Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"Lies Women Believe.....

.....and the Truth That Sets Them Free" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

I can't count the number of times I have glanced at this book on shelves of Christian bookstores and libraries.  This past Sunday, I picked it up and flipped through it.  Hmmmmm......I checked it out.  I have read many reviews for this book ~ both for and against.  Some of the criticisms seem quite valid, and some...not so much. 

I've found that through the years, my love of learning, reading, and desiring to grow a closer relationship with God has lead  me to many great books and have discovered  that some of the most argued and disputed can be the best.  I am thankful that God is a personal God and am always amazed at how He meets us where we are and will use the many tools and resources available to us to do so......and am curious about what God will do in ME as I read this one.

As I stood in the library and paged through the introduction, I read this:

...."a large percentage of Christian women today could be described in the following words: frazzled, exhausted, burned-out, overwhelmed, confused, angry, frustrated, discouraged, defeated, depressed, ashamed, emotionally unstable, uptight, insecure, lonely, fearful...."

Unfortunately, several of those adjectives jumped out at me as if in bold print ~ some of them describe ME lately!  I'll keep to myself the ones that do. ; )  These words also describe many women I know.  They describe women I'm related to.  I think they describe women today in general........I desperately don't want to be like that.  Regardless of circumstances, regardless of others' influences, I deeply desire to live a Victorious Christian life & to be the kind of woman that is.......

"......free, joyous, contented, loving, radiant, confident, gracious, peaceful, stable......"

Jesus said in John 10:10:

 "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." 

How many of us actually experience that abundant life?  I believe it is possible, but it's a journey.  And all journeys have ups and downs, and through our travels even those of us who KNOW the TRUTH and know better that to fall for the Deceiver's lies sometimes do.  That sin nature.......why won't it leave us alone?!

This blog was originally started for Sweet Diva as a business/creative blog......but has become much more {because there's so much more to me ~ and I have trouble sometimes focusing on just one thing ; ) }.  I didn't anticipate that......I am quite surprised at the number of comments I get when I post (mostly private and off-blogger) and the number of inquiries I get when I don't.  It seems quite a few people can identify with my more personal posts.  I'm going to post on my journey through this book as I seek to expose the lies that I have fallen for and hope to destroy any strongholds Satan has claimed in my life.  Being a very private person in the real world, I'm a bit uncomfortable with this......but have seen firsthand before how the Lord can change and shape us when we are stepping out of our comfort zone if we are willing.

So, here goes......this should be interesting....; )


Linking up with Mom's Mustard Seeds for Mustard Seed Planting.  My verse for the week:

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30


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9 comments:

Warren Baldwin said...

Very good book. Some great material for ministers/counselors/SS teachers etc. to know and be able to share.
Good post.

Joanne Sher said...

This is an excellent book in my opinion. I did it as a Bible study a few years ago and it was incredibly helpful. Praying you find it the same way.

Kelly said...

Jill,
I am so happy to read this. I actually started blogging because of you. I saw your light and willingness to step out into the world with your love of Christ and desire to share it. It made me want to share what I have learned with others. It made me want to show those in the special needs community that every day is not this trying, nightmarish, mess that the world (and the devil) wants us to believe. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it is closer than we think when we put it in God's hands.
Although the Lord has sent me on another journey with my girls, I still know his message to us is the same.
In this world, it is so hard to "shine". We had a musical group come and talk to our church this weekend. They mentioned how they can't go into schools and preach during the week, but they can talk to the students about the "right" way to live. And, just maybe, those students will see the light of the Lord in them and search further.
I feel this way with blogging. You never know who you are going to reach and what they may do as a result.
I am excited to read what you have to say. You inspired me, and hopefully, as a result, I will inspire someone else.
Thanks for all you do.

Rebecca (me!) said...

I want to read that book...may have to wait until summer. I love your post and your new look....like you, my blog began as one thing...and is growing in other areas....awesome that we have that freedom! Many Blessings and I pray we both take his yoke and leave ours behind! (btw...many of those adjectives jump out at me, as well)!

AurieGood said...

stopping by from i fellowship! i read that book a few years ago and keep meaning to re-read it again, but haven't gotten to it yet. Hmm..might be the nudge i need!!

you have a wonderfully fun and crafty blog - so i followed along :) i think i'mn your 100 follower!!

Karen said...

so glad I started following through Welcome Wednesdays... Hoping you'll stop by and follow me back.
www.victoria-nouveau.blogspot.com

Kelli said...

"Regardless of circumstances, regardless of others' influences, I deeply desire to live a Victorious Christian life & to be the kind of woman that is.......

"......free, joyous, contented, loving, radiant, confident, gracious, peaceful, stable......"

AMEN sister. I dont want to be the bad adjectives but I too am some of those!

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Jennifer said...

I hope you will continue to link-up with Mustard Seed Planting as you work your way through that book! I would love to read your thoughts and see what you think.

I have seen that book many times too, but I haven't picked it up to read yet.

~Jennifer