Don’t look too closely, but we’re now 10 weeks into 2021. That’s almost 1/5 of the way into the new year. It’s almost not new anymore. Happy March—may the lion-ness of these days become lamb-like for you.
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Lament Is for Little Ones, Too
As we continue through this season of Lent, it can be challenging to navigate how to observe it with your smallest children. But even little ones need the exercise of grieving and lamenting well.
- Recent months have brought a whirlwind of emotions. Sadness. Fear. Disappointment. Loneliness. They’ve crashed over us like waves pounding against the shore. The challenges and struggles of life in a pandemic continue to leave us reeling. The losses we’ve endured, the hardships we continue to bear, and the uncertainties that lie ahead have left many of us overwhelmed.
Multicultural Chapter Books: Yasmin, Kayla, and Mindy Kim
Betsy at Redeemed Reader has a set of recommendations for us.
- Yasmin, King and Kayla, and Mindy Kim are great multicultural early chapter books for young readers.
On the Question Every Heart Asks: Why?
Marlys Roos writes at enCourage on that question that we learn so early.
- We all know the favorite question of young children is “Why?” Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why do I have to eat this? Why do I have to go to bed?
The past year has been a year of “Why?” questions, often making us feel as helpless as young children. Why do we have to shut down? Why do we have to wear masks? Why are protests allowed when churches can’t meet? Why are they doing that? Why can’t things just be “normal”?
For me, personally, those questions have included Why did my sister die? Why couldn’t I be with her in the hospital? Why did they move so far away? Why wasn’t I a better sister?
Believe the Benediction
Brian Phillips points us to remember the blessing.
- Living such hectic lives brings with it inescapable problems. We spend too many of our days tired, stretched too thin, irritable, spiritually drained, and emotionally spent. To make matters worse, we live in a time that suffers information glut – that is, we are bombarded with all that we “should” be doing, in addition to what we are already struggling to accomplish.
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The Holy Rebellion of De-cluttering
John Sommer looks at the practice of de-cluttering—our spaces and our lives.
- It seems that in most houses there is at least one place that is a magnet for clutter. It might be the garage, the attic, the laundry room, a spare closet, or even the kitchen sink, but wherever it happens to be, there is something about that particular space that seems to attract extra stuff like a black hole. In my house it is my hallway desk area. This is the place I study and work, the place we use our family computer, the place we gather around when we watch something as a family, and it is also the place that becomes the dumping ground for every strange item in our house.
A Seat at the Table with Phil
Kelly Keller recommends something to watch.
- Over the weeks and months of staying home brought on by Covid, I looked for ways to keep things exciting inside our four walls. One day threatened to blur into another as the seven of us bounced off each other inside the house. Boredom and repetition made us all a little bit crazy.
Something to Do with Your Kids
As the days grow longer and the sun starts peeking in your windows, you definitely need to check out this stained glass sun catcher craft inspired by The Green Ember!
Something to Watch
My friend, a lover of the art of dressage, recently shared this video. I love Lippizaner stallions and this video from the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna is absolutely beautiful.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team