As Christian women in a post Christian culture I pray that we will choose to challenge not as the wolrd does. Through hate, through denigrative speech, through division, through oppresion of those who don’t believe what we do. I pray that we will challenge they way Jesus taught us to, with love, compassion and grace. Standing up for those who are devalued and persecuted. Meeting people where they are. Not condeming them, but showing them the truth of God’s love.
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
Are you already stressing about what you are going to do
with your kids on their “extended spring break” while practicing Social
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
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
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.