Stories Around the Web - April 26

Originally published Friday, 26 April 2013.

Here are some of the great stories and articles we've been reading around the web this week. 

For You in Your 20's and You Who Will Pray for Them - Beth Moore
We're loving the beautiful prayers being lifted up in the comments section of this post. "Here’s what I want to say to you: you really can maintain a pure and fiery heart toward Christ and His mission on earth but make no mistake: you will not do it by accident. If you want a pure heart, you better be willing to fight for it. You will not keep it any other way."

3 Pounds - Ruthie Dean
Beautiful thoughts from Ruthie on womanhood and our bodies. "My thoughts spiraled in that crazy place. You know the one. The place where you know you are crazy, that you are not the fattest, grossest person to ever grace the planet, but you can’t stop the thoughts. Suddenly, everything looks big and swollen and you notice the double chin that really isn’t there, but you’re just sure it is."

5 Lessons I Learned in My Twenties - Sharon Hodde Miller (She Worships)
Great lessons here. Our favorite is #3. "I’ve been thinking a lot about my twenties and what I learned during that decade. My twenties were both amazing and incredibly hard. Those were the years when I truly became an adult. And those were the years when a lot of head knowledge became heart knowledge."

Christian Concert - The Chris Tomlin Edition - Addie Zimmerman
Whether you love or hate Christian concerts, we think Addie's post resonates. "And I would be lying if I say that the cynical part of my heart isn’t prone to cataloging every flaw, every cliché, every bit of jargon lasering through the room. But also, I would be lying if I say that I am not moved."

Heroes of the Boston Marathon - Kristin Wright
Beautiful stories like these continue to emerge two weeks after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. "In the hours that followed the explosions, stories of heroes who rushed to help in the midst of the terror were numerous. Offers to donate blood were so plentiful that the Red Cross eventually had to turn people away."

What did we miss? What awesome stories and articles have you been reading this week?