I am a fan of Casting Crowns and have been for some time. I listened to their new song, "Courageous" today on Godtube, which will be in the movie of the same title by the creators of Fireproof, Fly Wheel, and Letters to God. On Mother's day the Pastor of the church I attend stated that it was really hard to be a woman of God in this time and place. Under my breath, I said, "but it's even harder to be a MAN of God." It is more acceptable to today's society for women to spend time and energy on their spiritual life than men. Men are told that they are supposed to be strong, not need anyone, and basically be self-sufficient whereas women are allowed (and often encouraged to) lean on others. My husband often complains that most of modern Christianity as practiced in the United States is geared towards women. My husband would also be the first to admit that he doesn't like to spend time with other people, so I am not sure what exactly he would like to see.
He also gets frustrated with women in full-time ministry over men, at the very least. I have tried to explain that, like in the time of Deborah and the judges, women feel the need to jump in when men are failing to do their jobs. Men are supposed to be heads of the church and their families, but often they are not, though we desperately need them to be. So, please pray for the men in your life, that they would be Godly men, that they would trust God in all areas of their life and that they would truly be the leaders of the church and their families. And also pray that the women would allow them the freedom and opportunity to do that. It is really essential that we do things the way that God asks us to, because it really is the BEST way.