5 Lessons I Learned from the Woman in Proverbs 31

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Have you ever delved into Proverbs 31 to read what a truly God-fearing woman might be like? The woman described in this chapter sounds almost too good to be true—she’s about as perfect as any human comes! But she’s only striving to do everything and anything that her Lord asks of her.

I find it refreshing to read this chapter occasionally to find God calling me to come closer to him in different areas of life. Here are five ways I’ve felt challenged by the tenacity of the woman in Proverbs 31:

1. She opens her hand to the poor


It’s so easy to get caught up in one’s own life. Go to school, go to work, pick the kids up from daycare, time for church, etc. Life happens. But to be ready and willing, even looking, for chances to welcome the poor or needy into our homes with open arms is a quality many of us feel we just don’t have the time for. In the grand scheme of things though, God calls us to love one another just as he loved us. This is how we should be looking to spend our time first and foremost.

2. She does not harm

Sometimes I catch myself talking with a family member or friend and realize I’ve just turned the conversation into complaining or pity-partying. No one wants to listen to that anyway, so why do I do it? It’s only bringing harm to the relationship. Instead I now turn the conversation around when I sense a downward spiral—dishing out compliments and positive stories that only bring smiles and laughs.

3. She dresses herself with strength

Strength comes in many forms. I imagine the strength of the woman in this chapter to be a humble, yet confident strength. Often I forget the humility part of strength, which turns me into merely a confidently one-sided arguer. Remembering to clothe herself with humility alongside strength must be how this woman was so cherished and praised within her community. (Prov. 31:28)

4. Her lamp does not go out at night

Working late into the nights and being the first one up in the mornings to be sure everyone gets fed sounds to me like a case of extreme diligence and perseverance. The mothers out there probably understand this the best. Working all day and then getting minimal sleep is hard to do, but I’ve found that the days I keep my priorities straight—keeping God on top—I somehow get everything done. And with that checklist completed, I can rest freely and do it again the next day.

5. She laughs at the time to come

I am quick to plan for the future. Not because I’m afraid of what will happen if I don’t have a plan, but because I’m always so anxiously excited for what’s next. But Matthew 6:34 reminds us that we should not worry about tomorrow, we should live for today. The woman in Proverbs 31 understood God’s intention for daily living already before the book of Matthew was written.

What does Proverbs 31 teach you? Take a moment to reflect on this beautiful passage:

How can we embody the Proverbs 31 woman in everyday life? It all starts with small decisions. Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 ministries, has a new book on this very topic. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands reveals what our daily decisions say about us and how we can make those decisions reflect the pattern of the God-fearing woman.

Interested in starting a small group on this topic? Get Lysa’s new book, and The Best Yes Study Guide to learn and grow with your friends and challenge each other as you go.

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Lost in Translation: The Names of God

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There are more than 80 different names in the Bible’s original text for the one we call our God. He is our Good Shepherd (John 10:11), our Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8), our Wonderful Counselor (Isa. 9:6) and so many more all-encompassing things.

Names in the Bible, though, are not quite the same as the names we use today. While parents seem to be getting more and more creative with baby names, God’s people were given names of meaning and honor according to an action they’d taken or a mark of great faith.

“A name is so important in biblical settings that Scripture frequently mentions God Himself changing someone’s name to reflect a new reality. Abram, which means ‘exalted father,’ was changed to Abraham, meaning ‘father of a multitude.’ Jacob, whose name meant “grabber of the heel’ and ‘deceitful,’ received a new name after wrestling with God. His new name, Israel, means ‘one who prevails.’” —Tony Evans, The Power of God’s Names

Why so many names?

Learning and understanding the various names of God gives us insight into all the different facets of his glorious persona. He says that we are created in his image (Gen. 1:27), yet look around at how many different personalities and characteristics are seen in each person you meet—proof that we serve a very complex and awesome God.

