Each weekend, I like to share articles or posts that I consider noteworthy during my week of reading (blogs or otherwise around the web), whether they encourage, challenge, inspire, or just flat-out make me laugh. Sometimes these are “current” links (recently written), and sometimes they’re older articles that I just happened to stumble upon in the past week. I hope you enjoy!
“Homeschooling?, Book Writing, & Ordinary Days” by Edie Wadsworth – Apparently I can’t let a week go by without including something from Edie. Her words just bless me so much, and this line brought me to tears with the significance of opening my eyes to the everyday, ordinary blessings I miss so often: “Someday I know I’ll miss the ordinariness of it all. Someday, I’ll remember it as special.”
The Nester’s barn tour – because if anything makes me wish [oh, how I wish!] I lived in North Carolina and could actually attend her barn events, this squeal-inducing post with tons of before & after pictures does exactly that.
“An Awfully Big Adventure” by Tsh Oxenreider – I am so excited to follow along with the Art of Simple Travel blog and the Oxenreider family’s international adventure. Taking three kids under the age of 12 on a year-long around-the-world adventure?! Mighty impressive.
“Why Your Peer Group Matters More Than You Think” by Michael Hyatt – “Usually we drift into peer groups. They could be associates from work, our kids’ school, church, whatever. The important thing to notice is how often these relationships just happen. They’re not intentional. But if iron sharpens iron, shouldn’t we be careful about the kind of edge others are giving us?” I am particularly fascinated by the tidbit that Michael shares in this post about how C.S. Lewis scrapped the first draft of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe based on the feedback of his friends in the Inklings. Imagine what would [or wouldn’t!] have happened if Lewis had not been part of an intentional, iron-sharpening peer group! So amazing to think about.
“When It Feels Like Creation is Over” by Emily Freeman – Emily needs no introduction for me. She is purely, graciously encouraging in every word I read.
“The pessimists say life is hard and won’t get better. The optimists say life is good or will be soon. But the believers say our hope is in Jesus whether life is hard or life is good, releasing the right to predict the future, holding on to God who comes to be with us now.”