Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nothing in Life Worth Having Comes Easy

By: Shari A. Miller

I've often thought that the world would be a much better place without Hollywood and the false sense of realism that it portrays.

From unrealistic expectations put on women as to what they should look like, to the glaring billboards with their neon lights that tell us the latest films we have to see.

The majority of it, is all a LIE.

It's ripping away truth and replacing it with a falsehood, that money can buy happiness and that you don't really need to work for what you want in life.

This week in chapter 6 of our study of, "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God," by Lysa Terkeurst, we are looking at the reality of, "Nothing in Life Worth Having Comes Easy."

So often in life our opinions become skewed by what we hear and see in the media.

We are bombarded with things the world thinks should matter, and more often then not, Jesus Christ is left out of the mix.

This becomes a huge setback for us because.....

When life really happens, we become conditioned to think that we need to reach for the golden ring on the merry go round and take the easy way out.

If we continually take the easy way out, we miss it.

We miss out on the blessings that God has in store for us, or someone else.

When we make the decision to go BOLD by saying yes to God....

It. Will. Not. Always. Be. Easy.

It will look different than the standard the world sets.

Lysa so eloquently says it this way,

"A real sign of spiritual maturity is looking to God not for comfort and convenience but for purpose and perspective. Comfort and convenience lead to complacency. When trouble comes the complacent person becomes critical of everyone, including God. On the other hand, purpose and perspective lead to the perseverance that is evident in those living a truly devoted life. The persistent person eagerly looks to handle trials and struggles in a way that honors God and allows personal growth." 

During our walk with God, hard times will happen more often than not. What matters is how we carry ourselves. We need to get to the point of letting God be God, and not wishing for things to be our way, but accepting them the way they are given to us.

When we accept them the way they are given to us, we will reap a reward far greater than we could imagine. This reward may not be seen at the present, but God is working out all the details so that His glory may be fully known.

Let's take a stand and break the rules governed by society that self gratification is the norm, and instead put honoring God above all. The truly worthwhile things we desire in life, will only come to fruition,when we surrender to his call and follow the road he has chosen for us.

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." - Lamentations 3:22-24

It is time for our Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesday Link Up. We desire to connect women of God with one another and encourage each other in Christ. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories in their comments.

Use the hashtag #w2wwordfilledwednesday! 

Three rules to this link up:
1. Must be a {Christian} faith post.
2. You must link back to W2W somewhere in your post.
3. You must visit and comment on at least one other blog in the link up.

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  1. Shari -
    Loved reading your post this week. It's interesting to me that you focused on exposing a lie that we believe. I wrote a similar post this week (See link above) and it's a nice confirmation! Renewing the mind (Romans 12:1-2) includes not just exposing ourselves to the truth, but also allowing the truth to expose and expel the lies we have believed. Your post did that and I loved reading it! Thanks for sharing.
    Deborah Perkins

  2. I'm really enjoying what you have been sharing from Lysa's book. Thank you for your great linkup each week. Blessings!


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