Uninvited Bible Study-Session 1- Live Loved

Hola Divas! We started our newest Bible Study, Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst, last night!!!! The Uninvited Bible Study is all about the big R…Rejection. No matter your walk of life, skin color, size, or core beliefs, rejection has its way of creeping into your personal space. The job you wanted but someone else landed, the love of your life who left,  the friend who will not return your calls, the denial letter, the list goes on and on.  We can all put up a tough front and act like what they said or did had no affect on us.  Yet deep down, the rejection we feel is stuck like the orange on your fingertips when you eat Cheetos.

In the book Uninvited, Lysa describes rejection in a way that is really clear:  “Rejection steals the best of who I am by reinforcing the worst of what’s been said to me….We connect an event from today to something harsh someone once said.  That person’s line becomes a label.  The label becomes a lie. And the lie becomes a liability in how we think about ourselves and interact in every future relationship.”

One big lesson from session one was:  Rejection never has the final say.  With Jesus, we are forever included, loved, accepted….invited.  But we must choose to “live loved” instead of being and feeling rejected by circumstances.

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Our world clamors at us loudly and keeps us distracted with emails, texts, social media, career, family duties, hobbies, friends, church…etc.  It is almost impossible to “live loved”.  “Living loved” was Lysa’s challenge to us and an effective method to use to walk through our lives .  Living loved means knowing God loves you and SURRENDERING to Him instead of attaching our identity to how things play out.

Living loved is rooted in an intimacy-based identity.  Which means, we must actively seek God to know what He says about us and our situations.

If we are honest, we talk about out situations with our friends more than we actually sit quietly in prayer and meditation.  We pass judgments and evaluate circumstances and people almost instantly instead of settling ourselves by getting God’s perspective.

Isaiah 26:3-4 summed it up best:

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
4  “Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner], For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. (AMP)

Challenge:

Before you check your phone for emails and social media notifications in the mornings, give God the very first of your day through Bible reading, prayer, or meditation.  (It doesn’t have to be a long process, try just your first few minutes before interacting with world).

Gaining His perspective before the day even begins might not be a bad idea.

Want more info about our study? Check out the Dance Fit Divas Meetup Page.

 

Let It Go Girl!

imageHello Divas! Today I am participating in a blog hop on Melissa Taylor’s blog! Melissa hosts online bible studies and is currently hosting an online bible study of the book Let. IT. Go! Isn’t that so cool? Right along with us, there are thousands of women all over the world learning how to LET. IT. GO.!

Each week, Melissa provides blog post topics from the book. One of the topics for today is to write a prayer inspired by a wonderful truth Karen wrote on page 54 of the book:

When we willingly accept our lot in life, welcoming all that God is trying to teach us through it, we lose the drive to over control, to micromanage in an all-out attempt to appear perfect and ensure everything in our lives is “just so”.

Divas, if anyone needs to remind herself of this truth it is me. As much as I feel alone sometimes in trying to navigate life while wearing all the different hats that I wear, I suspect I am not really alone. I bet willingly accepting and welcoming all that God has to teach us sounds glorious to you too. Lord give us the strength! Here is my prayer today:

Dear God,

Thank you so much for another day. Your ways are truly above my ways. You are all-knowing, all-powerful and gracious. Oh Father, help me with my “want to” on willingly accepting where I am in life right at this very minute. Although I know you are ultimately in control, I keep manipulating and agonizing over trivial things to make what I want happen. Forgive me.

My futile attempts at getting and keeping everything “just-so” are exhausting. As I exhale, may your presence energize me. Today, I choose to be thankful for what you have done and are doing in my life and I am trusting you to navigate me towards my best. Today, I choose to LET. IT. GO!

Amen

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Homework for this week:  Read through chapter 4, complete the session 2 “between-session” study guide questions.

If you are in the Kernersville, NC area, join us for our Let. IT. GO. bible study this Saturday 8:30am -9:15am (just before class).