Jul 18, 2012

Lesson Learning Mode in These Parts

I'm in major lesson learning mode over here which means posts could get deep, lengthy, spiritual and not always "happy giddy nutty Mindy." But I've decided if I've but one life to live, and one voice with which to talk about my experiences, then, well, I'm going to {talk}. There are a lot of things we can read about that are just fluff and taking up space without impacting a person's heart (there is certainly a time and place for that and I like to keep it balanced). I want this blog to be a place where women can truly feel loved on and encouraged. I want to be able to share what I've learned so precious souls won't make the same mistakes I have.

I texted a friend this today:

Thank you for being a Godly friend. God is worthy of all glory and through His blood I am made new, no longer bound by Satan's wiles. And Jesus is not only Lord of my today and my tomorrow, but of the yesterdays that have left scars.
Then later on in the conversation:

I feel like a new person. I have no other explanation that the redeeming blood of Jesus.

I wish I could expound so you could know the whole story. Maybe someday I'll be able to tell it. It has to do with living so long in bondage/enslaved to sin that I almost didn't get out.

Lord, you are so worthy. There is none like YOU!

This same friend I was texting got me hooked on the Revive Our Hearts radio program led by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I just got her book Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets them Free in the mail today. Never have I been more excited to lose myself in a book.
It's shocking how the Lord has completely topsy-turvied my priorities. Normally I'm nose-deep in a novel...I LOVE reading novels. Total book nerd. Nothing wrong with that.
But I would almost scoff at self-help books thinking that they'd only make me feel like a failure or like I couldn't incorporate what the book was teaching.
It was a matter of the heart. I didn't want to be spiritually led.
Now I realize that infusions of such wisdom and teaching is vital to my development as a wife and mother...and to ultimate freedom.
In closing, I would ask you these questions:
How are you relinquishing selfishness into the Lord's hands?
What steps are you making to incorporate Jesus into your moments?
What kind of example are you setting for your children? If you want them to be pure, gentle, respectful--are you also being those things?
What lies from the enemy have you clung onto for years? Will you ask the Lord to speak his Truth into you?

Love you all. With your support these past 4 1/2 years, you are a top rung in my "safe places" ladder.


Lora said...

I read that book recently and was excited initially. I hadn't read anything with the intent of growing spiritually in a long time. So, here's my warning on this book ... read it carefully. This book requires a lot of filtering from the reader. The author promotes some opinions masked as Biblical truth. This can be dangerous to women, like myself, who have had bouts of struggle with depression and self-image.

I felt that there were some good things about this book such as that we do need to take responsibility for our actions, not stay a victim, and realize that sin is sin, etc. BUT, I think she REALLY takes scripture out of context and pushes some dangerous opinions. I hate to be negative, but please read carefully! I read a great book called "How People Grow" that I thought was more helpful. Just My two cents :)

Jami Nato said...

i love nancy leigh demoss. boom. good stuff. i pray that God's word will free you from things that have been hanging around in your heart.

kendra @ little almanac said...

I'll have to check out that book. Thanks for sharing!

Amber said...

I just love how transparent you are. Whatever had a hold of you lives there no longer, because of Jesus sweet and precious name. I hope you continue to share your journey and ask the tough questions! Blessings friend

Mrs. T said...

I just love you! I've read that book also. I agree with Lora a bit in the fact that she takes some things out of context, but there are some very helpful things in it! The way I see it, if it's not the Bible, a book will usually be flawed in some way. Nobody can write a perfect book, but God has used books in such a powerful way -- He can use anything to reach out to your heart!! I hope you find the book encouraging and I'd love to hear your opinion on it when you're done! Any book by Beth Moore is INSANELY amazing also! God has used that woman to change my life!! We should Skype sometime, I would love that!! We had to sell our 2nd car, so I am home alone w/ Emma ALL.DAY. and dying for social interraction!! ha ha :)

TicoTina said...

oh I'm so glad you left a comment at our blog so I would come and check up on you! praise God for the work he does in our hearts, I love it! lies are such a huge HUGE thing we just don't realize...