Dr. Tony Evans has spent years trying to grasp the entirety of God’s being by studying dozens of his biblical names, hoping to put all the pieces and parts together to paint a clearer picture of who God is. Evans challenges all Christians to do the same in seeking spiritual maturity and a stronger prayer life.

Evans’ new book, Praying Through the Names of God, details 85 names of God, giving context and background to each. Whether you’ve read his first book on the names of God or not, Praying Through the Names of God will expose you to a God who wants you to know and trust him. This book walks through each aspect of prayer, touching on adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.

Ready to revitalize your prayer life? Add a new Vyrso title to your collection today! Get Praying Through the Names of God for only $8.44.

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Our Best Deal Ever Has Arrived: The Crossway Bundle

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There’s only 49 days left until the end of summer, which means there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the sun, grilling, and time with family!

With only so many days left to enjoy summer reading, Vyrso is here to help add more amazing titles to your library with some limited time savings!

Our best deal of the summer just arrived: The Crossway Bundle.

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The limited-time Crossway Bundle has 100 titles by authors like Mark Dever, John F. MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, and others. Get a variety of titles including biblical studies, devotions, theological overviews, guides for ministry, and parenting titles. Get must-reads, like:

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Learning to Believe You’re Enough in an Insecure World

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Today’s interview is with Kate Conner, author of the viral post, “Ten Things I Want to Tell Teenage Girls,” she is a wife, mother of three, and accomplished speaker and blogger. She has authored two new ebooks, Ten Things for Teen Girls and Enough which both eloquently communicate the true worth teenage girls have and equips parents to show their teen girls how much they’re loved and valued.

1. Your blog post, “Ten Things I Want to Tell Teenage Girls,” went viral—what was that like? What sort of feedback did you get and how did you respond?

Going viral was like winning the lottery: surreal, then amazing, then overwhelming. All of our websites crashed for days. The response was unbelievable. I received thousands of comments, emails, and messages saying, “I wish someone had told me this 30 years ago,” and “This isn’t just for teenagers, this is for me.” I’d say 90% of the feedback was positive – but just 10% of 2,000 comments is still a whole lot of hateful things to read about yourself and your work.

I read and re-read my post asking myself if there was any truth behind what the critics were saying. Am I a misogynist? Do I blame women for their own harassment? Am I vain? Judgmental? Snobby? Desperate for attention?

I am able to stand by what I wrote because I actually believe it. I’m thankful that the books afford me the chance to clarify some sound bytes from the blog post that were confusing or offensive to people. No doubt some will still be offended, but at least they’ll be offended for the right reasons. Context is everything. I also learned to never read Reddit, ever, no matter what.

2. What were you like as a teenage girl and how does that affect how you speak to teens today?

I was chronically, compulsively shy until halfway through my sophomore year. I would have preferred to fail a test than to raise my hand and ask a question. There was a shift in the 10th grade. There was no watershed life event; I just slowly mustered the courage to start doing things I liked, even if they scared me all the way to death. I just kept saying yes and showing up. The more I took those little risks, the more I started coming into myself. I actually remember the moment, right down to what I was wearing, when I realized, “You know? I like me.”

The difference between the first and second half of high school for me cannot be overstated. I was like a different person. After that moment in the 10th grade, I was an always-there leader at church, I became an editor on yearbook staff (I started to enjoy writing in the 11th grade), I did really uncool things that I liked, like French club. I graduated surrounded by a pretty big, diverse group of friends. I didn’t do anything magical—I just decided I liked myself, and I showed up and was nice to people.

The things that changed the game for me in high school didn’t hinge solely on my relationship with God, but they weren’t independent of it either. It’s no coincidence that I went on a mission trip in the 9th grade which God used to restore joy and perspective in my life in a dramatic way. That trip set the stage. My faith was the foundation for the growth that happened over the next 4 years. Joy and humility freed me to like myself, and to love people, and to start being brave.

