Apr 9

Contest Winners

2012 at 9:55 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Photography

Thank you for the many entries you submitted to our 52home at Your Home contest. It was tons of fun getting a peek into your lives through your lenses. And let me tell ya, it made choosing the winners quite the challenging task. But in the end we narrowed it down to three ladies that we thought demonstrated both a variety in presentation as well as creativity.

So, without further ado, congrats to our winners- Jennifer from Roanoke, Virginia, Kelly from Louisburg, Kansas, and Katie from Greenville, South Carolina. Their images will be featured on 52home over the next three weeks. Each winner will receive a print of her choice from the 52home collection. We begin this week with “52home at Jennifer’s home”. I know you will all enjoy!

Apr 9

Missing Mom at Easter

2012 at 7:07 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Suffering

I was having my devotions yesterday morning when I got an email from my sister to all our siblings—“I miss mother but…how happy I am to have you.”

And it hit me again, just how much I miss my mom. I could tell you all the things I miss about her, but that’s not really the point. I just miss her. I miss her being here.

It’s Easter morning and I am sobbing. I suppose it is normal to grieve more for loved ones on special days. And yet the Easter holiday also brings a special comfort. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, my mother’s sins were forgiven, she was given power to live a faithful life, and now she is with Christ.

As much as I miss my mom, I don’t wish her back. This Easter she is experiencing the power of the resurrection like never before.

“The sainted dead dwell in life; beholding the king in his beauty; “shining as the brightness of the firmament, and as the stars forever and ever.” They fade no more, nor realize pain. A wealth of love is theirs, a heritage of goodness, a celestial habitation….We may feel sad because they are lost to us, but while we weep and wonder, they are wrapped in garments of light and warble songs of celestial joy. They will return to us no more, but we shall go to them and share their pleasures…We would not call them back. In the homes above they are great, and well-employed, and blest. Shadows fall upon them no more, nor is life ruled with anxious cares. Love rules their life and thoughts, and eternal hopes beckon them forever to the pursuit of infinite good….Heaven comes nearer to us, and grows more attractive, as we think of the loved ones who dwell there.”
~Jonathan Edwards

Apr 5

Easter for Kids: Too Violent?

2012 at 2:40 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Homemaking | Holidays

Is the truth about Easter too violent for children? Russell Moore answers this question in a recent column:

Our children need to hear the Gospel. They need to see Jesus. That means they need to see both sides of skull place. That’s graphic, sure. It’s confusing, of course. And not just for kids. But it is the only message that saves. It’s the only message that prepares one for salvation. It is, as Paul says, that which is “of first importance,” the message he received from Jesus Himself (1 Cor 15:3-4).

The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is the Gospel. That’s the first word. If we cannot speak of that, we would be better off not speaking of Jesus at all, rather than presenting another Christ, one who meditates but does not mediate, who counsels but is not crucified, who is accessible but not triumphant over sin and death.

The apostle Paul told us the word of the cross would be folly to those who are perishing (1 Cor 1:18). He didn’t warn us that it would sometimes also be folly to those who are publishing. No matter. It is still the power of God

This Easter, preach the Gospel… to the senior citizens, to the middle-aged, to the young adults, to the teenagers, to the seekers, to the hardened unbelievers, to the whole world. And, yes, preach the Gospel to the preschoolers.

Read the entire article.

For a bunch more resources on teaching your children gospel truth at Easter, check out our post on Celebrating Easter with Kids.

Apr 3

Is Transracial Adoption Wise?

2012 at 5:19 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Motherhood | Adoption

I resonate with Justin Taylor’s post from last week where he explains that:

We don’t regard our transracial adoption as something especially noble or sacrificial, or anything like a social statement. This is simply the way that God in his providence has designed our family to expand, and we sense his great grace in the way he has knit our family together.

We do indeed sense God’s great grace! Each day I look at my children around the dinner table or in their beds or playing in the backyard and marvel at the how fearfully and wonderfully God has designed our family. And I feel the weight of responsibility He has entrusted to us to raise these four precious children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

But, as Justin acknowledges, some may also be wondering if we are wise to choose transracial adoption. Justin’s answers are wise and biblical and I couldn’t agree more. Please read this entire article if you are simply curious or if you too are considering transracial adoption.

A quick personal update: God is giving us much strength and wisdom, and life in our home seems to get more comfortable and joyful every day. We still have our challenging moments, but we as parents are better rested and the children are all settling into life as one friend called us, “The New and Improved Whitacres.” A few days ago at lunch the four kids were counting family members in order of age: One Daddy, Two Mommy (I didn’t bother correcting them that I am actually older than Steve!), Three Jack, Four Jude, Five Tori, Six, Sophie. Then they smiled in satisfaction, the counting complete. These are the members of our family. All six of us.

Great grace.