5 Stars (What We're Loving This Month - July)
We're always on the lookout for awesome resources - and we bet you are, too! So, here are five that we are loving right now!
A Book We're Reading: The Five Love Languages of Children
If you’ve never read The 5 Love Languages you are missing out. Dr. Gary Chapman offers incredible insight on how we give and receive love through quality time, words of affirmation, physical touch, gifts, and acts of service.
He has written several books based on this simple concept. But, for our purposes, his book The 5 Love Languages of Children is GOLD. Children – like adults – don’t all give and receive love the same way. Now, while there might be limits to how you are able to give love to the children you lead and serve, knowing how they are wired can be immensely beneficial to your ministry.
If you have a child that really values quality time, they may feel loved if you simply sit next to them during the large group lesson. If you have a child that appreciates words of affirmation, they’ll want to hear how much you enjoyed the thoughts they shared during small group. If you have a child that cares about gifts, remembering their birthday and getting them a little trinket will speak volumes to your love for them.
This book will help you get to know your kids – and teach you how to better love them. You can get it here.
A Podcast We're Devouring: Pray the Word
This podcast is incredible. I can’t think of a single resource that has recently impacted me the way this one has.
It’s literally what it says. David Platt leads you in praying God’s Word. He reads a portion of Scripture, talks for a minutes on what the passage calls us to, and then prays out of that passage. It’s simple and profound and amazing.
You can check it out here.
A Tool We're Loving: Brain.fm
Concentrating is hard. I have a thousand thoughts swirling through my mind at any given moment. I want to focus but I struggle to do so.
I’ve tried throwing up a sit-com as background noise – but I inevitably get sucked in and manage to accomplish nothing. I’ve tried working in utter silence – but I find my mind wandering and just as distracted.
Enter Brain.fm. It’s background noise compiled based on scientific studies to promote productivity. I’ve used this service for a while now and it has been a game-changer. You can learn more here.
Also, if you want a “free” alternative, I’d recommend the Dawn of Midi album available on Spotify. I don’t know why, but it has proven to be the best concentration soundtrack (outside of Brain.fm).
A Song We Have on Repeat: Roses
Andrew Ripp has an incredible story of redemption. Out of his heartache and regret he has written a bunch of incredible songs. “Roses” is no exception. Here’s the chorus:
He must've known about the heartbreak long before us
He must've known about the mistakes, still He chose us
Planted the tree where He would die
Put thorns down the vine, and then He wore them
And love is the blood red stain, the beauty that the pain exposes
Maybe that's why God made roses
That’s gold. You can listen to it here.
A Quote We're Pondering: C.S. Lewis
“Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”
There you go! Five things we are loving this month.
What are you loving? Leave a comment and let us know!