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Join The Conversation

Join The Conversation

I am one of those people who hang in the background to gather information & get a feel for the room before I make my presence known or enter in on a conversation.  This comes from my Peacemaker 9 personality.  I hold back because I do not want to offend. 

But…there comes a time when we must all take a stand, enter the arena and be part of the solution.  I believe this to be one of those times but I feel a bit at a loss of knowing exactly what to do. 

The first thing I know to do is PRAY.  As I’ve prayed about this I’ve been reminded that I’m created with a purpose & intentionally made.  I need to embrace this fact & not overlook my gifts.  I gather information before stepping in.  Maybe you are same way, or maybe you are looking for a way to enter the arena.  If so this is for you.

I’ve been listening to a lot of social media post in the last few weeks.  The problem I’m finding is social media is often filled with opinion & emotion that is not always healthy & seldom grounded in the word of God.  Below are links to some good resources & conversations from around the internet that I want to invite you to listen in on.  These influencers are inspiring me to be better.  I pray that they will help shape us individually to be a part of the larger solution.

  

I’ll keep posting below as I come across more uplifting and productive conversations.  Please join me in sharing the conversations you are finding that are speaking truth & touching you by adding them to the comments below.

   

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”               -Mark 12:30-31

Race, Injustice, and the Gospel of Critical Theory

Well, That Escalated Quickly: A Conversation About Race With Franchesca Ramsey

Phil Vischer: Holy Post – Race in America

Emmanuel Acho: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Mandisa: Happy Day of #Pentecost!

Movies

Music

Dance Party

Dance Party

It is the start of a new week.  And the last week has felt like a month, can I get an Amen?

Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heavens.  I propose it is time to switch from mourning to dancing!

Let’s start a dance party up in here.  Post a song below in the comments that get’s you on your feet & moving!

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Keep it going…


Fun Night

Fun Night

Anybody else feel like it is been an incredibly looooooooooooooooooong week?

Well it’s finally the weekend and it’s time to take a breathe and have some fun. Turn off the news & social feeds. Clean off the kitchen table & dust off your old board games.

Share some laughs & be silly for a little while.

What are your favorite games to play?

Kids’ Activities

Kids’ Activities

Are you already stressing about what you are going to do with your kids on their “extended spring break” while practicing Social Distancing?

A new routine (or lack there of) is sure to cause some amount of stress in every home.  You are not a bad parent because your kids are getting on your nerves or driving you crazy saying they’re bored.  There is safety & security in the pattern of our routines, for both children & adults.  And when those routines get interrupted, everyone feels a little less secure.

Grace & planning are going to be your friends during this time.  Give yourself, & everyone around you, the grace of time to figure things out.  Things won’t be perfect on the first day. 

Sit down together and make a plan.  Take some time to hear each person’s concerns & fears and address them.  If your child’s biggest concern is missing friends, consider giving them a certain amount of facetime to stay connected.

Spend some time clarifying expectations.  Establish some structure to your days by setting specific times to read, play games, study, do a craft project, watch TV, eat lunch.  Maybe even make a schedule to put on the fridge.  This way everyone knows what to expect & you can find new security in new patterns & routine.

Maybe specific times sounds too restrictive for your household.  Then don’t assign times but make a list of say 3 things we want to do today.  We want to complete homework, make lunch together & read a book.  Then have a reward at the end if they all get accomplished that day.  Make it work for your household & the people in it.

Remember that keeping your family healthy through social distancing does not mean you are alone or without resources.  I’ve been seeing some amazing options popping up all over social media.  Help me build a compiled list for easy reference by jumping over to EmbracingConnection.com/blog.  Watch the list grow & come back often for fresh ideas.

I’ve been seeing some amazing options popping up all over social media.  Help me build a compiled list for easy reference by sharing your resources in the comments below.  I’ll continue to add your suggestions to the Pinterest Board so you can easily search for ideas when you need them. Watch the list grow & come back often for fresh ideas.