Saturday, March 28, 2015

Decisions - Decisions!



Good Morning Ladies!

I pray your day is off to a lovely start and you have had opportunity to make some "Best Yes" decisions.


ASSESSMENT TOOL

Here's a tool to see how you make those decisions and the way we process information. And, since we all want to know more about ourselves, Jeff Shinabarger has a free, fun tool for all of us to try out today! It’s called the What Type of Decision Maker Are You Assessment.

Click here to go to his website and take the assessment (scroll down on the page to take it — it takes less than 5 minutes)
 
Jeff Shinabarger. He is the author of this amazing book called Yes or No How Your Everyday Decisions Will Forever Shape Your Life.

Jeff’s work has been featured by CNN, USA Weekend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Coca-Cola, Relevant Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. He is the co-founder of Q, a collaboration company, and creatively led Catalyst for eight years.
 
 
 
Have a fun and make it a great day!

 


Friday, March 20, 2015

The Best Yes Finale!


 
You guys, we have had the most amazing seven weeks together.

We’ve loved each other.
We’ve challenged each other.
We’ve prayed for each other.

And more than anything … together, we have grown closer to God.

The Best Yes hasn’t “just” been a book study for us. It’s been a real, gut-wrenching, soul-searching challenge to live our lives in a way that honors God in everything we do. Especially with our decisions.

I will never be the same. The Best Yes verbiage speaks throughout our homes. We say things like, “Is that your best yes?” “Can you say a small no?” and “I don’t want an overwhelmed schedule anymore.”


 

So ladies, its time to go and live our Best Yes lives! We have the tools, the wisdom, the encouragement and the power of Jesus in us to do so. I love you ladies and every day I wake up and can’t believe we get to do this thing together. This community truly is one of my Best Yes decisions.

This Week's Top Ten Proverbs
 
o   People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy – Proverbs 28:13 NLT
o   If you have good sense, you will listen and obey; if all you do is talk, you will destroy yourself – Proverbs 10:8 CEV
o   She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction  is on her tongue – Proverbs 31:26 NIV
o   Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will be suddenly destroyed beyond recovery – Proverbs 29:1
o   Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety – Proverbs 29:25 NLT
o   Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy – Proverbs 31:8-9
o   There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking – Proverbs 29:20 NLT
o   Honest correction is appreciated more than flattery – Proverbs 28:23 CEV
o   Mercy to the needy is a loan to God, and God pays back those loans in full – Proverbs 19:17 Message
o   Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls – Proverbs 25:28 NKJV

 
 
I have been blessed facilitating this study and thank you for being the amazing godly women that you are.

I hope you’ll consider joining us for our next study!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cut the But….



In Chapter 16 of The Best Yes, Lysa TerKeurst talks about things that keep us from saying our Best Yes. And in stressful situations sometimes we don't say our Best Yes because we panic. We don't understand what's happening, therefore, we don't trust God. And so, we allow the fear of our failures to consume us.
Trusting God doesn't mean we won't ever question Him, because surely we will. And guys, sometimes in my process of learning to trust God through it all, I have a lot of "buts."
But God, what about this …
But God, what about that …
But God, but God, but God …

Lysa shares this in Chapter 16 about all our "buts"…
Every time I say I am a child of God, I have to remove the but and instead use the word therefore to usher God's promise into my reality. We must cut the but!
CUT THE BUT.

Lysa goes on to share in this section of the book how she has turned all her "buts" into God promises. Promises build trust. And God offers a lot of promises for you and I to trust Him with.
To Trust Him with Eternity (John 14:6)
Trust Him with Today (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Trust Him with Tomorrow (Jeremiah 29:11)

Trust Him with Your "But" (Romans 8:28)
Take some time to look up these verses and study them. Let the hope they offer help build trust with God through every situation you are facing today.
Cut the but and trust. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Build a Best Yes Legacy


 
Build a Best Yes Legacy



 
Ahh! I can't believe we are here — the last week of The Best Yes.
   

These weeks together have just flown by!
I feel like if you've made it these last six weeks of this study, you are a woman who longs for consistency with God. You make commitments. You follow through with them. Your journey through this study is a reflection of that.
But no one does this perfectly. Including me.
And one of my Best Yes decisions through this study is to be a woman who consistently experiences the power of God in my life.
"We want big directional signs from God. God just wants us to pay attention." -Lysa TerKeurst, The Best Yes 
When my time with God is inconsistent, I make choices that don't make me the best me.
"Every day we make our choices. Then our choices make us." -Lysa TerKeurst, The Best Yes 

So this week, I want to be a woman who finishes strong. I want consistent God-encounters during my day. And I want to live as our verses this week say … with firm steps.


