Why Do We Say 'God Told Me'? ::: I resist this language precisely because God is speaking to his people today. He speaks to us through the Scriptures.
When You are Broken: The Now-Traumatic Disorder of Everyday Life ::: You can’t wreck your life.
When you're tired of waiting ::: Waiting is sometimes the gift. Because it helps pry our eyes open to what is.
Courage in the Ordinary ::: And so this is what I need now: the courage to face an ordinary day — an afternoon with a colicky baby where I'm probably going to snap at my two-year old and get annoyed with my noisy neighbor — without despair, the bravery it takes to believe that a small life is still a meaningful life, and the grace to know that even when I've done nothing that is powerful or bold or even interesting that Lord notices me and is fond of me and that that is enough.
For All the World's Children ::: Grace allows u-turns; it’s Time that doesn’t. This is a grace too, to coerce us all into waking up to the here that won’t be here tomorrow.
The Comfort of Miss Read ::: Do you ever have those days when you just want to get away?
We Engage Culture for Jesus ::: (we attended this conference last year and this was by far one of our favorite speakers)
The Introverted Mother ::: The gospel frees me to embrace who I am while not using my weaknesses as excuses for laziness.
My beloved husband came home about a week ago and declared that we all MUST have a break. A few days off from daily life, which has been exceptionally heavy lately.
So I called up my sister who just happens to live in a place that is quite perfect for peace and quiet (minus the children of course).
And that is how we came to be packed and ready to leave tomorrow morning for a glorious week in the land of cows.
The only downside is that on this trip we are driving for the first time. Which means there's about 18-20 hours (one way) in a full size sedan with three not so little girls that are bursting with healthy, youthful energy. Should be interesting.
I've spent the last week intensively cleaning every crevice of our home, so when we return it can be to the bliss of an immaculate house.
Now all that remains is the last minute packing, a few errands, and convincing those three girls to go to sleep tonight!
I thought for my own sanity, a little emptying of my brain may be helpful before I leave for a week off.
So here's the list of things that have been on my mind lately, in no particular order:
I listened to this podcast a few days ago, and it's been on my mind ever since. Really worth your time.
I mean to write a full post about this later, but for now I have to tell you that I am in LOVE with this series. It's become my happy little place to rest.
I just finished reading this book, and highly recommend it. If you have children of school age (homeschooled or not), or if you are a teacher, it is a wonderful read.
I finally caved and watched this video I'd seen floating around Facebook for awhile. Very good food for thought.
Oh and as long as I'm sharing videos, this is a favorite in our house right now.
I heard this song on Pandora this morning and was captivated. I have a friend who lives in Las Vegas and is getting involved with an organization that reaches out to women in the undesirable professions that city seems to so readily offer. Not to tell them to quit. To tell (and show) them that they are loved. This song stirred in me thoughts of why such outreach is so, so important.
And of course, if it's my mind that's being emptied, there has to be words. Wise words from one of my favorite authors.
Okay, brain empty. Now I'm ready to leave.