Hello again! Happy Tuesday to you!
As I mentioned yesterday, my husband Steve & I have three spunky daughters. They make us laugh AND pray out loud, each and every day. We have tons of fun and I’m so grateful for these blessings in my life!
Yet as a busy woman with a family and a job and serving in ministry and volunteer commitments and doctor appointments and returning library books and exercise and everyday “real life” things (like laundry or preparing a meal or — God forbid?! — actually getting the house clean) … I have often found myself asking God for more time to catch up. I can get so busy doing what I “have to do” that I seldom make time for what I want to do or truly need to accomplish.
Can you say my life is crazy?
Maybe you can relate — and that’s why I’m super excited to announce our next Online Bible Study of Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day by Glynnis Whitwer, who also just so happens to be my boss. And y’all, let me just tell you that Glynnis is the REAL DEAL who has fully lived out this message of learning to take back your schedule.
The study begins Tuesday, September 8 and I really hope you’ll come along for the ride!
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Meanwhile, back to #TheMendedHeart and Chapter 9. Is anybody else a little freaked out to learn we make 5,000+ choices every day? That’s a huge number in my mind!
But more importantly, Suzie Eller reminds us of this wisdom: “With our 5,000 choices each day, we are actually carving out relationships and leaving an imprint that says, ‘I was here.’” In other words, we’re leaving a legacy.
I love, love, love LOVE that. Because even in the midst of pain and brokenness, we’ve got thousands of choices to make every day — especially with the people we love, as we’re leaving a lasting imprint on them.
And one of those choices to make is giving purpose to our pain.
Suzie also brings things full circle and reminds us that as we mend our hearts, we “move from needing help to giving help.”
Did you catch that? Giving help to others can come eventually — it’s part of our mending. Our healing.
I remember how when I miscarried during my first pregnancy, I was really the first in my friends’ group to go through that. And I was so incredibly blessed to have a friend and mentor at church share her wisdom in how she processed her pain, that later I could encourage others when they walked down that path. Same thing when I dealt with thyroid cancer. And more.
God’s Word tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:4, God comforts us so we can comfort others. I’ll be honest in saying I’ve kinda got a love-hate relationship with that verse. On the one hand, it means we’ll potentially deal with some incredible heartache. But it also reminds us God will comfort us in the midst of it, so our choices can leave a different kind of legacy than what we experienced personally.
And thankfully, so can others in our lives whom God asks us to comfort. What a gift!
Let’s Chat: Answer one or answer all … we just want to hear from you!
Observe – Who’s joining us for the next P31 OBS? What’s an area of life where you tend to procrastinate?
Bible – Read what John 16:13 tells us about the Holy Spirit helping us (see p. 207 of “The Mended Heart”). How would you like the Holy Spirit to help you with your choices?
Stretch – Pray and ask God to show you opportunities to GIVE help to someone else. If you’re comfortable, write a prayer thanking God for how He’s helped mend your heart in today’s comments.
Join us again tomorrow for a special Bible Study Skills, where we’ll learn more about the power of community in studying God’s Word!