Cultivating an Environment of Spiritual Growth – Famous at Home
A Fire By Night – Katelyn Dixon
“In the spiritual world, I wonder if it is indeed the mercy of God which conceals everything but the next few steps in front of us. No matter how much I long for full revelation, perhaps to see the full journey is beyond what I could bear. In wilderness seasons I ache for answers to my deepest and loneliest questions, for a clear plan and purpose; but mostly, I ache for God to be truer than my fears—truer even than my hopes and dreams.”
Parent Love and Grandparent Love – Tim Challies
“The first kind of spiritual influence comes through prayer. As elderly folk let go of other responsibilities in life and perhaps lose the ability to be as active as they once were, they gain the opportunity to pray more. Not only that, but they’ve had many years to grow in their knowledge of God and their relationship with him, so we trust they are praying better than ever before, that they are more intimate with God than ever before, that they are in a closer friendship with God than ever before. They ought to know the power of prayer and to believe in its necessity.“
In Defense of an Automatic “I Love You” – Ashlee Gadd
“This is part of the ache of parenthood, the steady detaching, like slowly peeling a window cling off glass. Friends and peers and high school cousins are becoming flashier and more appealing. We’ve always known this shift was coming, of course. We were kids once, too.
We’ve just never done the steady detaching from this side.
We are officially entering the next phase. We’re watching our ten-year-old son stretch his wings, desperate to fly. We are slowly opening our hands, releasing him into the world, praying he always knows how to find his way back home.“
Better to Have a Burden – DesiringGod.org
“Without grace, burdens break us; with grace, they bend us toward God.”
“Oh, the sweet communion with you in prayer I have forsaken, because I slept late after gorging on another Netflix series. Lord, the memes and jokes I have embraced online in exchange for true and deep joy. Look how my ability to serve others has been snuffed, as I paid more attention to gossip than to gospel. Look at how bored I am by Bible texts, because I would rather “watch” my devotion. Lord, my meditation on your word is withering too, thanks to the mental space I give to things I last saw online minutes back.“