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Web Wanderings

A few worthwhile things I've stumbled upon while wandering the internet....
  • Gorgeous hi-resoultion photos, that you are free download and do whatever you want with - 2 of my favorites...

  • My kids love watching animal/science videos on YouTube but the videos can sometimes be hard to screen and the music can be downright frightening. This website, however, solves that problem and it is full of hand-picked interesting videos so you can relax and enjoying watching with your kids. 
  • And a YouTube video that's definitely worth watch with your kids - a group of boys form a soccer team despite some pretty substantial barriers. 
  • I've yet to pick it up but Jeremy's been telling me that I should read the book, The Artisan Soul. I don't think of myself as  an artist or even as creative. In this article, however, the author challenges us that as children of God maybe are a called to create. 
  • I have mentioned before that Jeremy and I have wrestled with the purity and modesty teachings in the evangelical world. We obviously hope our children choose to follow God's rules (not just those about sex) and that they save true intimacy for their spouses. However, the emphasis and pressure on it just seems insane and we struggle to see the good that comes from it. Recently we came across this research article that articulated some many of the thoughts/feelings we've had. One of my favorite quotes:
Brené Brown gives a definition of shame that seems particularly relevant to the effect that the purity movement has on women. She says, “Shame is really easily understood as the fear of disconnection. Is there something about me, that if other people know it or see it, that I won’t be worthy of connection?”28 There is something about shame that separates us from othepeople through the fear of rejection. The shame perpetuated by the purity movement fits well into this definition because it is very clearly based in fear. 


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