Moving to Maturity (Take Five)

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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.

25 Things Our Sons need to know about Manhood:

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. 

Stop Taking Jeremiah 29:11 Out of Context:

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.

Capitol City:

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:

Hope While You Are Waiting













“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. 

About The Author
Dani Nichols
Dani Nichols
Hi, I'm Dani. As managing editor of Trochia, my job is to edit all of our pieces and give our writers guidance with excellence, Biblical truth and gracious storytelling in mind. I love our mission and community here at Trochia and am so honored to work with this incredible team. I'm married to Adam and have beautiful baby girl, Adelay. We live in Oregon and enjoy kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and sharing good food with friends and family.
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    April 5, 2013 at 11:59 am


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    April 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Timely Word

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    April 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    yes, Lord

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    April 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm

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    December 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    We are don’t understand too?

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    December 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm


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    December 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm


  • Joann Luginbill
    December 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    He gave ME strength to Survive. !!!!

  • Michael Banka
    December 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    His unfailing love drawing me in. He’s still at it 40+ years later.

  • Gerald Freeman
    December 12, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    I remember having a strong desire to tell others about my remarkable experience!

  • Mary Mcdowell Foster
    December 13, 2013 at 1:47 am

    I said I would not tell it to any one then I ran and told my mother and every one else who would listen

  • Webb Rhoads
    December 13, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Wow, beautiful

  • Jeff Linduff
    December 13, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I was in prison,and my sister died even though we all were praying and believing for a miracle.

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  • Evelyn Skinner
    December 13, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I remember cooking every Wed. at church to raise funds for the youth of our church to go to Summer camp so no child would be turned away because of money. Many were brought to Christ at the campfires and to God be the Glory for giving me the ability to help to bring them simply by cooking and sharing that talent to help bring the lost into the kingdom of GOD!

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    December 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm


  • Jennifer M. Decker
    December 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Noticing the change Grace brought.

  • Ida Belknap
    December 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Trusting & tithing…….as poor as I was……& it always came back to me. Once, a friend, who had moved far away, sent me a letter with a check in it, saying, ” The Father put it on my heart that you needed this”……it kept me afloat!

  • Linda Dixon
    December 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I have always wanted to know this one Jesus for as long as I can remember. But one time when I was about 32 -33 I decided I wanted to take a class on evangelizm . . . there were about five areas to study. The one about … “Who is this man Jesus” … was the most gripping thing I ever encountered. When you are witnessing to someone, you are to ask them …”Who is Jesus to you?” and then you learn to recite True words from scripture to tell people (after they have told you what they think) – – and we were to practice with eachother until we could remember it so we could go out “into the world” and talk to people. Oh my … every time I would try to repeat the incredible Love He has for us . . . I couldn’t get all the words out because I would start tearing up. After that happening for so many times … I finally told my minister …”I want to do this … but I don’t know if I will ever be able to do so, because it keeps tearing me up, and I can’t talk very well.” – – – He was a very nice man and he just smiled and said … “Don’t worry, The Lord is just cleaning you, and filling you up with himself .” – – – I will never forget the amazing, intense, sweet grip that took ahold of me … and I will never be the same. I always admired “This man from Nazareth” . . . but after that … the only – best way I can express it is … I will never be the same . . . My heart belongs to Him FOREVER

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