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Weekend Reading

April 30, 2010

I was blessed by some really great writing this week. And since I can’t put together a decent thought for this blog, I’m going to let others do the talking for me.

Click the link (the title) to read the full post for each; excerpts are below the links. Hope these fill up your weekend with encouragement and inspiration!

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The Blessing of Stewardship: Tsh (aka Simple Mom) wrote this fantastic article at (In)Courage

This isn’t to say having stuff is bad.  It’s not.  Many, many times the material things in our life truly are blessings, and in light of these things, we must be thankful.  God blesses us richly.  Heck, nine times out of ten, He blesses us beyond all we ask or imagine, with things we don’t even need. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.

But while on Earth, we constantly need to be mindful of our status here as stewards, not as owners.  And stewardship means to manage well.

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Use the Good Stuff: Another great post at Simple Mom

The liturgy of our day’s everydayness can be numbing. It’s easy to forget about that good perfume, the bone china, the silk skirt. There’s spit-up to contend with.

Make this season of your life — whatever it is — more special with those special things you’re saving. Break out the good china for tonight’s homemade pizza. Let your kids know they’re special with those special little things, and don’t worry so much about the messes they’ll make. Bring out the “fancy guest” towels for your family. You’ll blink, and this season will be gone. That pudgy hand covered in dirt will soon be holding hands in a waltz with her groom.

Enjoy the little things in life. And make them more special by using the good stuff. Don’t wait for that perfect moment — it’s right here.

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On Balancing Obedience With His Perfect Will: Nourishing Days

Realize that every thing we have is a gift, including nourishing food.

We can eat as well as we know how, but if it is not God’s will that we be in good health then we will not be. And whether or not we are healthy, it is His sovereign will and for His glory.

Obedience is ours, the rest is up to God.

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Small Gestures, Big Results: Catherine writing at Steady Mom

I started thinking about how hard it is to create equality for all three of my children at the same time. Life isn’t always equal, and that’s an important lesson for our little people to learn.

Focusing on your own blessings and not what other people have (or don’t have) is such a key concept.

It may be impossible to have all things equal for each child, but through small gestures we can make each of our little ones feel uniquely special.

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How the Kids & the Neighbor-Next-Door Might Really Become Christians?: Holy Experience

She’s got her theology all wrong. And all right.

She’s getting her Jesus from me.

Is that what we’re all doing here? Passing out the crumbs of our Jesus, the Bread of life we’ve been given, to the beggar starving sunken beside us?

And is that why there are fewer and fewer of genuine disciples? Because we who have Bread are indifferent hoarders, letting the masses die? Or because we’re going around passing out cardboard, pseudo-Life, because the ugly truth is that we’ve never tasted of the Real Christ ourselves?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2010 1:06 pm

    Read both those “simple mom” ones already and Love, LOVE, love Ann Voskamp . . . did you read the one about your children’s children and seeds/farming a week or so ago? Amazing! I’ll have the read the other couple though that I haven’t already gotten to. Hope you have a fabulous weekend. Everything still a-go with the house? Take care!
    Shana

  2. April 30, 2010 2:10 pm

    Thanks so much for the link. I will be checking your site out now.

    Blessings,
    Shannon

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