God Said This About You!

We typically view this Scripture in regards to baby announcements. I love that and yet, I wonder -could we make even more of this glorious text? What would happen if we believed this as children and adults? We have been created by the most artistic force in the universe!David penned this in the most interesting order -PRAISE FIRST. He calls us to praise God “because”. Our flesh says ,”God, we will only praise you IF”. With His help, we can see His handiwork & respond in gratitude . How is my day different if I BELIEVE this? How is your day different if BELIEVE this? I have a suspicion that we would all live in unparalleled freedom & gratitude.
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Nourishment for Souls

Years ago, Brian and I led a fun seminar on the “whys” of Bible study. It was (and is!) always helpful to ask ourselves our true motivation for any spiritual action. Basic questions can give us personal insight and a corporate humility. When we ask, “Why Should We Study the Bible?”

Nearly every group responds with the following honest answers…

“Um, because we are supposed to.”

“If we don’t study the Bible, other Christians will judge us.”

“Because this is a “Bible” church.”

“It’s good to know “holy books” like the Koran, Bible, Torah and the Vedas.”

Is that enough of a reason to study the Bible? No matter how we try to state it people will always do things because of a perceived personal benefit. Could it be that bible study is no different? How could we respond to the bottom line question ,”Ok, bible study seems important, but what’s in it for me?” Aha! Here’s the truth: You will never regret spending time in the Bible. At the end of the day, no one says, “Ugh! I wish I had not read the Bible today!” God has promised deep fulfillment as we seek Him through His word. We cannot know Him without reading His words to us. We can listen to worship music and spout other people’s spiritual opinions, but it’s ONLY God’s word that brings true life change. We have to handle His word ourselves. James 4:8 promises a response from the King, “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.” God is so good to offer us wisdom in His Word. As growing believers, we are enabled to respond to His command to know Him through His Word. “All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16

There is only one living document that continually breathes life-God’s word.How many times have we studied a passage we are familiar with and said “What?! I never saw that!” Hebrew 4:12 brings us the reason-this thing is alive and powerful and pierces us to the core! There is something joyously comforting and a little frightening in this. It’s because we are known by the Great One Who Is. That’s enough of a reason to give God’s word time and attention.

Need a few ideas? We all like easy..so get a Bible, get a pen, and get some paper. Write down what you read and learn to ask ,“WHAT DOES THIS SAY?” (Observe), “WHY IS THIS WRITTEN?” (Interpret) and “HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME?” (Application) Ask God to help you set aside 10 minutes a day to pray, read, and write. Nothing in your life will impact your character and sharpen your vision like listening to the God who speaks to His people. The gift of His word is personal at every stage in life and nourishing for souls who live for the unseen Kingdom. Lean in and listen to the One who knows you best and loves you most. #noregrets

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Room for a New View

An issue ALL women can agree on is our corporate struggle with  identity! How do we stay secure in WHO we are and not live in the constantly-changing world view of beauty? As always,  we have to recognize first IT’S A SPIRITUAL ISSUE.   

1. OUR VIEW OF GOD- The challenge is always ” Do I believe what the Bible says about God’s Identity or what the world says? Do I believe my ever-changing feelings or what the strong wall of His Word says? These are the questions we women ask ourselves when we struggle. All of us want ideas that work. One of my favorite ideas (that  help!) is called “replacement thinking”. We write out 2-3 verses about WHO God is . (Isaiah 40, Ephesians 1, and Colossians 1 are POWER-packed!) I love to tape verses to your mirror, print out Bible verses on a card to put in my car. We can put the Word in places where we have to see it! I promise, you’ll gradually read it, speak it, and believe it. When the enemy of our souls (who often works through the lies of the world) whispers, “You are not enough! You are not lovable! You’ll never have victory!”, we push back with the unchanging WORD.

Scary face mask2. OUR VIEW OF OURSELVES  I love hanging out with younger gals and listen to them chat about fashion! Sure enough, if I go back 15..er…20 years, we all wore the same things! (Remind me to just keep all of my Old Navy clothes!) I’ve lived denim overalls, black chunky shoes, smoky eyeshadow, high-waist jeans (formerly know as “mom jeans”) BIG hair, flat hair..and (I admit it!) crimped hair! You too? In a world where fashion changes in a New York minute, how will I choose to to stay secure in me? What is a healthy “taking care of ourselves” and when does it turn to obsession or vanity? I have to  step outside my emotions and check my thinking with honest questions.

“Why do I feel I need to look like that?”

“Why do I feel I need to buy that to be happy?”

“What am I watching or listening to that feeds my insecurity?”

Half of our battle will always be recognizing our thoughts for what they are (truth or lie) and placing the Word of God right alongside it! Let’s read truth (The book of John), receive truth by faith (The book of Colossians), and perceive truth (The book of Ephesians).

Isn’t it amazing that Jesus cares about defeating evil in the world  AND our personal insecurities? We have no idea how very deep His heart is for daughters. He loves us so very fully and we are chosen to reflect His beauty!

 

Tristie Fisher, 2016