“What Happens When Women Say Yes to God“
by Lysa TerKeurst
has been incredible! We are on chapter 8 and next week will be our last chapter. I have enjoyed so much the faithfulness of your contributions and the testimonies and thoughts shared through the comments you’ve left here as well as on your own blogs. God is up to something in women of God and I feel so encouraged each week as I read Lysa’s
words in her book and then yours. I feel so honored to be able to host a table where we can come and sit together and not have one thing in common except our love for God and the desire of our hearts to say YES to Him. This has been a heck of a ride with each one of you and I love reading how God is showing up at the doorstep of your heart and your opening the door to Him. You all are such a blessing. Goodness, enough mushy talk, I feel like my son’s dog Kane has just licked my face and I’m soaked in his slobber…smile
…let’s get started shall we? Remember, anything in blue
is a quote from the book.
CHAPTER 8: GIVING UP WHAT WAS NEVER OURS
I really enjoyed the story Lysa started this chapter out with.
Her daughter Hope received a ten-dollar bill as a birthday gift. Lysa and Hope were in the drive thru of a fast food place and after placing their lunch order, Lysa realized she was short on cash. She asked Hope to borrow the ten-dollars, Hope declined.
The reasoning of a 9 year old mind: she was looking forward to showing her friends the ten-dollar bill.
Lysa: Do you trust that I’ll pay you back?
Hope: yes, but I want the ten-dollar bill, not 2 fives or 10 ones, just the ten.
As they neared the window to pay for the food Lysa tried everything to convince Hope to lend her the money.
I loved what Lysa wrote: She did not want a ten-dollar bill later because she might miss showing off to her friends today.
Relunctantly Hope finally gave Lysa the money when they got to the window.
Read this carefully as Lysa points out how we do this very same thing with God.
Lysa had “special knowledge” that in the mailbox waiting for the birthday girl was a card from her grandma that held $50.00 in it. Her ten-dollar bill would pale in comparison.
God has special knowledge into our lives. He has blessings for the radically obedient that make the dime-store stuff we are so intent on holding on to pale in comparison. The question is, do we trust Him? Do we trust that He will bless us? Do we trust that His blessings are infinitely better than what He might first ask us to release?
Read that last question again…Do we trust that His blessings are infinitely better than what He might FIRST ASK US TO RELEASE?
My mind goes to my Mom and the special bond she formed with one of her foster children. I recently posted on this little one.
This baby came to my parents unloved and despised
by her birth mother and Mom nurtured her, loved her and gave her the best first year of life any mother could give a child. Carmie
knew without a doubt that she was loved by my Mom. When the kids were returned to a biological mom that can’t support them and has stated how she “hates Carmelita”, my Mom was faced with a choice. Curl up in a ball and cry her heart out, which she has shed many
tears over this child OR trust in God through the tears and pain. She had to believe
that His blessings are better than holding on to Carmie
. As painful as these last few months have been missing her, she had to release her to God, not to the biological mother but to God
, and because of her obedience He is able to use her in the life of another baby girl.
The next section called ‘The Floodgates of Blessing’ is probably one of my favorites as my friend Yolanda from Higher Grounds would say, “Bragging on God” moments from Lysa.
Sacrificial giving is one of the few times God asks us to test Him.
On page 129, Lysa tells us how God ties in obedience with blessing.
He wants us to venture into truly abundant giving. He wants us to get out from under our own selfishness with our possessions and accept His invitation to become radically obedient with what we own. Then, not only will He bless us, but He will lavish blessing upon blessing on us.
Did you not love how Lysa shared of when she felt like an out-of-fashion speaker and so she saved $100.00 and invited her fashion conscience girlfriends to shop with her for new clothes? Then came the unexpected phone call from a friend asking for prayer regarding finances and how her family was in desperate need of $100.00 ASAP unaware of Lysa’s stash. Lysa listened to God and gave her friend the money with a willing heart. Because Lysa’s desire to obey God was greater than her desire to look stylish, she allowed God to open the floodgates of heaven and pour a huge blessing upon her. Instead of canceling her shopping date with her friends she went and tried on clothes with the plan to put on hold what her friends picked out for her and return when she had the money. Her plan was a good one, but God had something else in mind. While in the dressing room she had no idea her friends were also being obedient to God as they paid for the clothes and blessed her with a $700.00 shopping spree!
How awesome is our God?
We can never out do the blessings of our Lord. Never. He just has more up His holy sleeve than we can even begin to pretend to know and He will take us to our knees in praise every time He acknowledges our obedience.
We just have to trust Him ladies!
If we choose to obey and give of our resources in abundance, a feeling of amazing satisfaction will follow. The radical blessing of being able to take hold of a real life—-a fulfilled and satisfied life we can’t find any other way—will be ours.
The last part of this chapter really spoke loud to my heart. She titled the segment of this chapter, ‘The Blessings of a Sacrificial Life’.
God owns it all. We are simply managers of His resources. When we pursue the beautiful opportunities of sacrificial living, we freely acknowledge that truth and then reap the blessings. When we come to understand that we’re giving up what was never ours to begin with, we’re walking in radical obedience.
I actually wrote the words “Get this Lelia!!” underneath that last sentence in my book.
Our grand baby Amiyah…all God’s.
Our house…it’s His.
None of what I listed above are truly “mine” and until I get that and stop trying be the control freak that I naturally am, I am missing out on what God has waiting just for me and my family. Until I choose to have a heart that is radically obedient to whatever God asks of me…
My husband will never live up to my unfair expectations
I will have heartache when I don’t trust God with my kids and grand baby
I will never feel like we have enough money and will spend foolishly
Housework will be a burden instead of an opportunity to show God I appreciate the shelter He’s provided us.
Let’s get this dear friends; let’s get this today instead of tomorrow.
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