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.