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Around the Web
Do you see the chaos or the Creator?
Over at life.faithful. Mandy meditates on seeing order when the world is disorderly.
- It’s easy to praise when the fruit is visible, when new buds break through hard soil, and affirmation from others comes in like a rushing wave. It’s easy to praise His name when life is steady, our calling is clear, and the direction of where to go is marked.
But what happens when it all feels wonky?
31 Bible Verses About Joy
- Today is the last day of the January Bible reading challenge, Pure Joy. What a wonderful season of cultivating a happy heart and discovering joy! I wanted to share a thank-you gift with you, my readers, as a celebration of completing this challenge! Below you will find a free printable with 31 Bible Verses about Joy. These verse cards were created from the Pure Joy Bible Reading Plan & Journaland can be used in numerical order to accompany the Bible reading plan.
A Valentine’s Day Countdown for Kids
- Fantasy/Sci-Fi: Love It or Hate It?
Are you a fantasy or sci-fi junkie? Skip to the fantasy and sci-fi booklist below and start putting books on hold at your local library!
Are you a fantasy or sci-fi skeptic? Think it’s not the genre for you? Don’t want to read any books with magic?
We are here for you, readers! The fantasy and sci-fi booklist below contains lots of books that are technically “fantasy” or “science fiction” but which do not contain magic, made up creatures, maps and castles, or wizards.
The World Is Charged
Sara Geil explores the crux of art and faith through the lens of Hopkins’ famous poem, “God’s Grandeur.”
- I read in a textbook that Gerard Manley Hopkins entered a Jesuit Novitiate, vowed to never write poetry again, and burnt all the poems he had written in his life. Failing to regard this trivia with imagination, I moved on without letting these blandly stated facts move me. Weeks later, I returned to the biography, pulled out a calculator, and figured out Hopkins was my age—twenty-three—when he sacrificed his poems to the flames. Emotion flooded.
Around the Warren
My Rooftops of London
Amy Baik Lee remembers what she loved about Mary Poppins as she introduces her family.
- A few months ago, we watched Mary Poppins together as a family for the first time. It was marvelous. I don’t just mean the film itself; the songs were as rousing and the story’s oddities as amusing as they were in my childhood, but my real pleasure lay in watching my daughters’ constant surprise at the inimitable British nanny. They gaped at her tape-measure and bottomless carpet bag, and toppled over giggling at the frenzied energy of the penguin waiters.
In Praise (and Search) of a Good Book Series
Diana Barto helps us find a good book series.
- That’s how Captain Crewe describes his 7-year-old daughter Sara’s love for reading in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic A Little Princess. And like Sara Crewe, my own girls always seem to be gobbling up books and starving for new ones.
Hunting down a steady supply of wholesome, captivating books to feed their souls, encourage their hearts, and inspire their imaginations can be quite a daunting task.
Something to Do with Your Kids
At What Do We Do All Day, there’s a great list of indoor activities for kids of all ages.
And Something to Watch
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