Pause to Prepare
- Read Psalm 42.
- In a recent podcast, Tim Keller reminds us of the importance of actually taking some time to really listen to ourselves before going to God or others. Along these lines, take a moment to do what the Psalmist models for us in Psalm 42:
- Pour out your soul to God (v.4). Share with Him how you are and where you are at.
- Reorder your hopes (v.5b). Take a moment to praise God for who and what He is in your life.
- Reflect on your week with God- your quiet times, prayers, meditations and conversations with Him. Take notice of those moments and remind yourself of any vital Scriptures, learnings and/or take-aways.
Worship at Home
To Ponder for the Pulpit
- Think about the mothers in your life that have impacted you. What about them made that impact?
- In your experience as a child (and possibly now as a parent), how have you seen the parent-child relationship change over time?
- What are the “motherly” aspects of God that you appreciate?
Process what you heard from the Pulpit
- Who in your life has invested in your faith? Who might God be calling you to invest in?
- With all of the technology we have at our disposal, challenge yourself to reach out to 3 of those people (including your mother if possible) and thank them for helping to shape your faith.
- God wants his children to share in joyfulness as we serve alongside of those we’ve invested in. Think back to a moment when you were able to partner with one of these people in Kingdom building. How encouraging was it?
This Week at the Dinner Table