Thursday, September 12, 2013

Saying "Yes" ... to say "No?"

I'm in the final week of the awesome Proverbs 31 Ministries Bible study based on the book "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God" by Lysa Terkeurst. It really has been an amazing study - all about how God moves in our lives when we take the time to say "yes" to Him.

As I sit back and begin to reflect on the study, I'm realizing that the biggest lesson I'm taking from it is a bit of a paradox. 

According to dictionary.com, "paradox"means: 

"...a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory orabsurd but in reality expresses a possible truth."

You see, in the past six week, so many of my "yes" moments have led to me saying "no." 

I answered His call to: 
- initiate the planning process for a conference. In February. Click here to read the backstory on why this was a big deal. 
- continue honoring my husband's blessed career as a marketing executive and therefore start planning an international move. In January.

See the contradiction? 

I said "yes" to initiating the conference, and to my husband, but now I'll have to say "no" to actually attending the conference in person! 

Um, what? 

My head spins as the reality of Scripture settles in as I process through the "no's" that often come from our "yes's." 

"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."
Proverbs 16:9

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you."
Psalm 32:8

So, dear reader, I encourage you - as you answer "yes" to God, be prepared to follow where those "yes's" lead - even if they lead you down the seemingly confusing road to (or through) times to say "no." 

Because even through the "no's," we know that we can rest assured of this truth: 

"'For I know the plans I have for you,'” declares the Lord, “'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
Jeremiah 29:11

1 comment:

  1. I can totally relate to your post!! If you truly are saying Yes to God then you have to be prepared to lay your life down and pick up that cross!! Not always easy, but He promises it will be worth it and that God of ours always follows through in all ways!! Thanks for sharing and may God heap blessings upon you and your family!!

    Trish (P31 OBS small group leader)

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