Monday, July 6, 2009

Me, Myself, and Lies

I am a reader of Living Proof Ministries Blog-- for anyone who enjoys some Beth Moore-- this is the blog she does with her daughters. The blog always has a wide variety of material that goes into it-- from everyday living to building your relationship with God. I have only been in the blog world about a year now- but have been extremely blessed by Beth's ministry already- especially now that I am a mother.

This summer her readers were encouraged to participate in a Bible Study together based on Jennifer Rothschild's book-- Me, Myself & Lies. I sent out an email to my local girls and was so blessed by the overwhelming response of the women around me who wanted to dig deeper in the Word together this summer-- I prayed for 3 or 4-- and God gave me 12!! So here we are in week 2 of the study.

The study is about giving yourself a "thought-closet" makeover. We are often so destructive in what we think about ourselves, forgetting that we are indeed God's wonderful creation! When do we stop and actually reflect that the negative things we think about OURSELVES are so sinful to God. He calls us instead to think things that are true, pure, and praiseworthy. (Phillipians 4:8)

Week one of the study was a great time of reflection for me to be reminded of all of God's promises and of some really good scripture verses that I am working to commit to memory. Week two however, has become more in depth as Jennifer has led us to sort out our "labels"- some given to us by others and some given by ourselves-- some which are lies and some that are indeed the truth. No matter what our labels and where they come from, God expects for us to turn them into "faith" labels so he can be truly glorified through us. What great examples God put in the Bible of women who are just like us!! Naomi gave herself a horrible label in Ruth 1:20-21. But by the end of the story, God gave her a faith label by showing her great favor-- she was in the lineage of Christ!

Why women, are we so like that?? Women of today and women of the Bible-- Rachel, Martha, Job's wife-- why do we presume that everyone thinks about us like we think of ourselves. And where is our faith in what God has in store for us?? We are his children and he will take care of us-- it's a promise! He has great plans for us, plans to give us a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Praise Jesus for continuing to love each of us daily because He truly cares for each and every one of us! What a comfort 1 Corinthians 15:10 is, to know that by the grace of God, I am what I am-- and He will never leave me!

More to come soon.

1 comment:

  1. This is good stuff, thanks! I have been thinking about posting about a chapter in Feminine Appeal about self-control in relation to this post. Typically when I think of self-control, I think of my actions and my speech, but I am not quick to put my thoughts or emotions into that category. And women of all people know that we can very easily allow our thoughts and emotions to rule us ... so why not learn self-control in this area?

    Thanks for reminding me of this 'thought' and I look forward to elaborating on this later. Until then, let's remember 2 Corinthians 10:5 "Take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ." Woo, EVERY thought ... that's going to take some extreme self-control!