Lysa Terkeurst, author of “What Happens When Women Say Yes To God” (the reason I started this blog) and “Unglued” and “Made To Crave” and a slew of others, is offering up writing training. Tips. Tricks. Secret Sauce. WHOAH. This is VERY MAJOR. I am sharing this because I said I would in the comments of her blog (thus entering me into a contest to win this free for a year). But I’m also sharing it because I know there are other writers reading this that want to find their voice, glorify Him, and make it not only readable, not only interesting, but AWESOME.
I saw Lysa speak at a conference in May, and I’m going to another one with some ladies from church in November. I highly recommend seeing her speak if you are a fan of her writing. She is a total blast and so in love with the Lord. It’s a hoot. Do it.
Today in the study, I am participating in the “Blog Hop,” where we are given a choice of topics to blog about today. I chose “With All My Heart.” We’ve been studying and meditating on our memory verse all week. Share what loving God with all your heart, soul, and strength means to you or what God has spoken to you through this verse. Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
To me, to love God with all my heart means that He needs to (and will) shine through me, and the condition of my heart will determine how bright that light shines. His love is connected to how I show my heart. To Him, to my husband, to my children, to my parents, to my friends, to my extended family, to my church family. And that’s the easy part. I also have to show complete strangers this love. The unlovable. The struggling. The hidden. The forgotten. The “undesirable.” That is what living out the Gospel means (at least that’s what I think). Loving the Lord your God with everything you’ve got (plus a little bit more), and then stepping out of your comfort zone and helping people within your reach who need you and who, more importantly, who need Him (or, put another way, loving your neighbor as yourself).
To do all this, my soul needs to be healthy. I nourish my soul through the Word and through fellowship with others. This makes me stronger. Strength is not measured in how much I tithe or how many consecutive days i attend church or how many cans of food I donate or how many times i sing “Jesus Loves Me” with my kids. Real strength is shown by turning the other cheek when slapped in the face. Real strength is when someone takes your shirt, giving him your cloak, too. Real strength is found in Jesus. We are so weak that our strength can only be found in Him. There is strength in surrender. Real strength is SAYING YES.
And all that is sooooooo hard. But when you say yes to God, He gives you the strength to stay in His Word, thus nourishing your soul and shining through your heart. And it’s a beautiful thing.