Wednesday, March 11, 2009
PDL Catch Up
I swear the days are getting away from me!! Are you all loving PDL? I figured I would do a quick post before I do some work here at my desk before it's the weekend again already!
First, I'm LOVING this book and it's impact on my life circumstances right now and how I am handling them. I may not be handling them all that well, but I'm able to put my trust in God more and more and I feel like I am finally growing up. AND A HUGE PLUS was my womens group at church started our new bible study yesterday. Another Beth Moore - her newest - on Queen Esther, above. I am overflippin'joyed about this study. We have something like 60 people in our study - it just keeps growing and growing!
PDL DAY 10 QTC: What area of my life am I holding back from God? So many things, but Definitely my prayer life. I have simply not been praying and worshiping. I have been studying, studying, studying...but that is not the same.
PDL DAY 11 QTC: What can I do to remind myself to think about God and talk to him more often throughout the day? I have been working on this one for sure this week with breath prayers. "I surrender to you, Lord" has been a mainstay this week. Also just the powerful and simple "I love you". Sometimes all I need to do is STOP and take a deep breath and tell him I love Him and all is alright with the world again. It all become clear what is important and what is small. Kind of like Abby's song about looking at Christ's face and all that is of earth becomes so plain and dim in the light of his glory and grace.
In Day 11 a couple of sentences in particular stood out to me: The key to friendship with God is not changing what you do, but changing your attitude toward what you do. What you normally do for youself you begin doing for God, whether it is eating, bathing, working, relaxing, or taking out the trash.
I have to say that I've tried this a couple of times this week. I figured if Pastor Warren says I should take a bath for God, then by God...I'll do just that ;o)
Seriously, though, I stood in the shower and I thought I need to rush right on out of here and get those kids out of bed and ready for school, but instead I let the water pour over my head and felt that amazing soft water cascading over my head and I thanked God that I get to take a hot shower in my own home - that I can afford to heat my water, that I get to be clean - a whole new appreciation for how much I take for granted in my world.
Also in Day 11 "...Just be sure that your motive is to honor God, not control him." This is so hard for me to get a grip on. I want to honor Him, but so often when I get to the root of it, I'm still trying to make out for myself.
PDL Day 12 QTC: What practical choices will I make today in order to grow closer to God?
Continue to learn about His Word. Continue to have the hunger for these studies. Continue to be involved with my womanly community.
PDL DAY 13 QTC: Which is more pleasing to God right now - my public worship or my private worship? What will I do about this?
I think both are lacking and as I said above, my private worship is already on my mind. I need to think more about this one.
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