I’ve been re-watching old seasons of the Great British Baking Show, so I’m talking with a British accent and using phrases like “throw it in the bin” these days. I love the tone of camaraderie among the competitors, the beautiful things they bake, and the British-isms. I shall quit my yammering and let you go about your business now. Like reading the rest of this email!
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Helping Our Kids Put On the Armor of God
Kay Fuller writes at Risen Motherhood encouraging you as your arm your children well.
- Winter boots tucked away, summer sandals fill the cubbies. Snow-pants handed down, summer shorts ready for sunny-day play. Mittens and stocking caps washed and stowed, sunscreen and sunglasses resume their place. Transitioning our family wardrobes from one season or age to the next is an on-going part of parenting, but it’s only one part—covering the visible. No matter the climate or seasonal activities, Scripture prescribes the on-going necessities for every child—their invisible spiritual covering.
How to Turn Your Panic into Praise
Becky Harling hands her anxiety to the Lord.
- For as far back as I can remember, I’ve struggled with anxiety. I’m pretty sure I was a neurotic little kid who worried about a whole lot of stuff.
I worried about my friends—had they accepted Jesus into their hearts, and would they go to heaven?
I worried about my family—would they die and leave me all alone? I worried about suffering for my faith in Jesus—would I be brave enough? I know. Neurotic, right?
The Sunlit Lands Series by Matt Mikalatos
Carolyn Leiloglou shares a series for your kids who are growing beyond The Green Ember and Chronicles of Narnia books (is that possible?)
- The Sunlit Lands Series by Matt Mikalatos is my top pick for kids who have grown up reading The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wingfeather Saga, and The Green Ember Series and are now ready to dive into young adult. These books contain the same kind of deeply true and meaningful stories as the above mentioned series.
5 Things That Steal Your Sabbath
Laura Kuehn challenges us to rest well.
- There seems to be a direct correlation between the winding down of the pandemic (in America at least) and the increase of busyness in our lives. Life is starting to feel like a race car revving its engine at the starting line, ready to bolt at the sound of the gun. But before you take your foot off the brake and jam the gas pedal to the floor, it might be a good time to throw it into neutral and take stock of how well you are doing at creating space for rest and reflection in your life.
Around the Warren
Bed in Summer
Kelly Keller recommends some Robert Louis Stevenson poetry.
- If you’re looking to start reading poetry regularly in your family, Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses is an excellent place to begin. You may be surprised at how some of the poems are already familiar to you! The following poem is one of our favorites from the collection, and it comes first in the book.
Stories as a Shared Language
James Witmer reminds us of the value of stories in relationship.
- I believe that one of the most precious things we can give our children is a sense of belonging. Christians rightly make much of not belonging to this fallen world, but Scripture does not say we are a nomadic, homeless people. No, we are strangers in a strange land, but we are pilgrims – we are citizens of another kingdom. Our road is not endless, it has a destination.
Or as Tolkien wrote, “Not all who wander are lost.”
Something to Do with Your Kids
Need a good activity for a summer night? Try an outdoor movie night with s’mores!
Something to Watch
Father’s Day is on the horizon, and what better gift could you give Dad than the opportunity to tell his favorite Dad jokes? You could tackle your own rendition of the try not to laugh challenge!
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team