Martin Luther in His Own Words {review}

Martin Luther in His Own Words: Essential Writings of the Reformation Edited by Jack D. Kilcrease and Erwin W. Lutzer This is a short (the book is 170 pages) selection of some of Luther's work sorted into sections according to the the five solas of the reformation: Sola Fide ("by faith alone")Sola Gratia ("by grace … Continue reading Martin Luther in His Own Words {review}

Feeling frustrated and annoyed? {Notes from the Kind Side}

Yesterday I realized I often feel critical of myself when I feel annoyed or upset with situations in my life. I can be looking around finding all the things that need doing or haven't been done feeling frustrated with the situation, but then it can easily devolve into feeling frustrated with how I feel about … Continue reading Feeling frustrated and annoyed? {Notes from the Kind Side}

Small decisions in favor of not fighting {Whole Together Family}

The kids finally started playing nicely after a morning of irreverent shouting at each other, not to mention the last week or so of tired snarling while recovering from our trip. I mean, they are sweethearts, too, as are all kids, but we all have our days. And this last week has been a series … Continue reading Small decisions in favor of not fighting {Whole Together Family}

Surprised by Paradox by Jen Pollock Michel {review}

"That paradox of God's story is that he's chosen to write its timelessness in the ticking heart of his Son and that he's choosing to write it in our ticking hearts too." Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of "And" in an Either-Or World by Jen Pollock Michel, p 46. In this book Jen Pollock Michel … Continue reading Surprised by Paradox by Jen Pollock Michel {review}

Take a Break {Notes from the Kind Side}

The week before last the kids and I went with my parents to the beach while Israel and the dog stayed home. I planned to keep doing my 100 day projects because that's kind of the point of the whole project, and really these things are just for fun, right? But despite the apparent casual … Continue reading Take a Break {Notes from the Kind Side}

On not choosing everything

I tend to want to read all the things (with good success), write all the things (with nominal success), and participate in as much as sounds fun (with moderate success). And then rate the success of each endeavor. Apparently.  When the 100 day project came around I said yes. When I heard my friend was … Continue reading On not choosing everything

All about those YA series and creativity books {QuickLit – April}

I expected to read so much less than I did last mont, but I still read 13 books. I blame it on these YA series bookending the beginning and end of my reading month. I'm so glad I had all the books in the series when I started. It made it easy to know exactly … Continue reading All about those YA series and creativity books {QuickLit – April}

Nothing to Prove {The Kind Side}

You are worth more than the things you make. You're not going to run out of ideas. It is not a race. And most likely, no matter what you make, you'll still feel compelled to make something else. And that's a good thing. We are made in the image of the Creator God so it … Continue reading Nothing to Prove {The Kind Side}