It’s raining. The edge of a hurricane is sliding past and there’s been a steady downpour all day long. It’s the kind of rain that nourishes, but I know that yesterday there was wind and rain and flooding and destruction at the center of the storm when it made landfall. Rain, like fire, like our tongues, can bring life or death. May you bring life.
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Finding Success in the Strain
Tag Green recognizes that we are in a challenging time–and educators and students in particular are facing struggle and strain. Whether your kids are home schooling, doing school online, in school in person, or whatever combination of the above, there is struggle and strain for them and for their teachers and for you.
- I ran across a quote recently that has been widely—and falsely—attributed to Theodore Roosevelt: “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.” The quote was actually referenced by Roosevelt in his autobiography, but the person he quotes is one Squire Bill Widener, a community servant who lived a rather obscure, but nonetheless valuable, life. This quote has been precisely what I needed to hear as school has begun.
12 Scriptures to Fill Your Children’s Hearts at Bedtime
A few days ago I remembered–as I do from time to time–that years ago I challenged myself to memorize a full chapter of Scripture. I’ve gotten 12 verses down, and I think I want to start going on it again. Scripture in our memories is an anchor. Here are some to work on with your kids.
- Teaching Scripture to you children is like planting a seed. When you water it with a consistent example of what it means to live out Scripture in your everyday life, that seed in your child’s life will sprout and grow into the joy of living for Jesus.
Bedtime is a good time to help your children memorize Scripture. The house has become quiet, chores and homework are done, and they relax in their beds as they wait for sleep to come. Often they want to hear a story–a great way to incorporate Scripture and give an example of God’s presence in out lives.
Hutchmoot: Homebound Reading & Listening Collection
I know you all love a good book list–so I’ll share something even better. This is a book list, music list, and a recommendation for possibly the best $20 you could spend this year. Check out this reading and listening collection for Hutchmoot: Homebound–and check out Hutchmoot: Homebound if you’re able.
- Chris Thiessen (Keeper of the Books, Rabbit Room Store Expert, and Encyclopedic Source of all Musical Knowledge) has compiled a reading list and a streaming playlist that together represent the speakers, subjects, and artists involved in Hutchmoot: Homebound. They are vast. We’ve also got some fun goodies to share from Growley Leather, so be sure to scroll to the bottom.
Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
Janie at Redeemed Reader reviews this middle grade book.
- Isaiah Dunn’s life has been trending downward, but the power of words and the discipline of work may pull him back up.
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Classic American Picture Books: Award Winners
Christine Norvell reminds us of some of the greats.
- Picture books are a creative phenomena to me. More than imagery and words, they speak in so many languages. Every child and parent knows the truth of this because our imaginations, our senses, and our minds are stirred in bountiful ways each time a book is read. And that’s a richness we all share.
Measure by Measure
Priscilla Bower looks back to learning piano.
- I like to think of myself as a musician. I mean, if taking piano lessons for years as a kid and knowing some music theory makes you a musician, I guess it’s true. Knowing how to play a musical instrument is a special gift – but it takes a while to get there.
Something to Do with Your Kids
It’s been a rough year for many of us, so I’m all about finding reasons to party. We’re more than halfway through September, but you can still find some good (aka, totally random) holidays to celebrate.
Something to Watch
This video shows a potter making a Yixing teapot, a classic Chinese style. It’s a quiet, meditative look at a beautiful ancient art.