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Guest Post: Lead Your Children Into ADVENTURE

Oh, friends!  You are in for a treat today!  This post is EXCELLENT.  And I can say that since I didn’t write it!

Guest posting for me today is Lara Krupicka, a writing friend and fellow member of the Redbud Writers Guild.  Lara’s words are an inspiration to younger parents, like me, who are trying to figure out the balance between having children and having your own identity.  I hope you are as encouraged by this post as I was!

Lead Your Children Into Adventure

 

Last summer my husband and I volunteered on the ground crew of a hot air balloon for a local balloon festival. We helped unpack the basket, tethers, tanks, and envelope (the colorful fabric part of the balloon). And then we went through the slow, but exhilarating process of helping the pilot fill the envelope with first cold, then hot air. Once it was inflated, we lent our weight to keeping the basket on the ground so visitors could come up close to look. Which for a little while actually meant standing in the basket. Never mind that it never left the ground for a flight. It was still pretty awesome!

All the while, our children (ages 15, 13 and 10) slept at home. They couldn’t handle early hour (5am) and were too young yet to crew. But we didn’t let them hold us back from doing something we’d both been hoping to experience for years. And when we woke them for breakfast later, they were anxious to hear our stories.

We jumped at this experience now, while our kids are still growing, not only because it is one we have been looking forward to, but also because we believe in leading by example. And we want our children to embrace adventure. We want them to pay attention to the soul stirrings and heart cries that call them to engage with our world in ways only they can.

But our kids can’t do that if we fill every hour of their days with school, clubs, sports, and activities. And they won’t do that if we spend all of our days focused only on them and their clubs, sports and activities.

So in our household Mom and Dad sign up for classes, play in tournaments, and join clubs. And we do so without guilt or regret. Because even though those activities take us away from our kids for an hour here or a half day there, they ultimately return us to our families as fuller, more fulfilled people. We are better parents when we are with our kids because of the interests and activities we pursue apart from them. And our kids in turn are becoming explorers who aren’t afraid to strike out on their own to try an unusual sport or activity that catches their interest (like the fencing class my youngest took last fall).

When was the last time you engaged in an interest of your own apart from your kids? If you aren’t sure where to start, trying writing up a short bucket list of new things you want to do, places you want to see, and people you want to meet. Then pick one idea and give it a whirl. See what the adventure does for you and your kids.

Lara Krupicka is a parenting journalist and mother of three. She’s also the author of Family Bucket Lists: Bring More Fun, Adventure & Camaraderie Into Every Day and the recent release, Bucket List Living For Moms: Become a More Adventurous Parent.  

Thanks, Lara, for this fantastic guest post!  Readers, you can connect with Lara on her website, on Twitter or by leaving a comment here!
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Currently Reading: Women, Leadership, and the Bible

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Have you wondered what the Bible says about women in leadership?  Have you heard people express strong, conflicting viewpoints on a theological issue and wondered how they can arrive at such different truths when starting with the same book?  Have you wanted to study for yourself, but felt paralyzed by an overwhelming topic?

This is the book you’ve been looking for!

And it is the book I’ve been looking for too!

If you’ve read my blog for long, you’ll know that I’m passionate about women and Christianity.  I have recommended books on the topic of women in leadership before, but I still hadn’t found the right book.  I wanted to find a book that could be my “go to” recommendation and I wanted it to be focused on studying the issue, not on someone’s opinion.

Dr. Natalie R. Wilson Eastman wrote the book I was looking for and she far surpassed my expectations.

Women, Leadership, and the Bible is truly tremendous.  Natalie took a heavy, hotly-debated topic and wrote a book that is accessible, thorough, thoughtful, and even funny at times.

Instead of telling her readers what to think on this topic, Natalie tells them how to think.  In fact, Natalie never actually reveals what “camp” she falls into so this book is for complementarians and egalitarians alike.  And it is also for people who don’t know what either of those terms mean.   🙂

Women, Leadership, and the Bible will challenge you to be a better thinker and to carefully evaluate the Bible and other people’s interpretations.  I love what Natalie said in the Introduction:

I don’t want to tell women what to think.  Plenty of Christian resources and people are quite ready to tell women exactly what to think about theological issues.

I want to help women learn to think for themselves.  This book exists to help equip women to move beyond surface Bible study into a deeper understanding of how to “do” interpretation and how to “do” theology.  In this book, I help women learn those skills in the process of exploring and discerning biblical and theological answers to their questions about the issue of women’s roles in church leadership.

And that is exactly what she does!  Natalie breaks down the intimidating interpretive process into small, accessible steps.  She is constantly encouraging and reminding her readers that they can study this topic well, even if they don’t have a background in theology.  Through multiple appendices and her website, Natalie gives her readers the resources they need to study.  Also included throughout the book are insights from her mentors who have studied this issue on their own.

What I love about this book is that it applies to so much more than gender issues.  The same intense study process that Natalie walks you through could be applied to any theological issue.  I kept thinking that this book seemed like a seminary class (or three!) rolled into a book.

Women, Leadership and the Bible is worth every penny – I hope that you’ll buy or borrow a copy today and start working through it.  I believe that every Christian would benefit by reading this book!

 

p.s. If you’re on Goodreads, don’t forget to add this to your “To Read” list!

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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The First Time I Called Myself a Writer

 

I once heard that if you wanted to be a writer, you should start by calling yourself one.

At the time, it seemed terribly reckless and a bit pretentious too.  Could you really just give yourself a title, an occupation?  After all, most fields have certain training or a test that you must take earn the title, like a doctor who has completed medical school and finished residency, but still has to pass the board exams. Wasn’t it conceited for me, untrained and unpublished, to call myself a writer?

I certainly thought so.

 

I’m sharing my story over at the Redbud Writers Guild blog, so please join me there to read the rest.

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