Without Rival— Week Five, Post Two

We continue along with our study and discussion of chapters 9 & 10 in Without Rival by Lisa Bevere.

Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” —C.S. Lewis

The quote above is how Lisa Bevere starts off her concluding chapter in Without Rival. The quote really made me think….as a thirty-two year old in youth and young adult ministry, there are an increasing number of moments when I feel incredibly seasoned in my years. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? A thirty-two year old feeling old at such a young age.

The bible tells us that Noah was approximately five hundred years old when he first began building the ark. Scholars say that construction of the ark took an additional one hundred years to complete, landing noah on the ark during the flood around six hundred years old. Noah had a dream, a divine calling, and his age was no match for the purpose God burned in his heart. His trust in God’s direction has been an inspiration for hundreds of generations.

Why do we give up so easily? Why do we discount our God-given abilities and allow culture to dictate that we are getting too old to have a purpose?

I believe that it’s time that we ask God what it is He would have us do—and then with an open and willing heart answer the call. C.S. Lewis said it so well, “We are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” Dream big, sister friend! God’s power is perfected in your weaknesses, let Him work in and through you to make changes that will last for generations to come.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” —2 Corinthians 12:9

Please choose one of the questions from our conversation cafe and answer it in the comment section below.


Conversation Cafe:

  1. When is the last time you dreamed a God-inspired dream?
  2. If God has already give you a dream, will you persevere to its completion?
  3. Encourage someone who is living out their God-inspired dream today!

 

Without Rival—Week Five, Post One

We begin the conclusion of our study and discussion of Without Rival by Lisa Bevere with Chapters 9 & 10.

“Daughter without Rival”

Written by: Doretta Zinck

I’d like to begin with a question— do you consider yourself a daughter of God? If you have asked Jesus into your heart and life, then Biblically you have the right to call yourself His daughter. The thing about being someone’s daughter is, there are characteristics and behaviours that are passed on to a child that reflect their parents. Can we say we are His daughters and not invest time with Him and His Word? Our purpose as the church of Jesus Christ is to learn all we can of Him in order to reflect His character to the world.

While I was doing this study, I was watching a television show about the life of the Queen of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II. I was moved by this amazing, unwavering woman and her grace in living under, what must be, a very difficult mantel. One scene in particular made an lasting impact on me. During a conversation a newly crowned Elizabeth had with her grandmother, Queen Mary, the young queen is grappling with the existence of herself as a woman in addition to being the queen. Queen Mary reminds her that royalty is chosen by God and that the “crown must always win”. Further, for her to fulfill her responsibilities to God and her people she would have to surrender her personal goals and dreams for something bigger then herself.

When that was said, I started to think how unfair this was to her. At that moment I heard the Holy Spirit correct me. The thought was “Her calling is bigger then any other role in her life”. The minute the crown was placed on her head, her life was not her own. The “crown” or in our case the purposes of God through the message of the gospel has to be the driving force of every believers life. His crown must always go before us influencing our words and actions.

Let’s break for a moment before we carry on into the final chapters and discuss a few things. Please choose one of the questions listed and answer it in the comment section below:


  1. Do you see any of the Father in yourself?
  2. Are there things in your life that have to change in order to better reflect the characteristics of God to the people around you?
  3. Will you wear your crown knowing what it will cost you?

I know many of you are thinking, “if I made it known what God was calling me to be or do, the church may not support me”. That may happen. But, if God has truly called you, He will open doors no man can close. Personally I’ve learned if you want to serve God in a particular way, go get the training you need, find someone who will stand with you in prayer and “just do it”. You feel called to mentor people, they will be all around you, easy to find. If you want to help seniors then go to a seniors home and volunteer. Whatever it is, go about the Fathers business. If you don’t know what that is, read the Word of God and He will reveal it to you.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT

“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Mark 16:15 NLT

If you are waiting for permission from other people, you may be waiting a long time for what God has already approved. You are a daughter without rival and you serve a God without rival. There’s your permission!

