Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Yes to God Bible Study!

Lelia is leading us through Lysa TerKeurst's book "What Happens When Women Walk in Faith: Trusting God to take you to amazing places" and this week we are discussing chapters 6 and 7. Here are my reflective thoughts.

Lysa has been talking about the journey we make through famine phases of life within her chapters. Ever been there? I kind of feel like I am there now. But her words on page 65 were so encouraging "This life is not about me. its about joining hands with Jesus to fulfill whatever tasks He sets before me and to share His love with all He brings my way. Don't miss this point--though the famine phase is hard, it does not have to be void of joy. Look for the joy".

How many times do we live in the moment and allow our hearts to be harden to the pain and suffering, the darkness that may surround us. How do we see joy in those time? Do we seek to experience joy in those circumstances?

First I must ask, where does your joy come from? Start there. If joy is doing a hobby..then do it during those dark times. If joy is serving other, even though your heart cries out in pain...serve others. If joy comes from burying yourself into scripture...go there, search God out and ravish His words. I cannot count how many times my heart has been discouraged and a piece of scripture has brought joy into my being, like a candle in a dark room!

"Breakthroughs happen when we get about the business of honoring God moment by moment, step-by-step, day by day by what we do and, more importantly, with the thoughts we think while we do." (pp.66)
The heart and mind work together. You know when someones heart is not into something-it shows in their actions, in their words. So when we travel in a famine, what does our heart, ours words, and our actions reflect? Are we honoring God? If we expect to get out of the famine, this dry spell, are we seeking to honor God in these areas of the heart, mind and our actions?

For example, if you chose to honor your husband and love him as the gift that he is to you, then you reflect this in your heart and mind through your actions...even when (or should I say after) you have failed in anger. A dry spell in marriage is often cut short when one chooses to honor their mate actively in their heart, mind and actions-I have lived this, I'm sure many of you have also. I have also lived in a famine in a marriage in which I did not choose to honor my husband no matter what I was feeling or who was wrong. The famine ended in death, death of the marriage. So too is the potential in our walk with God, our walk in faith. Famine can destroy and kill the relationship but keeping focused on honoring God throughout it, seeking Him as our joy in the pain will lead us out of the famine phase.

"God is calling you, wooing you, pursuing you, inviting you to something richer with Him. May your ordinary be invaded with His extraordinary invitation to press through the famine phase and live life His way." (pp.66)
I just love Lysa's expression that God is "wooing" us. That's His love for us and that kind of love stirs such warmth and feelings of being secure (my word from She Speaks). Falling in love with Jesus-that's what it is all about...a daily falling in love with Jesus. Jesus is the way-the "only way to live with purpose now". Within every famine a vision must be held onto, a hope must be in place to reach for.

God wants us to be able to walk through our life with joy, His joy. He wants us to walk in faith, full faith that He will be all we need in all things.
"Sometimes the greater act of faith is not praying for the mountain to move instantly but rather hanging in there while God helps you to move it bit by bit." (pp. 73)
I am someone who looks for the "instant" but how much better I am, how much more I have grown spiritually in the "bit by bit". So each morning as you sit down with you Bible and your cup of coffee before you start that day you have to ask "Lord, what is my assignment today?" and be still...listen...seek His voice...look for His path. Be satisfied in Him. Let Him be your joy in the famine.
My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him
~Psalm 62:5

My reflective thoughts for this wonderful study. Again, I have been blessed.

Joyfully In Him~Pamela (MrsJoeB)


Lelia Chealey said...

Great thoughts Pam. I too want things now, but when God makes me slow down it just tastes so much better!!
I MISS YOU!!! :)

I've been trying to work while at work instead of blog :) and my computer at home is just crazy. I need a new one so bad. This one is older than Alivia. :(

How are things with your girls? Been praying for you.
Love ya,

Jill said...

I enjoyed reading your words. I was at Bible study tonight and we were discussing the storms of life - they have a purpose. Sometimes the message is for me and others for those who are watching - powerful thought when we think about it. So like you said we need to find joy and when it's in the Lord, it will be our strentgh. Blessings, Jill

Amy said...

I definitely feel like I am in the famine phase right now myself.
I have promises from God that I have been waiting on for years, so I have been focusing on those words from Him. Yesterday, I went to Kristen's blog, and tears were streaming down my face. She had a song from You Tube that touched me so much. It felt like comfort from God in my famine.:)

Being on bed rest for so long and not being able to do the things that I normally do has been so difficult. I wished that I would have looked for more joy in the last few weeks. I am looking now; better late than never I guess.

I know every season has a reason; He is preparing me and my family for something.

Thank you for your (always)encouraging words, Pamela!

God Bless,

tiggerdaisy said...

I so love your thoughts on marriage. Amazing words....great lesson.

Have a happy and blessed day!

How did the birthday party go?

Prayers and blessings,

Sandra said...

It's been a blessing reading your post this morning. I was especially touched by your words on marriage. I've been a bit grumpy towards my husband these past few days when he's been nothing but sweet to me. It seems the nicer he is to me the grumpier I get! But reading your post this morning has convicted me (thank you Lord) to, gulp, apologize to him this afternoon for my grumpiness.


Laurie Ann said...

Wonderful post, Pam! I truly enjoyed your words of wisdom and take on these chapters.

LynnSC said...

Great Post Pam!!

I loved your heart and your thoughts. I found many of the same things in these chapters screaming at me as well.

Thanks so much for sharing with us. You have blessed me tonight.

Amy said...

August 1 is my birthday too....So tell your hubby Happy Birthday from me!:) I feel like I am in good company ringing in another year.

As for a gift.....Get that shirt that says "I Am Proud To Be Mrs. JoeB!":)

He'll love it!:)