Thursday, January 19, 2012

Can I Have It All and Do It All, Please?

Doesn't that title just grab you and pull you in? I know it did for me the first time I read it.

I was instantly interested in reading this book to discover if I really could, have it all....

Since first reading it I have had the privilege of teaching a ladies Wednesday morning bible study based on this book. Not so much me teaching anything life changing, more me facilitating discussion based off what Christine Caine (Hillsongs church) has written.

And His graciousness....speaks to my heart and challenges me, maybe more than anyone else in the classroom. Gotta love God's gracious and caring ways, hey?

This week I started my second class based on this book and I decided that some of the life truths were too good not to share. So, as a means of encouraging and inspiring YOU AND ME to push for "God's all" in our life I am going to post a weekly recap based on the class discussion.

This week we kicked into full gear discussing the infamous "All" we strive so hard for. What is this abstract idea of "all" and where do we get it from? What does it look like? How does it make its way into our personhood?

Its pretty clear that as a society we are bombarded with media imagery and ideas representing the flawless, well rounded, clean, organized, decorated, nice home kind'a life we should be living. The pressure is immense to "keep up with the Jones's" as some may say.

So we strive to make it all happen: loose weight, dress better, cook better, decorate great cakes, have well behaved kids, host birthday parties fit for the Queen, maintain the ideal marriage, be on the PAC, the prayer team and feed the homeless....all with excellence, grace and in your designer duds.

Truth be told, none of those things are wrong....(and if you have been waiting for the big IF, here it comes)...IF we are doing all of these things because they are the "ALL" that God has called us to and created us to be. If they aren't, we strive in our own strength and get no where.

In chapter one, Christine Caine writes:

"the “all” we should want to have and do is tied in to God Himself and His purposes for our lives.” – pg 23

Here is a great promise we need to claim and believe:

"For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [a]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the
good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. (Ephesians 2:10 - AMP)

What a promise! God has predestined a plan for you and me. If we only lay down the "all" we want to have and instead embrace the "all" He has for us.

Here we'll find such great freedom.

Christine Caine encourages us to lay down a super woman mentality and replace it with a super-natural mentality. With a supernatural mentality we can, and will, have and do it all....all the things God has created us for.

I love it! And I don't know about you, but I'm going for it....a supernatural life full of God's ALL.

Be blessed and encouraged today.

1 comment:

Stephanie Jean said...

This is so great, challenging and encouraging...thanks for sharing Lisa:)