I want young women to fall in love with Jesus—to encounter him in such a jaw-dropping, heart-stopping, intimate, scary-awesome way that they are never the same. That happened to me. But I also want them to like themselves and be nice to people. Enough and 10 Things for Teen Girls are a mix of both of those things. The radical love and truths of Jesus and the practical social skills like how to not be annoying on Facebook. It’s both things together, because that was my experience.

3. I think now more than ever, teen girls feel insecure. They feel like they’ll never be pretty enough, smart enough, skinny enough, or popular enough. How do these feelings start and how can young girls fight them?

In the first grade, I remember noticing that some of my friends were more petite than I was, and I wished I was like them. My daughter is in the first grade now—she’s six. I believe that these feelings are natural. By natural I mean a part of the human experience; they’re going to happen.

Insecurity takes root and becomes a problem when girls start thinking, “I’d be happier if I were more . . .” and when they start to think that “perfect” is the goal. We don’t try to eradicate their insecurities—that’s silly because it’s impossible. Instead we put insecurity in its place by modeling gratitude, passion, and joy. I think often about a Pinterest pin I saw that said, “Mother Teresa didn’t walk around worrying about her thighs. She had things to do.” I love that. Insecurities can only get the best of us when perfection and beauty and being adored become our goals.

The best way to combat rampant, crippling insecurity is to teach young women to care about bigger things than their own images and preferences. It’s on us grown-ups to teach this. As they watch us live, we show them that respecting our bodies is normal. Being thankful is normal. Finding and choosing joy is normal. Using our bodies as tools to do a job, instead of as shrines to physical beauty and sex appeal and fitness, is normal. My body needed to bear and feed babies, and it did. My body needs to help my neighbor move in, and it can. My hands need to feed people, and they can.

We’ve been trying to end insecurity by telling girls they’re “perfect just the way they are,” but it’s not working. Insecurity is part of the human experience, like grief and anger and sadness. It needs to be accepted and then put in its place. The solution to insecurity is the same as the solution to almost every other thing: love, gratitude, humility, community, grace, passion, perspective, and Jesus. Just look up.

4. You mentioned this briefly in your blog post, but pornography is seriously hurting the value men place on women, and women place on themselves. How can we begin alleviating the damage this is doing?

Oh my stars. This topic has been so normalized and so stigmatized that it’s nearly impossible to discuss with any kind of perspective. I feel raw when I think about this. I’m not going to discuss here why I think it’s damaging, and to whom, and in what circumstances, and in what ways. But I can tell you how I think we can alleviate some damage once it has been done and acknowledged. This is obviously not a long-term solution.

Here is one thing I would like to tell boys that have been hurt by pornography. Looking at porn does not make you a deviant, or an embarrassment, or a sex addict, or unredeemable. But don’t be naïve enough to think that the consumption of it does not affect the way you view women, sex, and intimacy. And don’t be naïve enough to think that the way you view those things won’t affect your real-life relationships. What you think will come out in how you act, always. You must recognize the attitude of entitlement implicit in pornography and fight like heck against it. You are not entitled to sex with a woman. The immediate gratification in porn does not exist in real life. Neither does the ability to search for exactly the woman, body type, hair color, or sex act you’re feeling in the mood for. Girls do not want you, or sex, all the time. They never owe you. They are not the prize you win at the end of the game, or the girl that always comes around at the end of the movie. Contrary to what porn implies, flirtation does not equal a desire to have sex. You are not entitled to sex every time you want it. I believe that the surest, safest, wisest way to protect yourself and your relationships—to demonstrate respect for women and to honor the emotional, relational component to intimacy—is to STEER CLEAR. WAY CLEAR.

