We’ve entered the month of June, which is one of the most lovely months of the year in every place I’ve lived. James Russell Lowell agreed with me:
And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays. –from The Vision of Sir Launfal
Around the Web
Jessica Meek writes a word to those raising the next generation.
- Take heart, parents. You are taking part in a local, national, global effort to raise up the next generation. Will it be a caring, thoughtful, virtuous people? We can only hope.
Actually, no—we can do so much more than hope. For you are parents. These squiggling spirits woven into flesh that flare up in zealous passion at times, at times quiver with noisome terseness—these are our future, our future in your hands.
The Sower by Scott James
Our friends at Redeemed Reader review Scott James’ new picture book.
- The Sower employs biblical allegories of seeds and planting to recap the story of the Bible and its effect on human history—and on us.
Embracing the Ministry of Motherhood
When motherhood is hard, here’s a word of encouragement.
- “I’m thinking of volunteering for Afghan refugees,” my friend tells me over the phone. Like me, she spends most of her days at home with an eleven-month-old. We met almost ten years ago as newbie teachers at an international mission school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I recall the adventure of flying off to the mountains of Africa, tasting exotic flavors, holding the hands of those so beautifully different from me. On the mission field, it felt so satisfying and so Christian serving missionary kids and other rootless expats hungry for the grounding of the gospel. It felt like I was doing something, like I was really living out my faith every day.
All Things are Possible: cultivating a growth mindset
Have you heard of the concepts of “growth mindset” and “fixed mindset”? This article explores how we can develop the first—in ourselves and the kids in our lives.
- Chances are, you’ve probably faced at least one pretty significant struggle in your life.
Struggle is just a natural part of life, and if you have somehow arrived at this point in your life having never struggled—then consider yourself lucky (like….REALLY lucky). For some of us, those struggles come when we transition from one stage or phase of life to another (they don’t call it a midlife crisis for no reason). Sometimes we struggle because of our own choices (like ignoring ourselves or our own needs), and sometimes we struggle because of the choices of others. And the truth is, accepting that struggle is kind of inevitable will get you a really long way.
Around the Warren
Pilgrim’s Trip Through Green Gables
Sarah Hohner walks through life with her daughter with the lense of two favorites.
- Our Glory-girl is a few weeks shy of ten. Raised by Gospel-loving lifelong book devotees, her deep immersion into the world of narrative and literary apologetics was inevitable and, thankfully, easy. She began listening to Anne of Green Gables at night when she was seven, and has now heard the series more times than any of us can count. She, her awareness of self and the world around her, has been shaped in wonderful ways by those late nights with the redhead from Prince Edward Island.
Singing at the Table
Ian Anderson recommends a resource you already have.
- There’s a rich resource I’d like to share with you, and the great news is that you won’t have to search the internet for it, nor do you have to buy it. It’s inside each of us. It’s possible you’ve forgotten how to tap into it, or maybe you’re out of practice, but it’s still there. As a reminder of what you’re capable of I suggest that tonight—when your family or friends least expect it—you make a fool of yourself.
Something to Do with Your Kids
June is best-month in my book, and there are lots of fun things to do with the family during best-month. Here are some great suggestions.
Something to Watch
An optical illusion for you.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team