Terkeurst Tuesdays

It’s Tuesday again, friends, and you know what that means! Let’s dig into our study of Lysa Terkeurst’s What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. We are on chapters 6 and 7 this week, and what a blessing they are.

Chapter six, God’s Extraordinary Invitation, tells the story of the addition of Jackson and Mark to the Terkeurst family. A simply wonderful story. It brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. If you haven’t seen Lysa on Oprah talking about this amazing story, go here and check it out.
Anyway, my first underline was on page 59: “Though they couldn’t always see God’s hand at work, they trusted His heart and rejoiced in the simplest of blessings each day.”


Wow. I don’t know about you, but I could do my entire post on that one statement. How enriched my life would be if I could accomplish this seemingly simple directive every second of my day.

Trust in His heart. Rejoice in simple blessings.

Those two things could change a life.

In fact, they did in this story.

This whole chapter is about how Lysa and Art trusted in God and what He was inviting them to do.

On page 64, Lysa says, “My involvement in God’s perfect design began with one simple answer: Yes. Yes, God, I will embrace what You have for me. Though it’s hard and doesn’t even seem to make sense, I will embrace it as Your perfect design because Your ways are higher than my ways!”


Saying “Yes” to God can change an ordinary life into an extraordinary one. Reaching deep into His promises, leaning into Him, heeding His call…

These are the things that make an extraordinary life.

I love the way Lysa describes what life is all about on page 65: “It’s about joining hands with Jesus to fulfill whatever tasks He sets before me and to share His love with all He brings my way.”


I have an amazing picture in my mind of me…holding hands with Jesus. That really brings Philippians 4:13 to life, doesn’t it?

Chapter seven, God is With You, offered me tender reassurance. After reading Lysa’s moving story, I must admit that I feel a little embarrassed of the struggles with stepping out in faith that I face every day.

I love Lysa’s discussion of the confirmation she received from God that He is THE WAY.

Anything is possible with God.

This I know.

This I believe.

But I don’t always act as if I know and believe this.

On page 72, Lysa says, “You can’t go on this grand adventure with God and keep your old way of thinking.”

Matthew 9:17 provides an illustration I will never forget.

My husband used to be an avid home brewer. I’ll never forget, early in our marriage, the days when he miscalculated the activity of the yeast. Several car-boys blew their tops and had to be cleaned off of ceiling and walls. Hours of labor were lost.

See, when wine or beer ferments, it needs room to grow. The old wineskins are already stretched out. Only a new wineskin would allow for the fermentation to continue without bursting.

So we need to take on a new mindset when we set out on this adventure with God. Allow our faith to ferment and mature.

Hallelujah!

Comments

  1. says

    “Though they couldn’t always see God’s hand at work, they trusted His heart and rejoiced in the simplest of blessings each day.”

    I needed this today.
    This back surgery/bed rest has really started to get the best of me physically as well as emotionally.
    I was talking to God yesterday as I cried….I know that there is reason for every season, but some seasons are so much more difficult than others.

    I needed the reminder to rejoice in the simplest of blessings.
    Like this morning (like every morning since surgery) Shannon brought my coffee and breakfast to me in bed…..That is a blessing that I should be thankful for…..I am thankful most days, but some days I just feel bad that a. He has to do it, and b. That I wish I could just get up and take care of myself like normal…..

    Anyway, thanks once again, Laura, for encouraging me.
    I’m going now to read Lysa’s story that you referred to.

    And just let me say one more time, “Congratulations on your book!”
    I am so happy for you. I know God must just be so pleased with you.:)

    God Bless,
    Amy:)

  2. says

    Laura,
    I too underlined that first statement about the boys not always seeing God’s hand but they trusted His heart.

    Her statement on p.65 also pricked me heart. “It’s about joining hands with Jesus to fulfill whatever tasks He sets before me and to share His love with all He brings my way.”

    The idea of joining hands with Jesus and fulfilling whatever He sets before me is just a beautiful word picture. Just clutching His Hand and doing whatever He’s ALREADY planned. Power, I tell ya.

    Thanks for sharing your insight.
    Paula

  3. says

    Oh I need to catch up with you all. I just got on this Terkeurst Train!! LOL I got my copy of What Happens When Women Say Yes To God from Amazon a few days ago.

  4. says

    I am in the middle of that one—not seeing God’s hand at work. Our first deadline to know if we had the ministry job offer at the Austin church was July 12 and they said they needed til July 25 to complete interviews and now they are saying July 29th—tonight. I don’t think “confident” is what I would describe for me but rather “dependent” on God if the answer is yes or no. Ongoing repentance over here where I am trying to figure out things on my own and really—we are so dependent on Him for our next move. Your post was timely!

  5. says

    Laura – your blog is very uplifting. I enjoyed this post, as I’ve enjoyed many others you’ve written. I’m so glad that the Lord lead you to me 🙂 He has allowed me to meet such an amazing group of women on the WWW and I love that He is surrounding me with all these beautiful women of faith.

    Thank you.

  6. says

    Laura,
    I enjoyed reading your words. Wouldn’t it be great if what we know and believe automatically became what we did?!? It is all about trust. I just came home from a wonderful Anne Graham Lotz Bible study and we discussed God calling us out of our comfort zones. He never wants to leave us where we are at – the very thing strengthens us and can impact others. Blessings as the journey continues, Jill

  7. says

    I think God heard your prayers. The answer came late last night after their final hiring committee meeting. And the answer was YES. So humbled by your prayer—the LORD listened. Isaiah 65:24 … before you called, He answered.

  8. says

    I so agree with the statement about trusting God’s heart when we can’t see his hand working. Knowing that God has my best interest at heart at all times is what helps me trust.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us. This is a great book, Huh??
    Lynn

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