I'm always looking for things that encourage and challenge me during the phase of life I am in and through the opportunities God has afforded me. I just read through a few blog posts lately that I thought were really good and I wanted to pass along.
The 1st one is entitled "Capturing the Heart of your Teen Daughter" by Victoria Mininger at Fearless Heart Ministries. I read it to get some tips on interacting with the girls in the youth group, but ended up realizing they are things I can use with my daughter right now. I just re-read Day 3 and it changed our entire day. It's a 15-day series, but well worth your time if you have a daughter.
Day 1: The Heart of the Matter
Day 2: Time: Quality vs Quantity
Day 5: Tackling Fear and Letting Go
Day 6: Pointing Her Heart
Day 7: Modesty Becomes Her
Day 8: When Looks Matter
Day 9: Her Greatest Strength
Day 10: When She Runs
Day 11: A Father's Heart
Day 12: When He's Absent
Day 13: A Daughter's Perspective
Day 14: Her Value and Worth
Day 15: Looking Forward
The 2nd resource is from Missional Women called "8 Helpful Tools for Raising Missional Kids" by Laura Krokos. This particular article has many resources in focusing your kids to look outward and reach the world around them, including a neat music series for young children called Songs for Saplings, Kids Around the World Prayer Cards and Stand For Kids resources.
...and if you have a few minutes, check out the quick little article "Happily Ever After" article by Nicole Howe as well.... such a good perspective of marriage.
and lastly, an article that challenged me hard-core this morning titled "Pursuing That Which Takes Time" by Ruth Simmons. It's a good reminder for those of us who are just trying to make it through the day with our sanity in check.