Hello Rooted Ladies,
We are running, no we are “springing forward” into Week 5! I hope everyone has adjusted to the time change and that reading “Greater” is bringing joy, courage, and closeness with God to your lives. This week, my co-leader Karina Allen, gratiously agreed to write this post. Woo hoo! She’s the woman!
Okay, so I definitely teared up during this whole chapter! This was a good one! If we took an honest look at our lives, we would see how true this chapter is in our lives. We don’t think big enough and we don’t start small enough. Because of that, we settle for less than, for just enough.
Lysa’s story was SO inspiring! I just love how she was sensitive with God’s Spirit to hear Him and then step out in faith and obey even though she didn’t know what lay on the other side of her obedience. Opposition, feelings of inadequacy or insignificance and frustration are often mixed in with the preparation needed for us to step into the greater that He has for us. Lysa didn’t let that stop her. She pressed in. She worked. She took small steps. Then, there was a big reward. That reward strengthened her faith and brought glory to God!
My biggest takeaway from this chapter was Furtick’s quote that said, “Show me your faith, and then I’ll show you my faithfulness.”
The Bible is filled with if /then statements. He doesn’t need our help to accomplish “greater” in our lives but He wants us to be a part of what He is doing. I pray that we would be willing to step out, trust and do a little work.
1. Which has been a bigger problem in preventing you from experiencing a greater life — not thinking big enough or not starting small enough?
2. What small steps and practical preparations is God asking you to make for the greater life He wants you to live? (Actions, prayers, words, even thoughts)
3. What do your actions or lack thereof in smarting small say about your faith in God?
4. The ditches are to make room for the rain God will send. What kind of new blessing do you think God wants you to make room for in your life?
Love in Christ,
Karina (& Hope)