Lysa looks to Israel’s Old Testament rival country, Moab, to illustrate her point. If you’re tracking with this — or maybe still wrestling with it — we can’t leave it here. “…we have to be poured into circumstances that will result in our being transformed if we want to gain spiritual strength. It's not supposed to be this way chapter 16. тнe мoɴѕтer ιɴ yoυr cloѕeт . “What if the comfort and certainties we crave today are a deadly recipe for complacency that will draw our hearts further and further away from God?” (p. 181). We can look back and see their suffering was for their good.

No matter what you’ve done or what’s been done to you, these words of God are true about you.”, “Humans are very attached to outcomes. Fear seems to be a close cousin of disappointment. Let’s choose to surrender to the work God wants to do in us. | Lysa Terkeurst. Weak moments make us even more aware of our need to press in to faith.”, “What if the worst parts of your life are actually gateways to the very best parts you’d never want to do without?”, “God loves me too much to answer my prayers at any other time than the right time and in any other way than the right way.”, “Making art provides uncomfortably accurate feedback about the gap that inevitably exists between what you intended to do, and what you did.”, “I have honest feelings where I want to throw my hands up in utter frustration and yell about the unfairness of it all.

He’s crafty. But to let my feelings be the only voice will rob my soul of healing perspectives with which God wants to comfort me and carry me forward. It's Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst. But what is seen from the outside is not always the truth on the inside. The idea that God more often than not equips the called rather than call the equipped has resonated with me for years. Lysa TerKeurst has been there and has some wisdom to share from what she learned about the goodness of God during suffering. To overcome the terrifying angst of the blank canvas meant I would forever have more compassion for other artists.

He sometimes will allow more and more and more.”, “I expect a perfection in me and a perfection in others that not even God Himself expects. He’s subtle in how he slithers up next to us and flashes just the right thing, at just the right time, in the moments we are unknowingly weak enough to think, Hmmm . Or we can see dust as a crucial ingredient.” -Lysa Terkeurst in It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way. In a world of differences, we are so very united when we simply cry together. Lysa got the phrase “fighting words” from a song Ellie Holcomb wrote by that title. It's Not Supposed to Be This Way Have you ever found yourself thinking, “God, please don’t let this be the way my story unfolds"? Here’s the chorus: The idea of using God’s truth to combat all the lies that accompany our seasons of suffering, even life’s little disappointments, is basic.

God can. First, so the wine wouldn’t absorb the flavor of the vessel. Each month, you’ll hear from one of us on what we’re reading and a little bit about the book. Without change, without challenges, without disappointments, we tend to grow complacent, and that leaves us distant from God and resistant to His ways (page 182). If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can go to Lysa’s website and download “Bonus Fighting Words.”. This is why our instincts keep firing off the lie that perfection is possible. But He will allow it in doses to increase our trust.

And His Truth says you are a holy and dearly loved child of your heavenly Father. We pout.

You better believe as I placed the first blue and gray strokes onto the white emptiness before me, the "not good enough" statement was pulsing through my head in almost deafening tones... “We think we want comfort in the I-don't-know times of life.

What if the comfort and certainties we crave today are a deadly recipe for complacency that will draw our hearts further and further away from God?”, “If the enemy can isolate us, he can influence us.”, “If the enemy can isolate us, he can influence us. And it’s a word of hope for us today, so Lysa encourages us — anytime we face hard things that propel us to call out to God, let’s claim that “hard time” as a “holy time” because when we call out to God, it becomes a “close-to-God time” (page 186). Man, if life feels good, it must be good. But we don't live there now. Then she asks how that declaration/Scripture intersects with our current situation (page 144, Study Guide). In case we still aren’t tracking with her line of thinking, she uses the analogy of vaccines. So instead of resenting or being embarrassed by the fact that I need His help, I am learning to take a step back and see the bigger picture. If we are going to be true to ourselves, we’d better make sure we are true to our most surrendered, healed, and healthy selves, the ones God made us to be. So she tastes as she did, and her aroma is unchanged.” Jeremiah 48:11.

