Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thoughts, Truths, Progress & Thanks

How could I pick only one topic for this weeks Blog Hop On Melissa Taylor's Online Bible Study?

 The choices were to hard, so I decided I am doing all 3!  What a great way to wrap up and end our finale week in the study "Unglued" by Lysa TerKeurst!

When you look up "thoughts" in the dictionary it lists 12 different definitions.  My favorites are " the act or process of thinking; mental activity" and "a judgement, opinion, or belief." WOW, that pretty much sums it up.

A Judgement - now this makes sense, the thoughts or judgments we place upon our selves or I should say I place upon myself. Thoughts like, " I am not good enough. I am not Pretty. I will fail! they are all against me, I can not do that, I will not be pleasing to the Lord." and the list goes on and on, such judgments/ thoughts I have filled my head with. 

Like Lysa TerKeurst says "These were idle thoughts allowed to run rampant in my mind for so long I confused them with the truth." (see pg 161 in her book Unglued). Such evil thoughts these are to have or to allow to run rampant in my mind. Of course these thoughts run wild and Satan smiles, this is exactly what Satan wants. He wants me to play his evil game that robs me of my time with  the Lord and his truths!

My Soul needs to Exhale (Chapter 11 Title from Unglued- love it) these negative thoughts and inhale the truths of the Lord like:

The Lord is my light and my salvation
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart    and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Hebrews 13:21

 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,    I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Like Lysa stats "the best thing I can do is open God's word and immerse myself in his truths." Pg 172.

This is just one of the steps towards my Imperfect Progress .  I am not perfect, nobody is, I can't make all these changes overnight and be free of my negative thoughts  or not allow them to make me come "Unglued" inside/outside but I can continue to make progress and ask God to guide me and hold my hand along the way.

Progress like not stuffing these thoughts but letting them out, turning them over to the Lord. "We must exhale-letting it all out before God." Lysa TerKeurst pg 153 and replacing them with his truths, allowing him to Chisel me, actions I need to allow to happen and take!

God knows the truth and he certainly knows my heart - therefore he knows I will have "Unglued" moments but like Lysa says "If we let it, unglued will allow us to become humbly and beautifully broken before Him." and that is steps towards my Imperfect Progress!

Lysa TerKeurst,  thank you! Thank you for being REAL and expressing what most of us are or were afraid to admit.  That we are Human and we have Raw Emotions, and it is okay.  Thank you for helping me to journey on imperfect progress and helping me to see I am not alone in these battles. May God Continue to use you in ways that are such Blessings to others. God Bless You!

And Finally Melissa Taylor,  I know a thank you to you was not one of the Blog options but THANK YOU!  If it were not for you and your dream, none of these would be possible or happening right now. You have brought so many beautiful sisters of Christ together and that is the Lord moving in you! You are truly an inspiration, role model full of Grace and love.   You are an amazing Leader ~ I am sure I speak for all of us on your Facebook team and all the women who follow your blog when I say "We love You" and you have truly Blessed my life!  I look forward to continuing this journey with you and God Bless you always.

 Lord Continue to Chisel Me!

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2