Please choose one of the questions from our conversation cafe and answer it in the comment section below.


Conversation Cafe:

  1. What are you waiting for?
  2. Can you move forward even if those around you don’t understand?

 

Without Rival—Week Four, Post Seven

“This Isn’t Your Fairy Tale Kind of LOVE”

Written by: Cindy Morrone

We continue along in our study and discussion of chapters 7 & 8 in Without Rival by Lisa Bevere.

The conversation started pleasant enough with the usual kind greetings shared on a first meeting. But as she yammered on and on about how many people in every circumstance of her life wronged her, I couldn’t wait for this dialogue to end. Outwardly she couldn’t tell my annoyance (at least I hope not) but inwardly my tongue tsked, my head shook and my eyes rolled.

With the acceptance of a new precious one in our home, each of my daughters at different times but on the same day asked, “Is it ok if we don’t feel close to him yet?” I replied, “Definitely, that is very normal. Thank you for being so honest with me.”

Sitting next to my husband we faced the worries of this world and I could feel fear creeping in. In defense, our fight response kicked in working against us; not for us. Would this mean another season of heart ripping disconnect for us?

As Lisa on page 156 reveals, “For whether or not we realize it, love and risk are intimately connected.

Whether it’s the ability to tolerate a conversation with a complete stranger that may only have you to confide in that day, or to open your heart and your home to an orphan despite the certain loss or to unconditionally support your husband to respond in love; to love, there is risk involved.

Fearless love is not your fairy tale kind of love.

Fairy tale kind of love only happens when the dreamy music plays, handsome boy dances with beautiful girl and sweet blue birds flutter about the scene.
As Lisa confides on page 159, “Fearless love is not based on the performance of the person but the loving faithfulness of God.

I want to love fearlessly! I want to love sacrificially! I want to love unconditionally! I want more than the fairy tale kind of love for that doesn’t last. And I can’t on my own. I can’t even give a perfect stranger the time of day, let alone come alongside my marriage or endure letting go of a loved one. And so I will turn to the One Who makes more than fairly tale kind of love possible.

“God is love. Love is fearless. God is fearless. We are God’s. We can love fearlessly. We are positioned to love fearlessly when we receive God’s fearless love for us. Those who love fearlessly…live fearlessly.” (Lisa Bevere, page 161.)

And as I turn to Him all things are possible!

17-18 “God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.” 1 John 4:18The Message (MSG)

Let’s talk, ladies! Choose one of the questions from our Conversation Cafe and answer in the comment section below. Don’t be afraid to discuss answers with other participants!


Conversation Café:

  1. If you were guaranteed there is no risk at all what would you chance to do?
  2. If fear was not a factor, at all, what would you boldly do?

 

Without Rival—Week Four, Post Six

Written by: Christianne Williams

We continue along in our study and discussion of chapters 7 & 8 in Without Rival by Lisa Bevere.

When I was a little girl I loved to play outside. My friends and I would spend endless hours out in the yard playing games or just lying in the grass looking up at the sky and wondering if the clouds were moving or was it actually the earth? In our backyard was a well with a cover that was level with ground, and it was wooden. Everyday I got the warning to ‘stay off the well’, it wasn’t safe to walk on as there were boards that were no longer sturdy. Everyday I disobeyed and made many trips across that old cover, sometimes even stopping to do a few jumps in the middle. Two households got their water from that well, us and my grandparents. Because of this, there are two foot valves, one slightly higher than the other.

Every day in the summer my grandfather would lift the cover on the well and send down a string weighted with a rock, and then haul it back up to see how much water was in the well. If it was lower than he liked to see, or if there was no chance of rain in sight, he would remind us that we needed to use less water so we didn’t run out. I can’t remember ever running out of water while they lived there, however, after I got married my own family began to use that well. We used more water than they did, and we did go dry one summer. We weren’t diligent in checking the water levels and so there was no forewarning. It was supply and demand and sadly for us, our demand was much higher than the supply. There was still water within the well, but it was below the valve and that meant nothing to come out when we turned on the tap.

