Today I begin my Tuesday postings for our bloggy Bible study of Lysa Terkeurst’s book What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. If you’d like to join us, visit Lelia who is so gracious to host these bloggy get togethers! (I’m not linked there yet, because I’m posting in the wee hours of the morning when all the world is still asleep!) I feel like we’re sitting down with a cupa, sinking into my overstuffed couch, ready to share some good Word-centered girl gab!

I’m an underliner, girls. Pick up any of the books in my library and it will be heavy with the ink marks. My first underline in this book was in the intro—the second paragraph! This is one way I judge a good book: how quickly do I get to the underlines? Didn’t take long. My first underline was: “Those giants struck fear in the heart of those to whom the promise was given.” (p.7)

Fear. Lysa’s first question asks me what tactics the enemy is using to try to defeat me right now? That’s a real simple answer for me: fear. Job 1:6-7 and 1 Peter 5:8 tell me that Satan is roaming through the earth “like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour”. Luke 22:31 tells me he wants to sift me “as wheat”. These words have always left me with a sick feeling of terror in my tummy. All my life I’ve believed there is nothing special about me. I’m not good enough, I’m not strong enough, I’m not smart enough…

These scripts were played over and over in my head until I came to believe them as truth. On page 13, Lysa asks, “Is it possible that a girl rejected by her earthly father (insert your great heartache here) could actually be chosen and set apart (second underline) for a divine calling?”

For so many years I chose to believe the enemy’s answer to that question. A loud, resounding NO!

I still work on those mental scripts. Old habits are hard to break. But as I grow in my relationship with the Lord, I have come to a place of victory (over and over again!). Lysa is so right when she says that the enemy wants us to “miss God’s best”. (p. 19) He wants nothing more than for us to give up our dream. Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Lysa’s next question asks us to list some practical ways to draw close to God and to resist the devil. (James 4:7-8) I have found that being in the Word on a regular basis, and having my quiet time with God every day are my best strategies to overcome the enemy. My most recent fear defeating scripture is 1John 4:4, which says, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

I know that alone I am not strong enough. Alone, I am not good enough. Alone, I am not smart enough. But He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. And He’s pretty bad. That’s B-A-D, in a good way.

Another good thing for me is to surround myself with godly friends. Friends who encourage me and believe in God’s work in me. I am blessed to have many such friends. I also teach my kids, and the tweens at church. Honey, there is no greater way to learn a lesson than to teach it. As I minister to these precious children, the lessons He has given to me are solidified in my heart.

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of god, you will receive what he has promised.”(Heb. 10:35-36) These are the words of encouragement that Lysa wants us to focus on as we journey through this study. On page 17, Lysa states that “Any woman who wishes to be used by God must be willing to honor God no matter what.” These words spoke volumes to me (underlined, of course!). When we honor God in the little things, we show who we are in Him. We show that honoring Him comes before our agendas. Honoring Him comes before chasing a dream.

That is my aim today. I will start over tomorrow, but this is my goal: to honor God in all I do.

Comments

  1. says

    “Those giants struck fear in the heart of those to whom the promise was given.”

    I would have underlined this in my book (if I had this one) too.

    It reminds me of the Bruce Wilkinson book “The Dream Giver.”
    In it he talks about “Border Bullies.” That is people who try to block you from getting to your promise from God.
    He also pointed out that the enemy uses the people that are closest to you in life to be these “Border Bullies.” Because sometimes the people closest to you love you so much, that they don’t want to see you make a “fool” of yourself (or them) waiting on some “impossible” promise to come true.

    I really am lookig forward to hearing what all of the women and you have to say about this study….I know it will encourage me as I wait on my promises from God to be fulfilled.

    Thanks for sharing your heart and thoughts, Laura.

    God Bless,
    Amy:)

  2. says

    Laura-addressing that fear factor was tough, especially when in the back of that chapter we were asked to identify those fears or tactics satan throws at us to prevent us from walking in the faith we are called to. I had to identify my past is what has held me back but no longer! I released it fully when I flew out to She Speaks and I refuse to bring it back in. Ocassionally I feel it proding…like the start of a headache and I dose it up with God’s promises to push it back out of my life. I am a new creation by the grace of God and the only fear I have now is how far God will take me-I fear His power-it is a good kind of fear!!

    In His Graces~Pamela

  3. says

    I too am a major underliner. I’ve been given a couple books to borrow and I HATE doing that because I can’t underline. I like to underline the major points so when I go back to reference I can see the highlights.

    Maybe we can start a club for underliners…like with AA…we could call it UA: Underliners Anonymous.

    I made some comments on Lelia’s blog. Instead of writing them again, you can go back there at your leisure. I’m not posting on my blog today but will next week.

  4. says

    I’m a highlighter-er :-). I like to have as many colors as possible, too. I don’t know why – it’s not like I have a color code system.

    I truly enjoyed your post. Fear was not the first thing that popped into my head but it is one of the tactics I know Satan uses against me but I know all I need to fend him off is to go to the Word.

    Blessings,
    Sandra

  5. says

    Hey Laura! Can you believe She Speaks came and went so fast? It was such a gift to be able to see you before the conference even began!

    I love the idea of going through a book with other people on line. And YES it is totally possible for a girl once rejected to be set apart for a divine calling! I will be your far away cheerleader. Sounds like you are experiencing some change ahead of you and you are doing all the right things to stay kingdom minded. God will direct your every path.
    Love you!
    shanda

  6. says

    Laura,
    Sweet friend. This is all so good! I love hearing how God is just all over your life. You are such a sweet person.
    Thank you for the prayers for my daughter. ~sigh~
    Love ya!
    Lelia

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