Okay here we are finishing with week one of the Online Bible Study through Proverbs31 Ministries. We are reading 'What Happens When Women Say Yes to God' by Lysa TerKeurst. Melissa Taylor is our leader for this series and it's been a great week. I recently finished another online Bible/Book study with Good Morning Girls and the book 'Anything' -- so the transition from one to the other is flowing seamlessly well. I offered my prayer of giving God my 'Anything' and now I am say 'YES to God'! #PalmsUP
I love the Reflection Verse for this week Deuteronomy 6:5
I had a tough time trying to decide what to blog about from the list of blog topics, it's hard to choose between 'A Soul Longing for More' and 'Yes to God - Glimpse of Eternity', so I might touch on both of them. Lysa mentioned in her book on page 14 that when she wakes, she says a prayer. When I wake up, I give 'Thanks' to God for my day. I feel like my day starts out better when I give thanks first thing.
A few Action Steps that I can take each day to become more aware of God's presence
- Give thanks and pray before my feet hit the ground in the morning
- Dedicated 30 minutes in Silence and Solitude listening to God - 'NO background noise and no interruptions'.
- Dedicated 30 minutes in praying for others
- Read my Bible
- Bible Study -participating - writing out my S.O.A.P.s
- Memorizing Scripture
- Continue with my daily list 'One Thousand Gifts' by Ann Voskamp
- Be in Awe of God - don't become to 'routine' that I miss His presence
- When I do dishes, laundry, mopping - I use the water to remind me of my baptism
- Like I stated above 'being silent and spending solitude' with God daily - it slows me down, pulls me away from the busyness and it gives me great peace afterwards
- Laundry - putting away clothes - I'm reminded how blessed we are - once a month I gather clothes that can we can give away to others
- Make a point dance and praise while doing house work - like Miriam - Exodus 15:20
- There's a big corn field behind my house - I intentionally gaze over the field every day from the time planting season starts until after harvest - each year I am amazed at God's handiwork & the farmer's diligence
In Lysa's devotional on page 9, the 'Thought For The Day:
When we invest in spending time alone with God. He will speak to us, and what we hear from Him in those quiet times will be echoed in other places.Indeed! Yes to God - Wow where to I start? Over 10 years ago I was diagnosed with (6) Chronic painful diseases within a few months of each other. I said YES to God in the middle of one of my darkest days in dealing with the pain. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. After accepting Christ and through developing a deeper relationship with God I chose to say YES to God again by relying on prayer instead of pain medication and muscles relaxers to get through my days. It's been over a year since I gave up all my medications but (2)! Am I still in deep pain? YES! God never said it would be easy - but He gives me the strength each day to endure. My life has completely changed for the better and I see a glimpse of eternity every day.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7More recently another YES to God, I'd made plans to attend the Women Living Well conference in Ohio this weekend. I was so excited to meet many of the GMG girls leaders that I love dearly. But, I felt the need to cancel my plans, so I gave away my ticket to a friend. My husband and I knew we were in for some major changes in the near future and even though the event and the hotel -- everything had been paid for I knew I needed to cancel my plans to attend. I kept thinking is it because I'm being practical or is God saying something more.
The expected changes were at least two more weeks away so technically we could still make the trip so I could attend but my heart would not let me go through with attending the conference. Changes happen faster than expected at times, in fact they will take place this very weekend - the weekend of the conference. I can't share what the changes are but I'm glad I listened to God (well hubby and I both listened to God). My husband and I have turned 'everything' over to God this week - we are letting him lead us; we have a peace that surpasses all understanding. We don't know idea what our next step is but we know God is there ready to take our hand and lead us.
God, our Father, thank you for everything you’ve done for me, all the wonderful blessings you bestow on me daily. I am a wretched sinner and yet you love me and give me hope. I seek a deeper, personal relationship with you, to surrender fully each day. Thank you for the many opportunities to share the gospel of Christ with others. May I bring glory and honor to you all the days of my life.
Father, all the power and glory to you. Forgive me for my trespasses, give me a forgiving heart for those that trespass against me. Father, thank you for this day, for my daily bread. Father in Heaven, I seek your Will – to live a life of grace, mercy and love, please guard my heart and mind from the temptations of this world. In Jesus name I pray, Amen