Happy Saturday! Here’s an assortment of fine food for your thoughts this weekend, I hope you enjoy and feel free to share any articles you read and enjoyed or comment on the ones you liked, I love hearing from others! Happy reading!
Be reminded of the importance of silence and solitude. Make its presence a habit in your life. You’ve got nothing to lose. And your whole life to gain back.
Am I willing? That is a huge question to ask. Willing to do what? Whatever God asks, comes the quiet answer. I’ve pondered the concept of the God-sized Dream for the last several months, and only recently have come to wonder what that really looks like. At first glance it means something really big and grand. God is huge, isn’t He? Greater than we can ever comprehend, so a dream of His magnitude has to match that – it has to be big. but, I don’t think so anymore.
How to Balance Motherhood and Ambition - very good for those who struggle with this. (me!)
The truth is that motherhood often comes with a strong dose of guilt. We feel guilty when we don’t spend enough time with our kids. We feel guilty when we spend too much time with them and not enough time on things like housework or meal-planning. We feel guilty for working. We feel guilty for staying home. We feel guilty for being too strict. We feel guilty for giving in. And sometimes we feel guilty for pursuing our own dreams and ambitions because it might mean we can’t also meet standard of the perfect mom we’ve set out to be.
Two Parenting Epiphanies I Wish I’d Realized Sooner - this one gave me somethings to think about as I’m still struggling with our four-year old especially now that the “baby” is not just taking up mama’s physical time but is also getting into every one else’s territories.
I always expect that other mothers feel like experts after having three kids. But maybe they feel just as unsure as I do. Always readjusting, examining, altering, transitioning, becoming more aware of the individual needs of each child, what makes them tick and thrive, and switching gears. It really is an amazing process and I’m honored to have the opportunity to learn how to love my kids.
The One Thing Christians Should Stop Saying - I’m not posting this because I’m saying I agree or disagree with what he’s saying. I’m posting it because I appreciate his intent (or what I gathered it to be) – which is to remind us all that “material good fortune” is not the same as “God’s blessings”. My friend posted this on her blog and like I said there, for me it’s about being grateful in everything and in all situations, recognizing that we cannot do anything good of our own accord. God blesses us – as in He is the one doing the action of sending us His blessings. And He blesses us with what we really need – Grace, Patience, Humility, Courage, Temperance and other “gifts“. With these blessings, we are given the freedom to make choices – choices with what we do and how we use the resources we have – however many or little they may be. If we are grateful for all we have and with where we are and in all situations, then that is how God blesses us. Those are my simple non-theologian thoughts on the matter anyhow and I’d love to hear others thoughts!
Second, and more importantly, calling myself blessed because of material good fortune is just plain wrong. For starters, it can be offensive to the hundreds of millions of Christians in the world who live on less than $10 per day. You read that right. Hundreds of millions who receive a single-digit dollar “blessing” per day.