Grace and Truth {September 30}

Grace and Truth {September 30}

Sue Donaldson, who writes at Welcome Heart, wrote this week's featured post for Grace and Truth.  It's called. A Thanking Woman, Part 1:  Right Off the Bat.  I love being around thankful people and I want to be one of those people!  It's such a simple but important concept.  This post was a joy to read and an encouragement to me.  Sue always has wonderful things to say on her blog, go on, say hello...you'll be glad you did!

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Why All People Have Dignity and Worth

Why All People Have Dignity and Worth

Last Friday a gunman entered a mall and killed five people.  My mind has gone back to this news, over and again, often, over these past days- more than is usual for these types of things.  It happened less than sixty miles from where I live, and when I first heard the news, I had only just returned from a shopping trip at a different mall.  I know people in the community where it happened.  It was too close to home

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Grace and Truth {September 23}

Grace and Truth {September 23}

As Christians, does our obedience look more like linking arms with Jesus or are we using him as a crutch, only when wounded?  Kelly Baker recently wrote a post that made me think about that question for myself.  Her post was called, Stop Stumbling, Start Striding, and it's this week's featured post for Grace and Truth.  It's a post that both encouraged and challenged me- and I hope it will do the same for you. 

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4 New Books from Some Favorite Faith Bloggers

4 New Books from Some Favorite Faith Bloggers

I have four new books to tell you about today!  One of the joys of writing a blog is that, sometimes, I get to read books before they're officially published.  I was busy this summer reading advance copies of several books, written by some of my favorite faith bloggers.  Finally, I get to share them with you! The fact that these books are all written by faith bloggers makes me feel proud, particularly because they're all so great!

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Grace and Truth {September 16}

Grace and Truth {September 16}

This week's featured post for Grace and Truth is by Deborah Haddix.  It's called, Praying with Purpose:  Being Intentional.  I love this practical post. Though I often pray “on the go”, whatever comes to mind, throughout the day, I think that setting aside a special time, where prayers are more deliberate and specific is important! I’m forgetful. If it wasn't for writing down my prayers, I'd often forget what I’d prayed for. It’s a faith builder, for me, to be able to look back- and see how God has answered those prayers.  I hope you'll go read, and be as blessed by Deborah's post as I was.

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On Fairy Tales and Christianity

On Fairy Tales and Christianity

The times I snuggled on the couch with my kids when they were little, reading fairy tales and re-telling those stories are sweet memories.   Watching my kids re-enact them, through plays or with puppets, was even better.  It wasn’t an accident that they heard a lot of fairy tales.  It was an intentional part of their Waldorf-inspired environment at home. 

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Grace and Truth {September 9}

Grace and Truth {September 9}

There's no better example on how to love well, than God himself, the source of love. God’s love is truly transforming. And it isn’t blind. He sees our sins and failings and then he looks beyond them, to the possibilities of a story that's been touched by grace and redemption. We can follow this example and love our country with the same truth about love.  This week's featured post for Grace and Truth is called, The Truth About Love, by Pam, who writes at A New Lens.  Her post touched my heart and made me think about something I can never think about enough...God's love.  I think it might do the same for you.  I hope you'll click over, read her words, and be blessed. 

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Waldorf and Christianity: Are They Compatible?

Waldorf and Christianity:  Are They Compatible?

Once upon a time, when my kids were much younger, I had a different blog.  On that blog, I wrote about homeschooling with a Waldorf philosophy.  The name of that blog was Renaissance Mama.  Eventually, as my kids got older, out of respect for their privacy, it felt right for me to take that blog offline.  But I also wrote some guest posts during those early years.  Those are still available on other people’s blogs.  It was one of those guest posts, about Waldorf education, which recently brought me in touch with a young mother who had some thoughtful questions for me.

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Grace and Truth {September 1}

Grace and Truth {September 1}

I have always loved this story from the gospels of the paralyzed man whom Jesus healed after he was lowered through a roof- but I have never thought of it through the eyes of the paralyzed man’s friends. They must have been profoundly changed through that experience!  When we take our focus off ourselves and put it on others, beautiful things happen. 

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Finding Rest in God

Finding Rest in God

There are two types of rest:  spiritual and physical.  We need both kinds of rest if we want to be healthy. The following is about spiritual rest.  What does is mean to find rest in God?

Trusting in God’s unfailing love, and believing that he will do for us what we can’t do for ourselves is how we can find rest in God.  God will show us his will for our lives and he will give us the strength to accomplish it.  We don’t need to be constantly striving and achieving on our own strength.

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