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Stories Around the Web - May 6

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How's your week been? It's done nothing but rain here, but I don't mind too much- my garden is bursting with blooms and the grass is such a vibrant green! If you're also waiting for the sun to come out tomorrow, here are a few cool things I've found around the web this week that I think you'll love too. Happy Reading!



A Letter to Moms from Joanna Gaines - There's so much junk on TV, which is maybe why I'm so in love with Joanna and Chip Gaines' Fixer Upper. And I love Joanna's blog and this post in particular-- as a working mama myself, I love reading her heart for her kids and making time to celebrate the little things together. 

When Wonder Finds You - Oh Nicole. How did you know exactly how I'm feeling this week? Wonder says remember you are a child. Wonder says the one who made this made you. Wonder sings a song of delight, of small and glorious living with a big and spectacular God. And I reached my hands to the sky, I remembered I am small and He is big, and I ran back home knowing that He does, in fact, restore my soul.

Stop Calling Your Wife Hot - All the yeses and amens to this. Can we just ban the phrase "smokin' hot wife" from social media? Maybe you disagree, but I think Barnabas nails it here. 

Don't Call Me the Best Mom Ever - In a similar vein, Christianity Today contributor Courtney Reissig articulates a lot of what I've been feeling about our need to label (or hashtag) ourselves and others. "It’s a Supermom contest or a Mom Fail contest on the one day a year we should be loved for simply being a mom." 

Nichole Nordemon, Slow Down - Oh my goodness. If you need me, I'll just be here in puddle in the corner. I'm not normally super sentimental when it comes to videos like this, but for some reason this hits me in all the feels.  

What about you-- what did you read, listen to or watch this week? Share with me in the comments and if I love it too, I'll share it next week!

Take care of yourself and have a happy weekend!


Stories Around the Web - April 29

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'Thy Will' - Powerful Song From Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott And Family
 
I can't get enough of this song. Seriously- it's been on repeat in my office the past few days. 

Bono & Eugene Peterson Talk about Their Love for the Psalms 
Can we just take a moment and talk about the delightfulness of Eugene Peterson (writer of The Message translation of the Bible)? I love that he didn't know who Bono was. In fact, let's just sum up this whole video as a delight-- from Peterson's wife baking cookies to her telling Bono not to run up the stone path outside her house. The Psalms are the bread and butter of my time in the Word, and their conversation about them is a real treasure to listen in on. 

What Book I'm Reading this Week: Create vs Copy by Ken Wytsma 
I'm on a creativty kick this month and have enjoyed digging into a few new books about the subject. It's always fun when an author seems to share all the same influencers as you- and this is the case for me with Ken's new book, Create vs Copy. I wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised! It left a lot for me to think about -- I'll probably come back to it at some point with my journal to take better notes.

What I Want to Tell My Daughter about Being a Mother - Lisa Jo Baker
"Sweet girl, you will find yourself breaking up with all the parts of your life you used to love – the long naps and late nights out and food eaten while still hot – and you’ll love it. You’ll love every hard, grueling moment. Because this is the mystery of motherhood. How the more we give the more we have. How Jesus is always in the business of multiplying our little and making all things new."

Baby Animal Cams 
If you know me, you know I love baby animal cams, and lately there have been so many good ones! The DC Bald Eagles have two eaglets you can watch -- I love how close up this cam is! And our local zoo just announced 13 (yes- 13!) new cheetah cubs! You can watch the babies here. The best times to watch are in the mornings and evenings-- they tend to be pretty snoozy during the afternoon! :) 

Ok- your turn! What did you love reading or watching this week? If I love it too, I can feature it next Friday! 

Have a happy weekend everyone!

 


Top 10 Articles on iBelieve in 2015

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These ten articles were the most read posts on iBelieve in 2015. Which was your favorite? Anything you love that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments section!

10. 10 Women Christian Men Should Never Marry
by Debbie McDaniel 

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Often in the quest towards marriage and finding “the one,” something happens. It’s easy to overlook things that may not seem that big of a deal while dating, but these things could be destructive patterns once married. Men, here are ten characteristics in some women to be careful of as you look for a spouse.

9. Don't Make These 3 Mistakes when Giving
by Anne Peterson

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It’s easy to make mistakes when we give. We get into the mindset that the person should be satisfied with whatever he or she gets, but this mindset is faulty. Make sure when you give that you avoid these three big no-no’s.

8. 40 Powerful Quotes from Corrie Ten Boom
by Debbie McDaniel

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The ten Boom family were Dutch Christians who helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust of WWII. When their home was raided after an informant tipped off the Nazis of their activities, the entire family was imprisoned. Corrie and her sister were sent to a notorious Nazi concentration camp. She was miraculously released from prison just days after her sister had died there. God brought incredible beauty and healing through her difficult experiences, and her words still have great relevance and impact in our world today.

7. 10 Men Christian Women Should Never Marry
by Debbie McDaniel

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Here’s the other side of #10. As women, we grow up dreaming about whom we’ll someday marry. We watch countless romantic movies and read fairy tales about Prince Charming. Often when our interests are sparked and feelings are flowing, we can get swept away and even lose sight of what is true. Yet, love doesn’t have to be blind. There’s no reason to settle for relationships that are unhealthy or even harmful. Here are 10 characteristics that ought to raise a red flag for us.

6. A Prayer for Hard Days
by Christina Fox

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Hard days are opportunities for us to draw near to God. They are opportunities for us to rely on him, depend on him, and receive more of his grace. Such days remind us how desperate we are and how much we need our Savior. When we face hard days, we need to turn to God in prayer, seeking his help, strength, wisdom, salvation, and grace. If you’re experiencing a hard day (or week, month or even year!) here is a prayer for you to pray to God to see you through.

5. This is the Reason God Actually Hates Divorce
by Laura Petherbridge

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I learned that God does hate divorce, but not for the reasons we hear in most churches (“it breaks his law”). No, the root reason is much more intimate, more affectionate. God knows that divorce deeply wounds and attempts to destroy his precious Beloved. Divorce endeavors to steal, kill, and destroy God’s creation. Divorce tried to assassinate me. That’s why God hates divorce.

4. 5 Indicators of an Evil and Wicked Heart
by Leslie Vernick

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I think one of the reasons we don’t “see” evil is because we find it so difficult to believe that evil individuals actually exist. But they do. Here are five indicators that you may be dealing with an evil heart rather than an ordinary sinful heart.

3. 5 Things a Wife Needs (But Doesn’t Know How to Ask For)
by Joy Allmond

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There are numerous things wives need from their husbands, but they don’t know how to articulate them, or they hesitate to ask because of the tension they fear the question will bring. More than 200 women were recently asked: What is something you need from your husband, but you don’t know how to ask him for it? Here are the top five responses.

2. A Prayer for When You are Waiting on the Lord
by Christina Fox

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Are you currently in a place of waiting? Perhaps you are waiting for a job, for healing, for restoration in a relationship, or for wisdom to know where you should go next. Though it's a familiar place and one we know well, we can often grow wearing in our waiting. Sometimes our hearts grow heavy with worry and doubt. Sometimes we might wonder if God has forgotten about us or given up on us. If you are in a place of waiting, this prayer is for you.

1. 5 Ways You are Ruining Your Child’s Life
by Arlene Pellicane

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Here are five parenting traps that many well-intentioned modern parents fall into without even knowing it. These attitudes and behaviors easily go undetected because they are ingrained in the culture around us. Don’t fall for these traps- learn what they are and how to navigate around them.