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Around the Web
10 Ways Parents Can Engage Kids with God’s Word for Life
Meg Bucher meditates on making a strong beginning for kids in God’s Word.
- Parents and guardians cannot claim to know how God is going to bloom the seeds of His faithfully planted and watered Word. Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it,”(NASB). The word “train” in the original Hebrew means, “to train,” but also, “to dedicate, inaugurate.” (Strong’s Concordance #2596) Inaugurate means to make a formal beginning of, and this is where parenting plays an important role.
Read Alike Books for Kids Who Love The Princess in Black
- Princess in Black is a delightful fiction adventure about a spunky princess who secretly fights monsters. It’s a hugely popular easy chapter book. And if you love The Princess in Black books, here are book ideas of what to read next, books that you’ll love just as much.
The tricky thing for me when recommending read alike books is to give you titles that are more or less at the same reading comprehension level.
- I see the world from my own personal point of view. I know my own story, and I can see the roles other people play in it.
But the world doesn’t revolve around me. I play a role in other people’s stories, too.
Sometimes I’m an extra–another face in the grocery aisle as a widower goes to the store alone for the first time in forty years.
Stop Making Hospitality Complicated
- If you’ve ever watched any real estate programs on television, you’ve heard eager soon-to-be-homeowners lean toward the boom mic and say, “Oh, this space will be great for entertaining!”
Everyone wants to be seen as the type of posh and popular person who “entertains”—slicing cheeses and popping corks and carving tenderloins and so forth. But the truth is that there aren’t as many dinner parties as there are people talking about dinner parties: According to Robert Putnam, Americans have friends over for dinner only about once every other month these days.
Yes, the decline in friendship and the rise of busyness account for some of the retreat from hospitality, but much of the problem is embedded in how we think about sharing meals in our homes.
Around the Warren
Reflections on Wanting To Be Right
Jessica Deagle ponders the need to be right.
- The other day my eldest son, who is rarely critical, told me that I always wanted to be right about everything. It wasn’t said in an accusatory or confrontational way but in passing, as part of a natural conversation—which made me sit up and take notice all the more. Not a vehement rebuttal to one of my requests, not a rebellious slur against my authority, but a weighty observance that he had obviously reflected on and thought would be helpful if brought to my attention. I don’t think he intended for it to sting—but it did.
Don’t Miss Singing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs
James Witmer gives us the link to order our own copies of the new Sign the Bible album…and some good words on WHY we should click it.
- On Friday, April 27th, Randall Goodgame and the Slugs & Bugs team are releasing Sing the Bible With Slugs & Bugs 3!
If you’ve heard Slugs & Bugs and Lullabies, Slugs & Bugs Under Where?, Sing the Bible With Slugs & Bugs, Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs 2, or Sing the Bible Family Christmas you probably just want the link to order it: https://store.rabbitroom.com/collections/randall-goodgame.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Over at What Do We Do All Day, they’ve got a set of star-gazing coloring pages that are tons of fun.
And Something to Watch
I’m watching a baseball game on TV while I prep this email, and have been marveling at the athleticism of the players. Did you know that a baseball travels from the pitcher’s hand to home plate faster than an eye can blink?
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