Welcome Divas! I hope this week finds you well and with less “Unglued moments” than when we began this study. To be prepared for this week’s study, at minimum we asked that you read chapters 1 and 2 of the book Unglued. If you missed last week’s discussion on Chapter 1 of Unglued see it here.
This week, we will be discussing Chapter 2 and getting prepared for this week’s study on Saturday!! So let’s jump right in:
Chapter two of the book is entitled, “I am Not a Freak Out Woman”. I just love that. What a mantra or thing to repeat to myself when the freak out part of me wants to rear her ugly head. I don’t know about y’all but so many little things have caused me to freak out in the past. When something major happens, I don’t have any freak out left so I just “jelly back”.
If you have no idea what jelly-back is, just picture a child on the playground whose parent announces that it is time to leave and then proceeds to take the child’s arm to lead them away. Perhaps not every child, but at least ONE of mine, would simply go limp–jelly back if you will–onto the ground. Then I would have to try to pick up their dead weight.
Divas, we can control our emotions. We are NOT freak out or jelly back women!
One of the ways that Lysa Terkeurst suggests that we control our reaction to things is to change our perspective.
Perspective is critical to not coming unglued.
Our perspective is how we view something, what we think about it. In the dictionary, perspective is defined as: the proper or accurate point of view or the ability to see it; objectivity. WOW. It is amazing how looking at things with the accurate point of view changes our reaction.
Lysa challenges us to develop new thoughts so that we can develop new responses.
In the bible, God issues the same challenge. He challenges us to renew our minds and get rid of negative thoughts.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Isn’t it interesting that the Word suggests that we must renew our minds and “THEN” we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is? Hmmm….so right at the moment when we begin to feel feak-out-ish or jelly backish is probably NOT the time to make any decisions.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
I don’t think I have ever thought about taking my thoughts captive and making them mind me! But the text here suggests we do that very thing. As a way to renew our minds, we have to remind ourselves about who God is, how HE sees us, and what HE can do.
Lysa penned it so well: I can face things that are out of my control and not act out of control!
So Divas, for the homework for this week:
1. Make sure you have the homework from week 1 finished.
2. Practice Memorizing 2 Corinthians 10:5 and Romans 12:2
To help with memorization, Melissa Taylor recreated some awesome artwork with the verses on them. Click here to get the free artwork!
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