We’re at the turning of the year. I remember learning in high school that January is named after the god Janus, who has one face looking to the past and one looking to the future. May these days of reflection and preparation be joy-filled for you.
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Honey for a Child’s Heart, 50th Anniversary edition
Megan at Redeemed Reader reminds us of a classic resource.
- Honey for a Child’s Heart is a beautiful guide full of book lists, a resource worth having in your home library.
They Saw, but They Forgot
Marlys Roos challenges us with a story from Exodus.
- Sometimes, no matter how many times we’ve read a Bible passage, it strikes us and sticks with us as a new revelation. It’s proof that “the word of God is living and active” (Heb. 4:12).
God’s Word doesn’t change, but on occasion He opens our eyes, our minds, and our hearts in His timing when He has readied us to see a particular truth, to take it in, meditate on it, and perhaps share it.
3 Fun, Safe New Year’s Activities for the Kids
Vivian Bricker has some great ideas for celebrating New Year’s with your family.
- New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, and if you are like me, this holiday normally takes you by surprise. While New Year’s is often associated with parties, loud music, and staying up until midnight, there are many fun, safe activities for kids, allowing them to celebrate too.
The Most Wonderful Books on Earth
Scott Hubbard points us to the Gospels for our 2022 Bible reading.
- As many begin a new year of Bible reading, we would do well to remember one of the chief dangers: searching the Scriptures, and missing the Savior. Recall Jesus’s words to the Jewish leaders of John 5, those most devoted of Bible readers:
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. (John 5:39–40)
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Tiny Tim’s Story Is Our Story
Janna Fry points us to A Christmas Carol for a truth to reflect on.
- I read A Christmas Carol every year. I come by it naturally. Grandpa read A Christmas Carol aloud, in that grandfatherly voice just made for telling stories, a stave each night during one of our holiday visits to Virginia. He and Grandma owned a dozen or more movie versions of Scrooge’s tale. I vividly recall my awe as a child, seated with my parents in an ornate theatre, thrilled with surprise as the Ghost of Christmas Past arose on-stage right out of Scrooge’s bedsheets. Our family dog was even named Dickens. (The other option Mom gave us was Shakespeare, so you can see we chose the lesser of two evils.) Now I share A Christmas Carol yearly with my own literature students, an excellent excuse to be paid for reading something that I would probably read anyway.
Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm | Alice and Martin Provensen
Théa Rosenburg points us to a book for building memories.
- That first week of September, I dropped all four of my children off at school and drove home in an empty minivan. Ordinarily, an empty minivan is a treat: a chance to put on a podcast or some music I want to listen to, or to stop for coffee and not share with anyone. But that day, I paused at a four-way stop and thought, Oh. This is normal now. This is every school morning. I didn’t put on a podcast.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Paper airplanes are a classic childhood experience—and here’s a great game to play with them.
Something to Watch
An oldie, but a goodie from Dude Perfect.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team