Happy Friday, Friends!
Here are some articles that fired me up lately.
On Family Discipleship
A tough question that kids ask and that many of us may bumble over:
- "So one morning I drew a line. I will see Jesus in this. I cannot be the annoyed and tedious person that I keep running into. I will, whatever it takes, see Him. So I sat down in my pajamas too late to be in pajamas, and the baby was playing on a blanket in just his diaper, the breakfast dishes were out to play still, and you could see the remains of the blowout carnage waiting to go down to the laundry room for stain treatment." Continue reading: Come Down
- "Imagine if you and I awoke each day thinking accurately that our real work is mothering. Not only that, but imagine if we were honest about the job description and consciously surrendered to the cost of love. What if we went into the day anticipating all of the hard work?" Read: A Game-Changing Perspective of Motherhood
My friend Lauren lets us take a laugh at her expense. But most of us have been in a situation similar to this at some point, if you are caring for little ones. The moments where chaos reins and you are tempted to have a mommy meltdown because of it:
- "And we were a spectacle, and we often are. Yet I’m (mostly) willing to be a spectacle if only I can also be a radical and supernatural conduit of repentance, humility, and grace for my children, and maybe for a watching world who may or may not be thinking, “This is the kind of woman who’s continuing to procreate?”" Read: That Time a Child Pantsed Me In Public and How it Shifted My Perspective on Motherhood
On Gender Issues and Social Engineering
Attempting to follow the logic in all this transgender nonsense results in, well, nonsense. Kevin DeYoung tries it:
- "They have your comfort and safety in mind. They do! In fact, they want all their “guests” to be comfortable in their own skin. That’s why they’re allowing any grown man who “feels” like a woman to follow your 10 yr old right into their bathrooms. That guy has feelings! Don’t you care? Come one! Have a heart!" Read: Target's Guest Policy is About More Than Bathrooms
- "Things have changed, dear parents. The way we live has to change. Christianity is about to become the most radical mission we were ever a part of, if we’re doing it right. We aren’t culture warriors anymore–the culture is lost and we aren’t getting it back. But, our children are still ours. And, I propose that it’s going to take some radical reform in our homes in order to lead them in Christ’s way." Read: What #GiveElsaAGirlfriend Really Means