Monday, November 11, 2013

Lessons From Gideon - Week One

This fall I had the privilege of attending an awesome Bible Study for ladies at My Church.  Together we participated in Priscilla Shirer's Gideon: Your Weakness. God's Strength.  Needless to say, it was quite powerful.

At the end of each day's assignment, Priscilla asked us to "hashtag" our big take-away of the day.  Now, if you don't know what a hashtag is, it is a Twitter action.  (Don't know what Twitter is? Well, all I can say is Google it! Don't know Google?  Oh, no! You're just up the creek! ;-))

Anyways... A hashtag is a way of connecting with others on Twitter (and now even Facebook) around a similar topic.  For instance, if I send a Tweet about Christmas and hashtag #SantaClaus, then I will be able to connect with other people tweeting about Santa and see what they have to say. (Oh yeah... a hashtag always begins with a # sign). ;-)

Priscilla challenged us to connect with other women in the Twittersphere around the topic #LessonsFromGideon, so I thought I would share a few of mine.

I am going to break this up into several posts because a) I don't want to overwhelm you  b) this will be a way for me to review my study each week and possibly glean more from its pages, and c) maybe some of you have done the study (are doing the study?) and would like to follow along and leave a comment.

Without further ado, here are my "aha! moments" from Week One:  Head, Hearts, and Hands.

  • His strength will operate through - often in spite of - my weakness.
  • Today's difficulties are often results of yesterday's disobedience.
  • My God is a God of mercy and redemption.  Always.  Every single minute.
  • The most important way God has reminded me to wage war against the enemy, is through raising my children.
  • My #1 mission/ministry is that of motherhood!
  • I am the first line of defense for my family.  Stay alert!  Pray!!
  • Our choices and actions affect our families.
  • What kind of legacy am I leaving?
  • As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!

Throughout this particular week, I remember breaking down crying several times during my time of personal study.

Why?  Because of the reminder of WHO I am in Christ, and HIS CALLING on my life.  It's easy to reconcile being a "stay-at-home" mom when your kids are small.  Just think of the money you save on childcare!  And who can better care for the needs of my children than me?  But honestly, I've been struggling in this area a lot lately.  Now that all my kids are "big kids" what does that mean?  At 13, 12, and 9 do they still need "Mommy" at home?  Who am I if not "Susie Homemaker"??  Is there something else out there I should be doing? 

I felt God's gentle whisper in my ear, every single day during this week, "Be who you are... Do what you've done.  You're good at it, and your children need you now more than ever!"

I guess that was my biggest #hashtag of all!  

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