…the storm subsided, and all was calm. Luke 8:2
How has your week been regarding reading God’s Word about what you feel may be the core root of a problem you are experiencing? If you have not yet had a chance to complete this, then take time this week to do just that.
It is amazing what women have said they learned when they turned to God’s Word about the issue they were dealing with. These are some of their responses.
Some women read 7 verses, some have looked at over 300. The woman who looked at over 300 said there were 2 words which seemed to apply to the core root of her problem, and were actually both regularly seen together in the study of the verses.
One Sunday, a woman confided in me she was finding herself very impatient with her husband. She was feeling very badly about this, but could not get past it. I asked her to look up all the verses in the Bible that contained the word “patience”. The following Sunday she informed me she had done this and was excited to share what she had discovered. She stated that the real problem was not her husband at all. Her real problem? She was not right with God. This was her “aha” moment. Her impatience was just one of the symptoms. She said she was going to focus on her relationship with God as she felt this was the key in getting past the symptom of impatience she was experiencing with her husband.
I once had a situation at work when I had difficulty working with someone. It was very stressful for me to go to work. I found myself very anxious, and actually nauseous, as I walked into work each day. As a Christian, I knew I was to love others but I really did not feel any love. So I turned to God’s Word and looked up every verse I could find about “love”. I read 230 verses! As I read through them, it became very clear that God was telling me something. Over and over, I read He loved me, and He loved her. He loved me. He loved her. He loved me. He loved her. God revealed to me how I was to love her, and I did not have any right not to. This changed my whole attitude as I started to see her through God’s eyes, not mine. The anxiety went away, so I was able to go to work without the negative emotions or the nausea. The situation did not change. The storm of what was happening did not change. However, the storm of anxiety, anger and frustration went away. This was beyond my understanding. I just knew that I turned to God, believed His Word, obeyed it and the storm calmed. It passed all understanding but our ways are not His ways and His ways are not ours. We may not understand it, but it is real. And, as we go through this process, our faith deepens and we demonstrate God at work.
Dear Heavenly Father, I do not understand why certain things are happening. However, I do know You will never leave me, and it is Your will that I turn to You in all things. Lord, please give me the wisdom and focus to always turn to You first in any situation. Thank You that I am able to trust You with all my heart and I do not need to, or should, rely on my understanding of the situation. I never have the full picture – only You do. Please give me the wisdom and strength to walk step by step with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: If you have not already gone through this exercise, read Step One http://christianwomenatwork.com/step-one-state-the-problem/ then set a designated time this week to complete it. Write down the day and time you plan to do so in your agenda, and keep this appointment between you and God.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Tuesday: If you have already discovered what God wants you to know then write it down. If not, read Step Two http://christianwomenatwork.com/finding-the-core-root-of-the-problem/ and bring it before Him.
“…the storm subsided, and all was calm.” Luke 8:2
Wednesday: What thoughts did you have as you reflected on what God wants you to know? If you are unsure, read Step Three http://christianwomenatwork.com/what-god-says-in-his-word/ and seek His Word.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 NLT
Thursday: What feelings did you have as you reflected on what God wants you to know? If you are still unsure, read Step Four http://christianwomenatwork.com/taking-a-closer-look-at-his-word/
“For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 NIV
Friday: Share what you have learned with someone you know. Who comes to mind? Ask for God to set up a time for you to share how the Five Step Survival Guide for Working Women has been impacting your walk & work.
“Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.” Mark 16:5 MSG
Have a peaceful week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work