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Around the Web
The Key to Knowing How We May Experience Failure, But It doesn’t Make Us a Failure
Christine Caine explores the feelings of failure we have.
- I once had a dear friend whom I loved wholeheartedly and with whom I shared so many fun times.
We had endless heart-to-heart talks about God, ministry, life, family, fashion, movies, books, food, and of course, coffee.
We shared an incredibly strong bond. We could talk about the most serious issues on earth one moment and then be laughing hysterically the next.
She was one of those people with whom I didn’t have to second-guess my words or filter my responses. There was simply an ease between us. And we had just enough differences to keep our friendship interesting, engaging, and evolving.
Free Summer Reading Printable Packet for Kids Ages 6 – 13
- Summer is just around the corner! Download this free summer reading packet for your kids ages 6 to 13. I hope this reading printable will help you support your children with intentional, daily reading and reflecting over the summer.
How to Spend Dinner Time without Asking “How Was Your Day?”
- Picture the scene:
You’ve had a long day. You’re tired, the kids are cranky and you are all desperate to get some food in your bellies.
You know you should use this family dinner time as a way to connect with your kids, find out what’s going on in their lives. Help them on the road to becoming good humans.
So you begin,
How was your day?
Indiana Jones and the Baptized Imagination
- A fifth grade birthday party: I was a few months past ten years old, crammed into a school cafeteria with a dozen other pre-adolescent boys, toting sleeping bags and snacks, ready for anything. Everything about that night likely would have drifted into the ash heap of memory, but for one major reason: Indiana Jones.
Someone popped in the videotape, the fluorescent lights flicked off, and I was transported deep into the South American jungle. There he was, Dr. Henry Jones, Jr., fedora and five o’clock shadow, plucking the golden idol from its place atop the stone pillar in the bowels of the earth and running for his life from the giant boulder. Then came the natives, the Nazis, the bullwhip, the one-liners, and the face-melting. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, I left that party changed. The world was wilder and bigger than I had known.
Around the Warren
Parenthood – Stumbling Into Mercy
Aimee Davis explores the stumbling path that can be parenthood.
- I became a believer at the height of Rich Mullins’ fame. His CDs and tapes were some of the first music I listened to, and his words framed this new thing called “Christianity” that I was learning about. Fast-forward 25 years, and I’m sitting at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN with my husband, young daughter, and teenage son. We had convinced the kids that this was going to be an awesome concert merely because it was being led by “that guy” who wrote the Wingfeather books they loved so much.
The Parable of the Stuck Kite
Tyler Leland introduces us to Oliver Jeffers book, Stuck.
- Oliver Jeffers is a favorite author/illustrator in our household. The ridiculous adventures that his characters find themselves in make us laugh while stretching our imaginations. At the top of our Oliver Jeffers list is the picture book, Stuck.
Stuck begins with a boy named Floyd who gets his kite stuck in a tree. The rest of the story is Floyd’s hilarious effort to retrieve the kite. He throws everything up into the tree to retrieve his beloved kite.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Over at What Do We Do All Day, they’ve got a great sequence dice game to play with your family.
And Something to Watch
Thank you for reading. We’re on your side.