We had an ah-mazing bible study on Saturday! Sixteen beautiful women came together, studied God’s Word and shared about our own experiences with coming Unglued. One wonderful thought that has stuck with me from our last study is that when we feel ourselves coming unglued, our feelings are reminders or indicators that we need to choose whose side we are on. Are we all about ourselves and our comfort, or are we for God?
During our discussion on Saturday, we focused on Joshua 5:13-14(NLT).
When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?” “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.” At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?”
Just before becoming completely unglued about a work situation, bills, something that someone has done to us or an interruption in our schedules, we have an opportunity to choose God’s side by submitting to HIM right then. We can ask God what HE wants us to do BEFORE we do what we want to do in the moment.
When I come unglued, I fly into action to “fix” the situation. Stopping to choose a side is the last thing on my mind. In the Unglued Participant’s Guide, Lysa gave us some action steps on how to “stay on God’s side”.
1. Use Truth–What is REALLY true about the situation or person. There are so many outside influences that sometimes getting a little truth about the matter is a really wise thing to do. Remember, our perception may NOT be the reality.
2. Use self-control. I can only control KATINA! In Unglued situations, I often behave in ways to control the other person or the outcome: pouting, yelling, sulking, silent treatment, etc…) As Lysa says, “Our feelings are indicators NOT dictators”.
3. Use prayer–Pray for the person who is getting on your last nerve! I think it is only natural to pray for the resolution of a situation that has us unglued. The only issue with that is what if the situation does not resolve?
In addition to praying for resolution, I think we should also pray to be able to see God at work in our situation. Andy Stanley brought out this point in his sermon on The Five Things That Grow Your Faith (Pivotal Circumstances):
“Often times, what shapes our response to these pivotal circumstances (Unglued moments) is the support that we have around us during these experiences. Is there a community? . . . Are there providential relationships? . . . that help us frame these circumstances in a way for us to see that God is not doing something to us, but is doing something in us and through us.”
Divas, I believe that we are that community of support for each other. I can’t wait to learn more about our imperfect progress in resisting becoming Unglued!
Need info about our Unglued bible Study? Go HERE
Homework for this week:
1. Complete the session 1 worksheets in the participants guide.
2. Read chapters 1 and 2 before our next study ( 10/6/12).
3 If you do NOT have the participants guide:
Read John 8:10-11–Write down your thoughts.
Think about any changes that you would like to experience in dealing with your “unglued moments” and make some goals for your new normal. (Write them down!)
Here is one of my goals:
I would like for it to be normal for me to speak softly when my children get on my nerves. (Remember, Imperfect Progress!)