It’s a lovely week here in North Carolina, and after a week of chilly rain—and looking forward to another one—I’ve been enjoying the sunshine. Friends of mine from Northern Michigan are in Nashville this week reminding themselves that grass is green. Wherever you are, may the awakening of spring be with you this month.
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4 Biblical Promises to Encourage Your Walk in Motherhood
Amanda Idleman looks to scripture to find encouragement as a mother.
- Does God even care about the struggles and joy motherhood brings into our lives? For a long time, my only reference to what the Bible said concerning motherhood consisted of a handful of verses I’d heard that warned that having kids in the end times would really stink.
C.S. Lewis, the Mystical Builder
Timothy Willard examines what he means when he says Lewis was a Christian mystic.
- C.S. Lewis was a Christian mystic but not in the pagan sense, in the Tozer sense: he experienced his faith deep in his sentient being, always aware of God’s presence in his own nature and the world around him. Lewis’s friend George Sayer said Lewis’s life experiences were not literary but “mystical experiences of the presence of God.”
A Little More Beautiful
Carolyn Leiloglou reviews Sarah Mackenzie’s new picture book!
- I’ve been a long time fan of Sarah Mackenzie, so needless to say, I was excited to read her debut picture book, A Little More Beautiful. It exceeded my expectations! Even though I’d already seen snippets of the story, it still managed to make me cry. (Maybe that doesn’t sound like a good thing, but for me, it means an excellent, heartwarming read!).
An Unlikely Cure If You’re Tired of Climbing Ladders and Trying to Win All the Things
Ann Voskamp reminds us of another way.
- If he told me once, he told me enough times that this one line has tried for decades to take up permanent residency in my head:
“Only play the games you know you can win.”
But how I’d like a dime for every time I’ve wanted to ask that man I knew a long time ago:
But what do you do, and where do you go, when all you seem to do is lose? Lose people you love, lose the story you thought your life would be, lose badly at being the way you long to be?
Around the Warren
From the Heavens to the Depths: Sparking Wonder for Him Through Science
Kathryn Butler looks at the Creator through his creation.
- Recently, my kids and I took a trip to our local science museum to see a planetarium show and an IMAX film. The films featured opposite corners of our universe: the planetarium show catapulted us through space to the rusty crags of Mars, while the IMAX special plunged us into caves that glittered like forests of underground crystals, with gemstone-studded spires disappearing into shadows as thick as fog.
A Liturgy for Parents in the Springtime Busyness
May can be a month of madness. Millie Sweeny has a liturgy for those feeling the pressure of busyness.
- O God of new beginnings, whose hand brings both the dripping rain and the warming afternoon sun, by which You call forth new life: bluebirds nesting, peonies sprouting, daffodils blooming; we thank you for the hopeful promise of spring.
Aimee Davis examines what it means to go further in.
- A while back I was reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as part of a writing group. I found myself walking through the wardrobe with a writer’s eyes and picking apart Lewis’ amazing prose. It was definitely a different way to read this familiar story. As I was reading I was continually stuck on the phrase, further in.
Five Picture Books for Spring Weather Imagination
Carissa Holzer introduces five picture books for the season.
- Imagination can be as seasonal as the fruit and vegetables in our kitchens, with each holding its own set of delights. Snowball fights and sledding in winter, long hours in the pool and under shady trees in summer–you understand what I’m saying.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Is it spring where you are yet? Ours has been a bit touch-and-go here, but I think it’s really here for now. So it seems that it’s time for all the outdoor activities recommended here.
Something to Watch
Have you ever thought about putting a Prince Rupert’s Drop in molten glass?
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