Week 2 of this study and each chapter gets better. To think before I started this study I did not think any of it would be applicable to me, but I should have known better. I have yet to do a Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study and it not punch me some place.
Chapter 4 – Alone in a Crowded Room
Have you ever walked in a crowded room and felt alone? I have and it takes a whole lot of Jesus to get me through.
Lysa reminded us the problem is not the people in the crowded room, and that we need to prepare in advance with a fullness from God, and that we have to respect ourselves so that we can be able to break our pattern of unlacing unrealistic expectations on others. Ouch! Why do I place those expectations on others? How do I prepare in advance? This was an eye opener for me as she shared the secret shift we have to make and that is:
“Do I walk into situations prepared with the fullness of God in me, free to look for ways to bless others?”
Do I walk into situations empty and dependent on others to look for ways to bless me?”
I have been guilty of walking into a room and expecting others to seek me out. I am an introvert, and it is hard for me to start a conversation. Here are some ways you and I can start a conversation at an event:
I’m printing out a smaller version of this and tucking it in my wallet until I get them imprinted in my mind.
Share some ways you start a conversation. I would love to hear your ideas.
Lysa shared Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians about the fullness of God in Ephesians 3:14-19:
Oh that when we walk in a room of people that we might grasp that fullness of our Lord so that we might bless others.
Chapter 5 – Hello My Name Is Trust Issues
One of my favorite take aways from this chapter was that “the peace of our souls does not rise and fall with unpredictable people or situations. Our feelings will shift, of course. People do affect us. But the peace of our souls is tethered to all that God is.”
Here are the notes from Chapters 1 through 3.