I hit a wall this week. The malaise of every day being essentially the same just washed over me and all I wanted to do was stay in bed all day. Prayer, time with God’s Word, and (real truth here) a Spotify playlist based on The Plain White Ts “Hey, There Delilah” helped me get out of the funk, but I’m sure it will wax and wane in the coming days. May your days be bright, even when they feel like Groundhog Day. And may you fill them with joy.
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Imagination Is for Moms Too
Winfree Brisley encourages moms that imagination is theirs as well.
- When our children complain that all of their options for play are boring, we often encourage them to use their imagination. We see them surrounded by blocks waiting to be built into a custom creation, dolls and clothes waiting to be prepared for a fairytale of their own making. We see the potential for something new, they see the same old toys they played with yesterday. A little imagination can go a long way for our kids, and the same is true for us.
3 Ways Humor Can Help in Hard Times
Rachel Jones reminds us to laugh.
- “If only we could put him on mute in real life,” a weary dad quipped in my small group, whose 18-month-old could be heard shouting constantly and for no clear reason from his highchair in the background of our Zoom call.
The Most Underrated Movie Of All Time
Joshua Gibbs recommends a classic.
- When we say a certain work of art is “underrated,” we mean that either critics or the public are unwilling (or unable) to acknowledge the relative merits of a book, song, painting, and so forth. In order for a film to warrant the title “the most underrated film of all time,” though, estimation of the film in question would have to be very low, and yet, the film would actually have to be a work of remarkable genius.
Henry the Oak Tree
Alexandra Claus introduces us to an oak tree.
- We do not always pay special attention to the everyday objects around us. They become commonplace to us, fading into background noise or scenery, as we go about our lives. Even people begin to look commonplace. We see nothing particularly “glorious” or “wondrous” about them. We tend to disregard the subtle intricacies of our fellow creations. Inspired by Chesterton’s quote, I decided to explore the concept of seeing by spending thirty days visiting a tree, which I came to know as Henry. Thirty days is not quite a thousand times, but it is the same practice of trying to see something in a new way. I have realized how impatient and how creative I can be in distracting myself from learning to see something—even if it is only a tree—in a new way.
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Point Kids to the Gospel Through Great Books
Kathryn Butler introduces stories that point to the greatest Story of all.
- One morning, while strolling through Oxford, J. R. R. Tolkien described Christianity to C. S. Lewis as the “true myth.” Christ, Tolkien explained, is the full revelation of God; all other great stories merely echo that truth. Lewis later credited this discussion with Tolkien as instrumental to his Christian conversion.
A century later, the wisdom of that dialogue resurfaced in my personal life, though in humbler circumstances. I didn’t walk with scholars among halls of erudition. Instead, I sat at our kitchen table, a worn copy of The Fellowship of the Ring in hand, reading aloud while my kids munched peanut butter and jelly.
The Favorite Book
Laura Peterson introduces a new picture book
- “How do you choose a favorite, a best?
Which would you pick before all the rest?”
In college, some friends of mine had a poster of Wassily Kandinsky’s “Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles” hanging up in their room. Anyone coming for a study break or evening chat was invited to look at the poster and choose a favorite square for that moment. It could represent how you were feeling that day, or just the colors that caught your eye at the time. It was a fun discussion starter, and as I think about it in hindsight, a nice way for exhausted college students to engage with art.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Printmaking is a fairly simple way to get even your youngest littles making art. Here’s some great ways to get started using styrofoam.
Something to Watch
A beautiful blessing sung by churches across the United Kingdom.