I guess sometimes it pays to be running behind! I have been wanting to participate in the “Summer Siesta Bible Study” on Beth Moore’s blog. She is facilitating Jennifer Rothschild’s “Me Myself & Lies” on her blog every other Tuesday. I think it is going to be a great study. I have met Jennifer and have the book which inspired the study about the things we, as women, say to ourselves that end up in our “thought closets”. Jennifer’s premise is that when we live each day, we “clothe” ourselves with the thoughts from our thought closets, which contain too many things that are not-so-lovely.
Here’s a picture of my beautiful daughter & beautiful mother “clothed” appropriately for my cousin’s wedding. I always try to stress with Bailey that what we “put-on” does matter: not the cost or trendiness of what we choose to clothe ourselves with, but the neatness and care it demonstrates, the attention it draws to our countenance and the confidence it gives us to effectively interact with others.
Beth actually started the study last Tuesday (June 23), but I was neck-deep in Vacation Bible School, so I decided to jump in today (a week late). One of the first assignments was to read Psalm 19. What a treat that was for me today…just what I needed…God’s timing is perfect, even though mine is not! I’ve been so bogged down with busyness lately and burdened with hard decisions to make (including some things to let go) that verses 7 & 8 from the NIV especially spoke to me…
“7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”
In VBS last week the children learned (and the adults were reminded) that “It All Comes Back to Jesus”. Jesus is the Living Word and these verses are a wonderful picture and reminder to me that it all really does come back to Him! What a joy that I don’t have to count on my own wisdom & understanding to know which path to take!! My Mom posted a poem on her blog today about our thoughts, go check it out.
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Hi My Lisa,This was such a good post today sweetie. God's timing is indeed perfect,…and His ways are higher than our ways!What good is all our efforts if we do them all on our own, and in our own power. The Lord knows best,…and He does guide and direct us when we surrender to Him.I am sure that the Bible Study you are participating in will bring you many blessings! And blessing to all who join in.Jennifer's life is such a great example of living by Faith. I can't even imagine being blind, let alone having a tremendous testimony and ministry because of it. God is so amazing! I loved her book that you loaned me.Beth Moore has helped so many people. What a blessing and a privilege to be used of the Lord that way.You inspire me and bless my heart many times over with the way you live for the Lord and serve Him in so many ways. Brad is such a servant too and he serves with a heart of love for God and for those he helps.It is a joy being your mother.
Sounds like a great study. I need to read some of Beth Moore's stuff. I know that many women really enjoy her.I love the Psalm you mentioned – especially the part about making wise the simple. 🙂 I'm counting on it! ha!Great thoughts sister. Love you.Lynnette
That study sounds awesome! I know that this is an area I struggle with everyday and God has really freed me from a lot of the lies and negative thoughts I used to dwell on! Everyday there's a new thought, though, that I have to take captive unto obedience to Christ!P.S. I just noticed that you designed your blog?? You are talented!!!