Here is one thing I think we must teach girls that have been hurt by pornography. You can require emotional intimacy before sex. You can be desirable without “putting out.” You are worthy of love, not just attention. Being desired is not the same thing as being valued. You can insist on being valued. If a man pressures you for sex and cites his desire and “appreciation” of you as evidence that he values you, do not buy it. And do not confuse the two and find yourself, years down the road, feeling used and wondering why. The difference that value makes in a woman’s heart and mind cannot be overstated. The emotional component in intimacy is paramount—and it’s 100% absent in pornography. Do not manipulate men, relishing the ability to turn their brains to mush, when doing so means you’re being objectified. No matter what you get in return—a discount at the mechanic, a date, a pass on a speeding ticket—it’s not worth being devalued as a person. You are a whole person. You can insist that people see you and treat you as a whole person. Women are whole people, and the nature of pornography is to present them as less than such. I believe that the best way to insist on respect, value, love, honor, esteem, and real intimacy is to STEER CLEAR. WAY CLEAR.

5. How do a teen girl’s insecurities differ from a teen boy’s?

You know, I think they’re all the same deep down. People are people. We want to be enough. We want to be heard, seen, understood, validated. We want connection, passion and purpose. We want to be welcome, and liked. Culturally, “enough” looks different for boys and girls, and boys and girls often cope differently, but the insecurities are the same. We all want to be enough.

6. How can the church help empower today’s youth?

Start actually believing that God calls young people. Actually believe that they can do hard things. Listen to them; don’t dismiss their experience because you don’t understand it, or you think it can’t possibly be as bad or as dramatic as they’re saying. It probably is. Include them. Mentor them. Show up for them. It takes a village to raise a person, but we’re really bad at the village thing in 2014. Start building a village around them. Live like what you’re singing about is true.

When I was in college, I looked around and realized that I didn’t know many adults whose souls were on fire for Christ. I knew Christians, but not many “I will go anywhere, do anything, wholly surrendered” Christians. I resolved to be that kind of person, so that my children and the young people around me would know that spiritual zeal doesn’t have an expiration date. Press in and practice some real abiding, some real trust. Don’t minimize the gospel in your life—show young people what it looks like for an adult in middle-class America to hang their life on the gospel. They will notice. They will be encouraged, inspired, challenged and carried.

7. We all know that talking to teenagers can be difficult. What’s the first step in better connecting with them and getting them to open up?

Teenagers are people. So I read that question as, “What’s the first step in better connecting with anyone?” The answer is empathy—empathy to the zillionth power. You can’t just listen to a teenager and then jump in with your, “Yes, I hear you and I understand that you are mad, but. . . .” That’s dismissive.

If your interactions are 20% “I see and acknowledge you” and 80% “Here’s what I want to teach you,” you’ll get nowhere. With anyone. With your angsty co-worker, your difficult spouse, or your teenager.

We’ve got to flip it. 80% empathy, 20% teaching. Or maybe 90/10. Empathy eliminates defensiveness, it builds trust, it creates safe space. Anais Nin said, “You cannot save people, you can only love them.” However much empathy you think is appropriate, whatever your “I see where you’re coming from, BUT” disclaimer is, quadruple it.

8. You’ve said “follow your heart,” is the worst advice ever—why?

“Follow your heart” does not translate. I understand the spirit of it, but to a teenager, “Follow your heart” sounds an awful lot like “Do whatever you want the most” which is obviously problematic. Following your heart is all well and good until things get hard and you find yourself thinking, “My heart just isn’t in this anymore.” Our hearts are naturally selfish. They set off after things that are new and flashy, they are comfortable in places where we receive high praise or feel fulfilled and cozy. Our hearts change their minds a lot. I would substitute the word heart with passion, or dreams, or skills, or brain, or intuition, or sound advice. All of those things are great things to follow, and I address them all in my book. “Follow your heart” is vague. It’s incomplete advice at best, and at worst it’s a recipe for disaster.

9. What’s next for you?

I’m going to make dinner for my kids. Oh, you mean writing. There will be more books, definitely. Enough (and 10 Things for Teen Girls) was such a surprising project. The post struck a nerve and went viral without my planning—without my knowledge even—overnight. I am so thankful for it, because I was a gift. I could never have created something that touched so many people if I’d tried. Those books chose me, but now I get to choose the books. The proposal I’m working on now is the book I dreamed about writing when I thought about the possibility of being an author some day. And of course there will be blogging. I love blogging. I get to use ALL THE CAPS LOCK I WANT, SUCKA’S! And I get to say things like “sucka’s.” The interaction I get to have with readers is amazing, too; their feedback is often better than the post itself. I will be parenting, loving my neighbors, and writing. This season of my life is about those three things, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Discover what true worth really looks like and how teen girls can know how much they’re loved and valued in Kate’s new ebooks, Enough & 10 Things For Teen Girls, on Vyrso today!