   
Firm steps. Yes, I want that! But do you see the part of those verses that say, "those who delight in God?"
Well, what on earth does it mean to "delight in God"?
I think we could over-complicate this thought or we could keep it really simple:
Do what pleases Him by keeping His Truth close.
When we delight in God we will:
Be able to discern what is best for us.
Make wise choices to help develop the best version of us.
Gain the confidence to believe we can live our Best Yes life.

We will stumble but when we are consistent with God, His hand will uphold us.
And I don't know about you, but that is a promise I want to hold tightly this week.
Let's be women seeking consistent encounters with God all week. I'm looking at my schedule right now and determining how I can best do this and I want to invite you to join me.
This Week:

1. This week we are reading through Chapters 16, 17, 18 and 19 and the optional reading in Proverbs 26-31.
2. Look at your schedule and "predetermine" when your Best Yes time with God is going to be this week.
3. Write down this week's verses or print off this week's graphic and focus on those words, "firm steps." What do firm steps look like for you?

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called – His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. Ephesians 1:18 NLT)
In the same way that iron sharpens iron, a person sharpens the character of his or her friend. (The Voice) 


Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Sound and Good Foundation


 

This morning I read Proverbs 24 as part of my morning devotion and I'd encourage you to read it. I just love verse 3 and it reads - Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established (on a sound and good foundation)... I love it! Our foundation is Jesus Christ and we can stand on God's Words!


While out touring in suburbs of Virginia recently, when we passed this old house, at least a hundred years old or older, and it fits perfectly with this verse.

 



Proverbs 24:1-4

24 Don't envy evil people
    or desire their company.
For their hearts plot violence,
    and their words always stir up trouble.

A house is built by wisdom
    and becomes strong through good sense.
Through knowledge its rooms are filled
    with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.



Be blessed and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Predetermine Your Best Yes





In Psalm 119:29-32, the psalmist asks God to, “Keep me from lying to myself” (NLT) and affirms his determination to be faithful. Use this psalm as a reference for writing your own prayer. Acknowledge any concerns you have about the no answers you need to give. Ask God to broaden your understanding of the situations you face and to give you courage to say no simply, graciously, and honestly.

If you want to say yes to your Best Yes life, you’ll need to say no to some things that don’t fit the season you are in or don’t fit the convictions of your heart. And you can make some of those decisions much easier when you predetermine your Best Yes event or activity. It’s an intentional decision to underwhelm your schedule so you can overwhelm your soul.  When a request comes your way that conflicts with your Best Yes, you can quickly and kindly turn it down.
 
 
 
The Best Yes SG, pages 122-123

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Art of Saying “No”



"Just say 'yes' and 'no.' When you manipulate words to get your own way, you do wrong." (Matthew 5:37 MSG)

As you arrange your mind, your heart, and your schedule to accommodate your predetermined Best Yes, you’ll experience the satisfaction of enjoying the view instead of fearing the edge.

As you go about your days this week – Assignment 1:  Predetermine your Best Yes activity and set your schedule accordingly. Quickly and kindly turn down anything that could send you over the edge. Assignment 2: Exercise the power of the small no.

A small no pushes through the resistance of awkwardness and disappointment because it’s better to nip something early on. Early on, expectations and disappointments can be managed better with a small no. but the more we let things develop and progress, the harder the no becomes.  (The Best Yes, pages 126-127)

Too often, we live with an overwhelmed schedule and an underwhelmed soul because we’re constantly dancing on the edge of the cliff. How would you describe the pace of your life right now? Mark an X or draw a stick figure on the Grand Canyon to indicate your response.

 


Busy Enough = A reasonable Distance from the Edge

Too Busy = Approaching the Edge

Way Too Busy = Dancing on the Edge

Impossibly Busy = Over the Edge and Falling Fast

 

Every yes answer comes with a list of expectations. If I don't know what those expectations are, I can't possibly met them. So, it's crucial to identify the expectations before giving a yes answer.... I make a plan for what's realistic so I don't overextend myself. The Best Yes, pages 116-117
 
Give it your Best Yes Ladies!!!
 
 
 
 
The Best Yes SG, pages 102-123
 
 

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