Building on the previous week’s discussion of the “walls” we encounter in our maturation, this week we considered the possibility that great growth and transformation can happen in times of pain, grief, and loss (including coming to terms with our limits).
Pathway 4 to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is “Enlarging Your Soul Through Grief and Loss.”
One of the ways that we seek the things that are above is to remember that we are united with Christ in his ascension to heaven. Because Jesus continuously intercedes for us, we are welcome in the throne room of God. Listen to last Sunday’s message on our current series page as we continue to be shaped by Colossians 3.1-17.
How do we get to the throne room right now? Through prayer.
Dan reflects on the bad example he set for his daughter while jeering from the sidelines.
Tina has collected a few different pieces on Families and Sports including a mom’s thoughts on how sports have had a positive impact on her family, what to do about sporting events on Sundays, a reflection on the spiritual growth of one child through his participation in Little League, and sports as a way to bring God glory.
Every time I ask the kids if they want to go to church with me and they say no, it’s hard not to become upset or even angry. At them, for not wanting to go. At Jason, for making it easier for them to say no. At the Church, for not being absolutely irresistible to them. At me, for not being a better example of why we should go to services.
Consider this story of a dad dealing with letting his teenage sons see him fail. Or, this mom’s confession about the hard times when one kid’s crying, another’s pouting, the third spilled the pancake batter and the patience is a bit hard to come by.
How about an ‘everyday theology’ for parenting? Check out this short review of the book Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People.
This post is for parents of children and teens and it addresses issues of failure, modeling/teaching, patience, love, and relationship building.
This week we’re sharing four different lists of books to explore on four different topics. Since the lists are of non-fiction works, we also wanted to encourage your fiction reading with “4 Benefits of Reading Fiction.”