Here are some great reads discovered in the last couple of weeks:
America, I Still Believe in You (But, Only Because I Believe in Him)
Serving in Church: When Your Spiritual Gift Isn’t Changing Diapers. “Sometimes the need for a servant is greater than my need to use a specific gift.”
What About Your Desire to Do Something Great For God? “When the desire to do for God supersedes the desire to obey God, it reveals that God is no longer the source of joy. A heart delighted in God desires to obey Him. A heart delighted in self desires to see what self can accomplish. A person delighted in God doesn’t care so much how God uses her, but rather that she is useful to God, the object of her delight. A person delighted in self cares deeply about how God uses her, because seeing the self she loves underused causes grief.”
Elizabeth Prentiss: Joyfully Embracing Motherhood and Suffering. Elizabeth is the author of the hymn “More Love to Thee” and the book Stepping Heavenward.
Brexit and the Coming of the Last Days.
Assisted Suicide: A Quadriplegic’s Perspective.
A Well-Ordered Life and Scruffy Hospitality might seem like opposite viewpoints. But I think the key is balance. We don’t need to wait for a “Pinterest-perfect” house or party to have people over, but some degree of order makes life go more smoothly. Personalities are probably inclined more one way or the other.
How Schools Can Help Notice and Serve the Quiet Kids.
Finally, my oldest son posted this on Facebook. I don’t know who made it, but it’s good advice when watching and passing on news.
Here are some noteworthy reads discovered recently:
Antidote to False Teaching: Stability and Growth in The Knowledge of Christ. Quote: “The single most effective method for studying any book of the Bible is accessible to every believer.”
3 Truths to Speak to Your Temptation
Imagination and Evil. Quote: “Children’s books that scrub any evil from the story are burgeoning. The conflicts are based on misunderstandings or due to a different perspective. They are easily solved with a pleasant discussion. It’s very sanitary! But are we telling our children the truth by painting an evil-free, pain-free world? Stories are not innocuous; they convey a worldview just as powerfully, if not more so, than direct statements.”
Me Before You: Dear Hollywood, Why Do You Want Me Dead? “11-year-old wheelchair athlete tells the culture to get over itself”
Check Your Words at the Door
My Husband Doesn’t Put the Kids to Bed, and It’s Really Okay
I’m not sure why I keep reading Jess Connell. I enjoy her posts but she mainly writes about raising children, and I am past that stage. Maybe to recommend her to others? Anyway, here are three that struck a chord with me lately:
Motherhood 101: The Class We Never Got. Learning “on-the-job” while feeling overwhelmed.
How To Set Your Kids Up For Obedience.
Is Homeschooling a Safeguard Against Rebellion?
Praise Him in the Hallway.
More Weird Things Writers Say.
Imagine If Ebooks Came First.
And to end with a smile…