Hi Ladies, I so enjoyed our time last week discussing the distinction between being a “Peacekeeper” and “Peacemaker.” Can you believe that we are already half-way through the study ? I hope and pray that you are able to tangibly see some results of living a Spirit-filled life.
As Beth explores patience she writes in Day 4, “If we refuse to forgive, we tie God’s mighty hands from ‘working all things together for good’ … Christ has a purpose in the pain you’ve suffered … and until you surrender to His purpose in the specific matter at hand, He cannot work it out for your good.”
I can recall times where I’ve faced such injustice that I wondered how God could work in the midst of it. After making the choice to forgive, I was flooded with His peace and patience. I also had a greater understanding of the saying, “When things seem to be unraveling, just remember who is knitting all things together for good.”
How about you? Where in your life do you need to surrender to forgiveness? How will you allow God to begin working ‘things’ together for your good?
Hello my fellow princesses,
I pray you have been enjoying your status as royal members of the Kingdom this week. I loved Beth’s remark that “Royalty knows in it’s heart that it is royalty.”
I had the opportunity this weekend to attend a princess party with my 3 year old and all the little girls joyfully and proudly wore their “costumes.” My prayer is that this week the Spirit would enable us to think and to act like daughters of the King.
In Beth’s portrait of peace this week she writes, “Our peace with God is translated into the peace of God through the filling of the Holy Spirit…quickened in us by a mind ‘stayed’ on Him.” In my experience, I can only “stay on Him” by staying in His word. His word refreshes my mind, helps me to focus on who God is and gives me peace in my circumstances.
It’s your turn. In what circumstance do you need a mind “stayed” on Him ? How will you rely on God’s word to bring that refreshment this week ?
How did you enjoy last week’s powerful introductory session? Thank you for our fellowship and refreshing time in the word. One principle which stayed with me was, “The filling and subsequent fruit of the Spirit won’t just change my life. It will change my day.” This week my prayer has been that this study will have a daily impact on all of your lives.
In Day One of this week Beth writes, “The gift of influence … at its bestteaches, nurtures, encourages, exhorts, evangelizes and disciples. At worst, it cripples and kills. The line between influence and manipulation is extremely fine … we need to think before we speak and act.” As women we can wield our influence powerfully, but as Beth notes, “only a Spirit-filled woman can wield that influence effectively.”
In the last few years, I have become more aware of the power of my influence. In an instant, my words can serve to encourage or discourage, to build or tear down. I have learned that one of the only ways to use my influence properly is to surrender to the authority of the Spirit. When I surrender to His influence, His life-giving words speak in and through me.
Now it’s your turn. In what ways do you influence others ? How can you submit to God’s authority this week in order to influence others for an eternal good ?