I did more book reading than blog reading this week. We had a couple spring-like days and the boys and I spent as much time as we could outside.
Here are a few links I did enjoy though:
- Greg Lucas wrote one of the first books I read about parenting kids with special needs. He’s part of the Not Alone team and this week he wrote a touching piece on the 20 years of providence since his son Jake’s birth and adoption.
“Standing in that courtroom 20 years ago I would have been absolutely overwhelmed seeing my life as it is today. The failures would be too devastating; the burdens would be too great.
“But today as I look back over the past 20 years of triumph and tears, I see God’s hand of providence in my life. I recognize His perfect plan of love, grace, adoption, rescue and redemption–both my son’s and mine.”
- Do Not Depart is doing a series on surrender. I enjoyed this post by Lisa- Your Moment of Surrender–5 Little Things to Give up. They are just little things, but as she writes, little can be big.
“Every surrender is an offering to God that can bring Him glory, no matter its size. And maybe the little things are really big after all. Because when we surrender to Jesus, we lose nothing of value, but we gain an eternity of joy.”
- Haley at Tiny Twig and Jessi at Naptime Diaries wrote this week on refreshment. The perfect topic as we head into a new season. Check out The Thrill of Hope by Haley and Refresh, Day Five – The Soul from Jessi.
- Ed Stetzer wrote an important piece for all of us in ministry, How churches can respond to mental illness. I certainly need to have more compassion and grace in this area.
“Christians believe the church is the body of Christ—the hands and feet of Jesus—and that means going into the darkest places and the toughest situations to bring light. It means walking with those who are suffering, no matter what the suffering looks like.”
- Stephen Liggins wrote “What we can learn from African Christians” and I found his observations encouraging.
My book list just keeps longer and longer. This week I focused on The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin, but I also have Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Bread & Wine by Shauna Nienquist, and Life After Art by Matt Appling waiting patiently. Well, Outlander is a library book, so it actually isn’t waiting so patiently as we approach the due date. My friend Teri Lynne shared her book list this week and she’s up to 56 books this year! She shared a few titles I added to my “want to read” list.