So we are done. Done with the study StressedLess. And yes, I am just about a week late writing this post. I don’t know if this has been a victory, but there was a time in my life where I would have been on time or not at all. Some how in my 43 years with life, constantly coming upon road blocks, I am learning to “choose what is better.” Often when it came to choosing the Lord or life I would just assume life was the necessary choice. But I am finding that it is not. One of the blog hop choices was the Mary/Martha (Luke 10:38-42) story to map, (basically break it down to the smaller meanings), the verse in 41-42. I didn’t feel that was to be my choice, but when we covered this passage in the book it resounded in my heart and has continued to be a verse that has dug at me this year.
I chose the topic of: StressedLess. What is the biggest, most life-changing lesson you have learned from Tracie’s book and this online study? Why would you recommend this book to your friends and family?
The most life changing lesson I have learned from this study goes back to the fact that I blamed the things and people I could not control for the condition of my life. But when I looked in the spiritual mirror I saw that “me” was often the problem. I applied what God said to what everyone else should be doing and how life should be, but was not walking in such a way that would justify that conclusion. I was trying to make God and his word work with my version of life. I am sure we all do it at some time. But having been a Christian for 16 years I lost sight of my first love and my focus turned back on myself. Even in my effort to care for everyone (uhum, MARTHA) it was still about what I wanted to do. So I have been sitting at his feet, not feeling the same drive to seek what I want, and when I have I have found the Lord, who has a more active role in my decision-making, will redirect me and show me what is important when I lose sight.
I got much more than that. I look back through all the posts I made each week and one thing resonated each week, “This week was tough, tougher than the last, the toughest.” God made sure I had practical experience for each thing I was learning. I don’t know that I “liked” that, but I see the necessity of it and am thankful for what has come out of it.
Every situation and relationship that I shared has had some form of healing, and it has not been how I envisioned it, but that tells me that it is true to how God would have it. I have a long way to go still, but I am seeing a reflection in the mirror that has different goals and paths because God wants me somewhere and to be someone, not because I do.
Keep praying for me. This month I will be starting the new study, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst. What a leap from where I was 12 weeks ago?
Dear Lord, Lifting my life to you, all I have and all I am. Please continue to guide me, heal me, restore to me a heart that reflects you completely. I love you Lord. I thank you for all you are and all you do. Praises to you! In Jesus Name, Amen.