I went to a simulcast with Jess Saturday morning by Elyse Fitzpatrick, Women Delighting in the Word, and I couldn't stop taking notes. What I jotted down aren't things I don't already know but were worthy of repeating to my weary soul. My takeaway was something that God's been whispering to my heart for about 18 months (to let Him be enough) and served as yet another confirmation!
I'm sharing my notes with Y'all in HOPE's that maybe they'll be helpful to someone else.....
and so I can go back and read them again.....
The Bible - God's love letters
NO ONE here on earth can answer my heart's cry
Jesus answers the deep heart sadness
We often read our Bible's hoping God will like us
Suffering always comes before glory -
life on earth is a life of suffering
Don't read the Bible as a "how-to" manual for a pleasant life
God will use intensely painful circumstances to bring about His glory!
As a sinner, grab the hand of a fellow sinner and run to Jesus!
My identity is not in my husband
My treasure is not here on earth
Recipe for disaster - unmet expectations!
(Y'all, I could write a book on this one)
Jesus destroys all my enemies - the enemies of my soul!
The Bible brings JOY - only when we read it as the story of His redemptive LOVE for His people!
Jesus is reigning as Sovereign King - and as my husband!
All Jesus sees in me is purity - not what I see
(and for that I say, thank goodness - very low self-esteem)
The only one in heaven with scars is Jesus!
Prayer - Lord, open my mind to understand the scriptures so my heart will burn within me!
The message of the Bible - repentance and forgiveness of sins!
Lay all your deadly "doing" down -
don't trust in it!
Prayer - God, be merciful to me a sinner. I cannot judge my own heart. I throw myself wholly on Jesus!
Just as if I had not sinned -
just as if I had always obeyed!
Jesus always hung out with the lowest of the low of women, saying "you are welcome here"!
God works continuously to bring broken people to redemption!
Jesus identified with me - He's a good husband!
One of my favorite statements made.....
I'm more sinful and flawed than I ever believed -
I'm more loved and welcomed than I ever HOPEd!