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Putting an End to Comfortable Christianity

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As I reflect on how I’ve spent 95% of my days, I’m afraid I have a mundane and ordinary schedule. Each day is full of simple comforts and brief interruptions of that comfort: traffic was light on the drive to work, coffee machine was out of order,  a friend called to catch up, dinner was burnt, today’s devotional was nice. Throughout the day, I see how my attitude level sways with each comfort and each interruption.

Along with noticing the subtle impact each comfort or interruption creates, the biggest questions that come from this reflection are: “As a Christian, am I doing all I can to live a life for Christ? Am I sacrificing my comfort so that others continually see Christ’s life and love in me?”

I can already answer those questions: No.

How do we begin breaking down complacency?

Jen Hatmaker’s book, Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks your Comfortable Christianity tackles this very question.

Jen began with the realization that she was not challenging her faith, and that as a believer, her life was not much different from non-believers.

“I realized I was completely normal. But my Savior was the most un-normal guy ever. And it was His un-normal ideas that made everything new.”

This realization sparked a lot of prayers and an overall change that transformed and renewed Jen’s life, her family dynamic, and has sent her across the world.

So what does this mean for you and me? Hatmaker found renewal when she threw away a routine way-of-life . . . are you ready to get comfortable with being uncomfortable?

God has an individual plan for each of our lives. Finding new ways to be a sacrifice for Him doesn’t mean we have to uproot our lives to the other side of the globe. But we must prayerfully accept and pursue the goal of maximizing our love for Him in whatever He calls us to do.

If you’re looking for revival and inspiration to step up to the plate, pick up Interrupted. Embrace the trials that come with your new mindset. Following Christ means denying ourselves (Matthew 16:24). It’s not easy, but suffering is temporary, and a relationship with our Lord is eternal (James 1:12).

Discover Hatmaker’s journey, and get ready to start your own—dive into Interrupted now!

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4 New Books Available in August

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Summer is finishing strong with a ton of new releases. Pre-order them now to get the best possible deal.

Here are four books releasing this August:

1. The Trail: A Tale about Discovering God’s Will
Available August 1
God’s good and perfect will is not a destination on the horizon of life where everything makes sense, but a place where your life is exposed to God’s power. The Trail is an enchanting, beautifully crafted allegory exploring the mysterious process of discovering God’s will. Join Matt and Brenda as they adventure into the High Sierras and discover an unshakable confidence in God’s will.

2. Abraham: One Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith
Available August 1
In an age of powerful kings who claimed to be gods, the man we know as Abraham not only claimed that one true Creator existed, but staked his entire life on this belief. Why, thousands of years later, are we still discussing the faith of this desert nomad? One of America’s most popular Bible teachers, Pastor Chuck Swindoll, answers that question and many more in this compelling biography of one of the Old Testament’s most prominent people.

3. Go Small: Because God Doesn’t Care about Your Status, Size, or Success
Available August 5
God isn’t interested in titles or championships or most valuable player awards. He doesn’t want your actions or your efforts or your supposed bigness. He just wants you—all of you. He wants to take every single action, every interaction, every positive word spoken, every negative word held back, every kind gesture, every diligent workday, every soccer practice, every evening spent over a hot stove preparing a meal for your family, every quiet moment in between waking up and getting out of bed—all of it. Pre-order Go Small, and let Craig Gross show you the miraculous world of the ordinary.

4. Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
Available August 19
When we spend our lives doing things that keep us busy but don’t really matter, we sacrifice the things that do. If you crave a simpler life anchored by the priorities that matter most, roll up your sleeves: Simplified living requires more than just cleaning out your closets or reorganizing your desk drawer. It requires uncluttering your soul. By eradicating the stuff that leaves your spirit drained, you can stop doing what doesn’t matter—and start doing what does.

Check out all of Vyrso’s new releases!

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Last Chance: Enter to Win the Pastoral-Leadership Giveaway!

Don’t miss your chance to win this resource bundle geared specifically to mentors, pastors, and church leaders. Get the wisdom, encouragement, and tools you need to continue growing as a leader. You could win hundreds of leader training tools, leadership books, sermons and sermon illustrations, workshops, and scholarly academic resources to help you experience better Bible study. Here’s the jump-start you’ve been waiting for to enrich your ministry and bring spiritual insight to those around you.

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This giveaway closes July 31—enter now to win a prize package worth almost $600.00!

Entry closes July 31. We’ll select and notify the winner August 1. If you win and you already own Logos 5 Starter and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. The winner will need to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prize. By entering the giveaway, you’re opting in to receive emails from Logos and promotional partners.

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Billy Graham: Candid Conversations with a Public Man

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In Billy Graham: Candid Conversations with a Public Man, Sir David Frost gives a remarkable look at the personal side of a world-renowned preacher and author. For 30 years, Billy Graham and David Frost fascinated television audiences with their conversations about God, the Bible, and Graham’s decades-long ministry.

Pre-order your copy of Billy Graham: Candid Conversations with a Public Man for $10.79!

 

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Some time ago Billy Graham said, “A marriage should be made up of three people: you, your spouse, and God. Christ should be the foundation of a Christian marriage right from the beginning. A lasting marriage starts during courtship. I would say to a young person who is beginning to think about marriage: ‘Yield this whole area of your life to Christ, and trust him. Don’t take your cue from the world: realize that marriage is a lifetime commitment. You shouldn’t go into it with the idea you can always get out of it if things don’t work out. And realize that true love is not selfish.’”

When I asked Billy what it takes to make a marriage work, he expanded on this basic premise of self-sacrificial love.

Frost: You and your wife are a terrific example of how to stay in love. What would you say makes a marriage work?

Graham: I think to have a successful marriage, you need two very good forgivers. They have to learn to forgive each other. And I think the most difficult period of marriage is probably the first five years of adjustment. That’s very difficult. After about five years there develops an understanding so that a couple can communicate with each other without ever saying a word. And I know that in my own case, I suppose it’s been at least fifteen years since my wife and I have had a cross word between us. I mean, we think alike, we believe alike, and we desperately love each other. I love her far more now than I did when I married her. And I believe she loves me.

And also learning to accept the faults of each other. I think that Abraham Lincoln was right when he said, “I’ve learned to accept the faults of my friends.” And I think you can establish a friendship or marriage relationship when you learn to realize that no one is perfect, that we do have little faults.

And then thirdly I think . . . there must be spiritual affinity. There must be something more than the physical or the material. There must be a spiritual understanding in a marriage. And if there isn’t this spiritual oneness and understanding, I think the marriage is in danger, because it must have a strong rock upon which to build. And, of course, when two people can face a problem as we all have and can pray about it and talk about it in a spiritual dimension and face it that way, of course their possibility of settling that problem is far greater.

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Learn more about Billy Graham and his life as an evangelist, Christian father, grandfather, and as an influential public figure. Pre-order Billy Graham: Candid Conversations with a Public Man and get your copy when it releases!

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5 Practical Ways to Show God’s Love

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Sometimes we complicate love.

Who should we love? When should we love? How should we love?

Love can be really simple; in fact, it usually is really simple. It doesn’t need to be grand. We don’t need to reach the masses every time we extend a helping hand. Love spreads like wildfire. We only need one small act of practical love to ignite something powerful.

Here are five simple ways to love people today:

1. Show up

This is step one, and I think it shows love more than we give it credit. Just show up to be with someone—be present. Time is valuable, and when you give your time to people, they feel loved. You don’t need to do anything extravagant, you simply need to be together.

