Weekend Reads, 5.25.13

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My precious cutie at the Pima Air & Space Museum

My precious cutie at the Pima Air & Space Museum

Hi, my favorite readers. Here it is, already the weekend again. Brace yourself, things are going to get heavy for a moment. :)

What a week… On Monday, as we all know, a huge F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, leaving just… devastation where there used to be normal daily life.

Okay. I want to be real with you. When terrible things happen like that, I am in a habit of shutting myself off to it, numbing myself to truly trying to imagine what it would be like to go through such a terrible ordeal. I did it with Hurricane Sandy. I just tried my best to tune it out. I’m not defending myself… it is a selfish method of self-preservation, trying to protect myself from the onslaught of intense emotion that comes along with terrible news like that.

A big part of this blog’s purpose is for me to have a way to sort of document my journey: a journey from a selfish, love-lacking state to an abundantly love-FILLED life. How many of us have ever felt lacking in the love or compassion department? I feel it every day. I’m so tired of feeling that way!

Probably the thing I love best about being a Christian, a Jesus-follower, a person saved by God’s goodness and never my good deeds, is that Jesus doesn’t just save us and leave us hanging. He’s on our journey with us; He’s always using opportunities to grow us into the love-filled people we are destined to become. But our job is to work with Him, and as you know, it’s always better to work along with Him than to resist the changes He has in store for us, even when they’re for our own good.

What I’m trying to say is, I want to let Him change me from a person who retreats into her shell when bad things happen, into a person whose heart is bursting with compassion, empathy, love, and a great desire to help when people are suffering. I don’t want to resist it anymore! Lord, help me.

It felt really good to be able to use the moment, horrible as it was, as a teaching opportunity for my children, who had never seen or heard of such instant devastation. We looked at dramatic photos from that day, watched a video of a sweet elderly woman finding her beloved dog buried in the rubble, we talked about ways that the victims could be helped. I had to force myself to let myself feel, although that sounds strange.

Here’s the thing: it felt good to feel. I am always afraid it’s going to feel bad… but it didn’t. Our family could sit around the dinner table and talk about what the victims were going through, feel for them, and try to think up ways to help. It was beautiful.

Did you know anyone who was affected? I have a friend that lives outside of Tulsa and her family was fine. A woman in the doctor’s office during my appointment on Monday had a granddaughter and great-grandkids who lived outside of Oklahoma City. She barely learned about the tornado right there in the waiting room by watching the news on the TV. I hope they were okay.

If you’re looking for a way to donate, Mercury One has a fund where absolutely 100% of the proceeds go directly to the victims.

Well, friends, back to our regularly scheduled programming: Weekend Reads. Here’s a list of interesting articles I came across during the last week. Enjoy and be sure to let me know your thoughts.

  1. One Thing Your Daughter Doesn’t Need You to Say – I loved this article. Read on if you’re into teaching your children to keep things real.
  2. What I Learned When I Stopped Yelling at My Kids – pretty self-explanatory. Inspiring!
  3. How to Stop a Panic Attack – Have you ever had a panic attack? I have on two occasions. They are not fun. Maybe this can help; it’s worth a try.
  4. Avocado Lime Potato Salad – This looks absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try it. We can’t do dairy, so I plan on subsituting the sour cream with either Vegenaise or plain coconut kefir.
  5. 6 Tips for Homeschooling Multiple Grade Levels – I thought these were super helpful!
  6. The 25 Best Free iPad Apps – Just in case you don’t have some of these….there were a few I had never heard of. Good list.
  7. Immodesty and Lust: A Man’s Perspective – I had never heard it put this way before.
  8. Asian Cucumber, Celery, and Avocado Salad – Okay, so it’s an avocado-themed weekend here at It’s a love/love thing. This sounds delicious too.
  9. Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk – I had been looking for a substitute for this. Can’t wait to try.
  10. 25 Funny Books for Kids – I’m taking this list with me the next time we go to the library!
  11. Chinese Christians See Bible for the First Time – Oh, to have such a hunger to read God’s Word! So humbling.

That’s all for now. Go out and have a great weekend!

Much love,

 

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