Hope your weekend is starting well! I’m still lying in bed enjoying the quiet, and I thought I’d post some links to some really interesting articles I’ve found this week. Many times I “find” them because someone posts on my Facebook Page, saying, “have you read this?” I have the best readers!

Weekend Links

Today I’m going to give you three articles by some guy bloggers that I found really excellent this week:

“Abstinence is Unrealistic and Old-Fashioned. Really?” Matt Walsh is a twenty-something radio personality and blogger who likes to just tell it like it is. And in this article he rips to pieces a “health” teacher who told her class that it’s unrealistic to expect teenagers not to have sex, and ridiculed those who didn’t. Walsh is a Christian, but his approach to issues is more “common sense”, and I think it works.

Marriage Isn’t For You. Awesome article (by a guy again!) about the purpose of marriage. It’s not about making you happy; you marry so you can concentrate on someone else’s needs. Great take.

Four Things I Don’t Want to Hear About Your Wife. Here’s another male blogger ripping his guy friends, saying, “don’t say these things about your wife.” Warning: a bit of bad language, but the guy is a Christian, and I think he’s spot on. Come to think of it, I don’t want to hear these things about your husband, either.

Now a news story that I want to highlight. I know many of you appreciate Debi and Michael Pearl’s ministry (they wrote To Train Up a Child about how to use corporal punishment right and she wrote Created to Be His Help Meet), but I truly believe that these books are dangerous and are not proper doctrinally. A Washington couple was recently sentenced to very long prison terms for murdering their adopted daughter. They were trying to follow To Train Up a Child. (Here’s a blog post by a former Pearl follower about how dangerous this book is, commenting on this case). I know that the Pearls never recommend murdering your child, but they do say that you have to break his or her spirit, and when a child rebels, and refuses to be broken, many parents just keep going, thinking that to do otherwise is sin. In this case, when the mother found her daughter dead, the first thing she said to the 911 operator was “my daughter was being rebellious). It’s just scary. We need to open our eyes to the fact that these books can be very dangerous. They don’t give you a proper idea of when to stop–they say that if a child is rebellious, you need to step up the spanking. Anyway, I know I’m opening a can of worms, but please, think twice before recommending these books or following these books. There are so many other much better books out there about raising Christian kids, and given how many “To Train Up a Child” parents have ended up killing their kids, maybe it’s really time to re-evaluate that book and just say no.

A Winner for the Evgie Wall Decal Giveaway!

A few weeks ago I ran a giveaway for a gift certificate towards Evgie wall decals. So many of you entered–seriously, these are so cute!

Monkey Growth Chart Decal from Evgie.com

$80 from Evgie.com

The winner was Lucas J., and he’s been contacted. Thanks for entering! I hope to offer these again. But in the meantime, check out these children’s wall decals. They’d be great for Christmas!

What’s Going Crazy on Pinterest

I have a feature every morning on my Facebook page–From-The-Older-Post-That-Was-Pinned-Last-Night-Files–where I highlight something I wrote a while ago, but is now being pinned again. So I thought I’d link a few posts that are making the rounds on Pinterest.

First, this one has been going crazy for weeks: Stocking Stuffers for Your Husband. Want some good ideas? There are a whole bunch here!

When Your Husband is NOT a Spiritual Leader. A newer post, but it seems like one that many women need to read.

Have We Forgotten How to Be a Mommy? These three things used to be normal for parents to do. Now they’re not. Check out what they are!

Something to Ponder

Whatever You Focus on Expands

I was speaking last weekend at a retreat in Michigan, and one of the things I said was that “whatever you focus on expands. So focus on God!” Obviously we have to work through our issues, but sometimes the best way to get through something is to take our eyes off of ourselves and put them onto God. So think about that today!

Have a great weekend! And if you’ve seen any favourite links this week, leave them in the comments.

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