Next week, we’ll be taking a break from The Warren & the World (sometimes we plan our breaks and it’s not just me forgetting to send it). We’re taking the break because I will be off the grid. One of the themes of this summer at my job has been the push to rest. We’ve been encouraged to lighten our workload, take consecutive weeks off, and generally give ourselves grace. My coworker today asked for prayer to be intentional with his kids during this unscheduled summer time, and I thought that was such a good way of thinking about it. Intentionality has nothing to do with schedule. So take your rest, and be with your people.
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How to Have a Summer of Simplicity
In the vein of resting well. Here are some thoughts on simplicity this summer.
- Summer. Yes, it’s only spring now, but this is the time of year mothers begin to think about those long, hot, carefree days.
Whether you drop off your little ones at school every day or homeschool: summer feels different. There’s no rush to get a project on volcanoes done at the 11th hour- gluesticks and markers covering the dining room table, no meetings with teachers, no memorizing multiplication factors, no keeping track of special days and where the lunch box is, and no internal list of academic things that need to happen to end the year on a high note.
The Problem with Meddling
Sue Tell explores what the Bible says about meddling—and how it interacts with being heard.
- Do you practice the habit of having a word of the year? In 2021 the word God gave me (or two words) was pull back. Why? What does that look like? I started praying and was stopped in my tracks when I read Peter’s admonition,
“But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.” (I Peter 4:15, emphasis mine)
Is meddling really in the same category as murder, theft, and evil?
Crazy Horse and Custer: Born Enemies by S. D. Nelson
Janie at Redeemed Reader reviews this middle-grade non-fiction book.
- Crazy Horse and Custer: Born Enemies addresses the bloody and complex history of the U.S. Indian Wars with honesty and clarity.
Symbols on the Doorframe
The Rabbit Room shares this essay by Shanika Churchville from Square Halo Books’ new anthology, Wild Things and Castles in the Sky.
- In Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:18–21, as well as throughout the Pentateuch, God encourages the use of concrete images and tangible symbols.1 Symbols on hands, between eyes, and on doorposts would mark these ragtag nomads as the people of God and create a basis for lessons and conversations between parents and children, ones full of stories of God’s goodness and faithfulness.2
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Come and See
Melissa Kline writes of losing her husband’s grandmother and the deep questions with simple answers that loss raises.
- Janet Izora was born in Paw Paw, West Virginia, in May of 1937, the younger daughter of Claude and Stella Jamison. During the autumn of her ninth year, she tagged along with her father for a day of hog butchering at the Kline place up on the hill. There she met Don.
I Talk Like A River, by Jordan Scott
Isabel Chenot explores a beautiful book.
- This is a very special book.
As a tangible thing, it is beautiful. Slip off the dustjacket: the textured, river-stained binding is instantly worth every penny.
Something to Do with Your Kids
If you live further north in the US, you might be just wrapping up school for the summer and be on the lookout for some good summer activities to do as a family. Here’s a list I liked.
Something to Watch
Ever consider making chocolate from the pod? This guy will walk you through the whole process!
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team