This week, we have a treat at Story Warren—three hummingbird poems by my dear friend Rachel S. Donahue. Rachel has spent much of the past few years digging deeply and planting roots in a home in North Carolina after more than a decade of living the uprooted life of a cross-cultural worker. Her poems are a reflection of that planting, and will be released as part of a collection later this summer by Bandersnatch Books, Beyond Chittering Cottage: Poems of Place.
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We Always Glean Among the Sheaves
Tim Challies reminds us that God’s provision is a grace.
- Ruth needed help. Ruth needed help, and in his mercy God provided for her need. He provided it first through the laws of his land which instructed landowners that when they harvested grain, they were not to reap all the way to the edges of their fields and were not to pick up any bits their harvesters had dropped along the way. Instead, all of this was to be left for the poor and the foreigners who were to experience the charity of the wealthy, but also the dignity of hard work. And so, through his law, God provided for his destitute daughter Ruth and for many others like her. She dutifully took to the fields to gather grain for herself and her mother-in-law.
Learning to Find Good Books
Our friends at Redeemed Reader have some advice for the book-searchers.
- How do we find good books? We get this question often at Redeemed Reader. Many of you are on the hunt for books: to satisfy a voracious reader, interest an apathetic reader, find a new read aloud —the list goes on and on.
But how do we find good books? And how can you do it?
Go and Do Likewise! by John Hendrix
Janie at Redeemed Reader recommends John Hendrix’s new book.
- In Go and Do Likewise, as in Miracle Man, John Hendrix offers a fresh take on the life and teachings of Christ.
Training Our Children to Honor Their Parents by Honoring Our Own
Learning how to “honor your father and mother” with your children.
- When I was a little girl, we spent nearly every Saturday morning at my grandmother’s house. She was a widow living on her own, so my dad made visiting her a priority for our family. Each week, he’d sit in her rocking chair balancing her checkbook and paying her bills while we watched Shirley Temple and played hide the thimble.
I grew up in the church and knew God’s command to “honor your father and mother” (Eph. 6:2). But those words came alive when I watched my father model them for me and my sisters.
Around the Warren
Rachel Donahue’s poetry invites us to look closely at the world around us.
Archilochus colubris I
- King George sits
enthroned on high,
over the bounty at his feet.
Archilochus colubris II
- Peasant Joan
full of grace
steals in softly
while King George is away.
Archilochus colubris III
- Eleanor flits,
desiring to see
the sons of Adam
enthroned before her
in folding chairs.
Something to Do with Your Kids
As spring continues to unfold here in North America, you might want to entice some birds to your yard with these pine cone bird feeders.
Something to Watch
Classical piano is one of my favorite things, and you really can’t go wrong with Chopin as a place to start. Add some to your day with this lovely video.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team