When the rain came, the water table came up, and our supply resumed. There are days I’ve also felt like the water of the Holy Spirit is just below the foot valve. Perhaps it’s a season where the need is much higher and I’m making my time in the Word and His presence less of a priority. I’ve experienced times that it feels like my heart is so parched that it will never again get enough water to make it pliable again. There have been seasons when I didn’t think I would ever again be able to have a trickle of water flowing into my well, let alone a stream. There were warning signs that the drought was coming: fear, doubt, bitterness; but I would just continue to push along, believing I would be ok.

When my daughter was born with a heart defect and we spent many weeks in the hospital after her birth, I became completely engrossed in her care, and was unaware at how little time I was spending in God’s presence. It was a time I needed to be there but at the same time, being by my baby’s side and sleeping were the only two things I managed to do. I remember that I emerged from that season feeling as though my faith was shallow. I also think of a time in ministry where conflict had left us feeling drained, betrayed, and in a lot of ways, like God had left us to deal with something we had no idea how to handle, alone.

When I got back to the basics, prayer and the Word, I realized how much God had taught us during those seasons. I know that it created depth in my faith walk, because after I began to allow God to speak to my heart I was able to see His hand in the midst of my pain. He was guiding and directing even though they were difficult days. I had allowed myself to let the water of the Spirit to dip below the valve, still water in there but in no way able to flow out. I longed to use my experiences to minister to those who may be going through similar trials but there was nothing to flow out. The amazing thing about these times is that when you allow yourself time with God, He will pour in more water to your well than you can handle. It will flow out and affect those around you without much effort at all. no matter how badly you think you’ve weathered things, you can come out with deeper faith, deeper empathy, deeper conviction. It will work for you if you, as Lisa said, allow Him to excavate your heart.

Please choose one of the questions from our conversation cafe and answer it in the comment section below.


Conversation Café:

  1. Can you identify a season in your life that was pivotal in creating depth of faith?
  2. What part of your heart is God laying His finger on to excavate to move you to a deeper walk with Him?

 

Without Rival—Week Four, Post Five

Written By: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

We continue along in our study and discussion of chapters 7 & 8 in Without Rival by Lisa Bevere

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18

Has the pain of your past ever made it hard for you to believe God’s promises and and plans for your future?

One of the ways fear manifests in love is through control. What we fear, we try to control. Our relationships suffer due to fear and insecurities. It can manifest through jealousy, anger, selfishness and many other ways. However when fear is removed, we can operate in the spirit of love. With God, we have the ability to love the unlovable. We can love our enemies. We can love those that do not show grace to us. We can love those people that have hurt us. When we are free from fear we can love as we are loved by the One who loves us perfectly.

Is there a part of your past that you are still hanging on to? Forgiving those who have hurt us is hard. Sometimes we are afraid to forgive because it might open us up to be hurt again. Sometimes we hang on to the shame and regret of a hurt that we have caused someone else to experience.

Although you may realize it, your hurt has likely festered into many other aspects of your life. Maybe it’s affecting your health, your marriage/relationship, your finances, your friendships, your relationship with God, etc. If you do not let go of your hurt and allow God to truly heal those wounds – you will always be grasping at temporary fills and missing out on the beauty of the extravagant love that God so abundantly desires to lavish on you. A love that literally wipes your heart clean from all that ugly shame, regret and pain.

Friend, our God is right beside you. He’s in front of you and he’s also behind you. He’s all around you right where you are, just waiting to bring healing to your heart. Will you let Him in? I love what the bible has to say in Lamentations about when life is heavy and hard to take:

When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst. Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way. (Lamentations 3:28-33)

Letting go of pain is hard to do. It’s sounds silly, because truly, who wants to be miserable? So, how do we move on? What is the solution? The answer is found right in the word of God:

Cursed is the strong one who depends on mere humans, Who thinks he can make it on muscle alone and sets God aside as dead weight. He’s like a tumbleweed on the prairie, out of touch with the good earth. He lives rootless and aimless in a land where nothing grows. “But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.” (Jeremiah 17:5-8)

Please, sister, chose this very day to let go of your shame, regrets and pain. God is waiting right now to take them all away and fill your soul instead with His unfailing love. He wants to turn your mourning into dancing and your sadness into joy!

