There were shorts worn around my neighborhood today. The daffodils are blooming (not in my yard, because mine always run about three weeks behind everyone else’s). My windows are still open, though I’m writing this after dark. The year is turning. When I lived in Alaska, this was the time of year when the sun began to carry warmth again—we were still weeks and weeks from spring, but we knew it was coming by the bright warmth on our faces. May you find warmth and joy today.
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Working with Faithfulness When Our Bodies Are Weak
Glenna Marshall looks at faithful work in light of physical weakness.
- As a work-from-home mom, I flit from task to task all day long. Whether it’s washing laundry or writing, meal planning or preparing Bible study materials, scrubbing toilets or waiting in school pick-up lines, my days are never the same but always full. I’ve long thrived on a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day, feeling that a day well lived is reflected in a to-do list well checked. I used to believe that faithfulness in my job as a working mom could only be measured by output. In my late twenties, however, I began exhibiting regular physical symptoms that challenged that belief.
Operation Do-Over by Gordon Korman
Gordon Korman is a favorite of mine, so I love that Redeemed Reader reviewed one of his books this week.
- Operation Do-Over is an entertaining jaunt that asks the perennial question: What if you got a chance to correct a past mistake?
12 Ways to Be Your Child’s Biggest Fan
May Patterson writes about how to support this kids in our lives.
- Every spring, we parents go a little crazy. We sit on metal benches for hours in the hot sun, sweating bullets. For dinner, we eat Sweet Tarts, stale popcorn, and nachos doused with imitation cheese. We endure rain, wind—and sometimes even snow—just to watch our kids play the wild, wonderful game of Little League baseball.
Parenting as Our Father Parents Us
Christina Fox learns lessons in parenting from the best there is.
- When my son was little, he was prone to wander. Those days, he lived more in his imagination than in real life. This often led him away from us when we were in a crowd.
I remember during a visit to Disney World I urged and cautioned my son in the importance of staying beside us as we navigated the crowded park. Yet not long later, I watched as he meandered away from us.
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Tell Me A Story?
Melissa Kline explores the art and craft of story telling.
- For as long as they have been old enough to speak, each night as we tuck our kids into bed they have asked my husband, Dan, and me, “Can you tell us a story?” And they really do mean tell them a story, not read them one. They want a new one, one that’s all their own, one that was made just for them.
The Sinking City | Christine Cohen
Théa Rosenburg reviews Christine Cohen’s YA novel.
- Liona Caravatti’s family belongs to one of the highest ranks in the city of Venice. Her life is comfortable, filled with little delicacies, affectionate siblings, and splendor. The one note in it that sounds off is her relationship to her father, which, though she doesn’t understand why, is different than his relationship with her siblings.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Are you looking for some family fun during March? Give a look at these recommendations for things to do.
Something to Watch
This Bible Project series on spiritual beings is a fascinating dive into the “rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” If you’re trying to get your heads around who the Apostle Paul is talking about in Ephesians 6, this is a good place to start.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team