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Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2011’

Bad Parenting

Kevin DeYoung (as usual) shares profound thoughts on lots of topics on his blog. But his inclusion of this photo is what cracked me up today:

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Long Conversations

I’m processing through my notes from Ajith Fernando’s Reclaiming Friendship: Relating to Each Other in a Frenzied World and I am a) inspired to keep striving to be a better friend; and b) grateful, grateful, grateful for the women in my life who have pressed through all of the difficulties associated with being a friend to me—and have loved me …

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Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi

Another must-read from Jill Carratini re: the moment of maximum pleasure: To Dwell in Possibility

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Phonics & Cake Baking

After a fun, phonics-filled cuddle time in bed this morning: The girls and I got to work making Fred’s birthday cake. Ella did the icing and Soph made the actual cakes. Happy almost 41st birthday, Freddy B! And happy Saturday to you all— Your friend, Tara B.

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More Tolerant of Infirmity

I’m deep into a second day of prayerful research and study to prep for AmazingGrace360. Oh! How I am thanking God that the clouds are beginning to lift a bit and my fuzzy brain is starting to (slowly) engage. I’m sure a great deal of my progress is due to simple encouragement—I am encouraged as I read and re-read great …

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Seeking Counsel and Jumping In

Earlier this week I left for an appointment wherein I was seeking someone’s counsel. The strange thing was, as I drove closer and closer to the location, I started getting more and more scared. I couldn’t really figure out what was going on at first. I trust this person. I really wanted her advice. So why the fear? Ah. Then …

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End of School Year Memories

We officially wrapped our schoolyear today and I can’t really believe that I now have a third grader! That sounds so OLD. I mean, I really remember third grade. Lots of details. How I felt. Third grade is old enough to remember childhood! How grateful I am for God’s grace as a parent. For all of the years we’ve been …

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Last Hundred Grownups

Another example of why I enjoy so many posts by The Onion: Nation Down to Last Hundred Grownups

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Nancy Guthrie: Is Your Church a Safe Place for Sad People?

I am praying daily for Nancy Guthrie and for all of the speakers at this fall’s Amazing Grace 360 conference. Here is just one example of her excellent, Christ-centered ministry. It seems particularly on-point to my blogs this week: Is Your Church a Safe Place for Sad People? Learning to Walk with Each Other Through Loss How blessed we are …

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Wise Counsel and Loving Actions for a Depressed Friend

As I mentioned yesterday, I have been the blessed recipient of some truly wise counsel and loving actions by friends as I have walked through this (gradually decreasing! PTL!) dark season. Thinking that some of their ministry ideas might help you to serve someone in your life who is also going through a difficult time, I thought I would list …

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