It is time to start moving forward.

Please choose one of the questions from our conversation cafe and answer it in the comment section below.


Conversation Cafe:

  1. Is there a hurt that is keeping you from experiencing complete fulfillment in Christ?
  2. If there is someone that you need to forgive, don’t hesitate.

 

Without Rival—Week Four, Post Four

Written by: Megan Kincheloe

We continue along in our study of chapters 7 & 8 of Without Rival by Lisa Bevere

What if you were free to love? What if you allowed yourself to love with a reckless abandon? Not worrying about whether you were going to get hurt. Not worrying about whether someone was going to leave you. Not worrying about the love not being reciprocated. Not worrying about the possibility of appearing naïve. Not getting in your head and asking “what if?” Not holding back. Not resisting. Not sabotaging every relationship to hurt before you get hurt. Simply allowing yourself to love with every single ounce of your being. What if you were free to love?

It wasn’t until I began reading “Without Rival” that I had an ‘ah ha moment’ with regard to love. I mean a gut wrenching…oh my stars…I’ve got it all wrong type of ‘ah ha moment.’ You see, I love my husband. Like…LOVE love him. Like…I would do anything in this world for him…would die if something ever happened to him…would move to the end of the earth for him…

But I realize that is not enough. You see…in my life…even though people love…sometimes that love still leads to leaving. And I can honestly say that as much as I love my husband, I am loving with a fear of rejection. And with a fear of losing. And it isn’t a healthy fear. It is a fear that forces me to want to maintain some type of control to attempt to prevent that leaving from happening. It is a fear that causes my brain to create circumstances that may not EVER happen in this lifetime. But I go there. And I’m guessing maybe you have ‘gone there too.’ Maybe it is part of your ‘survival mode.’

In “Without Rival,” Lisa Bevere says this, “God is love. Love is eternal. Love never fails, and nothing entrusted to love is ever lost, and everything that is birthed out of love cannot die. But there are some places that love does not grow; love cannot flourish in the company of its rival, fear. Fear has an end—actually, fear is a dead end. Fear is an ungodly spirit that leads to torment. Fear advises from its seat in the shadow of doubt, while love draws its wisdom from the light of faith.” (pg. 160)

Shew! Hello! Does that step on anyone else’s toes like it stepped on mine? You guys, we are robbing our God, our spouses, our children, our family, and our friends of the most beautiful gift! Fearless. Love. Love that conquers all things. Love that connects us in the deepest of ways. Love that DOES NOT FEAR something going wrong because in this type of love…so much is going right.

Friends, we are commanded to love. Not only are we commanded to love our friends and neighbors…ya’ll…God does not discriminate. We are commanded to love our enemies too. Ouch.

Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

If we aren’t even able to love those we hold near and dear without fear…how are we ever going to love our enemies?

 

Without Rival—Week Four, Post Three

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

We continue along in our study and discussion of chapters 7 & 8 of Without Rival by Lisa Bevere

Have you ever been scared?

I am scared of birds. Yes, I realize this is irrational but I am. Anything bigger than a sparrow and I am petrified. My kids are fearful of the dark and my husband of spiders. I know people who are scared of all kinds of things. Fear is real and sometimes it causes us to miss out on things.

Often, we miss out on love because of fear. Not just the sort of love that we share with our spouse but even the love we can have with friends, and with God.

I googled the definition of fear and here is what I found.

fear -an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

With seeing the actual definition in words it makes me wonder why we view people as threats? I am pretty sure we all fear loving others, God and our spouses because of past pain.

Maybe we have at one time been used, abused, or taken advantage of. Maybe we have been left, abandoned, and shut out. Maybe we have been hurt so bad we don’t know if we want to trust again. Maybe that is you, maybe at one time it was me, but it doesn’t have to be.

