Sunday, October 12, 2008

SHOW & TELL: Holiday Hoopla

OK, so maybe today's not a holiday to you. But today's my birthday (my 29th... yes I'm actually 29, not just saying so to coyly lie about my age), and tomorrow's our anniversary (our 8th!). [And yes-- I pre-scheduled this post, so I didn't have to even think about blogging this week.] So, as a weird backwards-day sort of "Birthiversary" present, you get a motherlode of wonderfully interesting links to peruse and enjoy. Hope you like reading 'em as much as I have.

Thoughts on... BEING A GODLY WOMAN

  • What do we do when facing problems with other people? C.S. Lewis offers wise, challenging advice.
  • Are you a bitter woman?
  • Never "get much" out of Leviticus? Or are you looking for ways to enrich your Bible study time? Check out Melissa's thoughts about reverence for God, and how she structures her Bible studies in order to better understand God's message.
  • Taming The Tongue: Desiring God's recent conference messages are all online... for me, and most women I know, this issue of our words is a particularly relevant challenge.
  • A woman's "highest calling"? In case you missed it, Amy's thoughts here are SO worth reading. I see this phrase thrown around a lot... I highly encourage you to read and consider what she writes.

Thoughts on... MARRIAGE

Thoughts on... CHILDREN

  • Wise words on how to overcome irritation with children
  • Beautiful perspective: What I'd Like You To Know (from a mom of many)... consider this link as a hearty "Amen!" from me.
  • Do kids NEED mom to play with them? Brenda shares some interesting thoughts about this often guilt-inducing subject.
  • When a friend miscarries: Wise words from my friend Tanya in her article, "Tanya, I just don't know what to DO."
  • Speak kindly to your children.
  • Having three children really isn't SO difficult.
  • An easy way to teach children to tie their own shoes.
  • When is a family TOO BIG? Whoopi Goldberg and others in an interesting (and, in many ways, scary) conversation.
  • PLEASE protect your kids online!!! Christine reminds us of what's at risk.
  • Lunch ideas for busy moms- here's a running list I've put together of potential, EASY meals for mid-day with kids-- I'd love to have you add your ideas!
  • Shaping Your Child's Sexuality: Mary Flo Ridley seems to have a thoughtful perspective on having "THE talk"... I've enjoyed all I've read/heard from her so far.
  • When Your Quiver Overflows- Stacy McDonald... a thoughtful perspective on the fruit of the womb
  • Scroll down this article until you see the headline "The Cost of Motherhood", and then read it. It's true...here's an excerpt:

    There is a cost of motherhood. And the price is no small sum. And if you are not willing to pay this price, no amount of encouragement about the joys of motherhood will satisfy.

    But the price of motherhood is not fundamentally different from the price of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. In fact, Christian mothers see their duty as mothers flowing from their calling to Jesus Christ. And what is this cost?

    Christian motherhood means dedicating your entire life in service of others.

Thoughts on... RAISING DAUGHTERS

Thoughts on... HOMESCHOOLING


Thoughts on... ABORTION

Thoughts on... FINANCES & FRUGALITY

Thoughts on... FOOD

Random MISCELLANY that's potentially WORTH YOUR TIME

  • Do Christians in China still suffer persecution?
  • First Graders attend same-sex wedding- as a public school field trip. Since liberals aren't having their own children, they'll just take control of the consciences of everyone else's children through government schools. At the same time that American education is tanking in virtually every academic area, THIS is the stuff they want 5- and 6-year-olds to learn. Ugh.
  • How to fold a t-shirt in 2 seconds
  • Adjusting to life overseas... good advice for any ex-pat wife.
  • Mark Driscoll is, chapter by chapter, releasing his book-- "Porn-Again Christian" -- online, for FREE. Publishers have turned down the option of publishing this book because of Driscoll's straightforward handling of these issues-- I'm guessing this is one interesting book, relative to our culture, honoring to God, and offensive to the rigidly religious among us. But wasn't Jesus all of those things?
  • TV-free living? An article about us kooks.
  • In his new documentary, Religulous, Bill Maher clearly thinks that anyone who believes in God is a fool. Here's the preview-- you be the judge.
  • Answering Lottie Moon's Cry: an interesting article that at least raises worthwhile questions about complementarianism & women in overseas missions
  • Do you pop your neck? Is the temporary relief worth it? I confess that I have for more than a decade... but reading this article has caused me to re-think my habit.
  • Regardless of your thoughts on Palin, this article examining Palin's wardrobe is an interesting one. [For one thing, no such article would EVER be written about a male politician (unless he was effeminate). For another, I've really appreciated seeing a woman who's not afraid to be feminine. Mother, wife, long hair, skirts... finally, there's a prominent woman who's not afraid to overtly be, well, a woman.]
  • If you don't read ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES blog, you should. Some of the most thought-provoking blogging around paired with book giveaways. Does it get better than this?
  • Human sexual trafficking: Inform yourself... this interview (called, "They Could Kill You & Noone Would Ever Know") with a Central Asian woman gives an insightful view to this horrible, modern-day practice.

GOOD FOR A LAUGH

  • How to punish a cheating husband? Make him wear this! This website of crochet-gone-wrong cracks me up!
  • Cake Wrecks-- always good for a laugh... this blogger finds the BEST (read: worst) cakes to highlight!
HAPPY LINK-HOPPING!!!

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