Jump start your reading material for 2012 by adding some of these websites to your daily feeds! Here’s some of my favorite subscriptions and bookmarks from 2011!
By far, WhenYouRise.com is one of my favorite finds from 2011 to “borrow” inspiration for kid-friendly, Christ-centered activities. Website co-creators, Jen and Desiré, are saturated with the gospel and post weekly ideas for engaging your child with Scripture. Favorite posts? Their curriculum series on teaching your child the “big picture” of the Bible. (Oh, and I secretly wished I lived next door to these ladies).
A great resource for age-graded crafts and learning activities, I Can Teach My Child practically saved my kids from boredom after moving across the country last Spring. But the real reason I love this site is for the daily doses of encouragement author Jenae provides for mothers who think they aren’t crafty enough or unqualified to enter into the domains of early childhood development.
Rediscover classic books from your childhood and uncover new favorites for your own kids at SillyEagleBooks. Creator and preschool mother, Vanessa, gives you a peek into her children’s literature obsession with reviews, ideas for inspiring reading adventures with your kids, and so much more!
Aslan’s Library can help you avoid the intense disappointment that comes from buying poorly-written children’s titles. My favorite element of this site? The theological perspective through which they filter children’s material. My second favorite element of their site? Their love for beautiful illustrations as well – because sometimes artistry conveys truth as vividly as words. Plus, these gals are just plain smart.
No one can inspire you to reclaim the joy of motherhood quicker than Amanda of Impress Your Kids. As a stay-at-home mom who traded full-time vocational ministry for full-time motherhood ministry, Amanda offers up daily doses of fun, crafts, party ideas, and devotionals all purposed to help you instill God’s Word into your child’s heart. My favorite part of her site? Her recent series Truth in the Tinsel that gave me a hands-on and super-fun tool to teach my kids the Christmas story. We’re hoping she writes a series for Easter! (hint hint).
Desiring Virtue encourages women to aspire to the portrait of the Proverbs 31 woman – whether that occurs while she’s unloading the dishwasher or digging into critical commentaries. Founder Jessalyn Hutto is a mother and pastor wife and writes from the heart on the challenge of connecting faith with real-life. (Its tagline is ‘homemaking for the theologian.’) My favorite parts of this site? The site’s emphasis on grace and Hutto’s free home management printables that come wrapped in quotes from classic theologians like Charles Spurgeon.
Two separate sites, the Gospel Coalition & Discerning Reader both offer interesting and biblical reviews of new releases in Christian academics and Christian living. Why do I like to use these sites even though I am not reformed in my theology? Because these sites offer in-depth treatments of controversial books written by trusted and expert scholars, teachers, authors and more.
One of my favorite sites to ingest encouragement for motherhood is the Femina girls. This site offers intensely biblical view of the challenges of combining grace with motherhood. My favorite posts are written by Rachel Jankovic, author of Loving the Little Years.
One of my newest finds for daily inspiration is Daily On My Way to Heaven, written by Becky Pliego. Between her photography, emphasis on God’s Word, and love for theology, I always leave her site feeling refreshed. My favorite posts? Her series called Doctrines in the Kitchen which looked at how doctrine relates to everyday living.
The site Incourage (an off-shoot of Dayspring) has been a gold-mine for discovering new bloggers who offer up a fresh take on faith. I’ve fallen in love with some of their writers like The Gypsy Mama and Emily of Chatting At the Sky. Plus, the site offers special series, forums, and book clubs.
What are your favorite sites you check everyday???? Leave a comment and let us know!
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Special thanks to Nicole Seitler of the Sugarplum Paperie for permission to use her digital designs to create our “Favorite Things” headers.