Come & Listen

Friday, April 26, 2013

The last few weeks have been spent trying to catch up on current events in the seconds when my kids are no where near the computer.  And actually watching the news on the television has practically stopped.  You see I still feel that part of my job description as mother is to protect the innocence of my children.  Yes I know that the world will seep in, and this is not a realistic objective for long, but you see, right now they are still very young. They were given these few short years to simply learn how to live in their own skin, without worrying about living in this broken, hurting world.

And in the last few weeks, there has been so much of that broken, hurting world that I feel compelled to remember, understand, sympathize with. At least as much as I can as one who is somewhat removed from the outstanding-ness of it all.

As I also want my boys to grow up with the ability to show compassion to the least of these around us in the broken, hurting world, I know that I must know about the broken and hurting, and slowly allow some of that in. You see, while I am able to have a little bit of control on the speed of this experience, I get to walk along side my boys and literally show them how to be compassionate.

Cozy book hop

A Cozy Reading Spot

Thursday, April 25, 2013

What wonderful posts you all shared last week.  It is always a treat to see into your book shelves and lives - to see where you are getting inspiration to write and to teach and to be purposeful in your lives.

I can't wait to see what you all have to share this week, but first, here are the favorites from last week!

Dianty shared a book review of Swept Away that attracted quite a few readers!

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And Keri shared her list of book reviews twitter style.

Modern Mrs Darcy
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I hope you all get a chance to check out these quick reads if you haven't already.

And now for the hop!

Please link to a direct post - not your blog's main page.  And include a link back on that post to the hop (the button codes are on the sidebar, but a text link is just as good).  If you do these two little things, I'll give you a shout out on facebook and twitter during the week!

And because this is a hop, please stop by some of the other links and share some encouraging words when you have the chance!

Thanks everyone!!

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Prepare for the hardship: Empty

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I am probably making a horrible assumption, but I haven't met too many people who truly think that life will always be easy. I mean, there are few that I have come across that haven't tasted one of the more bitter tastes in this world.  If you are one of those with the mindset that this world will always be perfect, that you will not face trials or challenges, I'm sorry that I am bursting this bubble. But as I have told my kid on almost a daily basis, life is not fair, and sometimes we have to go through things we would rather avoid.

And this life, this hard and tiring life that can be full of trials, it can really leave us feeling empty.


For When You're Feeling Fearful...

Monday, April 22, 2013

I don't know about you, but I often feel like the underdog.  

It might be because I am a small, short person - let me be a little honest here, I'm not really five feet tall.  

There are many situations where I just don't feel like I can make an impact. And I'm not talking about the big things, like foreign missions, or large groups, I'm talking also about those times when I take my kids to the park, and it's full of other moms that I don't know.  There's a part of me that fears that moment, knowing I should be a Light to these women, who probably deal with many of the same daily challenges I face, but I just don't feel strong enough - big enough - capable.

No fear

Do you know what I'm saying?

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