I am sitting in Kelley's beautiful home blogging on her lap top. We have had so much fun this evening. Her family made us feel like we have known them for years as her husband John with 5 of their 7 kids greeted us at the car!
Okay...let's get to our study. If you are just joining us, every Tuesday we meet here and discuss Lysa TerKeurst's book called "What Happens When Women Walk in Faith." This book is an easy read so no matter where we are you can catch up. So join us anytime!
Starting this week we are discussing two chapters a week.
Remember: Anything in blue is a quote from the book
Walking with God will indeed take you to amazing places--but it won't always be where you thought you wanted to go, and the road won't always be easy.
Okay, why Lord? If you are going to take us somewhere why can't you make the road smooth? WHYYYYY does it have to be so tough at times? Worth it, but tough.
Dreams never die. Well, I think the Dream Giver begs to differ. According to Him they change too.
Dreams first or God first? This is the question we must ask ourselves.
For years I wanted to be a massage therapist. Three different times I had applied for the local school here and was accepted. Each time I applied it cost me $75.00 for the non-refundable application fee, but I was so determined that I was going to live out my dream. The third and last time I applied I even went so far as to take a loan out from the bank. Doors were closed hard and quick and so since we had already borrowed the money instead of becoming a masseuse I got a basement full of new carpet. I finally realized that this dream was never going to happen and so I gave it up. That's when God opened a new door that would eventually bring me here to blogging and ministry wrapped in one.
One year for Christmas I wrote a silly poem for my Grandparents and the following year I wrote a more serious one for them that is still hanging in their living room 15 years later. Over the years God just kept opening doors with my writing and I developed a love for it that I would've never thought of on my own. So instead of massaging strangers, I get to meet women like you and grow closer to God! His dream, now my dream too and loving every step of this unpredictable journey!
Our heart must beat in tandem with His.
I really loved when Lysa reminds us that this walk with God will be a lot less about the places He eventually takes you and much more about the relationship He establishes with you along the way.
My time here in Kansas visiting Kelley isn't about where she takes me, it's about building this friendship that God has brought together.
Watching my 63 year old Dad and much younger Mom welcome little children into their hearts and home because God told them too is amazing and completely out of their comfort zone. The welcoming of the foster children isn't the uncomfortable part; if they had their way every unwanted child in Nebraska would be in their care. Especially the babies as that is Mom's specialty. The discomfort comes when God wants them to adopt. Living evidence that obedience to God is more important to them than comfort.
The zone they are most comfortable in is riding side by side on their own Harley's in their leathers riding down the highway of no little people allowed. Sometimes I find myself upset at the ministry God has called them into because the world has us convinced that they should be empty nesters traveling and indulging on things they couldn't afford when they were my age. Instead the Harley's are in storage collecting dust and they're adopting young kids.
Who but God knew that they'd be starting over at their age.
In this chapter I learned:
God is looking for the faithful.
God's vision is so much bigger than ours.
God wants us to take a chance with Him.
If we wait until we have our acts together then we will never live a life of faith.
This book is such a tool to growing close to God. Together let's continue to pursue this life of faith ladies!
Please share what God showed you in these chapters and sign up under Mr. Linky if you have more to share on your own blog. You all are such a blessing!!
My son Aaron is now in sunny Florida with Gene's side of the family. Two whole weeks without anyone for Alivia to run from ..blessing or mistake for this Mom? Time will only tell..
Alivia stayed up hours past her bedtime last night having fun with Kelley's youngest girls.
(Sophie on the left, Cece in the middle, Alivia on the right)
By the looks of Alivia on the 3 hour ride home I think she wore herself out.