Tuesday, January 09, 2007

He speaks it over and over....

This morning was our first Women's Bible Study after the holiday break. I came home made lunch for me and my little guy, put a load of laundry in the machine, and now I am checking emails and of course bloglines. Kelly at A Spacious Place tagged me for this fun meme that has already gone around and has some great posts here and here. Since this is so easy I had to do it quickly.

1) Grab the book closest to you
2) Open to page 123,go down to the fourth sentence
3) Post the text of the following 3 sentences on your blog
4) Name the author and book title
5) Tag three people to do the same

Since I just plopped my books down from Bible Study the book on top was one I am using as a resource for our study titled, Lie's Women Believe and the Truth that sets them Free by NancyLeigh DeMoss. And this is what I read:

When I do so, what I am really saying (though I'd never actually say it) is that I can handle that day on my own - apart from the presence, wisdom, and grace of God. I am saying I can do my work, keep my home, handle my relationships, and deal with my circumstances without Him. That independent, self-sufficeient spirit is an expression of pride.

And all I can think is "Yes Lord, I get it! It is what you have been speaking to me over and over.

But I can't just stop there. I have to finish the page:

The Scripture teaches, "God resists the proud" (James 4:6 NKJV). If I walk in pride, I must be prepared for God to resist me and my efforts.
Sometimes I get the sense that God may be saying to me, "You want to handle this day by yourself? Go ahead." The result? At best, an empty, fruitless day lived by and for myself. At worst, oh, what a mess I end up making of things.
On the other hand, God "gives grace to the humble." When I start the day by humbling myself and acknowledging that I can't make it on my own-that I need Him-I can count on His divine enabling to carry me through the day.

I tag Julie, Heth, and Tina


hannahjoy said...

Great post, a good thing to be reminded of. Thanks Chris!

Mrs. Julie Fink said...

I enjoyed that book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss when I read it too!

Kelly said...

So glad you joined in! I just bought "Lies Women Believe" a couple of days ago and plan to add it to my book list. I hope you will share some of your reflections.

Susanne said...

Wow! I have run across this theme, I'd say 3 or 4 times today already! I definitely think the Lord is speaking to me!

This is a fun meme type thing. Glad you played!

Janis Rodgers said...

I loved that book! I let someone borrow it and it never returned. I need to get another one. What you posted was exactly what I needed today! Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

I have not read that book, but I think I'll add it to my wishlist. I'm so glad you shared the rest of the page!!! Wonderful words!