I wrote last week that I was ready to be home, sitting with my cat. He’s purring on my lap now, reminding me that he’s the best weighted blanket a girl could ask for. I’m home after a whirlwind month with what feels like space in my week for the first time in about three months. May you linger in autumn days as they stretch before you.
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You Will Be Breathtaking
Marshall Segal looks to the future when God will clothe us in glory.
- It might be hard to imagine that a phrase like soli Deo gloria could be misunderstood or misapplied. To God alone be the glory. What could be unclear or mistaken in those six simple words?
The Habit of Hope
Dawn Morrow shares the story of learning hope.
- On most weekend afternoons the year I turned seven, you could find me in my room pacing the purple shag rug while a library record spun on my old turntable. That summer, the last track on the b-side of a recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf was on heavy rotation. It’s the first time I remember hearing the story of Pandora’s Box, and I was enthralled.
Picture Books about Houses: Farmhouse and House Finds a Home
Janie at Redeemed Reader points us to picture books that celebrate houses.
- Farmhouse and House Finds a Home honor the ordinary structures that shelter and sustain growing families.
Want to imagine possibility beyond your pain?
Rachel Marie Kang awakens hearts to hope.
- The nightmare comes when I least expect it, waking me up in the middle of my sleep only to leave me gasping for air and crying, all in the same breath.
It’s the nightmare where my oldest brother lies limp on the floor. His body, thin and wasting away, is surrounded by a chalk-drawn outline. And there I am, the one who loves my brother and would do anything for him. Except, I cannot save him. I cannot save his life.
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The Role Reversal
Hannah Sanders looks at what it means when the time comes to change from child to parent.
- I wasn’t really expecting it. It even seemed a little presumptuous to say that a day would come when I would be parenting my parents.
The call came the morning of the 23 rd of April. I jolted awake as the realization dawned that this was no dream. My mom was describing my dad’s symptoms and I had to concur with her assessment. He was having a stroke.
His Grace is Enough | Melissa Kruger
Théa Rosenburg reviews a picture book distilling grace for young readers.
- If there is one message I want my daughters to take with them when they’re grown, it’s not “Pay your rent on time” or “If some guy tries something fresh, remember ‘Gift of Destruction’ from your karate class and take him out’” (though I hope they remember those, too). But really, the number one thing I want them to remember is that they can always come home. Not just home to us, their parents, but to God: his grace is abundant and free and he will always welcome them back—whatever drew them away, whatever they got wrong while they were in the wilderness.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Whether or not your family is into Halloween, October is the season to investigate the spiders of your world. They all like making their webs around my house this month. Here are some great crafts with spiderwebs.
Something to Watch
I highly recommend watching this after you’ve already purchased doughnuts for breakfast.
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–The Story Warren Team