Lots of great reading around the web lately that has spurred me on, challenged me, and kicked me in the pants from time to time :)
- "Bitterness isn't one of those big, flashy sins that you can see growing above the surface of our hearts. It may not show off like anger or produce big ol' hunks of rotten fruit like disobedience. Bitterness is a sleeper sin. It grows beneath the surface, down deep in the soil of our hearts."
Commenting on Hebrews 12:15, read 4 Ways to Spot a Bitter Root
- And along the same lines, because we all know that hurtful words do wound us...what should we do? Read: When Another's Words Sting
- "Our formal living room housed two hospital beds. As a child I never realized that this might be unusual (and a bit like the opening scene of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). I never heard my parents utter a word of complaint about the care they gave or the way their home was rearranged to lovingly provide for these men. By their example, they taught me the beauty of true hospitality."
Beautiful post about the ministry of hospitality: Open Roof Hospitality
- We don't have to guess or wonder what spiritual qualities God wants our children to develop, and for us to help them develop. I loved the simplicity and truth of this post: Developing Godly Qualities in Our Children
- I'm really excited about this one! Free unlimited access to Ligonier Connect for 30 days when you use the coupon code TRYCONNECT. You can take theology courses (dozens to choose from), studying at your own pace. This would also be a great tool to use for high school students' theology classes. Also available are worldview, philosophy, apologetics, church history, etc....and...did I mention I was excited? It's like being in a candy store. Join me in the Old Testament Bible Survey class if you wish.
A few posts on marriage that have touched a nerve:
- A simple yet poignant correlation about the growth of our marriages and the growth of our faith in Christ: On the Day I Married Her
- I'm putting this one with the marriage posts because, most of you know, I am married to a pastor. But if you aren't married to one, you probably at least have a pastor and this would be very much worth the read. I have learned that right before he preaches, is not the best time to ask Kevin to change a diaper. In fact, I have learned that right before he preaches is not the time to ask him what color stop signs are. Read: Before He Preaches.
- Change For Struggling Marriages Excellent advice. Written by a couple who were Christians when they married but still had significant relationship struggles.
- Came across this older post on being a helper and have been chewing on it a few days. Fantastic. "God’s example reveals a high and worthy calling for women as helpers suitable to their husbands. We are not glorified maids, butlers, or cooks waiting on an order to perform from a master. This is not God’s example of help at all! We are called to show compassion, support, defend, and protect those in our care. We are called to deliver from distress and to comfort. We are called to be conduits of God’s grace in our homes. We are called to be like Christ." Single, married, divorced, widowed, this seasoned word touches women in all realities of life: Keep Calm and Carry On--Being a Strong Helper After God's Own Heart
- Identifying how joy as a mom is killed in us and then cultivating the joy, the real ground zero kind, that God created us to have in Christ. Don't miss this one: A Mother's Joy
Have a wonderful weekend!