Marriage Idolatry and How it Ultimately Devalues the Sacred: I found this article from a single Phillip Homes to be very encouraging and thought provoking. When our churches idolize marriage they do a disservice to the bride of Christ who must find her identity and joy in the savior.
“We must all abandon the selfish temptation to only marry girls more dazzling than models and men more dashing than Prince Charming. That’s an illusion, anyway. But Jesus is real and infinitely more satisfying. He is ours, and we are his. Rest in that truth”. -Phillip Holmes
Practical Encouragement for Enjoying Toddlers: Do you feel like your relationship with your toddler(s) could use some more joy? It is easy to get so overwhelmed by the constant mess cleaning, correction, and other needs that toddlers require. Melissa McDonald offers some simple and helpful tips that may help you get some perspective.
What Does Provoking Your Children Look Like?: Mark Driscoll discusses some common ways that fathers (and mothers as well!) can provoke their children to anger and thus disobey Ephesians 6:4.
In Need of Physical and Spiritual Fitness: We all know that obesity is a real problem in our country, but what about spiritual obesity (or a lack of spiritual fitness)? The Word of God calls us to care for our bodies and our souls. Both take effort and discipline. Both require the gospel: “This is our confession of hope. Just like maintaining physical fitness, Christian perseverance takes fight. Faith to believe is a gift, but it is a fighting grace. There is no diet version. Grasp this confession with your mind, your heart, with all your faculties, and do not let go.” (Aimee Byrd)
Sin Doesn’t Come from Circumstances: Christian Fox shares a glimpse into a conversation with her son that reminds us all that we are still in process. The fight for holiness is a slow marathon, not a quick victory.