Let me start this post by thanking Stormie for making her chapters filled with so much information, but at the same time, making them in short, easy readable chapters. That has been so refreshing. It’s given me the chance to read this chapter, and subsequent chapters, several times before writing on them.
I decided with this chapter to put down some thoughts and “A HA” moments that I had and marked in my book.
1. God is a God who can be found and who can be known. It’s not that I didn’t know this, of course, but it led to my next thought…. a couple sentences later when she says, “If I could sit down and talk with you in person about your life, I would tell you that if you have received the Lord, the answer to what you need is within you.” I realize that it is true. There are times when I wonder what I am supposed to do in a situation, and that quote reminded me. I have it all in me already…I just have to tap into the Holy Spirit who unifies me with God. I know I needed that reminder.
2. God is the only one who can give all that we need. My deepest needs and longings will be met by Him in the intimate relationship I have with Him. I realized that was true, too. Many times, I will expect my husband to meet my needs. Or a good friend. Or my children. None of them can fill me up and meet my needs like God can. (Sorry, honey!) No one but God can read my mind and my heart. He knows what I want and need and all I need to do is ask him. A personal relationship with him is all I need.
3. God used Stormie to speak to me in this passage. “But if you don’t draw apart from the busyness of your day and spend time alone with Him in quietness and solitude, you will not hear it.” (being what God has to say to me.) I need to MAKE time with him. I need to sit down with my schedule and say THIS IS MY TIME WITH GOD, and keep it. Daily. I think this is something I need to try to instill in my children as well.
4. All the names that God has. Yeah, I know a lot of them. There were some in this section that I just didn’t think about, but in my soul as I read them, I knew it was true. Some of those names that she drew from scripture…strength, peace, lifter of my head, refiner, wisdom, counselor, resting place… the imagery I get of each of these names takes my breath away.
I worship best when I listen to music and sing. Reading this chapter reminded me of one of my favorite songs. When I read the verse “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10), my mind went straight to the Kutless song Strong Tower.
So after reading the chapter for yourself, what did you draw from it. What stuck out in your mind as an “A HA” moment? Did God speak to you through the words in this chapter like he did to me? Can’t wait to start a conversation about this chapter.
Sitting down and reading this again is just what I need! These were the parts that were refreshing for me:
-Stormie quotes Lisa Bevere, “…for centuries women have “wrestled and waged war with the sons of Adam in an attempt to get them to bless us and affirm our value.”
-“God is the source of our fulfillment….the only one who should have power over our souls.”
Those two quotes really summed up the first chapter for me. In times of great stress (such as right now in my life) I need to remember this for myself and for my daughters. If I can’t live out this truth then how likely are my daughters to?
-“You are either going forward or sliding back.” This is a truth I learned a long time ago but need to remember!
-‘My Prayer to God’ was the most refreshing for my soul, and I have been carrying with me in my heart through the last few days which have been extremely stressful.