read everyone's favorites. You can find my favorite 5 here:

    1. Thank you! It's exciting seeing what everyone chose! I'm looking forward to reading all of them! :)

  2. I like #3 a lot! Great wisdom I am learning as I get older :-) Here are mine.

  3. I Love this and your blog is BEAUTIFUL!

  4. Love the quotes you shared and the graphics! Also, great idea to use the embedded videos! Here are mine: Feel free to come post your link on mine!!

  5. I love the bee graphic! I want to do that in my kids' rooms!! Thanks for joining in the #FridayFive fun!