Lisa talks about When Pain Becomes a Gift of Mercy.
Katie gives us 5 Ways to Create a Unique Family Culture.
Kathie lists 7 Ways to RUIN the Relationship with Your Child.
Samantha’s Letter to My Son (The Kindergarten Graduate) seemed especially appropriate for this time of year.
Here’s a video of my favorite song from our daughters’ last choir concert of the school year. [If you’re reading via e-mail, click this link to view the video.] Our daughters are in the second row of girls, third and fifth from the right. Interesting side note: the violinist is their piano teacher.
Here are the four books I read this month.
I really enjoyed reading Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff. He reminds us through many stories that love is so much more than words. It’s taking action, and reaching out to people, whether in very small ways or large ones. This “people-before-tasks” type love draws people to Jesus. It was an inspiring book!
I bought The Problem of Prayer: And the Promise that Changes Everything by Cherie Hill “accidentally” on my Kindle! I decided to read it anyway, and am so glad I did. I highlighted many quotes from this book. It was full of practical, helpful reminders about how God works in our lives through prayer.
Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray was a memoir, I suppose. She shares thoughts about and stories from her life, and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
My fiction read this month was Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard. This was the third book in the series, and it had been awhile since I read the first two. Because of that, I was lost in parts of the book, and there was too much going on at times for me to keep it all straight!
Looking for some interesting books to read this summer, so let me know if you’ve read anything good lately!
Have a wonderful weekend!!
I really appreciated the post about pain being a mercy. I remember a talk my father did in Sunday school about how depression and things like that are one of God’s ways of making us aware of sin in our lives. That’s not always the case, of course, but sometimes it is. I’ve also read a few articles about how good pain can be — in moderation! — so I really appreciated this post. Pain keeps us from hurting ourselves further, like with a sprain or a break.
The family culture post was interesting, and I really enjoyed the post about how to ruin my relationships with my children.
“And Can It Be?” was sooo beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing this!!!
Ruining Your Relationship – ugh. Will & I are dealing with A LOT of this. :-/ He is hyper-defensive at ANY correction, and I can’t just say something once & be done – I just. keep. talking. and. talking. and. talking… I need to really work on this this summer.
Family Culture – “But it is important to realize that you a) have a choice and b) are choosing.” YES!!!
I’ve really had to work on that part about saying something once, then leaving it alone. It’s like I feel the need to make sure they really get the point of what I’m saying…and they don’t really appreciate that!
I kid you not – I just blew it re: this *AGAIN* tonight. Praying for better communication & understanding b/t me & Will (& all of us mothers with our kids!)
Amen!!! I know God will continue to grow you in this – you’re a great mom!!