Hello from Canada, my friends! It’s Erin Peters back to wrap up this fabulous week 5, and what a week it’s been! Nicki Koziarz, Melissa Sherlin, Missy Pettigrew and I have so enjoyed interacting and reading your comments. Each one of you has blessed us!
Remember on Monday how I told you I was a little nervous about Chapter 9? Well, Karen Ehman did not disappoint with bringing her wisdom, but my reaction has resembled my 4-year-old’s when I tell her it’s time to clean up her room.
Can I be honest with you right now and admit I’m not comfortable with any of the stuff Karen is talking about? I don’t want to die to self. It’s a lot of work to pause on what I want to say before I say it. It’s much easier to get angry and ignore the problem.
But unfortunately, God never said obeying Him was going to be easy or comfortable. And dying to self? Well, that just takes it all to a whole new level!!
Karen sums it up beautifully at the end of Chapter 9:
“In order to die to self in the daily, routine hassles and relational challenges we face, we must draw deeply from the available power of the Holy Spirit, surrendering our life and words to his will.” ~ Karen Ehman, #KeepItShutBook
Did you catch that? She said we have the available power of the Holy Spirit!!! No wonder I get frustrated, because let’s be honest, I don’t always tap in to what’s available from God. Eeek! Did I just admit that to thousands of people? I sure hope I’m not alone!
If you’re discouraged, please know you’re not alone! I’ve been there so many times I’ve lost count. But what keeps pulling me off the floor when I’m having my little tantrum is our great God!
He wants to be walking this path with us. He wants us to cry out to Him, rather than just sit down and cry. He wants us to accept His Spirit that gives us strength and accomplishes things in us we can’t even imagine!
Can you imagine what over 45,000 women dying to self would do in our families? Workplaces? Communities? Social media?
Lets join together and start that change, my friends!
- What’s your definition of dying to self?
- What is your natural reaction when you are angry? What should your reaction be when you are angry & how can you make that happen?
- And just for fun, what type of plants and flowers are you looking forward to seeing this Spring?
Come back next week and join us for our final week of Keep It Shut!