We’re headed into a Mother’s Day weekend and if you’re feeling like some members of your family may be unprepared, I recommend sending them Kelly Keller’s letter from a bossy sister about how to properly celebrate.
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An Open Letter to My High School Self
JJ Heller writes a letter to her high school self as we enter graduation season.
- Graduation season is almost upon us! Five years ago I wrote letter to my high school self, and I just released a song inspired by some of these thoughts. Here’s some of what it said…
What to Do When Mothering is Hard
Ann Voskamp leans into the hard times of being a mom.
- “You just make it all look so easy.”
I’d turned when I overheard the words directed toward a young mother, with wailing baby straddled on her hip, chubby fingers clinging to her neck, and the young mom had darted forward to try to catch the hand of her blurring-dash of a toddler.
Learning to Pray in the Digital Age from an Imprisoned Mystic
Stephanie Bennet explores what we can learn from Jeanne Guyon about prayer.
- Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon (1648–1717) discovered a particular discipline of prayer in which she could inhabit the “peace of God in the very midst of oppression and intense hardship.” Her autobiography and books of Biblical study are fertile ground for the maturing Christian, but it is her shorter work, Union With God that remains most widely read and useful in devotional practice.
5 More Homeschool Mistakes I’ve Made (They Just Keep Comin’)
As we near the end of the school year, Sarah Mackenzie reminds us that homeschooling is a journey.
- Two weeks ago I shared the first 5 of 10 mistakes I’ve made in my homeschool — believe me, I’ve made many, many more than that!
But I’m highlighting 10 that stick out most prominently to me.
So in this “Best of Read-Aloud Revival” episode, I’m sharing 5 MORE homeschool mistakes I’ve made.
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Bare Branches in Spring
Kathryn Butler looks up through the trees.
- Cragged boughs reach skyward, arms stretched, Straining for the light, for that blistering blue, For the mirror-bright facet of a jewel.
Honestly Illustrating Evil To Elevate Truth
E.G. Runyan navigates the conundrum of evil in stories.
- One of my favorite things about summer is when my church begins to get ready for vacation Bible school. It’s something everyone comes together for to create a week-long experience for over one-hundred children. I always sign up for the drama—a play that my friends and I put on for the kids that illustrates, through a story, what everyone has been learning in the Bible lessons. In the drama I always love to be the happy character, the one that makes the kids laugh and who they want to root for.
Something to Do with Your Kids
This project idea combines melted crayon resist art with watercolor resist art and produces some pretty cool results!
Something to Watch
Mark Rober did one last squirrel obstacle course last summer—this time pitting the squirrels against each other.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team