I originally had 2 posts for this week’s Words of Wisdom. And then there was an overload of wisdom in the blogosphere and I had to spread it. Pick one, pick all. You’ll be blessed by every single one.
1) Bishop James D. Conley on Marriage & the Family – The bishop of Lincoln, Neb. wrote an eloquent, charitable editorial on marriage and the family, touching on gay unions, legislature, and bringing to light the Catholic Church’s stance on all of the above very clearly. I can’t tell you how important it was for me to read Bishop Conley’s piece because his tone is confident and honest, which is very encouraging to Catholics swimming hard against the ebbs of secularist culture. Among all Words of Wisdom today, read this.
2) Becoming Minimalist is quickly becoming my favorite blog. Life is too noisy, don’t you think? There’s too much STUFF, too much excess. Too much fluff and not enough substance, or peace, or personal exchanges with strangers, friends, and spouses. I’ve fallen into the noise myself in recent months and it’s just too much. In an effort to reduce for the sake of sanity and happiness, I’m following author Joshua Becker’s advice to the letter. Right now his 35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget (perfect for preparing for Christmas!) has my attention in addition to 101 Physical Things That Can Be Reduced in Your Home. Living simply is about intention and baby-step execution.
3) My Christmas Budget.com – Speaking of Christmas, it’s in 48 days. With the busyness of December, it’s hard to make shopping budget-friendly, and most years I think of making a plan after the buying is done; but not this year! I found this fun tool on Dave Ramsey’s site, and ultimately decided that Christmas and Crisis aren’t the same thing. It’s easy to use and easier to modify. Set a goal, adjust as needed, and make sure that the holiday season doesn’t involve taking out a loan.
4) Making the Most of Disappointment by Leanne Willen at Life Happens When – When neighborhood Trick-or-Treating was postponed a day because of disastrous weather, one question loomed in Leanne’s mind. In a culture that chases after comforts and coddling, do you think it’s ok for kids to be disappointed? Don’t miss her thoughts.
5) How to Melt Your Husband (and count your blessings) by Erin Franco at Humble Handmaid – Oh Erin, will you never cease to compel me? Erin’s piece begins personally, seguing into how we can encourage our husbands and show them all the love and tenderness that they need. To give you an excerpt:
I am so guilty of forgetting, in the toughest moments of struggle in our everyday life, that my husband is a good-willed man who doesn’t premeditate on ways to be a slacker husband. A lot of times it just doesn’t occur to him at all to do or say something that I wish he would do or say. And a lot of times my expectations are too high and my own self-knowledge is so lacking that I am too hard on him.
Soooo good. Thank you, Erin!
6) I’m a sucker for memes – when presented well with just the right typography and design, I’ll Pin them like crazy and maybe print a few to post around the house for happy reminders.