I spent a few days last weekend in a holy space—not because of the building or the location, but because of the people who filled it. May you find yourself in holy spaces in the coming days.
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Everywhere I Go, I’m Looking: Rich Mullins and the Spirituality of Place
Andrew Stanton-Henry considers what it means to provide language and landscape to the spiritual life.
- My first job was working as a landscaper. It was demanding work, demanding because it was hard work in the hot sun, all day long. It also required attention to the smallest detail without losing sight of the landscape in which you were working.
Mr. Lincoln Sits for His Portrait by Leonard S. Marcus
Janie at Redeemed Reader reviews a narrative non-fiction book for middle grade.
- Mr. Lincoln Sits for His Portrait is an unusual and touching look at our nation’s 16th president through the then-new medium of photography.
Burning Bridges and the Story of Elisha
Sharon Rockwell considers Elisha’s burned bridges.
- Early in my career, a wise mentor warned me to never burn my bridges. He had an example of how a colleague who had a run-in with a manager, left the company, only to discover in a few months that the manager had also taken a new job, and was now his boss! Ouch! The colleague had hoped for a new start, but instead found himself bringing old relationship problems with him. Never burn your bridges was standard industry mantra, so that you could always go back to someone for help or favors.
What We All Need to Know about Parenting & Giving Ourselves a Break.
Anne Voskamp gives a gentle reminder.
- If I could wind back time to when I was running hard after half-a-dozen kids, 10 and under, I think I’d like to just grab the hand of that younger Mamaversion of me and gently ask her:
Why would anyone think they can be such exceptional parents that parenting will never cause heartbreak — when all of God’s children have broken God’s, without exception?
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Where is Papa Now?
Millie Sweeney reviews a helpful picture book.
- As the wife of a surgeon and the mother of young children, I am well-practiced in answering every mom’s favorite question: When will Daddy be home? I am also well-practiced at getting on with life as we wait, with preparing meals and playing games that Dad may not be home in time to share with us, as much as we all hate that reality. For many of us, military or medical or small-business-owning spouses mean we often hold down the fort alone, keeping the darkness at bay and life functioning by sheer will and the grace of God.
How Much is Enough?
Laura Peterson reviews a book that tackles big ideas for little ones.
- A thing I appreciate about picture books is how they can give us the ability to consider big topics in small ways. As an adult, if I were to just sit down and start pondering a Big Idea and how to teach it to a child—maybe contentment, materialism, a fair distribution of resources, needs vs. wants—I might get easily overwhelmed.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Here are 10 ways to make Valentine’s Day fun for your kids this year.
Something to Watch
Have you ever thought about how there were window panes before there were machines to make them? Wonder no more!
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team