Weekly Roundup 11/21/20

Updated: Jul 4

A mix of things I came across in the last week that I found interesting.

If there is a theme this week to the roundup it would probably be God and Family. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday this seems to be a very appropriate subject to put our minds upon.

"The key to unlocking a heart of thankfulness and overcoming bitterness and ugliness and disrespect and violence is a strong belief in God, the Creator and Sustainer and Provider and Hope-giver. If we do not believe we are deeply indebted to God for all we have and hope to have, then the very spring of gratitude has gone dry."

Read the rest of this wonderful daily devotional at:

The Gravity of Gratitude, Devotional by John Piper

Contemplating God in the Beauty of Nature

This is a great article that shares some amazing thoughts and scriptures about Seeing, enjoying, and experiencing God through His creation. I have spent a lot of my time during my life staring at the sky or a grove of trees or birds or some other part of creation and thinking many of these same thoughts. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did.

The Cruelty of Quarantine: A Lament

Last week I shared with you a video of the Memorial Service for Nick Challies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This article was written by his dad, Tim Challies, about the Quarantine his family had to go through when they arrived back home in Canada. I think it is a great article about our needs as human beings created in the image of God and our dependence on the Church body as Christians. So worth the read!

A Movie Worth A Couple Hours Of Your Time

This movie, "Like Arrows", is a couple of years old but I just recently have seen it on Netflix and really enjoyed it. It's a realistic look at the struggles of parenting and gives a roadmap to raising a family to honor and serve the Lord even through the many mistakes we as parents make. You can find it on Netflix or Amazon or at FamilyLife.com.

The Reformed Home


Have you ever thought that you as a parent should both model for and teach your children to see God in the rhythms of their daily schedule? This article from Desiring God talks about the way to do it and the necessity for it in the Christian home.

"Both father and mother must recognize that “children are a heritage from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3) and partner together in guiding their family in worshiping and serving the Lord in the rhythms of daily family life."

Book Recommendation

Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

If my library was on fire and I only had time to save 3 books, this would be one of them! I have owned several copies, bought copies for family members, and even hurriedly replaced my favorite leather-bound copy after my dog tore it up when he was a puppy.

This book just might change the way you pray! It has certainly made an impact on the way I approach our Holy God with praise and petition. One of my favorite prayers in this book (they're all good) is this one.


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