#GodCameSoThat

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This week Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies and Wendy Blight, along with 12,000 women from around the world are digging into Chapter Two of Living So That.

But first, let’s check out last week’s memory verse.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [so] that, whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

I typed that from memory, but I have to admit, I already knew the verse. However, I still enjoyed focusing on the sweet gift God lavished on us. His ONLY Son was given up so that we would have eternal life. I pray that everything I do in life is saying “thank you” to God!

I’m currently Verse Mapping this week’s verse from II Timothy 3:16-17. I LOVE carrying it with me and pulling it out when I need a quiet moment with God.

On to Chapter Two! I hope you’ll share with me how God spoke to you through Living So That, by leaving a comment below or a link to a blog post about this study.

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#JesusCameSoThat

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For those of you joining me for Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies’ Living So That by Wendy Blight, here are some highlights from what I’ve learned so far from this Bible study. Hopefully you’ll share with me your favorite parts by leaving a comment below or a link to a blog post you’ve written about Living So That.

If you aren’t joining us, it’s not too late and hopefully this post will encourage you to jump in and dig into the Word with over 12,000 women around the world!

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#LivingSoThat

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Do these thoughts sound familiar?

How am I gonna hold it all together today?

I know I should be kind, loving, patient and have self-control, but…

how can I be kind with that annoying coworker who always drinks my Diet Coke…

how can I not spew out words of anger at my husband who missed dinner with us yet again…

how can I hold my tongue with this child who again popped her little brother in the head after he stole the remote…

how can I refrain from joining in the gossip on our girls’ night out…

I know I should forgive, pray without ceasing, and trust God, but…

how can I forgive when my husband walked out on me after 15 years of marriage…

how can I offer one more prayer when a wayward child for whom I have faithfully prayed continues to rebel…

how can I not fear when nightmares from years of sexual abuse intrude upon my sleep…

how can I trust God as chemotherapy treatments wreak havoc in every cell in my body?

We struggle to live faith-fully in the midst of life-altering pain and heartache. We struggle to live faith-fully life in the midst of our crazy schedules…to balance it all and make decisions that honor God. We know what we’re supposed to do, but it’s so stinkin’ hard! We want to react with an understanding heart but find it impossible. We want to be nice but can’t hold our tongue. We want to forgive but can’t speak the words. We want to trust, but it’s just not there..

So how can I be who God wants me to be in the middle of this mess?

If you identified with any or all of the above, Living So That is for you!

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God Will Carry You

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Some of you may remember an Olympian named Derek Redmond. You won’t remember him for winning the 400 meter during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. What you will remember is desire to finish, despite the excruciating pain he experienced from a “snapped hamstring.”

I’ll go grab a cup of coffee while you watch this incredible feat (2min). Don’t worry, I’ll be back by the time you’re done; you may want to grab a tissue…

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Happy New Year!

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Ok, I know, I know, we haven’t even hit Christmas yet and I’m already celebrating the New Year. This season is rushed enough without me jumping ahead…but I can’t help it. I am so stinkn’ excited about this new year!

There’s something exhilarating about the feeling of a fresh start, a new beginning. It invigorates my soul and my resolutions for next year have me so giddy I’m starting them today!

2014

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Audience of One

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The past few weeks…months have been fairly hectic. It seems that even before one thing ends, I’m already behind on the next. No matter how much I do…it’s just never enough.

Ends are left lose.
Tasks aren’t complete to my standard of quality.
Frustration and bitterness grow like weeds.
There are many times when I just feel alone.
Pressing on to the “next thing.”

I’ll be honest. When people see I’m frustrated or I beg…guilt…them, they’ll step up. What about before I reach that point?

I don’t want to be a martyr; killing myself to get everything done on my own. Sacrificing time with my family is not an option, time with my husband and daughter is just too precious. So instead, the time lost…is time for myself.

Time for writing more than a few sentences every two weeks.
Reading a book for pleasure.
More over, I lose time with Him.

Mornings are hard. Gotta get Stacy up, feed her breakfast, pump, make my lunch, her lunch, get us both dressed, and lug out all our gear. My husband makes the coffee {God bless him for that!}, usually changes her diaper, and starts feeding her while I pump. I read a little while I pump, a quick devotion perhaps…

I know God can move just as powerfully in 3min as He can in 3hrs, but I crave that chunk of one on one time with Him.

Time when I can escape the world and refocus.

Please…don’t tell me to wake up sooner…it’s just NOT going to happen. After getting up more than once taking care of Stacy, I wake up exhausted as it is. I’ve tried setting my alarm earlier and putting it in another room, but all I end up doing is getting up and snoozing my alarm for another hour or more. I used to be able to get up and have a good hour or more to dig into His Word. I’m sure one day when Stacy is bigger, I’ll be able to do it again…I hope.

Getting home is the same thing. Everything revolves around my sweet girl and trying to get things done around the house.

My day off is just like anyone else’s. Things like laundry, dishes, and other household chores have to get done. Welcome to being a responsible adult…

Today is my “day off,” and I’m taking time for myself. It’s hard to sit here, writing on my iPhone. My mind keeps reeling over everything needing to be completed. Everyone who is begging…even demanding me for my time.

I’m going to let them down.

Today I’m ignoring their voices. Doing everything in my power to let His voice, His sweet whisper become the loudest.

Today I’m focusing on an audience of One.