If you've been around here since the beginning, you'll know that I originally book-ended each week on the blog with a menu feature on Mondays and a how-to tip on Fridays. Those features quietly disappeared - maybe when summer began? - although I honestly can't remember, and it's clearly too much trouble for me to look back. Anyway, this is about as much clamor as I heard for their return:
So, inspired with a new idea, I think I'm going to do a Monday feature with some links to thoughtful articles and blog posts that I've found interesting over the past week. There won't be likely be that many, just a noteworthy few. Feel free to comment about what you've liked or what has sparked your curiosity. And throughout the week, as you find articles/posts of interest, send them my way for the next edition of Monday's Menu: Food for Thought.
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As the election approaches and the parties grow more and more polarized, here's a prayer that Jena Nardella prayed at the Democratic Convention last week. It asks God to renew our moral vision for Christ's redemptive work, because [God's] kingdom is not divided into Red States and Blue States."
This Wall Street Journal article, "Opting Out of the Rug Rat Race," is adapted from a new book released this past week. The book by Paul Tough is entitled, "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character," and it promises to tell you why getting your children into the right preschool isn't the game-changer you might have thought it was.
Laura Ortberg Turner, daughter of John and Nancy Ortberg, argues against American overparenting this week in Her.meneutics (Christianity Today's Women's blog). What? We don't need to greet our children at the back door after school everyday with homemade cookies in hand? This is welcome news. I might actually get a book written this year.
Gretchen Reynolds on the New York Times well blog talks about the importance of fitness. Cardiac fitness at mid-life can significantly decrease the length of time you spend at end-of-life with chronic disease. A needed reminded for those of us pursuing a lifetime's worth of faithful service to Jesus.
And finally, a great post on the courage required for our calling was sent my way by a fellow Redbud writer. I needed the encouragement it offers for the chasms spanning between my own life and calling: "Inevitably, every Christian leader, even those among us who appear to be the most fearless, must face their own chasm, the chasm between our calling as Christian leaders and our own personal resources."
Quote of the Week:
Every act of self-discipline is a service to the community. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Verse of the Week:
Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips. Ecclesiastes 10:12
Prayer of the Week:
Father, where our courage fails this week, renew our vision of You. We are weak and often afraid. Strengthen the sinews of our faith. Remind us that Your hands steady the spinning globe and hold together all that would fragment and splinter off apart from Your sustaining grace.
For Christ and His glory,