Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Weekly Smorgasbord

This week's links are ready for you:

On Faith: 
Posted: 26 Apr 2013 09:05 PM PDT
"I don't believe every blog post needs to be an explicit altar call, but if it is a post that does not in some way make a claim that whatever my experience is, I am being transformed by and into the image of Jesus Christ, than I'm not sure we can call it Christian."

One of those posts I can't agree with every word of, but it was thought provoking for sure.

Posted: 07 May 2013 08:18 PM PDT
"In the SBC, I wonder if one of the reasons for our low-grade fever is that it's easier to deal with a small fever than to deal with the raging fires outside our holy huddle. It's easier to debate small matters with people who see the world much like we do than it is to engage with a lost world that seems increasingly hostile to the Christian perspective."

I don't think "lesser" debates are altogether unimportant, but this article makes a good point.

On Parenting and Family:
Posted: 02 May 2013 08:56 PM PDT
"Research of every kind has suggested that media, constantly being indoors, over-entertainment, trying to manage children into little adults, too much exposure to sexual material and immoral values at an early age, is destroying the soul of children. They are being pushed and pulled and dragged from one place to another, endless activities, lessons that are supposedly "good" for them, and forced to fit into the time boxes convenient to adults. This stress is wreaking havoc and creating horrendous results on a generation of children who are growing up with emotional adult illnesses at early ages, lower vocabulary, more depression, vastly growing obesity as a childhood disease, and so much more. Premature addiction to sexual images and news stories and acting out adult values is damaging to their souls. Innocence and purity of mind is healthy to becoming healthy adults."

I believe this in my very core.
Posted: 06 May 2013 08:10 PM PDT
"Before she drifted off to sleep she asked me to wake her up in the night and bring her into our bed. Normally I wouldn't indulge her. If she wakes and wants to snuggle, my door is always open. But will I wake her to do it? No. She and I both need our sleep. But last Tuesday I set my alarm for 2 am and nudged Chad to go and get her. Being a good mother sometimes means saying "no" to my children and "yes" to another equally important relationship: the one with my husband. Sometimes right and wrong is on a gradient, meaning, at times, both paths are right."
Posted: 07 May 2013 08:29 PM PDT
Loved these. Some of my favorites: "7. At the end of organization, at the end of patience, at the end of perfection, we die to ourselves. And then love rises from the ashes. It sucks. And then it gets better. And then it sucks again. Still, love rises. 8. You will never regret parenting. Except for the teeny, tiny tons of times when you secretly wonder if you maybe regret it just a little. But, overall, never. And overall is what counts in the end. 12. There's a very fine line between enjoying the chaos and barely surviving. Actually, there's no line at all. It's all mixed up together. That "fine line" thing is a lie. 17. Kids are difficult, gross, confusing and awesome. So are you. 18. Parenting will bring you face to face with yourself. It may be terrifying. It may break you. But it will also rebuild you, and you will be stronger than you ever thought possible."
Posted: 07 May 2013 08:26 PM PDT
Hilarious and heartwarming.

Posted: 07 May 2013 08:31 PM PDT
Hilarious. I didn't come from a big family, but I married into one and I loved this.
On Adoption:
Posted: 02 May 2013 09:46 PM PDT
I thought this was interesting partly because Bethany has a center here and so it was neat to hear some facts about it. I know it was espesially important for Peyton to read because he's very interested in ethical adoption (i.e. not coercing a birth parent, making sure the child wasn't trafficked, ect.). I will say I think Jonathon is a bit naive as far as the Pearl's influence.

Posted: 06 May 2013 08:28 PM PDT
"I told Aden the truth that all of us are Real. And that there's room in the Real pool for more than just one mama. Your birthmom is your Real mom, Aden. She grew you inside of her own flesh, and she gave you the gift of life, which is something I couldn't do for you. Nothing will change that or take it away from you or her. That's Real life. Her story will always be part of yours. And stories are things we get to keep forever. And I'm your Real mom, too. I get to love you and parent you every day.You know what else is Real, Miss Aden? Holding the loss and love of your first Real Mom alongside the love of your Me Real Mom in your heart. Because it's not an either/or. It's a both/and. Love and loss. Pain and joy."

Loved this.
On Abortion:
Posted: 02 May 2013 07:35 PM PDT
"In other words, instead of focusing all of our efforts on making "supply" illegal, perhaps we should work on decreasing demand. And instead of pretending like this is just an issue of women's rights, perhaps we should acknowledge the very real and very troubling moral questions surrounding a voluntarily terminated pregnancy...I am still unsure of exactly how to do this. I don't even know where to start, really. The more I learn, the more complex this issue becomes. But the Gosnell case does in fact point to something simple: that we are failing to care for the most marginalized and helpless among us, be they unborn children or women whose desperation sent them to Gosnell's clinic. And we won't be able to promote a "culture of life" until we are willing to advocate on behalf of both."

Thought provoking to say the least.
Posted: 07 May 2013 08:02 PM PDT
"The unwritten rule is that when the left discusses abortion it is never called "abortion," but always referred to as "health" or, more specifically "reproductive health" — although abortion is the opposite of reproduction and for one party involved, the opposite of health."

 Interesting, although I'm seeing more and more people acknowledge it for what it is and still condoning it.

On Sharing Ideas:
Posted: 06 May 2013 07:58 PM PDT
"When we are inundated with noise and information, the opportunity to grow through the process of wrestling, praying, arguing, processing and conversing is lost. Fast-paced conversations are the death of reflection....The reality with social media is that the prevalence of words often leads to the cheapness of words. In deep conversation, tension results from exploration. But in shallow conversation, tension results merely from combat. The former is largely redemptive, the latter often contentious. This puts forth a significant challenge to education and the process whereby we learn and grow through the rough workings of ongoing, unhurried and deep dialog. As this goes, so too does our ability and opportunity to learn and grow as we relate and interact with other people's ideas."

On Stopping Child Abuse:
Posted: 07 May 2013 08:06 PM PDT
Such a neat concept!

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