2. Talk to people

Talking with someone lets them know they’re noticed. Try to say “good morning” and smile at the first 20 people you walk past each morning—regardless of if you know them, they’re looking down, or it’s awkward. Ask people what they love in life. Ask them to share their passion with you. Notice them! It shows love.

3. Welcome well

I think to single best way to love someone is to let them know they’re welcome—as they are. You nearly always see Jesus love this way in Scripture—most famously when he shares meals with people who are all over the map spiritually.

Welcoming people makes them feel at home—belongingness pairs with belovedness.

4. Become low

You can also love by serving. Do the jobs nobody wants to do. Clean the bathroom. Do the dishes. Help a friend move. There are a million ways to become low and love through serving.

Jesus models this for us in the Word by washing his disciple’s feet.

5. Listen hard

As you may already be aware, we have two ears and one mouth. We can love by listening to people. People feel loved when they feel listened to.

The book How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness, by Todd Stevens, provides a beautiful example of practical ways to love others. The story details a dancer who has come to know Christ, left the strip club industry, and is now serving to love and reach other strippers.

From feeding the homeless, to Easter egg hunts for special needs children, to ministering in a strip club, How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness provides more exciting ideas for showing God’s love in practical ways. Get it now for $9.99!

 

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Choose from Over 95 New Audio Books: Learn on the Go!

Vyrso BlogLogos Bible Software has just added more than 95 audio books to its collection of over 40,000 digital Bible resources. What does this mean for you? For starters, now you can finally catch up on your reading list! On your daily commute, pop in Blue Like Jazz and transform the same tired trip into a riveting spiritual journey. Or as your standing in line at the store, listen to Beth Moore and discover the freedom of surrender in Breaking Free. Some of life’s greatest wisdom is found in books. But when you’re busy, it’s hard to find time to read without putting life on hold. Audio books let you discover insight for your life without breaking up your rhythm. We’re listening all the time—why not listen to something meaningful? Pre-order your audio books today to get the best possible price!

Logos’ audio books sync across all platforms—so you can pick things up from your desktop, right where you left off on your phone or tablet. On iOS devices, you can also adjust the reading speed to match your own pace (1x, 1.2x, 1.5x, and 2x).

Here are four new audio books available through Logos:

1. Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church

The gospel is not simply something we have in common with our fellow believers. It is the means by which the church exists. The church exists to live out the reality of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection—and not just in doctrine. We are the visible expression of the invisible reality. Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger, and Josh Patterson explore the beauty of a Jesus centered church, and provide practical steps toward shaping your church into a creature of the Word.

2. Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know

Dr. John Maxwell’s books on leadership have sold more than twelve million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages. Now you can explore the timeless principles that have become his trademark style—while you drive, exercise, or work! In a concise, straightforward style, Maxwell focuses on essential and time-tested qualities necessary for true leadership—influence, integrity, attitude, vision, problem-solving, and self-discipline—and guides you through practical steps to develop true leadership in your life and the lives around you.

3. My Utmost for His Highest: An Updated Edition in Today’s Language

This is the bestselling devotional in the world—and now you can listen to it anywhere. Millions of Christians worldwide have been influenced by Oswald Chambers. This updated edition is narrated by Michael Card—award-winning singer, author, and teacher. Even if you’re intimately familiar with the wisdom found in My Utmost for His Highest, this edition is a powerful listening experience you’ll turn to again and again.

4. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

Jesus said his followers would abandon everything for the gospel. How many followers of Jesus can really say that they take up their crosses daily? In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider how we have manipulated the gospel to fit in with the American dream. He dives into what Jesus said it looks like to be a disciple and uses the dramatic account of a “successful” suburban church to show what it means to get serious about the gospel. Radical won the 2011 “Retailers Choice Awards” for both ‘Audio’ and ‘Christian Living: Spiritual Growth.’

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