It seems that everyone I know is sick and recovering from “sick” of some sort, so I thought it’d be a perfect opportunity to introduce my “Saturday Suggestions” so you all have something to read.
During the week, in my not-so-free “freetime”, I try to sneak in some other blogs or online articles. It’s much harder to find times to read a full book, so blogs and short articles are kind of my new “thing”.
I’ve always been a “reader”, in fact, my sixth grade teacher told me, “If you spent as much time on your math as you do reading, you could very well be my student with the best grades”. Thanks? I’m pretty sure I responded with, “Well…at least I can figure out how to do math by reading, so I guess i should just focus on my reading”….yes, I was that kid. Sassy-little-thing.
So, here’s a little of what I’ve been reading this week (the good stuff):
On Marriage and Parenting:
The Parable of the Flying Naked Baby by Jamie The Very Worst Missionary Ever
Jamie talks about how a story of her son falling out of a second story window made its way into the “storytelling” of her neighborhood and how she has come to learn the beauty of Jesus’ story.
“And I think that’s so important to me because I know that apart from Jesus I’m just so common. But when I remember that He is part of my story, it becomes something truly extraordinary.”
3 Things I wish I knew before We got Married Relevant Magazine.
This is brilliant stuff. Definitely things, I wish I knew sooner. Game changer.
“In this light, contrary to popular opinion, the goal of marriage is not happiness. And although happiness is often a very real byproduct of a healthy relationship, marriage has a far more significant purpose in sight. It is designed to pull dysfunction to the surface of our lives, set it on fire and help us grow….When we’re willing to see it this way, then the points of friction in our marriages quickly become gifts that consistently invite us into a more whole and fulfilling experience of life.”
Please Don’t Help My Kids by Kate Bassford Baker.
Kate challenges me as a mom, and hopefully you as a parent to let our kids experience little “safe” bouts of freedom and hardship to learn how to eventually conquer harder ones.
“I don’t want my daughters to learn that they can’t overcome obstacles without help. I don’t want them to learn that they can reach great heights without effort. I don’t want them to learn that they are entitled to the reward without having to push through whatever it is that’s holding them back and *earn* it.”
Anger is not a Sin by Kathy Escobar (guest post on Rachel Held Evans blog)
Whew! This blog post is a great reminder about how we as parents reflect the nature of who God is to our kids. Man…straight to the heart.
“We had good intentions. We weren’t abusive. We were just following the books that temper tantrums were a sign of faulty parenting and kids needed to learn emotion control.
I know there are all kinds of ways children need their parents to guide, teach, and set limits on what is appropriate and what’s not. But looking back, I have learned something very painful about our early parenting years—we sent our children a strong message that we didn’t tolerate negative emotions, only positive ones.”
I Made Up a New Word to Describe Parenting: Harderful by The Outlaw Mama
Outlaw Mama always has me rolling on the floor in tears with her funny expressions of what it means to be a mom. She created a new words that describes both the beauty and the relenting toughness it requires to be a mom.
“Harderful: adj., an experience that is both intensely wonderful in the deepest and most fundamentally fulfilling ways, but also harder than you ever expected as the experience required of you more guts, stamina, and sheer willpower than you knew you possessed.”
Brave Moms Make Brave Kids by Jen Hatmaker
Um, couldn’t agree more. We HAVE to remember as moms were making disciples and disciples have to be tough!
“Not all risk-taking is bad risk-taking. For the love, don’t we want to raise kids who go for it? Who are brave and headstrong? These are not just the marks of achievers; they are the hallmarks of disciples. If we expect our kids to engage this broken world one day, safety has to be somewhere around #14 on the list. Our children will be totally ineffective if they are still afraid of their own shadow.”
On Faith and Service:
In which there is no “and” by Sara Bessey.
A beautiful reminder that Jesus needs to be first in our life. I was weeping through this as I realize that sometimes, He’s not “enough” for me, but he should be.
“You don’t need anymore “and” in your life. Jesus is enough.
Jesus is enough. God alone is enough, yesterday, today, and forever.”
Finding Contentment: Thoughts on the Downsized Life by Donald Miller
Great Reminder that sometimes “more” isn’t “more”.
“So, I don’t have a nice house. I don’t have a nice car (though I love it. How can you not love a car that has a popup bed on the roof?) and I don’t spend much money.
But I’m content. I can breathe. And that’s nice.”
Current Books I’m Reading:
- Timothy Keller’s “The Meaning of Marriage” for the Second Time! If you haven’t read it yet, I challenge you to. It goes far above the “who does what” or proper roles in marriage (although thats a little part of it), but he aims to take modern day common beliefs about marriage and replace them with the beautiful and tough selfless gift God intended for us. This is the book I’m recommending for anyone who plans on getting married, is married, used to be married, is never marrying, or anyone who knows someone married.
Next on my “reading” list:
- “Radical” by David Platt. I’m going to be seeing him speak in March and I need to read it first. My hubby has read it, and has challenged me to as well.