I’ve been revisiting the 1990s of late, between catching a new rewatch podcast of an old favorite sitcom (Boy Meets World) and voting in the ’90s One-Hit Wonders bracket in the Bracket of Champions group my friends started a few years ago. The nostalgia is big and the t-shirts are even bigger. It’s kinda nice to go back to the days when August was a last hurrah of summer (rather than my new normal where it’s the start of fall!). Here’s hoping you’re having a great last hurrah.
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On The Hiding Place & Shared Suffering
Carly Marlys explores what it means that we have a savior who is present.
- A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in a conference room with a group of my coworkers, and for some reason, my stomach was killing me. Sharp pain was shooting up and down my abdomen and all I could do was sit still and try to hide the pain with a smile. As I looked around at my co-workers, I noticed that no one could tell—either they were all too wrapped up in their own thoughts and actions to notice, or else I am a much better actress than I thought I was.
Tree Street Kids: Lions to the Rescue! and Mystery in Crooked Creek Woods
Megan at Redeemed Reader recommends a mystery series.
- The Tree Street Kids series continues as Jack, Ellison, Roger, Ruthie and Midge develop new and better friendships, and also solve a mystery.
Resilience and Resurrection: God’s Gracious Gifts in Grief
Clarissa Moll considers grief and resurrection.
- On one of our favorite family hikes in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, there’s a turn in the trail that always gives me pause. After almost two miles of walking through towering western red cedars and Douglas firs, a space opens up on the northerly side of the trail. For the first time, your gaze can rise beyond the trail at your feet to the expanse beyond. Through a frame of trees, the sky expands and you see verdant, forested mountains, layer after layer on to the horizon.
Why Don’t I Care?
Uche Anizor shares steps for overcoming spiritual apathy.
- One of the most frustrating parts of my life is that I’m not as passionate about God as I should be. I imagine many Christians feel similarly. There are some, however, for whom this feeling goes deep and lasts long.
Some of us may find ourselves in the midst of a long stretch of feeling fairly indifferent about the things of God.
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A Place to Hang the Moon
Jessica Burke considers what a new classic has to say about our need for others.
- She’s been sitting in my lap less and less these days. She’s the only one who still fits. The others haven’t for quite some time. They like to come over to me and rest their arm on my shoulder, showing me how big they are now. And they are big. They can manage dinner and work and are allowed to stay up late to watch movies that little children can’t. One of them can even drive. Sometimes I feel like they betrayed me–just a little–by growing up.
Book Review: Wild Things & Castles in the Sky
Jennifer Harris reviews an excellent resource.
- “Books are like old friends,” my friend Théa said, as our little girls toddled around us and warm sun rays streamed through the windows of her cozy home. That was the first time I heard that phrase. It resonated with me as I sat in her living room, surrounded by bookcases full of these many beloved “friends,” perched carefully on the shelves and arranged by a collage of color. I was a book-lover too, and I had my own collection of favorites, but this new idea that books could be like friends set off the truth receptors in my heart. It settled comfortably into the hearth of my soul while the Holy Spirit stoked the fires.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Celebrate the last hurrah of summer with this list of activities for the whole family!
Something to Watch
So, um, I’m irrationally terrified of giant squid, but I braved that fear to watch this video for you. Ever wonder what’s in the deepest depths of the oceans? Here you go.
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–The Story Warren Team