Hey Fervent girls! How did your week go?
Did you get your book in?
Your reading completed?
I hope so! If not, don’t fret and give up! That is exactly what the enemy wants. He wants you defeated before you even begin. He may have already whispered to you, “See? You are so pathetic you can’t even start a book study! What makes you think you can finish it if you can’t even read the first two chapters?! Nothing is going to change with you, so why even bother.”
Here’s what I say to that.
You. Are. Not.
The enemy is pathetic.
He is a liar and will do and say anything to get and keep you discouraged.
Remember to frame everything you think when it doesn’t line up with God’s word with the fact that the ONLY thing the enemy is good at is stealing, killing and destroying.
So, pick up your book and pick up with us where we are now. No condemnation!
I have thought of you all all week long and I have prayed for each and every one of you! Be encouraged as we move into week 2!
The first two chapters are pretty introductory and set up the rest of the book for us but they are so full and rich of good stuff! Page 13 talks about the armor of God. What we need to put on everyday to withstand the enemy.
Two things I noticed about this:
-everything we put on covers our front-shield, breastplate, sword…which tells me that we are to go AFTER the enemy. To be ready for him and attack him.
-there isn’t any material or armor covering our back…because Gods got it.
I LOVE THAT! God is literally saying to us, “I gotchya back man!”
Did you find a particular strategy that the enemy knows is your Achilles heel?
Mine personally tends to be Identity and my Family. It’s here that I get discouraged the most. But from here on out, I’m claiming that in my weakness, Christ is going to be made strong!
Were you able to identify a “prayer warrior” in your life? Someone who stood in the trenches for you? Mine has definitely been my mom. I know that her prayers over my life has kept God’s hand on me when I was not living as I should. She has a precious group of girlfriends who were all as 2nd mothers to me. In a sense, I had not only a prayer warrior, but my own personal army! I am forever grateful for their obedience, love, and determination for God.
The part that jumped out at me this week was the author’s sweet grandmother and her “standing appointment” with Jesus. I love that! Like most of us have hair and nail appointments that we wouldn’t dare miss…her appointment is daily at the foot of the cross. I love that. Lord help me be as faithful!!
This week we will be moving into Strategy 1 (Passion) and Strategy 2 (Focus) pages 25-54. As you read these two chapters focus on these things:
She poses the question, “Have you lost your passion? Has your get-up-and-go simply gotten-up-and-gone”? (I think that’s a country song…) 🙂
Do you feel like you’re just going through the motions anymore? That nothing is going to change, so why bother?
Find a scripture that speaks to your heart on pages 35-37 (or find your own!) and make it yours. Notice that a lot of them are promises. God has always loved us!
Post your scripture all over the house. Make it your lock screen on your phone! Comment below and post your scripture and I’ll make you a graphic so it’s pretty and I’ll use those posts to draw for a prize! Eeeeek!
As you read Strategy 2, Focus, are you able to notice a pattern in where the enemy steals and destroys your focus? Whenever you notice yourself getting frustrated or distracted in that area, call it for what it is. Say out loud, “I will not let Satan’s otherworldly forces wreak their havoc in this house, in this heart, on this day!!” (p.48)
Girls, thank you so much for doing this with me.
You are loved, cherished and highly favored by the God of the universe.
He has amazing things for you and your life.
Just don’t grow weary.
The enemy has already lost!!!
So won’t you take a victory lap with me?
Let’s do this life as the champions that we are!
I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.