Help a Girl Out: SJG 2018 Summer Bible Series

Help a Girl Out: SJG 2018 Summer Bible Series

Jason and I have been living in our current house coming up on 10 years.
Over the course of that decade we lost a baby,  brought home two daughters, one dog, four cats, one case of head lice, multiple viruses and said goodbye to many guinea pigs, fish, baby rabbits, and lizards.
We just recently last year decided to start acting like we lived in our home.
We gutted our kitchen, rebuilt our deck, poured a new driveway, and most recently painted the exterior of our house.
Our house has the same color brick that every house in the 1960s in our area has and the ole girl just needed a pick-me-up.
Jason took a “vacation” last week to catch up on all the projects he wanted to do but can never find the time to do.
So, needless to say, it wasn’t much of a vacation for him.
#adultingisdumb
He took some time to get his haircut and have lunch with a friend so I decided to be super awesome wife and take over painting duties.
Armed with a roller, paint tray and a great attitude, I set out.

#shortgirlprobs
When Jason came home he first congratulated me and then laughed and said, “Soooo I can tell where you got to the point you couldn’t reach anymore.”
Ha!  Jokes on him!  
That’s why God gave me a long armed husband.

I stepped back and looked at my handiwork and I was struck by how gracious God is.
While painting I was a tad irritated that I couldn’t complete the job.
But I found comfort in the fact that in a job that I couldn’t complete, there was someone who could.
I heard a snippet of a sermon last week of a pastor who has a very diverse congregation.
Someone had asked him, “How do you handle preaching the same message to such a varied group?  Some people came in on public transportation, yet someone else drove a Bentley.”
That pastor looked at the interviewer and said, “We all have different roads that brought us here, but we are all the same.  We all got something.”
This group, much like his congregation, is so varied.
And I am so in love with that.
We have…
…stepmoms
…divorced moms
…widows
…broken hearts
…hopeless hearts
…childless
…single moms
…unsure
…addicted
…barely holding it together
In our last week of our Summer Bible Series (can you believe EIGHT weeks has passed?!) I want to leave you with this.
WE ALL GOT STUFF.
WE ALL NEED JESUS.
Can we all just stop pretending that we are so perfect, that everything is wonderful, and help a girl out?!
There is not one area of your life that He can’t handle.
Just like my long armed husband, God is ready to reach out and help a girl out.
And He’s ready for you to recognize that we are all in this together.
WE are the church body.
We are sisters.
And we are not supposed to do this alone, casting a critical eye, or looking down our nose in judgement.

Long after this Bible series is over, we will still have stuff.
Just because we have Jesus doesn’t mean we are free from problems.
It just means we have someone to take them to.
A long armed Father who wants to help you and show you how to help someone else.

Get Moving Monday:
1 John 3:18-20
Jeremiah 3:12
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Ecclesiastes 4:12
1 Corinthians 3:6
In order to get the full meaning of these scriptures, back up and read the whole chapter.  Read the verse in context.
Ask yourself these questions:
Who is the writer talking to?
What was the culture like when this was written?
Why is it important that this scripture is here at this particular point?
How can I apply this scripture to my life today?
Do my habits, thoughts, actions, mirror the people this scripture is intended for?

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.

Jill

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.

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