Thursday, May 24, 2012

Web Wisdom

I'm still soaking up the writerly vibes of the Blue Ridge Mountains Writers Conference. And oh ya'll, it's been awesome!

But we're still focused on motherhood this month, so I wanted to share a couple of my favorite places on the web. 

Places that help me be a better mom.

These aren't websites that will tell you how to make your own laundry detergent (nothing wrong with that - I tried it - I liked it) or how to teach your kids to read before they can walk (please don't get me started) or even how to save money (which I am all in favor of)!

No, these websites help me be a better mom because they help me grow in my faith. I have no greater responsibility than to share my passion for the Lord with my children. But I cannot share what I do not have. The enemy floods the world with things designed to distract me from the wonder of what God has done for me.
These websites remind me.

Deeper with Jesus in Rhode Island
If you want to be challenged to be a bolder believer, if you want to be encouraged in your walk, if you want to be equipped to tackle cultural issues from a Biblical perspective, you need to be subscribed to Deeper with Jesus in Rhode Island. My dear friend and sister in Christ, Lori Roeleveld, writes with conviction and passion and a heart to encourage believers and reach those who don't share our faith.

I wish I could write about social and doctrinal issues with the clarity and insight she does each week. I pray for a fraction of her boldness and a smidgen of her heart. Someday, I'll be saying "I knew her when" but I'm thrilled to be able to say "I know her now."

There is no better thing we can do for our children that to deepen our relationship with our Savior, and Lori's site is a great place to start.

A Holy Experience
I fully admit to having a writer crush on Ann Voskamp. If you haven't read One Thousand Gifts, then we need to talk. I read a lot, and it's been a long time since a book has had such a continuing impact on my daily life. Her writing is achingly beautiful and her posts leave me longing to know my Savior more, love my children better, and relish every single moment God has gifted me.

Our children live in a dark world. I want our home to be a place of joy and gratitude. A place where we notice what God has blessed us with and take the time to thank Him.

Ann's book and posts help keep that fresh in my mind.
So take a few minutes and check out these websites. Then leave me a comment and tell me some of  your favorites!


Lori Stanley Roeleveld said...

You rock.

Bethany Kaczmarek said...

I'm a fan of Lori's too...checking out Ann Voskamp now. Thank you for sharing the goodness!

Lynn Huggins Blackburn said...

Lori - You inspire this wimpy scarecrow to be brave!
Bethany - Sweet friend! Thank YOU! (Seriously - what you read the other night? A. MAZ. ING!)