Since my shoulder is healing (I can go without my sling as long as I am careful to not do things I should not be doing), I am back to the very busy lifestyle a mom of five always has. I am also leading two book studies for ladies over the summer and two book studies with my kids.
One of the ladies book studies is Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (or Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth).
I have read the book many years ago, but it is good for me to go through it again and see how I might have changed or fallen into a bad habit.
As I go along in the book, I am making a handout for each chapter that lists the lies along with the truths and verses from God’s Word that go along with each truth. That way, the ladies can have a cheat sheet for when they are struggling with a certain lie. They can run to the sheet, remind themselves of the truth and read God’s truth that will combat the lie.
I am doing all of the sheets in Google Docs on one document, so the document is a work in progress as we will do chapter 4 together next week. You can use what I have done so far HERE or come back at the end of the summer for the complete set. Each handout eventually will be a one 2-sided sheet.
Here are some highlights from chapters 2 and 3:
- Chapter 2’s lie, “God is not really enough,” really made me think, “Is God enough for me?” Would I be content if He took everything away from me like He did to Job? Would I feel complete in Him if I were to live without all the Western civilization comforts that I now enjoy?
I don’t know if I can say that He definitely would be enough in those situations, but I want Him to be enough. I want to be able to say the truth, “God is enough! If I have Him, I have all I need.” Colossians 2:9-10 says:
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
This verse made me think of the song Complete in Thee by Ben Everson. I love the words of the following verse of the song.
- In Chapter 3, Nancy quotes a line in the companion guide from Elisabeth Elliot. The line was, “The longed-for thing is material for sacrifice.” I thought, “What does that mean?” So I went and looked it up. I found a devotional that Elisabeth Elliot wrote that contained that quote. I loved the devotional. Here is part of it:
I had been praying for something I wanted very badly. It seemed a good thing to have, a thing that would make life even more pleasant than it was and would not in any way hinder my work. God did not give it to me. Why? I do not know all of His reasons, of course. The God who orchestrates the universe has a good many things to consider that have not occurred to me, and it is well that I leave them to Him. But one thing I do understand: He offers me holiness at the price of relinquishing my own will. “Do you honestly want to know Me?” He asks. I answer yes. “Then do what I say,” He replies. “Do it when you understand it; do it when you don’t understand it. Take what I give you; be willing not to have what I do not give you. The very relinquishment of this thing that you so urgently desire is a true demonstration of the sincerity of your lifelong prayer: ‘Thy will be done.’” So instead of hammering on heaven’s door for something that it is now quite clear God does not want me to have, I make my desire an offering. The longed-for thing is material for sacrifice. “Here, Lord, it’s yours.”Elisabeth Elliot
Isn’t that good? I hope that will enrich your soul like it has mine.
Here are some great posts that have been linked up to the last month of parties:
- I liked this quote that was in Soul Survial’s post, “When People Hurt Us.”
Nothing happens to us that isn’t first filtered through God’s hands.
- You can get some FREE Printable Bible Devotional Worksheets from The Inspired Prairie.
- Siblings Of Special Needs Kids Get The Short End Of The Stick from An Ordinary Mom’s Musings might be a post that you need to read.
- I liked the quote on meekness that was on A New Len’s post, “Wrestling with Meekness.”
“Meekness is the acceptance of the Master’s hands on the reins without fighting.”
- The post, “When rest is best,” by Healthbeat is great for expectant mothers.
- Advice to My Younger Self from Jennifer Lambert is a great post.
- Disappointed Again from Being Woven
- Principles of Spiritual Warfare? from Christine Malkemes
- 5 Gifts to Give your Children from The Common Place — these gifts may surprise you.
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