Me, Myself, and Lies Update

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I just received my new Bible study in the mail yesterday, Me, Myself, and Lies. I was so excited that I immediately started working on the first week of lessons. I am doing the Bible study with an online group. You can check out their site here. I was a little behind because I ordered my book late, but now I am all caught up. This book was written for me! There is no way around it! After going through the first several days of lessons, I can see God's hand at work leading me to do this study. Here are some of the ideas I have gleaned so far...
This whole study surrounds "our thought closets" as Jennifer Rothschild puts it. These are the ideas that we have in our head that we continually play over and over again. Many times our thought closets need a makeover because they simply don't line up with what God says about us. There is a statement that Jennifer makes in Day One of the study that just hit me. She wrote, "Who I am and what I struggle with are not the same thing." Even though on some level I knew this, I needed to hear it again. Just because I struggle with anxiety, depression, impatience, and negative attitudes doesn't mean that I am those things. That is not how God sees me.
Jennifer later in the week went on to focus on worry and anxiety. Well, if there was ever anything that I have struggled with it would be those two monsters!!!! She shared Psalms 94:19 which says, "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul." This verse shocked me. I had never thought about what God is doing when I am incredibly anxious....it never occurred to me that He was doing something about it! But He tries to bring me consolation in those anxious times. The definition of "consolation" is to lessen the grief or disappointment of someone else. It originally comes from a Latin word that means "to soothe". So God tries to soothe us (give us peace) in times of anxiety. When the anxiety strikes again I will remember that God is hard at work soothing His child!

3 comments:

Candace said...

You and I are 2 peas in a pod. Thanks so much for being real and sharing your struggles, friend. I can't wait to get the book in the mail this week and get started. :)

Amy said...

Okay, I read about this book on Candace's blog, and here I see it on yours, too.

Maybe the Lord is trying to tell me something, since I, too, struggle with the things your mention.

Thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

Amy-It really is a great study so far. I will post more about it as I go along.