In the midst of maternity leave from work, healing from Kaycee’s birth, and adjusting to life with three children under the age of five, I some how found a way to finish reading an incredible book–Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst. If you have read any of my previous blog posts you would have already come to understand how blessed I am to read the various books from Lysa TerKeurst, and this recent read was of the same caliber of blessings, challenges, and convictions.
In this brief blog–remember…trying to adjust to life with three children under the age of five–I merely want to highlight some of the wonderful words from this book, through which the Lord really spoke to my heart. While I may not be sharing the entire context from which they are drawn, nor will I take time to share in depth my own heart reflections, I hope that the simplicity of sharing straight from the text will likewise minister to the hearts of those that read.
And with that…here are a few of the quotes and passages that I found most challenging and thought provoking…
Maybe this is the true secret to being fulfilled and content. Living in the moment with God, defined by His truth, and with no unrealistic expectations for others or things to fill me up. (36)
Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, one of America’s most influential, recently did a shocking thing. He apologized. After surveying the thousands of people who attend Willow Creek, the church discovered that their approach to growing people spiritually was fundamentally flawed. “We made a mistake,” Hybels admitted. “When people became Christians, we should have started teaching them that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self-feeders.’ We should have taught people how to read their Bible between services, how to practice spiritual disciplines much more aggressively on their own.” … The responsibility for both the learning and experiencing should rest on our shoulders, not our church’s. (49-50)
God is always present, always aware, always available, and always actively participating in our lives if only we’ll make the choice to see HIm–really see Him. (124)
Praise is the key that releases God’s character back into even the ugliest of attitudes and darkest of situations. (125)
Seeing God isn’t for the purpose of being wowed. It is for the purpose of changing us, growing us, and strengthening us to become more than people with mere knowledge of God. We are to become changed people who live out the reality of God. (181)