Link Leads: global awareness; “winning=success”?; the Syrian crisis; heart-changing prayer

My feet in two of their favorite places: in boots (that means fall is here!) and on the trail!

My feet in two of their favorite places: in boots (that means fall is here!) and on the trail!

In “How to Raise a Global Teenage Girl,” Beth Bruno writes about raising a globally aware daughter, but her wisdom applies to raising/teaching all children and even to becoming more globally aware ourselves.

I love this piece by Jenny Rae Armstrong, in which she begins “In Defense of Participation Trophies” but then continues on to challenge our culture’s “success” mindset which has all too often become part of our Christian worldview as well.

And what I saw next to the path--these ginormous mushrooms growing right next to a drainpipe.

And what I saw next to the path–these ginormous mushrooms growing right next to a drainpipe.

Meant to post this piece a while ago, and I rediscovered it in my draft posts. “On the Refugee Crisis” is written by Fatima Bhutto, who lived in Syria as a refugee when she was a child. This gives her a very interesting perspective on the many Syrians who are now fleeing their homeland. She ends the piece with this: “In a connected world, how can anyone close their doors?” Beautiful writing.

This last link is to Natasha Robinson’s homepage. Please feel free to visit her wonderful blog and other offerings, but take a look at the prayer she has on the homepage. I’m praying it today.

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Charleston

As we grieve the nine men and women who were killed–and grieve so much else as well–I have a few links to share. They’re not directly related to this horrific hate crime, but our reaction to this shouldn’t be only a reaction to THIS but to a much bigger issue.

The first two links are to articles by Christena Cleveland. The first is an easier read. The second is to an excerpt from her book Disunity in Christ and is a more academic read. Both are excellent.

“Three Reasons Why I Hate Diversity”

“How Divisions Are Killing Us and Why We Should Care”

This link is to an article by a fellow member of the Redbud Writers Guild, Jenny Rae Armstrong. It’s titled “I’m Stupid about Racism. Are You?”

And here’s one more by another fellow Redbud, Bronwyn Lea. It’s titled “A Letter from a White South African to White Americans.”