I heard a speaker this week talking about offering the work of our hands as worship. He noted that the work of our hands is stained with sin, but still what happens when I bring forward the work of my hands is that Christ is carrying me forward and offering it on my behalf. The only way our work is worship is through the work of Christ. May you offer your work generously this week as worship.
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Finding Hope in a Season of Longing
We’re in the season of Lent, and it is one that focuses on repentance and waiting and hope. Elizabeth Woodson writes on finding that hope in a season of longing.
- Seasons of prolonged suffering produce emotional longing whose weight is too great for any of us to bear alone. Rather than turn to our idols of comfort, approval, power, and control, Scripture calls us to turn to God through lament. For he understands the depth of our pain, seeks to care for our fragile hearts, and doesn’t judge us for the messiness or intensity of our emotions. He isn’t surprised by any of it but invites us to bring it all to him.
The Habit Podcast: Russ Ramsey Wants You to Love Art
Russ Ramsey’s new book Rembrandt is in the Wind is a look at art in a way you may never have done so. In this interview with The Habit Podcast he introduces the book and his hopes for it.
- This week on The Habit Podcast, Jonathan Rogers talks with author and pastor Russ Ramsey.
Russ is a pastor in the Nashville area, a masterful storyteller, and Jonathan’s go-to resource for all art-related questions. His love of art and story come together in his new book, Rembrandt Is In the Wind: Learning to Love Art Through the Eyes of Faith. It’s an art history book, but more importantly, it’s a book about the beauty that comes out of stories of human brokenness. Beauty matters; nobody makes that case better than Russ Ramsey.
Northwind by Gary Paulsen
Janie at Redeemed Reader reviews a Gary Paulsen novel.
- Northwind follows a boy into the northern wilderness to be reborn in the harsh cradle of nature.
A Liturgy for Gardening
As you begin to get your fingers dirty in the garden this spring, here’s a prayer for you.
- Leader: O Creator who calls forth life,
May this ground, and our labors
here invested, yield good provision for
the nourishing of both body and soul.
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On Christians Reading Fiction: You Are Not a Brain
Kelly Keller continues her series on Christians reading fiction.
- In my particular branch of Christianity, we have overdeveloped brains. This statement is not meant as a compliment. We want to reason; we want to know; we memorize, study, preach, teach, diagram, and read. Obviously, I’m not opposed to such things — you’re reading an essay I wrote you. I like to banter about theological topics and reason through my faith. This is a good and praiseworthy endeavor, and it’s part of how we work out our faith with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12).
Color Their Imagination with Anholt’s Artists Storybooks
Kathryn Butler introduces an excellent arts resource.
- Recently our family took a field trip to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. COVID restrictions kept us away for over two years, and as we wandered through the hushed galleries I wondered if my kids would remember anything from our previous visits. Predictably, their memory of the 18th century American furniture proved spotty. The only artifact they recalled from the Egyptian exhibit was a statue of a pharoah, which they remembered not for its grandeur, but because an unsuspecting stranger made a spooky noise that convinced them a spirit lurked within the stone. In other words, they recalled little.
Something to Do with Your Kids
If you’re looking for something to keep your preschoolers interested and also help develop their skills, you can use these simple tracing pages for fun!
Something to Watch
Ever wonder how film gets made?
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