My goal is for MrsDisciple to be a valuable resource for Christ-followers to find encouragement for our many roles—disciple, wife, mother, and friend. For today’s #FridayFive, I collected five links that helped me in each of these areas over the past few weeks. I hope you find encouragement, hope, and maybe even a challenge to walk tall in your calling.
Freed from the Life I’ve Always Wanted, Shannan Martin
You will hear more from me about Shannan Martin’s new book, Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I’ve Always Wanted. It is no exaggeration to say this is the best book I’ve read all year. As in, finish it, grab a new highlighter, and start reading it again. Her article in Today’s Christian Women will give you a little glimpse into the soul-searching, life-wrecking beauty found between the book’s green covers. Read the article, and then preorder the book. (Shannan offers some preorder goodies here.)
The Glorious Table ran a two-week series on marriage. Each post encourages and edifies. Greer Ohara writes about the destructive tendency to keep score in marriage: “In the fight for equality, in the back and forth, in the fifty-fifty mentality, the journey toward the likeness of Christ is forgotten.” Brandy Lidbeck tackles the old adage “the grass is greener on the other side.” In her post, The Grass is Greener Where You Water It, she says, “Marriages take lots of work. We cannot neglect our most important relationship and expect it to flourish. Marriage takes commitment.” (Follow us on Facebook for daily encouragement.)
Are You Married to a Selfish Spouse?, Gary Thomas
We all suffer from the sickness of selfishness. Marriage undresses our best efforts to hide the ugliness of our self-centered behavior. Gary Thomas speaks to the spouse of the selfish–that’s all of us. He encourages, admonishes, and instructs. This is a must-read for all married people!
Parents, are you nervous about social media, porn, sex and everything in-between? Join this Facebook group for regular updates on #cyberparenting. For example, this helpful tip came up this week:
Sending nudes (aka “trading cards”) is a common practice among tweens and teens. Here’s what we recommend to prepare our children:
Start at a young age telling your child there are no devices allowed in the bedroom or bathroom. Explain that it’s never okay to take or share a picture without clothes. (Continue reading here.)
When You’re Waiting on God in a Lonely Season, Kristen Strong
Friendship is beautiful. Until it’s not. The in-between seasons are especially hard–when you’ve known kindred friendship and now it is absent for some reason. Kristen Strong shared on (in)courage this week:
If you find yourself in a season of waiting on friends, please know this: God values your life so much, He gave it a higher priority than that of His own Son. You can rest assured that every component of your life — including your friendship needs — is tucked inside His care. (Continue reading here.)
#FridayFive Link Up
Now that I’ve shared my favorite links, it’s your turn. What’s the best thing you read online this week? What are your go-to resources? Share in the comments or link up a post with all of your favorite links.
Get out the tissues and the dark chocolate, girls! Next week it’s time to write about crying. What makes you cry? What verses do you turn to when you feel like crying? Memes that make you laugh until you cry? Bring it on!
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