A La Carte (9.17.13)

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Family-related links from around the internet:

A Great Savior for a Wanna-Be Great Mom: “So what does it mean to be the greatest mother? Is she a patient mother? A scheduled mother? A teaching mother? A mother with a degree? A mother who has read all the parenting books? Is she the one whose kids never scream in the Target checkout line? Or the one who is chill while she leads her kids through a busy parking lot on the way to the van? No. It’s none of these. The greatest mother, according to what Jesus says, is the mother who serves — who has the heart of a servant more than she cares about the product of her serving.She serves in the mundane, everyday things like diapers and dishes. And in things like schedules and cooking, even though oftentimes the kids don’t nap like they should and they refuse to eat the entree she planned and prepared.”

It’s Not You, It’s God: Nine Lessons for Breakups: “God very well may lead you to a breakup, but don’t use him as a scapegoat. Own your own sin and ask for forgiveness where it is needed. Then be honest about how you came to this decision, how he made this direction clear to you. Sure, some things will be intangible, but find the tangible factors. This is not a license to say harmful things, but helpful things, even if they may hurt initially.”

How to Destroy Your Marriage Before It Starts: “One of Satan’s most effective strategies to corrupt the gospel-portraying union of marriage is to attack couples through sexual sin before they say “I do.” Here are four of his most common ploys to attack marriages before they begin.”

An Open Letter to the Mothers of Preschoolers: “So, momma of a preschooler or two, you are establishing routine, building character, teaching right from wrong. You are tired. Your days are long. But your every day hard work is purposeful and one day you will be my age in a quiet house. Your car will be filled with stinky tween boys and giggling teen girls. And you’ll remember these preschool days… and smile. And possibly high five someone that you made it.

Until the next phase hits.

Love,

An older momma cheering you on”

Is It Good News That Cohabitation Rates are Stalling?: “The WSJ article by Neil Shah reports that the stall in cohabitation rates might not be because Americans are seeing the importance of marriage and chastity. Instead, the article suggests, the problem might be with the ‘leave’ part of the Genesis mandate to ‘leave’ father and mother and to ‘cleave’ to one another.”

Marriage, Community, and Kinship: a lengthy post about that tries to argue the importance of protecting marriage’s identity as being between heterosexual couples without having to appeal to strictly Christian principles.

Death By Living: a book trailer for a new work from N.D. Wilson

Great Video About Grace and Generosity:

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