Monday, February 27, 2017

Brokenhearted




How Do We Get Beyond to Brokenhearted



In Chapter 11 of the Uninvited Book, Lysa Terkeurst tells us, “We must praise God, seek God, look to God, call to God, experience God, fear God, learn from God, honor God, draw near to God, and take refuge in God.” To help us practice this, she gives us “ten things to remember and proclaim.” Which of these do you need most to help YOU get beyond brokenhearted? With God, in your journal or notebook, work through the list of applications for what you need to remember and proclaim most.

    1.  One rejection is not a projection of future failures (pp. 130-131)
What rejection is causing you to project future failures? On page 130 of the uninvited book, Lysa shares four “No, but…” statements. Write out your own “No, but…” statements for each of you rejections. “No, ________________. But that doesn’t mean ____________________.”

    2.  Rejection doesn’t label you; it enables you to adjust and move on (pp. 131-132)
What label(s) has rejection given you? Write this out, filing in the blanks: “This rejection doesn’t mean I’m _____________ [whatever negative label or shame-filled feeling you are having]. It makes this _______________________ [opportunity, person, desire] a wrong fit for me right now.”

    3.  This could be an invitation to live in expectation of something else (pp.132-133)
Let’s live in expectation of God’s invitation! Journal a prayer, asking God to show you the plans HE has for you and what HE would have you spend your time on. Then listen and watch, with great intentionality, for those good things to be revealed to you!

    4.  There is usually some element of protection wrapped in every rejection (pp.133-34)
Past rejections are a great learning tool and motivator to help us get through current and future rejections! Reflect and journal on your past rejections, looking for possible protections from God. How does realizing God’s past protections help you face rejection today?

    5.  It’s good to ask the “what” questions but less helpful to ask “why” (p 135-136)
Are you stuck in the “whys” from your rejection? Like Lysa says, “What questions increase our ability to become more self-aware, while “why” questions only focus on things out of our control.” Work through the helpful “what” questions Lysa provides in this section.

    6.  Don’t hash, bash or trash on the internet. Remember, the internet never forgets (pp. 136-137)
Do you have past “venting” on the internet you regret? Like Lysa writes, “Don’t let today’s reaction become tomorrow’s regret.” What action/step can you take to prevent venting you’ll regret?

    7.  There’s much more to you than the part that was rejected (pp. 137-139)
Rejection have you feeling less than? Take some time to discover new things about yourself. List the things you’ve tried that didn’t work out. Then pray for God to reveal common threads you can learn them. Like Lysa, you might find clues of what you were made to do instead!

    8.  What one person sees as your liability, another might see as a wonderful asset (pp. 139-140)
Did someone point out a perceived “liability” in you? What can you learn from their opinion by putting yourself in their shoes? How can you make sure you extend grace and honor God in your reaction?

    9.  This is a short-term setback, not a permanent condition (pp. 140-141)
Has your rejection tried to take up permanent residence in your heart? Are there “triggers” that cause negative thoughts, words and actions in you as a result? Take some time to identify and eliminate any reminders that are triggers for you.

    10.             Don’t let this heartbreak destroy you. Let this breaking actually be the making of you. Let God use it in good ways to make you stronger and take you further. (pp. 141-145)
Is rejection causing you to feel brokenhearted? Like Lysa says, “Don’t let what breaks your heart destroy your life. Hold fast to Jesus and remember: This breaking of you will be the making of you. A new you. A stronger you.” Take some time to reflect on past and current rejections. Where can you see how God has used the “breaking of you” to be the “making of you?”




Be blessed and be a blessing!





Taken from the Uninvited Book by Lysa TerKeurst



Monday, February 20, 2017

Uninvited Online Bible Study




The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love. 

Uninvited will help you:

  • Stop feeling left out by believing that even when you are overlooked by others you are handpicked by God.
  • Change your tendency to either fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process your hurt.
  • Know exactly what to pray for to steady your soul and restore your confidence in the midst of rejection.
  • Overcome the two core fears that feed your insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.

Through the pages of Uninvited, you will be taken on a journey of finding the acceptance and love you’ve always longed for and start to pick up the pieces that maybe you’ve been trying to put back together for years. You’ll laugh, cry, and best of all discover that with Jesus you are safe, forever accepted, forever held, completely loved, and always invited in.

Join me right here as we take this life-changing journey!

Blessings!



Week One - Living Loved


Week Two - Empty or Full


Week Three - The Yoke of God is Freedom



Week Four - Set Apart



Week Five - Remembering God's Presence


Week Six - Lessons from the Olive



Week Seven - The Wrap-Up



Everything has it beauty, but not everyone sees it. — Andy Warhol



Be blessed and be a blessing!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Forgiveness





Choosing to forgive is hard, but the truth is it's good (and biblical) to extend forgiveness to those who have hurt us. Even when those roots go so deep, especially if the hurt is from someone we love or close to us, or you feel has treated you unfairly.

When we release the offense into the hands of God, we can begin to make room for healing in our hearts.
Forgiving someone is making the decision to choose mercy and grace over bitterness and resentment. To love God is to cooperate with His grace. Luke 6:36 says,



Here are 3 things to remember when forgiving others is the last thing we want to do:

We have an enemy, but it’s not each other.

Truth proclaimed and lived out is a fiercely accurate weapon against evil.

Forgiveness doesn’t justify them, it frees YOU!

...do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. — Luke 6:27b–Luke 6:28

Giving grace helps me. It sets me free.


Today I will:

Speak with honor in the midst of being dishonored.

Speak with peace in the midst of being threatened.

Speak of good things in the midst of a bad situation.


Forgiveness releases an offense into the hands of God so that you can heal.


Lift up your hurt and honest feelings to the Lord through prayer, whether it’s written or verbal.

Love & blessings!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hope



We have hope, we can know God’s fullness – 

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Paul prays that you will be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit in your inner being (v. 16). What will this accomplish (v. 17a). Why is this important?
We have the power to grasp the fullness of the love of Christ…for we then we be filled with the fullness of God. It is impossible to grasp the fullness of God without grasping the fullness of the love of Christ.

Paul prays for power again in verse 18. What power does he ask for this time?
What will that power accomplish (v. 19)?
We have the power through Christ, who is over every power, including the pull of the flesh. When we have Christ, we are full – fully loved and accepted and empowered.

If we live rooted and established in His love, we don’t just have knowledge of His love in our minds, but it become a reality that anchors us. God’s love holds us and His love grounds us.

Each day is a new day, deciding not to live uninvited but to live in God’s fullness.



Be blessed and be a blessing!

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