Moving to Maturity (Take Five)
This week, we’re highlighting posts about movement – to maturity, to hope, to new places and to worship. We’re highlighting a post teaching sons about manhood, reading Scripture, waiting on God and moving where He calls us. How are you moving this week, or where do you need to move? Our prayer is that this week’s Take Five gives you hope and fuel for your journey.
This is a beautiful post about talking to our children about both how to be Godly men (and women) and how to react to sad news from the world:
“We talked about life being much more than you can see, so you knew that a woman is always more more than you can see. I kept trying to be at peace in my own body so that you would always see women as more than a body. And I always told you that I’ve only ever met beautiful people. Ugly is only a state of soul.” Finish reading here.
Sometimes we think we are getting encouragement from a Bible verse, but we can get even more out of reading Scriptures if we are educated about the context of the verse as well:
“When it comes to reading the Bible, we can sometimes be so familiar with the words on the page that we read them, but we don’t really understand them. We see the words and hear the words, but we don’t make any sense out of them. Familiarity can breed laziness, and so many of our misunderstandings about the scriptures happen because we are too familiar with the passage to look it with fresh eyes. If we would come to the Word of God with fresh eyes more often, we would realize that some of our most common interpretations of Scripture passed down to us don’t make much sense when viewed within the context of the passage.” Keep reading here.
Annie Downs shares a song that encouraged her as she took a leap of faith and followed God’s movement in her life:
“No matter where I turned, God sang His reassurances to me. It wasn’t always on Christian radio, in fact- it rarely was. It was at obscure concerts in downtown Atlanta and quiet crooning from indie albums. It was radio commercials and worship songs and love songs and CDs that friends handed me on a whim. God was everywhere I didn’t expect to hear Him.” Read more here.
As Annie pointed out in the previous post, sometimes music can give us strength as we follow God’s voice in our lives. Hopefully this song encourages you today:
“Most of us do not like waiting for anything. We live in a day of fast everything and waiting for anything seems like a major inconvenience. I must confess I don’t like waiting either. I don’t like standing in line for my favorite cup of coffee, flipping though magazines in the waiting room of the doctor’s office and I sure don’t like waiting in traffic. And if I can just be honest with you, I don’t like waiting on God either.” Finish the article here.
How can you find hope while you’re waiting on God?
Check out an earlier Take Five post here.
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