This week we studied about When-Then statements. It was hard for me to sit down and write. Life is hectic isn’t it? No matter what stage we are in – it is always busy with young children, teenagers and later your aging parents, or at least it has been for me. I am retired, but you would not know it. I am a substitute teacher, a facebook group leader in the Proverbs31 Online Bible studies, have a new granchild born with a serious skin disease, and am trying to dispose of my Mom’s house, and much, much more – church, family, etc.. So how about you? Are you busy?
Are you overwhelmed by everyday life? Are you overwhelmed by obstacles that Satan is constantly throwing. Today I have been overwhelmed myself. Here it is Monday and a beautiful new week I have planned for all weekend – things to share with my group that blessed my heart as I read Chapter 3 of Renee Swope’s book A Confident Heart. But now, I cannot post a message, comment or like on facebook. It it a facebook glitch today, or is it Satan throwing an obstacle to stop the beauty of fellowshipping in our Lord? You decide!
As I got off facebook and got on my knees God spoke to me this morning. Satan – 0, God – 100. Now I am blogging until I can get back on facebook.
We cannot allow our circumstances to affect our joy. Sometimes I do and I know you do too. One of the things I loved that Renee spoke about in Chapter 3 on page 52 “Those of us who struggle with insecurity and find ourselves in the shadow of doubt often get there because we are seeking our validation in people’s opinions, our worth in accomplishments, and our identity in excessive commitments.” OUCH!
So now it is late Wednesday night. Where did the week go? I
This morning on the blog Stephanie Clayton shared lots of “good” stuff. She talked about WHEN-THEN statements and oh I wanted to do one – but how and when. We were on a conference call and asked for one of ours. I have none but something had happened this morning that made me feel so bad after and awesome Worship Wednesday in our group that God just put one on my heart. Here it is:
When I feel overwhelmed then my God says, ” Debbie remember this:
Secondly, today Stephanie shared a “no-fail pail” and encouraged us to make one with the scripture cards on the P31 site today. http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/2013/10/23/when-then/. My no-fail pail ended up being a jar. I walked in the kitchen to make my creamer below and I grabbed a butterfinger. That moment God pricked my heart. I emptied he candies in the jar in a plastic container and put them in the pantry for Halloween night. I then washed the jar, printed out all the scriptures you can find on Proverbs31 and made a pretty bow and now I have my no-fail pail which I have named my God-nuggets. Here is my new no-fail jar.
And lastly a recipe for pumpkin spice creamer. Here were my ingredients today before I mixed mine up.
Can I say yum! You can find it over at the Proverbs 31 site also (link above).
In closing I share this statement from Renee. “By recognizing and replacing our emptiness with the fullness of God’s promises, we drink the gift of living water. We acknowledge our need, which allows Him to pour His truth into the well of our hearts.” She encouraged us to write when-then statements and promises to go to so that He can pour into us. How about you? Did you write a when-then statement this week? I would love to hear it.