Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Yes to God ON TUESDAY...


I know that pride is a sin... but I must tell you that after several weeks of posting my "Yes to God Tuesdays" post on Thursday or Friday... I am almost proud of myself. Please just forgive me for boasting...

This is part of a book study that we are doing on Lelia's blog. We are reading Lysa Terkeurst's book What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. Again... I have to tell you that this book is awesome. I have gotten so much out of it.


Chapter Fourteen Pressing Through the Pain

In this chapter, Lysa tells us about the death of her precious neighbor and her husband's pressing through the pain. She outlined the "pressing through" process.

"I knew Ken had been crying out to the Lord to fill in the gaps Mary left.... Ken prayed expectantly. He expected God to answer and therefore was able to recognize the answer when it came."

I loved her statement...

But my greatest secret desire must always be for more of God in my life.

Now, this is my greatest desire right now. I want God more than I want anything else in my life. It is only Him that can satisfy all of my needs without getting weary of my need. I keep telling God that I want to be His "yes girl". I want so much to be obedient to Him that He knows that He can count on me. That He can ask me something and know that I will always answer "yes" to Him. I have long way to go... but it is the desire of my heart.

Then, I was thrilled at her statement...

If your desire is for more of Him, you can rest assured that He is working to show you something wonderful right now.

I am watching and waiting.



Chapter Fifteen God Isn't Surprised by Death

While talking about the seed, Lysa says this...

" What would have happened had the seed resisted God and retained its original shape?? It would have avoided the trauma of change, but think of all it would have missed out on. It would never have known God's best."

How many times have I resisted God... and stayed the way that I am... and missed out on what He had for me?? I hate to think!

These were powerful statements...

God is good. He is way more interested in developing our characters to match our calling than in manipulating our circumstances to make us happy.

Happy is so temporary... I would rather have character any day. But golly... it is hard to go through the process.

At times like this, I have to live my life based on the truth of who God says He is and not my feelings.

Truth is truth. God is good. God's good is never dependent on the circumstances around me. He will never be anything but good. No matter what my feelings say. I am so comforted in this. It allows me to rest in whatever happens, knowing that God's goodness is fact. If the outcome of my circumstances could not prove His goodness... He would not have allowed it. Period. What a stress reliever.

Brokenness is what must happen before God can put the pieces back together in the way that He can shine through the best.

I have suffered some heartache and brokenness in my life... but God has always brought me through it... better on the other side. Better in Him. I am counting on that fact for my current sufferings. He has never failed in this. I don't expect that He will start now.

I just want God. I want as much of Him here on this side of eternity that I can possibly have. I want Him.

If you want to see how these two chapters have touched others doing this book study click here.

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2 comments:

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Lynn, I've fallen behind and not read my two chapters. Your words pricked my heart:
"I have suffered some heartache and brokenness in my life... but God has always brought me through it... better on the other side. Better in Him. I am counting on that fact for my current sufferings. He has never failed in this. I don't expect that He will start now."

Oh, that true that is. I feel like my suffering will never end and wonder when this trial will be over. Will I see fruit from this on this side of Heaven. Don't get me wrong, I've seen fruit but I guess I want the ultimate fruit...the ultimate resolution to the trial...the miracle of miracles and a dead marriage totally resurrected from death and divorce to triumph and glory for Him. I do not know His plans but I must trust His plans.
Thanks for the reminder that He IS good and He is doing good in the midst of my heartbreak. I know these truths but I've hit a dry spell and seem not to be able to communicate this between heart and mind. I can see that I'm allowing my lack of knowledge to rule and just because I don't "see" Him working doesn't mean His not because I KNOW He is.

Thanks for your very sweet comment today on my blog. It is much appreciated.

Paula

Jill said...

Lynn, I enjoyed reading your words and once again such good stuff! I too liked the bit about developing our character rather than creating happiness. And the brokeness, how true, He uses it to do wonderful things. Now if I would just immediately rest in that fact when the pieces start to fall apart. Blessings, Jill