Week Five

She stays open to the movement of God.

Ruth 2:15-23

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Have you ever noticed that when you pray for patience, your patience faces it’s biggest test soon after the ‘Amen’ comes spewing out of your mouth? Since we have started this book it seems like things keep creeping in that make me want to quit. This week has been the worst.  Not only just for me but for each of us in my little family. The environment at my husband’s work has taken a steep turn downward, employees at my work have started testing my last bit of patience, and our renter has decided to trash our house and leave us with the mess to clean up while stealing our dishwasher to top it off. It has not been one of those mountaintop weeks. Everything in me says to throw my hands up and scream ‘I QUIT!’ This bible study couldn’t have come at the most perfect moment.

Our habit for this past week was ‘She stays open to the movement of God.’ It is a hard thing to do when things seem to be going down the drain. During Day Three of the study Nicki Koziarz says ‘Learning to stay open to the movement of God is sometimes a very humbling place. We won’t always get it just right, and there will be times when we look like a fool… When we make a mistake, it’s so easy for us to think it’s over or it’s ruined because we failed in some form.’ But then Psalm 103:12 reminds us:

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 

When we have these ‘oops’ moments and say or do something out of anger or what have you, remembering that ‘one of the most powerful things about God is the grace He offers us through forgiveness.’ Don’t let the slip ups derail the growth God has for you.

This week has been all about allowing God to move in our lives. Not giving up when things get tough but allowing God to do as Romans 8:28 tells us:

God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

 I don’t say that ‘if’ you experience trials but ‘when’ you experience trials along this road to becoming a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit because the Devil doesn’t want us to live a victorious life. The worst thing that can happen to the enemy is for us to not give up on the work Christ has for our lives. The stronger you become and more unwilling you are to quit the more things that will pop up to test just how strong you are. Continuing to allow God to move these trials into victories is going to be our best defense against what is meant to weaken us and make us quit and pull us back into the slavery of the cycle of defeat. As each trial comes and goes, our faith and strength become more and more powerful. With each experience we are able to handle more through God’s grace and movement. So remember that as things get tough and the thoughts of quitting creep in, staying open to God’s movement in the matter will give you the strength to be victorious.

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Habit Four: She gives others what she needs.

Memory Verse: For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38b

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