Blogs and other media

Blogs and other media

This week’s post is some recommendations for Christian blogs written by women, brought to us by Emma Neate. Do you have any favourites that you can share?

“Here are some suggestions to begin with…

1. Rachel Held Evans is a Christian writer and blogger who quite often has a fresh, Christ-centred perspective on current issues. I don’t necessarily agree with everything she puts out there, but her humility makes me warm to her, and the content certainly gives me food for thought: http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/

This is a good example of a post in response to women being told that they belong at home: http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/men-titus-2-treatment?rq=Sweating

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2. Kat Lee has a website which hosts regular podcast interviews about Christian motherhood, mostly interviews with people who have written parenting books (she’s interviewing them partly so they can promote their book) but they normally make a few good points: http://inspiredtoaction.com
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3. Christian radio. This is been a recent discovery, but I love it! Ucb is the name of the station, which, if you’ve got digital radio you can find under ‘u’. Lots of practical lifestyle anecdotes, nice music, and NO ADVERTS! I put it on in the kitchen when I’m cooking and that way I’m having a spriritual recharge whilst also feeding my family – gotta love killing two birds with one stone!”

Image credit: both images are snapshots from the recommended websites
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Children’s eyes

Children’s eyes

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As parents, we need eyes in the back of our heads. Perhaps, as Christians, we need eyes lower down – around knee level. I was thinking last Sunday about this bit,

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”

Matt 11:25,26

and this bit,

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.

Matt 19:13-15

Jesus seemed to think that children have a unique view on things that adults really find quite hard and mysterious. Perhaps, then, if our Christianity is not working out how we’d like it to, we should lower our perspectives, and not our expectations. I don’t fancy the idea of becoming a parent and suddenly my Christianity has to be less somehow – that’s just going to be disappointing. But if it could be on a different level, equally challenging, then that’s ok with me.

Mum of two and part-time editor Kate Pearce says,

“Mums are busy people. FACT. There are always clothes to be washed, dinners to be cooked, lunchboxes to be made, and the list goes on. To this end, I find myself somewhat time-poor. I no longer find time to do the Bible study that I would like to do and perhaps had the luxury of time to do pre-children. Instead, I try to look at God through the eyes of my children. We read simple Bible stories together and I attempt to answer their questions. I try to see God in the world around us. On a muddy puddle hunt we admire God’s creation. The beauty of the flowers and the buzzing of the bees. At the moment, I may see God at a child’s level, but what an awesome lesson that is. I hope to learn and grow in my knowledge of God along with my children.”

Esther Worboys commented on a previous post saying,

“I know my two are older, but I also find that I often feel closer to God when I see Him through their eyes, when we have conversations about what He has done for us, and their simple trust and belief is quite inspiring.”

Image credit:Rachel Otter