As I sat and read Lysa Bever’s “Without Rival” and I came across a chapter on Fear and Love. I was struck by her words on page 161 in Chapter 7 “The opposite of fear is not faith or even courage it’s love.” I sat and thought. Thought about all the times I pushed people away. All the times I pushed my husband away. All the times I didn’t want to let people in because I was scared they would hurt me.

Then I thought about all that I could have missed because I chose fear instead of love. All the relationships that would have been deeper. The moments with my husband I would treasure forever and then I remember what changed me.

I remember the day I realized that God truly loves me and no matter what he will always be with me. If God can love me so intently that he gave his Son for me then I could risk loving others the same. We do not have to fear loving others because God loves us and He is love. He will give us the courage to love others the way he loves us. We do not have to be afraid.

“ I have loved you with and everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

God loves us with an everlasting love and with the kindness of his love he has drawn you in and near to his heart. That love can and will sustain you. That love can and will cast out all fear. You can love because God is love. Don’t be afraid anymore, God loves you deeply.

Please choose one of the questions from our conversation cafe and answer it in the comment section below.


Conversation Cafe:

  1. Do you find yourself scared to love others because you don’t want to get hurt?
  2. Have you made the decision to love anyway because God is love?

 

Without Rival—Week Four, Post Two

“Wishes Are Dreams Without Courage”

Written by: Nathan Hill

We continue along in our study and discussion of chapters 7 & 8 in Without Rival by Lisa Bevere

Everyone fears something. When we were growing up it was perhaps the boogie man or a monster under our bed. Perhaps it was being in the dark or being alone. Fear is a normal human reaction (emotion) to things that could cause us harm. However, like so many other emotions, it can run amuck and do harm where it was meant to do good. Sadness run amuck can become depression, and fear run amuck can become a paralyzing lack of courage. You will know when this takes place in your life because the desires of your heart rarely come to pass—they are just wishes without the courage to try.

Lisa Bevere shares with us in chapter seven that she wonders how many opportunities to share Christ she has walked away from because of fear. How many things did God have in store for her and John that remained unaccomplished because of fear? Lisa rightly states that we will never know for sure this side of heaven—and so there is no need to dwell on the what ifs. What we ought to do, however, is evaluate our dreams and ask ourselves why some of them remain wishes.

Lisa continues to share in chapter eight about deep wells—people whose lives are marked by mystery and wonder brought about by Jesus. Without saying this explicitly, I think that Lisa makes this great point—deep wells have identified their fear, confronted their fear, and have more than overcome. Another speaker I heard once stated this more poignantly—to be more than an overcomer (as Paul says we ought to be in Romans 8:37) means that we ought to more than overcome in our situations. We do not have to limp through and just barely drag ourselves over the finish line—when we are in Christ, we can run the race set before us and more than overcome any obstacle that we find in our way.

Press against fear in your life in 2017, and take stock of the dreams that have resorted to simple wishes to the man on the moon for a piece of his pie in the sky. It is time for you to get up, step out, and do something that you have put off for some time. It’s going to be hard, but I tell students all the time that hard things are valuable things—the things that come easy are probably not that valuable. Nevertheless, you will overcome. And, when you make a pattern of being more than an overcomer in your life, you will dig a deep well that others will want to come and drink from because the evidence of God’s favor and grace will be found all over everything you do.

So, there you have it. Punch fear in the face and move forward with the dreams on your heart in 2017. Become a deep well.

Please choose one of the questions from our conversation cafe and answer it in the comment section below!


Conversation Cafe:

  1.  What is something that you have dreamed of doing all of your life?
  2. What fears have held you back from achieving this dream?

