Katrina’s Walk In Faith {Phase: Two}

Oh. My. Mercy.

I just double checked and it REALLY is Friday! Y’all! I cannot believe we are already at the end of week 2 of our #WalkInFaith study!

You know what Friday’s mean here on the #P31OBS blog for Walk In Faith!?!? It means that our FABULOUS Katrina Wylie is here to share more of her Walk In Faith story.

I don’t know about you, but I have been on the EDGE of my seat all week waiting to hear what happens next!

So without further adieu, here is Katrina … sharing with us the Famine Phase of her story.

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A Truth Compass for Navigating Uncertain Seas

Have you ever been to a “now what” place in your life? You know that place where your footing feels unsure because everything lying before you is uncertain. It is a TOUGH place. But it is exactly where God needs us to be to truly learn to #WalkInFaith and it is just where I found myself after leaving my job behind …

The sun came streaming through the window, beckoning my eyes to open. Only I didn’t want to open my eyes. That would mean having to face the reality of the shaky ground my feet now met every time they hit the floor.

It had been a month and a half since leaving my job – six whole weeks of having no clue what my “now what” was. I had talked with recruiters, filled out apps, even set up interviews, but I couldn’t bring myself to follow through with a single one. Every time I tried to sail back to that safe shoreline to arrange my next comfy, beach dwelling zone, all the peace that had flooded my heart when I declared “Yes, Lord” to leaving my job, came spilling back out!

Yes, God made it all too clear that I was NOT to go back down that path, but what He wasn’t making clear was what to do instead. And this burned in my mind and haunted my heart.

Day after day, week after week, I cried out, “NOW WHAT, GOD?!” because we needed an income and we needed it NOW!! But, to my discomfort, only one answer came – TRUST – the ONE word I struggled with most.

You see, there had been a strong sense of pride I carried most my life and in the status of my job. I was Katrina, the self-reliant, take-charge, think it, plan it, do it manager  … except now I wasn’t. Now I was just Katrina … with silly dots after my name … that felt like they led nowhere!!

On one hand, I’d never felt so free! But on the other I never felt more lost. Everything I had come to know so well was stripped away, leaving me feeling bare … naked … exposed. I didn’t know how to be THIS Katrina … I didn’t know how to follow and depend on God.

But as I lay there in my bed, tormented by the thought of navigating these uncertain seas another day, I remembered today DID have a direction – a small one, but a purpose nonetheless. I had planned to check out a new Christian store a friend had mentioned. While going didn’t really make sense (it’s not like I could buy anything), the thought of it wouldn’t leave my mind, so I got up and went.

Walking into the store, I instantly felt the presence and peace of God wash over me. After glancing around I made my way to a rack of smaller items that were friendlier to a “no-income” budget. Then, spinning the rack around, my eyes fell on it – a key chain with THE word in big bold letters – TRUST. Reaching out and picking it up, I turned it over in my hand to see what was on the back. It read:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

The word “HIS” in “Seek his will” jumped out at me, colliding with my heart and impressing upon it: “All your confusion and conflict is because you said ‘Yes, Lord’ to leaving your job, but you haven’t said ‘Yes, Lord’ to trusting Him with your ‘now what.’ You’re still trying to navigate.”

Ouch!

But standing there in that spot, in that store, a shift took place. I made a decision to let go of my need to know and control – a decision to hand over the helm to my future. And even though I still couldn’t see the details of the “now what” on the horizon, I did now have a “now what” to cling to – God and His Word! Yep, Proverbs 3:5-6 became the guide to my every “now what” I sailed into – a truth compass for navigating uncertain seas!

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Let’s Chat:
Do you have a verse that has helped you through a “now what” place in your life?

What’s one thing you learned, either through a famine phase of your own or in the study this week, that has encouraged you?

Your comments are such an encouragement to us. We would love to hear from you!

 

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Bible Study Skills: Verse Chaining

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Hey friends! This is Sarah Travis, or maybe I should say #ScottishDancer, coming to you from Arlington, Va. I have to admit I don’t dance anymore but thank you Melissa and Nicki for the blast from the past in Monday’s video! :) If you missed it, you really should check out their awesome video to introduce week two of #WalkInFaith in Monday’s post — Walk in Faith, Week 2.

