Here are some great reads from around the Web:
I Learned to Read the Bible Through Tears, HT to True Woman. “But on days when I felt desperate, I didn’t care about duty. I was dedicating time to be with God because I needed it — not because I had to. I approached my Bible reading with a different mindset, with expectation and anticipation, not a sense of obligation.”
How Reading the Bible Changed My Life, HT to Challies.”So when I look back at that time in my life, I don’t see a 14-year-old who suddenly became ‘spiritual’; I see a gracious God who chose to intervene in an apathetic teen’s life. I don’t see my own faithful heart; I see the faithful heart of God that kept on pursuing me, despite my faithlessness, and that still pursues me to this day.”
Am I Invisible? One Mom’s pain-relieving response to being excluded, HT to Linda.
Age-ism: The New (or Old) Prejudice, HT to Out of the Ordinary. “About forty percent thought that older people should be banned from public activities, like shopping. Then the vitriol gets worse. Some of sites declared that older folks should ‘hurry up and die already.’ One quote went, ‘Anyone over the age of 69 should immediately face a firing squad.’ This is nothing but brutal hate-speech.”
Children Who Get What They Want Are Not Creative, HT to The Story Warren. Interesting piece on how creativity thrives within structure and discipline rather than in total freedom. “When we [always] give a three-year-old whatever he wants, we are just postponing that child’s battle with his desires until a time in which he will find the fight far more difficult.” I don’t know that the best reason to serve a child food that he doesn’t like is so that he can engage his creativity by figuring out various ways to get rid of it, but I am thinking that section might be written tongue-in-cheek.
My Mother Practiced the Piano. “Certainly motherhood may limit your participation in certain endeavors, and there are some years that moms mostly just have to survive. However, if you are reading a site like Story Warren, my guess is that you are already highly committed as a parent, and that commitment frees me up to remind you that your passion and curiosity matter. There’s nothing selfish about working toward your artistic interests as God allows the time. In fact, your children can benefit from watching you model discipline and discovery, so don’t give up on your art, invite your kids into it. Let them watch you conquer little pieces of the world so that they will know how to tame their own chaos one measure at a time.”
Finally, seen on Pinterest from the Prince of Preachers site, this principle is not easy, but it is true.
I loved the one about creativity! I teach 7th graders, and I couldn’t help but notice during our recent spirit week that the most creative costumes came from my children who either don’t have phones or have their electronics time severely limited (among other ways I know they don’t get whatever they want). One young man came as a 50s diner table. He got a huge piece of cardboard in a circle shape, covered it with a table cloth, cut a hole in the middle for his head, and strapped fake flowers to his head with his sister’s headband. It was amazing!
I also grew up this way, and I see it benefit me constantly as a teacher working under equipment, financial, and time limits to get concepts and activities to come to life.
The being invisible article hit somewhere deep for me. I’m guessing we’ve all been there more times than we’d want to count …
May we all learn to be even kinder and more empathetic …