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Thursday Three For All: Praying For Our Children, The “What Else?” Mindset, and 9k Calories Per Day

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)

 

Praying For Our Children

(via @forthechurch, HT @_michaelkelley) Powerful, convicting, and encouraging, this piece helps us to – as Paul Miller says – “pray for our children because we can’t get inside their hearts.”

There are so many times I’m at a loss when it comes to leading my family. Should I discipline in this situation or let it slide? Am I being unreasonable with my requirements? How can I speak truth in such a way as to penetrate their hearts? What’s the right word of encouragement in this circumstance? How can I lead them to love the Bible, and Jesus, and the church?

So many questions. So often, very few answers.

So often, I simply struggle to know how best to lead my kids. I don’t exactly know how to help them through every struggle, pain, and problem. It feels like I’m continually groping in the dark for answers.

 

The Problem with the “What Else?” Mindset

(via @jkglei) Jocelyn reminds us of the importance of margins…deep and wide margins…to bring some balance back to our self-imposed crazy.

You could witness the most precious moment of someone’s life, or read a news story about a horrifying and terribly sad event, or complete one of the most impressive accomplishments of your creative career… And somehow it’s never enough.

Because there’s always something else to do, something else to accomplish, something else you might be missing out on… right. now.

The only way to counteract the what else mindset is to regularly, proactively define what “enough” means to you in ways big and small, such as:

 

The World’s Strongest Man’s 9k Calories Per Day

(via @laughingsquid) This is a long-ish video for a Thursday Three For All. I share it because – whoa. 9,000 is no joke. Except when I eat it in one sitting with a family size bag of peanut M&Ms. But secondly, I share it because my friend Casey Shoe just returned from “The Arnold” – the competition referenced in the video – where he placed sixth. Way to go Casey!

photo credit: Jason Mathis

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