I am loving this book. God just knows exactly what we need to read and when doesn't He? I love that He is a God that pays such close attention to our lives and puts people and books in our lives that will draw us closer to Him. If this is your first time here, we are doing the book, "What Happens When Women Walk in Faith" by our friend Lysa TerKeurst. Join the study anytime. With this book it's never too late to catch up where we are.
Let's get started. We are reading two chapters a week and this week we read chapters 6 & 7. Remember, anything in blue is a quote from the book.
CHAPTER 6: God's Extraordinary Invitation
I love Lysa's story about her boys and the first time God stirred it into her heart that they were hers. If you have never heard her talk of this go to her blog and on the top it says "Oprah". Watch her on the Oprah show tell her amazing saying Yes to God story.
Her prayer at the concert after God let her know that two of the boys in the choir were "hers" I bet just gave God the giggles.
"Lord, I just came here tonight to bring my girls to a simple little cultural event. I'm not looking for a major life change. My life is already very full..."
God wasn't discouraged by my response.
I think of when I deal with my own kids on something. Sometimes I'll ask them to do something and they all of a sudden I have deaf children. But, I don't give up and they then tune into to my voice and do as told. Their selective hearing doesn't faze me. They still end up doing what I ask them to do.
I think my favorite part of this chapter is when Lysa was asking "why me?" and her friend said,
"Because God knew you'd say yes, Lysa."
Oh, don't you want to offer a heart that pounds out a YES every time He asks us to do something? I don't want to miss out anymore on what God is asking me to do! I thought an important part of that though was how Lysa responded to her friends answer. She let God take her down memory lane and remind her of the years of spiritual training God had taken me through to get me to the place where I could be called a woman who say yes to God.
God asks us to do things when HE thinks we're ready. Just like the troops that are fighting right now. They go to a boot camp first and when they are ready then they get sent to the desert to fight the real battle. They go into battle with the right equipment and they know how to fight against their enemy. I believe that if you look back over your life you can see how God has prepared you for whatever is going on in your life today.
Being a follower of Christ is a continual process of learning, growing, stretching, and trusting.
Lysa reminds us that when we say Yes to God we need to:
look for the joy
realize this life is not about me but all about Jesus
when you leave your comfort zone you are forced to depend on God
breakthroughs come when we are in the famine phase of our journey
with a "yes" heart we can have the great life He has for us
GOD IS CALLING YOU, WOOING YOU, PURSUING YOU, INVITING YOU, TO SOMETHING RICHER WITH HIM.
CHAPTER 7: God is With you.
When God calls us to do something our minds instantly jump into the impossible mode. Lysa was convinced that there was "no way" she could fit two more lives into her already busy and demanding lifestyle. God reminded His cautious daughter that He is the Way. Once she agreed with the Truth,off she went on the ride of her life.
I learned that I must expand my vision. Lysa says that In our own strength, achieving dreams may be impossible. But with God, there is a way!
The thing that probably pierced my heart the most is when Lysa wrote this truth: God wants you to succeed in His plans.
HIS plans. Not Lelia's, but His. First of all, doesn't it just blow your mind that God, the Creator of the universe has plans specifically drawn out for each one of us? So how do we get on the ride of our lives like Lysa did?
Start with a YES to whatever He is asking you to do.
Leave the past behind...new wine skins.
New way of thinking.
Here is a great reminder from our author/friend: Don't try to make your whole dream come true at once. Just fulfill the small part of the mission He's asking you to do today.
So Lord, I ask...what is my assignment TODAY?
Life is hard ladies. My husband woke me up this morning to tell me that a pastor friend of ours in Atlanta just lost his 13 year old son. He had contracted a virus and died. Thirteen years old, and he didn't make it through the summer. A year younger than my son and he's gone. The unimagineable journey. I just got off the phone with our friend and his son's life was so amazing because at 13 years old, he chose to say YES to God!
A few of us are dealing with rebellious teens, strained finances, struggling marriages, hopeful woman that read negative pregnancy test results, cancer...so much more. Life here is hard, but what hope we have when we make the CHOICE to say "Yes Lord".
Whatever is going on under your roof CHOOSE to say YES to the One that will not let you down. The One that wants what's best for you. The One who believes you are capable of fulfilling any impossibility He asks of you simply because you believe He is capable.
Say YES right now, today. He'll make it worth it.
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