 

Without Rival—Week Four, Post One

This week we will be studying and discussing Chapters 7 & 8 of Without Rival by Lisa Bevere

Written by: Doretta Zinck

Loving people fearlessly; okay what does that look like??? To love someone without fear of being hurt or mistreated means you have to take risks, but more than that, you have to be ready and willing to forgive, sometimes daily. In our own strength we can forgive little, love little, but when we ask the Holy Spirit to help us forgive others we can start to love fearlessly. Maturing as we come to understand that we are all broken as a result of our sinful nature allows us to forgive others.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. “ (1 John 4:18 NASB)
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (‭‭John‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬)
He knows the real us with our sinful nature yet still loves us and sacrificed everything for us. Thank you for the cross, Lord!

If there was a theme message for my life it would be the value of self kindness, I became a Christian right before my sixteenth birthday. Over many years I have watched sisters in Christ over-commit, overwork and settle for underwhelming results. I have also seen victories in those who nurtured themselves, who respected their own personal boundaries and coveted that personal time with God. They knew the value and importance of quality, personal time with God as they basked in the fulfillment of being used by God to further His Kingdom. They looked forward to those times of commune with God each day, eager to learn more of Him and His calling on their lives. Almost 40 years later I am still learning and growing (that’s code for “I don’t know if I’ll ever get there!!) as I strive to be in that place. But I have seen some of the fruits of having the right focus on myself and my relationship with God, experiences that have hardened my resolve to continue in this most holy pursuit.

Lisa refers to your spiritual health as a well. Is your well deep, healthy and full of the living water of the Word, or are you a wishing well that has deep longings but shallow resources, always wishing you’d made different choices that would have different results in your life? Living an unrivalled life means your story is not over and, while our past (good and bad) does influence the person we are today it by no means defines who we will become tomorrow as daughters of the most High God. Dig your spiritual well deep and replenish it daily with time with God who loves you more then you can ever imagine. Let’s face our future with hope and confidence that God will use us for His glory and His purposes.

Please choose one of the questions from our conversation cafe and answer it in the comment section below!

Conversation Cafe:

  1. What is it that scares you about forgiving someone?
  2. Who is it that you refuse to forgive until they change?
  3. How would you describe someone with a deep well?
  4. How can you be more intentional about tending your well?

Without Rival—Week Three, Post Seven

Written by: Cindy Morrone

We conclude our study and discussion of chapters 5 & 6 in Without Rival by Lisa Bevere

Recently I have been in a purge, clean out everything mode. Blame it on the New Year and its following of resolutions. Maybe it’s the fault of too much time on my hands with my two precious ones now at school all day. Whatever the reason, it’s happening.

I recently cleaned out a closet in our home that housed a plethora of miscellaneous. I determined the day, carved out the hours, rolled up my sleeves and got to work. I dusted, threw things away and re-organized the beast. Satisfied of my accomplishment I admired it re-done for the day.

What I am finding though, is that part of the job was the easiest. Keeping it tidy and organized on an everyday basis is way harder. Every time I go to stack the towels or put away groceries in this closet, I have to ward against not just throwing them in carelessly. The time and dedication to keep this closet functional is proving to be very effortful.

I believe the same can be said of our spiritual holdings.

Our rival experiences come all. the. time.; it’s a matter of constant warding.

Our rivals can be those against us, the enemy, and even ourselves….truly anyone or anything contrary to our Creator’s thoughts and intentions for us.
But there is hope!

I love, love, love the insight, Lisa shares with us on page 116. For it is revealing and powerful truth!!

She points out that we have choices when our rivals attack: We can believe what God has said. Or we can instead heed what our rival accusers are saying.

And the Scripture she shares cannot be missed, “Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health. Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. “Proverbs 4: 20-23 Message

There is a war going on and it is so much bigger than messy closets! It’s won by knowing what God thinks of us and has said about and to us as found in His Word, and by being in constant communion with Him.

I couldn’t agree with Lisa more with what she says on page 117, “When we concentrate on his Word, instead of our rivals, we enter into a life beyond their grasp.”

Let’s talk, ladies! Choose one of the questions from our Conversation Cafe and answer in the comment section below. Don’t be afraid to discuss answers with other participants!


Conversation Café

  1. Are you spending that time in the Word and in communion with God? If not, what is preventing you?
  2. Are you more apt to believe what God says about you or your rivals?