BOOK: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
This is the kind of book I could (and probably should) read every year. Rather than give you my synopsis, listen to this excerpt: “The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him…yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. Then comes Jesus, into the midst of your busy life, to extend the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters from Bethany. Tenderly, he invites you to choose ‘the better part’–a joyful life of intimacy with him that flows naturally into loving service.”
I first read this book as a newlywed, struggling to see Jesus in the midst of all the tasks before me. Now, as a mother, the challenge is even greater. This book is eye-opening, encouraging, and well worth your precious time!
MOVIE: Life of Pi
At least when Tom Hanks was shipwrecked and floating around on a raft, he had a volleyball for a companion…not an adult Bengal tiger. Based on the best-selling novel, Life of Pi is the story of Piscine Patel–his embarrassing name, his quest for God, and his heroing fight for survival at sea in the company of Richard Parker. Beneath the fascinating plot and breathtaking cinematography, this movie poses deep theological questions about skeptism versus faith. While I don’t agree with all of Pi’s conclusions, I like that this movie asks the questions.
PRODUCT: See & Spell Letter Board by Melissa & Doug
This toy was a cousin hand-me-down and we love it! It’s perfect for 3-4 year olds learning about letters, phonics, and forming words, not to mention a great quiet time activity. Buy it on Amazon for $17.
ACTIVITY: Host a Homemade Pizza Party
This is an easy, inexpensive way to feed a lot of people, and have a lot of laughs and make a big mess doing it! All you have to do is buy the ingredients and set up a few pizza making stations. I bought the dough from the Publix bakery, but you could also make it from scratch. This is an especially fun idea for a kid’s party since toddlers love to “cook”!
See you in June with more favorites!