Lysa Terkeurst - It’s not supposed to be this way. We say we trust God but behind the scenes we work our fingers to the bone and our emotions into a tangled fray trying to control our outcomes. Our pain and suffering aren’t to hurt us. It hurts. separation from God.”, “In the quiet, unexpressed, unwrestled-through disappointments, Satan is handcrafting his most damning weapons against us and those we love. Like the Israelites, when we are desperate for God, we remain with God (page 185). 578. REMEMBER: • Sometimes to get your life back, you have to face the death of what you thought your life would look like. 19 Quotes from It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by @LysaTerKeurst. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. We can see from our vantage point that their time in exile was not only a direct consequence of their own unfaithfulness but was an instrument of God’s grace. ( Log Out / 

In the quietness of all that doesn't feel right, this truth does.”, “...These seasons of suffering are not for nothing. No, hoping means I acknowledge reality in the very same breath that I acknowledge God’s sovereignty.”, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” But that’s not actually in the Bible. This is how the formula should calculate: hard time plus healing time plus staying faithful to God should equal the exact good outcome we were counting on. The funny thing is, I learned about this book the same way I found out about one of my other favorite Christian reads, “Why Her”. If you’ve never read Isaiah 43, now would be a great time to do so. We can numb it, ignore it, or pretend it doesn’t exist, but all those options lead to an eventual breakdown, not a breakthrough. The Moabites had been set in their ways, unmoved by hardship, for song long that complacency set in. I woke up from a very realistic but surreal dream of Brendon and I "making babies". Lysa emphasizes in the first few pages of Chapter 10 that “there are thousands of scenarios that evoke these feelings of uncertainty, fear, and exhaustion from life not being like you thought it would be” (page 179).

You are a treasure. The idea that God more often than not equips the called rather than call the equipped has resonated with me for years. Sometimes It’s His way of leading us Home. You will be able to share a unique hope because you know exactly what it feels like to be them.”, “As Ravi Zacharias said, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”, “When my brain begs me to doubt God, as it most certainly does, I find relief for my unbelief by laying down my human assessments and assumptions; I turn from the Tree of Knowledge and fix my gaze on the Tree of Life.”. ( Log Out / 

In the midst of Christmas lights and familiar carols, many are experiencing heartache. To save us from a life where we are self-reliant, self-satisfied, self -absorbed, and set up for the greatest pain of all . Has your world shattered into dust? | Lysa Terkeurst, True repentance is marked by both a change in actions and change of heart. The older I get, the more I realize that the holiday season is not the most wonderful time of the year for so many people.

I challenge you to do this. Book Notes: It's Not Supposed to Be This Way. God doesn’t want you or me to suffer. The longer we avoid the feeling, the more we delay our healing.

When we are poured out and purified, other situations that arise won’t bother us the way they used to…. He’s sneaky. But that’s not the same as God not giving us more than we can handle. That dissatisfied feeling is right. They went too long without God.

— how unrealistic “easy” and “happily ever after” are. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. And that means there’s no way for me to prepare myself for it. If I want His promises, I have to trust His process. The discontentment that nags at you is correct. We drown in fear and doubt and disappointment. This breaking of you will be the making of you. There is no possible way I can see what’s coming in my life. But I weigh the consequences — I’d rather suffer a little today so that I won’t be awful-sick for a week or more later. Have you wondered why this chapter is called “Fighting Words?”  It’s because Lysa ends this chapter with a list of six “fighting words” — six passages of truths that we can declare over any situation that we face. In the midst of Christmas lights and familiar carols, many are experiencing heartache. Read more from It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst. We praise God when our normal looks like what we thought it would. I got out of my bed and found where everyone was of course they were all eating lunch and I was just waking up. Welcome back. What’s our spiritual vaccine?

We must get rid of the dregs — weakness, fear, complacency, and the hopeless resignation that all of life is unfair and God is unjust” (page 183). You are special. Quotes By Lysa TerKeurst.

But we don’t live there now. ( Log Out /  How in the world do we pause in the middle of our suffering to realize that God is at work? We can numb it, ignore it, or pretend it doesn’t exist, but all those options lead to an eventual breakdown, not a breakthrough.”, “Weak moments don’t make weak faith. It doesn’t mean I ignore reality.

We will never be able to demand any of the healing from all the hurt to hurry up. To deny my feelings any voice is to rob me of being human. It’s to save us. . Posted on July 10, 2019 by Shelley Johnson. “Moab has been at rest from youth, like wine left on its dregs, not poured from one jar to another — she has not gone into exile. Let’s choose to see our disappointments as “divine appointments” that allow us to be poured out of our “old wine jars that have kept us in stale thinking and into the new jars” where our minds can be renewed, transformed by Jesus (page 186). I don’t know the theology of it or how many opinions are out there on this idea, but for me it’s been an encouragement. Obedience is the daily practice of trusting God.

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