From blog reading:
- Why a man eats another man’s heart – from CNN. “A Syrian rebel carves the heart out of a dead man and bites it. His comrades nearby cheer: ‘God is great.’” How does a man get to that point? James Dawes explains, and shares this advice for those of us raising sons, “Spoil him with diversity, so that if there ever comes a time when he is called to war, he will always remember to see the world through the other’s eyes. He will fight, but he will fight against an enemy that he sees as a person, like him. He will see their humanity, and in so doing, he will preserve his own.”
- Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures from Mind/Shift (HT: Mandi at Life Your Way). “Obviously if struggle indicates weakness—a lack of intelligence—it makes you feel bad, and so you’re less likely to put up with it. But if struggle indicates strength—an ability to face down the challenges that inevitably occur when you are trying to learn something—you’re more willing to accept it.”
- 31 tips for a great 31 days series from Design by Insight. Do you link up with The Nester in October with a 31 day series? Here are lots of ideas and tips to help you start planning. I’ve picked my topic for my editing site and am looking forward to it!
- 5 Secrets for Every Day One: First Day Back to School from Ann Voskamp. “That’s the bottom line: Your sins aren’t enough and your strengths aren’t enough. You are not enough — for this parenting gig, this marriage relationship, this homeschooling year, this work project. Grace is the only thing that is ever enough.”
From Bible reading:
Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer. – Psalm 4:1 (NLT)
From book reading:
This week I reread Harry Potter at the Deathly Hallows. After my HP movie marathon a few weeks ago, I wanted to compare the last movies to the book.
From our house:
We celebrated a birthday, painted like Jackson Pollock, said goodbye to a friend at his funeral, enjoyed a couple cooler days, and got word from our adoption agency that we have a new case worker and more forms to redo, and of course, watched lots and lots of football. In our fantasy football league, Lee and I go head-to-head tomorrow. I’ll be sure to share who wins on my Facebook page!