It’s the season for long light and hot days. For cookouts and watermelon. For family, fun, and rest. Take your time and revel in it this week.
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How to Find Grace in Each New Dawn
Caleb and Melba Voskamp share about gratitude.
- Life is a mosaic of days.
Some days burst into vibrancy, resplendent, teeming with color. They shimmer, as though tenderly brushed by the gentle rays of dawn’s first light. The gift of the goodness of life takes shape as strongly as a silhouette against the golden rays of the rising sun.
5 New Books from National Geographic Kids
Melissa recommends new nonfiction from National Geographic Kids.
- Who else is a BIG fan of National Geographic Kids books? Their books are well-researched, exceptionally written, and beautifully designed. Even better, they get kids excited about reading nonfiction…and learning new things!
How to Teach Children About God’s Love in Hard Times
Emmanuel Abimbola explores ways to lean on God’s love.
- Children often deal with challenges and troubles that can shake their sense of security, identity, and well-being. From the harsh realities of bullying and peer pressure to the complexities of family life and academic stress, a child’s life can be difficult. Acknowledging and embracing God’s love in hard times helps children find peace, guidance, and unwavering support to navigate the storms of life.
What It Means to Meditate on the Word of God
Christina Fox digs into what biblical meditation really is.
- When we come across a reference in Scripture about meditating on God’s Word, as in the passage above, we might be confused, especially if we use the word “meditate” as other religions or philosophies might use it. The key difference is that biblical meditation isn’t about emptying the mind, but about focusing it on God and his Word.
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We’ll Get Back
E. G. Runyan revisits favorite worlds.
- Every few years I travel back to the old, familiar places within books. During the spring I’ll find myself in Avonlea, dreaming with Anne and laughing with Gilbert. When July rolls around, I’m waiting expectantly for my letter of acceptance from Hogwarts to arrive and feeling again the thrill of hearing the words, “Yer a wizard!” In September I’m setting out with my best friend to Rivendell, and of course, I’m often having tea with Mr. Tumnus.
Anne Marshall welcomes the season with favorite books.
- As the days lengthen and grow warmer and we are drawn more and more outside, I begin to reflect back on the magic of my own childhood. I have fond memories of long summer days swimming in the creek for hours on end, hiking and camping, playing in the woods, canoeing down the river, riding my horse, climbing trees and making forts. The older I get the more thankful I am for those days of freedom and fun.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Looking for some fun Fourth of July activities for the whole family? Here are a bunch of ideas to choose from!
Something to Watch
Pickled onion crisps, Kipling’s mini-Battenbergs, and more—American students are trying British snacks!
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