In the past three years of my life, there have been some real stages of Famine. Lysa’s story “Heaven Sent” in Chapter 6 shows us that during those times we can’t always see God’s hand at work, but we need to be “Yes God” girls and trust Him for the journey.

Last week Melissa Sherlin and Christa Hutchins challenged us to journal.

In the Personal Bible Study section at the end of chapter 6, we are directed to Proverbs 16:3. Just being in Proverbs 16 triggered a thought about one of the ways I journal.  I record dates alongside verses in my Bible. This week it showed me that God has brought Proverbs 16:9 into my life on the same week for the past four years! A fantastic reminder that even through the Famine I can, as Lysa shared in yesterday’s Walk In Faith Wednesdays video, trace God’s hand of faithfulness.

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It think that’s just amazing and I had to share it with you! I love how God does that sometimes!

Last year I tutored a sweet girl. For practice learning to count, we would often complete a dot-to-dot puzzle, connecting the dots to see a picture revealed. Just for fun, we would try to guess what the final picture would be before we connected the dots.

But all we could see were the individual dots and nothing connecting them. We could guess what the result would be when linked them together, but the more complex the picture … the more difficult it was to guess.

This made me think of Scripture. We can take a verse all by itself and try to guess or discern what message God is communicating. Yet unless we connect the verses together, we might miss the beauty of the complete picture God has for us to discover.

Verse chaining allows us to do just that … connect the dots! A chain is a series or group of things connected to each other in some way. When we dig deeper by verse chaining, we link verses together by words, phrases or thoughts.

There are many ways you can dig deeper into verse chaining, but let me show you an example of what I do:

Bible Study Skills: Verse Chaining using BibleGateway.com

Click here if you can’t see the video in your email.

Let’s dig deeper into Proverbs 16:3 from the Personal Bible Study at the end of chapter 6.

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

Download this .PDF to record the verses you discover and get digging!

Social Media Challenge:

Post pictures of your verse chaining on social media using the hashtags #P31OBS, #WalkInFaith and #VerseChaining

Join Us:

Grab your journals and join us for the Walk In Faith‬ Conference Call Series, Step Into God’s Word. We continue today with Bible teaching from Lysa TerKeurst and Whitney Capps! (And you don’t even have to be on live!) Plus, we record each and every bit of these calls so you can listen whenever it works for you! Sign up here.

Don’t forget the Bible Study Live Event on Facebook TONIGHT at 8 p.m. ET. You can join the event by clicking here. I hope to see you there!

Let’s Chat:

Did you try verse chaining? Did you see a bigger picture develop?

What words or verses helped you to understand Proverbs 16:3 and the plans the Lord has for you as you #WalkInFaith?

Everyone who shares their thoughts on verse chaining in the comments section today will be entered to win our amazing Conference Call Series, which is all about Stepping into God’s Word!

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Walk in Faith Wednesdays {Famine}

Hey everyone! Hope you all are having a great week! I am loving our Walk in Faith OBS, especially hearing how God is working in your lives through each step.

I had the pleasure of visiting the home of Lysa TerKeurst again this week, and we sat in her kitchen to discuss the Famine Phase.

“How much fun could that be?” you might ask. Well, actually it was quite insightful, especially with this being a phase that can feel very dry and empty. A phase where we want to cruise right on through quickly. Check out what Lysa has to say:

Walk in Faith Wednesdays Week 2 from Proverbs 31 Ministries on Vimeo.

If you can’t see the video above, click here.

As we learned in the video, Lysa was sure there was “no way.”  No answer from God. No hope. No sign of what to do. Discouraged and feeling very deflated in this famine phase, she was about to give up. Until God did show up. Not with all the answers, but a reassurance that He would make a way.  (This story is on p. 70 of the paperback.) Lysa was assured that God was “The Way.” Even though she didn’t know what would happen, she found peace in knowing God would make a way.

It’s scary to step out in faith, especially when the way isn’t easy. God never tells us it will be easy, but He won’t leave or abandon us when it’s hard. There are good things God works out in our hearts during the famine phase. And one day we will look back and see His faithfulness.

Let’s Chat:
It’s tempting to look ahead to the next season. We want to get quick answers and fixes. Instead of looking ahead, let’s focus on today.

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What is my assignment for today?

What might we gain during this famine phase that we couldn’t gain otherwise?

I can’t wait to read your answers, so I hope you’ll join the conversation in our comment section and share!

Have a great Wednesday, y’all!

 

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