titus|tuesdays: The Battle for Control

SurrenderXSmallI know I’ve said it before, but I am so thankful for God leading our Titus2Women’s group to the studies we’ve done this past year. First, Philippians, then Brokenness – and now Surrender. It’s been the perfect progression of going deeper in our walk with God, and really getting into some “meat” instead of “milk.” (see Hebrews 5:11-14)

This first full chapter of Surrender started with a quote from Oswald Chambers:

“Surrender is not the surrender of the external life, but of the will; when that is down, all is done. There are very few crises in life; the great crisis is the surrender of the will.”

Nancy started the chapter with some different examples of things we battle – from sexual temptation, to financial issues, to anger, to food.  Ultimately, we have to decide whether or not to surrender those things fully to God.

For me, I could certainly relate to the example of Angie – wanting to make the right food choices, but always seeming to slip up. Battling the scale and her cravings. It’s something I’ve battled for years – and am still coming to terms with. Continue reading

titus|tuesdays: Surrender

41Kk6ZZqjJL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_This week, our Titus2Women’s group began the next book in Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Revive Our Hearts trilogy.

We wrapped up Brokenness last week and this week we kicked off Surrender. This study has been so challenging – in so many ways. As I’ve shared before, there has been a serious spiritual battle going on in the midst of all of it. I truly believe the enemy does not want these principles to be heard – much less put into practice. These are biblical principles that – when applied – bring true peace and freedom. The enemy is putting up a fight through every step of this study. Every week is another battle. Continue reading

titus|tuesdays: Journey into Brokenness

41E7G9xeBAL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_This week, our Titus2Women’s group wrapped up our study of the book, “Brokenness” by Nancy Leigh Demoss. And as we looked at how to walk out this journey of brokenness, I couldn’t help but feel the Spirit moving amongst our group.

This study has not been easy to go through, but oh has it been worth it. Brokenness is a principle that is integral to our walk with Christ. The thing is, the enemy does NOT want us to know these truths – and certainly doesn’t want us to apply them. Continue reading

titus|tuesdays: The Blessings of Brokenness

jacob-wrestlingWe are reaching the end of the book “Brokenness” in our Titus2Women study and I can’t adequately express how much God has been teaching and revealing to me during these past weeks. The principles Nancy lays out in this book are fundamental to our walk with Christ – and this truth is life-alternating. I am so thankful for this study at this time!

As for this past week, you know God’s trying to get a point across when you hear and see something over and over again. This week, I spent a lot of time wrestling with this lesson. Wrestling with what God wanted to say, what He desired for me to expound on, what our group should spend time digging deeper into. Wrestling. Wrestling.

And for some reason, the story of Jacob wrestling with God (that Nancy talked about in this week’s chapter) really stuck with me. Continue reading

titus|tuesdays: Am I Proud or Broken?

brokennessThis week’s chapter in Brokenness was a tough one. As we read through a list of the differences between proud people and broken people – it was impossible not to be moved (and convicted) if you were letting the Holy Spirit work. And as I read through the examples, some different phrases starting popping into my head.

Tell me if any of these sound familiar:

“I can do it myself!”

“No!”

“That’s mine!”

“Me first!”

“My turn!”

“Look at me! Look at me!”

“It wasn’t me! He did it!”

“I did not! It’s his fault!”

“Pleeeeeeeease?”

We’ve probably heard some or all of these in our home. I’ve certainly heard them in mine! (some  in just the past few minutes). We call it “bad behavior” when we see it in our kids, and we know they usually grow out of it when they learn better.

But as I thought about it, I thought – these are all born out of sin. From the moment we are born – sin is present. And it starts showing up pretty early in our lives. Continue reading

titus|tuesdays: the subtlety of pride

Humility-2 This week, our Titus2Women’s group went through chapter 3 of Brokenness: “Biblical Portraits: Broken and Unbroken.”

Nancy took us through four different portraits in scripture showing the difference between a broken person and an unbroken person. It wasn’t so much about what their sin was – it was how they responded when confronted with their sin. In each illustration, one was broken and repentant over their sin while the other was proud and unbroken. As I read through these portraits, I thought of “portraits” in my own life where I’ve seen these same tendencies play out. Continue reading

titus|tuesdays: The Heart of the Matter

41E7G9xeBAL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Our titus|tuesdays continue this week with diving into the first full chapter of our book, “Brokenness” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. As I said last week, this semester is all about our hearts. So what better way to kick things off than with a chapter entitled, “The Heart of the Matter.”

So what is the big deal about the heart? Why is there such an emphasis on this word? Continue reading

titus|tuesdays: Brokenness

spring-10Our Spring semester of Titus2Women has begun. Yes, Spring! Sure, it’s the middle of January. That might be ironic, but I also see it as… hopeful.

Spring means new life and new beginnings – and warmth.

And within this Titus2Women’s group I’ve seen new beginnings and growth in the past several years. And as I thought about this Spring semester, I thought about all the new things God is going to do with this group. And it made me think of Isaiah 43:19:

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Continue reading

A Perspective of Joy

CI-Buff-Strickland_Christmas-Gift-Wrap-nature_s4x3_lgI had the honor of sharing a Christmas devotional at an event my friend, Sarah, hosted this week. It’s something called Homes of Light – a time to slow down and reflect on the true meaning of this season of Christmas. {you can learn more about Homes of Light at its Facebook page}

Today, I thought I’d share with all of you what I wrote, and shared with the ladies who attended Sarah’s Homes of Light this year.

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Erma Bombeck said, “There’s nothing sadder in the world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.”

We all remember what Christmas morning felt like when we were kids. The excitement. The anticipation. The joy. Continue reading