Weekend Reading | July 3

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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.

RAD Excitement (No! Nooo!!!) Reactive Attachment Disorder

Sometimes we know what we need to do even when we don’t know why. We never have to understand the science to see the effects. People can believe in gravity or not. Scientists can understand the physics of acceleration and impact, but in at least one area it doesn’t make any difference. They see the same flattened-out car at the bottom of the cliff that I see. It isn’t the science of “F=M x A” (Force = Mass times Acceleration) that causes me to drive just a little bit more carefully on mountain roads. It’s the image of a flattened out car. I didn’t need anyone to explain to me the reasons that “R + E = M + G” (RAD plus Excitement equals Matches plus Gasoline) I had seen the mayhem. RAD Excitement = Bad.

42 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR KIDS FEEL ABSOLUTELY LOVED

We’ll do everything we can to make sure our family identity seeps into every corner of their souls, so that they know without a doubt that they always have a place where they belong.

The Long Road Home—Brokenness In The Journey of Life

I would give anything to be able to fix my daughter’s arm. It hurts me to see it swollen with metal rods sticking out of both sides of her wrist. But, I can’t. I’m not a bone specialist, and even if I were I could only do what they’ve already done—keep it safe, point it in the right direction for proper healing and let time do its work. Over and over as I talk with family members struggling to help someone they love heal from wounds that are hidden from sight I hear, “I just don’t know what to say,” “I don’t know how to help them,” “If they could just understand that I’m trying to help,” “Things aren’t as bad as they make them seem,” and many other helpless and hopeless phrases. As I listen, I’m reminded of my own journey of brokenness and the truth that I’ve had to discover healing on my own and the people who’ve made the biggest difference in my life didn’t really “do” anything…. they were simply there with me on the long road home to healing.

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