weekend reading

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I didn’t get a chance to post last week, so there are a few more links. Happy reading!

I wept (wept!) through this testimony. First of all, it reminded me so much of my parents. My dad had open heart surgery this year, and I think he would echo much of the author’s thoughts about my mom. I am so thankful for them and for the picture of sacrificial love and commitment in their 33 years of marriage. In fact, I just texted my mom to ask how many years they were married and she responded, “Wow where does time go? And still the love of my life!” 🙂 (The same is true for my in-laws, also married for years! What a rare picture of faithfulness, and a blessing that we and our children get to witness and learn from.) Secondly, it convicted me of my many failures to extend grace and serve my husband. Oh that God would use my marriage to sanctify me, that I could be a picture of His grace to my family.

Women Envying Women – appreciated this post and the rest in this series by Luma Simms.

I really liked this, especially the concept of imitating godly examples. I hope to revisit it sometime. (HT: Tim Challies)

Some Christmas thoughts to ponder:

On Santa Claus – I don’t necessarily agree 100%, but I think it’s good to read articles that provoke us to question what we unquestionably deem “normal.” We treat Santa as a fictional character in our home, too. And if you want to know more about how we landed there, you’re welcome to ask. 🙂

Jesus Pushed the Elf Off the Shelf.

Mowing People Down.

Laying Aside the Weight of Christmas Expectations – If you just read one, read this one.

5 Things to Teach Your Kids This Christmas. I’m tempted to file this away for next year because I already feel behind on Advent this year. But I’m also trying to fight the “I must have a perfect plan before implementing” thought. So we’ll see.