Fervent Week 2

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!!

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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.

9 thoughts on “Fervent Week 2

  1. I wanted to share some thoughts that maybe others may be experiencing. This week I really wanted to start the readings for Week 2. Each day I came downstairs only to find my book still sitting in the same spot staring at me!! I brushed off the stares and went on about my super busy days. At the end of each night I was disappointed that I had yet to pick my book back up. I had meant to do it at lunch, after the end of my day, in the morning, etc. etc. etc. So this morning was the day! I got up earlier than everyone in the house. I grabbed my coffee, fuzzy blanket and my book. I opened to page 25 excited to see what was in store for me and eager to learn something new. As I read the pages I couldn’t keep my mind from wondering off to thinking about the girl’s dance tonight for Girl Scouts, bummed the snow was going to miss us, was my son out in Lexington delivering Jimmie John sandwiches to snow bound college students since classes were cancelled, is our dog really sick or have an ear infection……I had to STOP, reclaim my mind and focus! I was going to read and I was going to devote my next 20 minutes to God! I made it through Strategy 1 and I am so happy! I thought about the prayer strategy that I need to focus on, it was right in front of me all week, my strategy was me!!! The devil was taking over me, just as the author spoke!!! I wrote out my prayer and said it over a few times! Wow she was so right! How she capture my own life in one chapter! I am now out of time, time for the kids to rise for school, I am not able to finish strategy 2. I will, however, not let the devil over come me and let my book lay! I will grab it as soon to see what is in store for me next! Amen! Have a blessed day and if you get some snow, go out have fun in it! God is great!

    • Diana! Thank you for being so transparent. Time is so precious to us and for me, it’s the easiest way for the enemy to get me. So many people in our house, so much noise, activities galore, everyone wanting a piece of me! I too have felt condemnation when I get to the end of the day and realize God had taken a back seat to my day. It’s frustrating! And I too have to get up before everyone else to get my quiet time in. The enemy’s schemes have been exposed! And we will be better for it!! Amen!!

  2. While reading week 2, I realized that I hadn’t necessarily lost my passion, but it needed redirected. In recent painful life circumstances, my focus has been on the fleshly battle, rather than the spiritual battle that is occurring behind the scenes. What God has spoken to me today is, we are all sinners, but covered by Jesus….so, while there are consequences to sin, God does not look at us and see us as failures. He sees the perfection of Christ in us. GRACE! So, my focus is going to shift from the physical battle I’ve been fighting, to allowing Him, through me, to address the real enemy. He has already won that battle!

    The verse that I have chosen today is “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (Lam. 3:22-23). The song “Great is Thy faithfulness is special to me because it reminds me that He loves me every day! And I get a new start every morning! ❤️

  3. This really spoke to me: “—nothing!—is too far gone that your God cannot resurrect it. Even your cutting edge. So go to Him to get it back. Don’t try to regain it yourself. Don’t set your hopes on other people or circumstances to fuse it back into the fiber of your being. Trust it into God’s care”

    During our 21 Day Fast I have been praying for a complete restoration in my relationship with a few close family members. This just jumped out at me and I heard the Lord tell me that He was going to resurrect this relationship! I am walking by faith and not by sight and I’m not trusting in the family members but my trust is in God who always keeps his promises!

  4. This hit me square in the heart. I have lost my passion. I love God, want to do his will. Live for him. Our “ministry” ended abruptly several years ago not our choice. We have been walking in the wilderness since. We help those in need, witness one on one, etc. I am so encouraged by this reading. I know what God meant for good, Satan has tried to destroy. He has tried to destroy myself, my family, my marriage. We have survived by holding on to God’s promises. But there is more, there are days again of passion and I know that. This reading has given me hope again. 🙂

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