Managing Our Time for the Glory of God: Ruth Simons shares some excellent thoughts on time and prioritizing. As the mother of six boys, she is someone whose advice on time management I respect!
“I have no more time now than I had in the past; but lately, I’m ruthlessly editing all that yields diminishing returns to make room for what is worthy of time. It continues to be true: We demonstrate what is important to us by what we make time for.”
God Provides Grace for the Worrier: My friend Christina Fox wrote his encouraging post on the temptation to worry and our need to to constantly place our trust in our heavenly Father.
“I’ve been bitten by a serpent-shaped lie that says I can orchestrate all the details of my life. That I can plan them and execute all on my own. The lie then produces fear when the reality crashes in that I actually can’t do it at all.”
Online Life Vs. Real Life: Social media is a subject that I have been contemplating a lot lately and am thinking I might spend some time writing about it in the summer months. This post over at The Gospel Coalition is a powerful reminder to invest in the present and the real. Here is an excerpt:
It’s fun to fill your life with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and blog readers who seem to care every time you nail a Pinterest project or your kid does something cool. Who wouldn’t love an audience to “like” all their pictures and “ooh and aah” over their craftiness?
But brothers and sisters, we must recognize this self-obsession and pride for what it is.
When I’m being encouraged primarily by online relationships, and large portions of my time are spent reading my own good press, it can get pretty comfortable on the sofa of social media. I like living in an online world where there’s no need for my community to truly bear with me. I’d rather bask in the love of my digital perfection than stumble and fall before real people who will call me out and hold me accountable.
If I’m not careful, hanging out where no one knows my dirt can easily lull me away from reality into a life of insincerity and isolation.
Disney Princess Makeovers: Over the years, the beloved Disney princesses have been drawn, redrawn, and computer animated in various ways. All of them have gotten “upgrades” as the years pass, but apparently the new Merida (the newest Disney princess from Brave) has come under fire because she has gone from being a “confident” and “spirited” young woman to being a “slender” lady with a “come hither” look. What I found interesting about this particular article was that the newer versions of the princesses (minus Merida) seem to be a little more modest in many ways than there original counterparts (note especially the cleavage and breast outlines on older versions). Pocahontas is even sporting longer hemline. You can view the other princesses before/after pictures by scrolling through the slideshow at the top of the article.