Thursday, October 22, 2015

30 Days to Calm- a book review + preorder

Several weeks ago, I had the privilege of seeing Jenna's new book  when it wasn't even a book yet, and although I don't suffer from anxiety in the way that I know many of my friends do, I still found it incredibly helpful.

Do you know Jenna?  Am I getting ahead of myself?  Yes, as usual.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Habits vs. Information

Lately  I've been thinking about the idea of developing habits versus learning skills and information.  We are trying a new method of scheduling this year and though we are only in our fifth week, I feel it is going remarkably well and is teaching us all a lot more than I expected and pushing us to grow in ways I didn't anticipate and I can't help but ask myself why this is.   I don't know for sure and I'm guessing I'll keep learning as the years carry on, as is always true, but I'm starting to think it has to do with the fact that it seems fairly easy to learn information but fairly difficult to develop habits.  And the tricky tricky darn darn part is that it seems more helpful to life in the long run if we have good habits and not quite as helpful to have oodles of information memorized.

Not that I'm saying we should stop learning and memorizing things!  Oh gosh.  Never.  But bear with me a minute.  If I say that the A#1 primary GOAL, goal with a capital GO, in life is to attain heaven (I'm trying to find a way to infuse some jokes into this post but I'm just not finding them yet.  Pray with me?), it seems like learning good habits- a habit of prayer, a habit of trust, a habit of intentionally ordering our lives rather than jumping haphazardly from one task to the next- would be pretty important.  It seems like that sort of learning, the developing of habits, might be primary over other sorts of learning.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

big kids

I just want to tell you a story.

The other night the big girls and I prayed together and I sent them up to bed, planning to go up in a few minutes, as they like me to do, to tuck them in and kiss them good night. 

Out of the corner of my ear I kept hearing muffled giggling, but I didn't pay much attention as I was distracted by something probably super duper important on the Internet. Well, when I finally started up the dark staircase, whom should I find at the top of the flight but my two teenaged girls huddled in the dark, laughing their butts off over ???________________???
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