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Sunday, February 19, 2017


{oops, sorry I did not get this out yesterday, to begin this week of study on time. I am still going back to posting it for SOS at 6pm even though I'm doing it late, on Mon.*}
The Broken Way - Week Five
Online Bible Study
(sign up link)
from Ann Voskamp's book
"The Broken Way"

session 5
"Embracing Inconvenience"

Watch: Session 5 video
Read: Your study guide, pg. 85-103
Optional: Companion reading, The Broken Way  book, Chapters 13-15
Scripture Readings This Week

Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” — Luke 10:36-37

Prayer for the Week 
Jesus, thank You for showing us how to love, how to give love, how to be about others and for others. Help us see those who need love. Help us to care when we don’t care and would rather rush through our day. Help us to stop and listen to the Holy Spirit and to show Your love. Jesus, remind us to show up and knock. Thank You for those who have shown us Your love, who have knocked on our doors, and who have invited us in when we needed a friend, when we have been broken. Thank You for loving us, Jesus! We love You! Amen. "~Laurie McClure

the truth is that I have not been keeping up with this myself, so I'm behind and did not even make it to last week's Thurs. Chat of the study guide, which is kinda like small group time - I miss out on alot of the participation parts because I don't do Facebook (that's another story)but I do love watching the videos(which I have done) and last week, as I mentioned on Fri., I just had too much of real life to deal with ... too much "brokenness" around me, all part of that healing (even SONday sermon in church was about "refining" for healing ... God is definitely at work and tying an overwhelming amount of stuff together for me, while my husband's away in Mexico - yeah, you read that right.

these are the
Discussion Questions
chosen at the study blog

  • Where is it hardest for you to step outside your comfort zone to #bethegift? {personally I don't get this hashtag stuff or do it}
  • What is one way this week you want to not be afraid of brokenness and inconvenience?
  • How would your life be different if you thought of every seeming interruption as a manifestation of Christ, a big or small opportunity to enter into participation in His sufferings?

{...and I don't even share my answers to these, which I thought I would do right here in the comfort of my own blog, and I haven't-sorry but I do reflect on them}
I just am not in a place to "be the gift" right now anywhere
I'm having even a hard time "being that" to where I personally need to
(not really being accepted from me, when all someone seems to want is financial resolutions and is not listening or following advice)

I confess since 20 years in Mexico
I came back with intentions of helping "family" with hopes
things would be different but in many ways they are so much worse
so my answer about "hardness" is my heart seems to be hardening
I am use to being out of a comfort zone and doing for others.
Since being home, I feel really useless, unable and unwilling in some ways
as I isolate myself more and more 
(and yes, I do know that's not healthy or a solution)
I do have plans to get involved with something outside of my family in March but as it looks, and as much as I may like to ... I may not do this either. It has to do with a church launch and a ministry that I learned about: (but it's in Wisconsin -about a 5 hr. drive away, and I have unreliable transportation still; I don't really know her, nor the church people that may be going - yeah, just excuses - but they're real, and with my loss of hearing, I am so much more self-conscious and aware of my inabilities more and more, so I am withdrawing alot rather than being me, or the me I use to me ... and I know full well, that I never go in my own power and with my many weaknesses - that's it's always in God's strength and for His glory, all through Him however He purposely had me at that particular church on that day to hear that single woman and ministry, to let me know He knows me, my heart's desires and that this would encourage me to get involved - so we'll see what happens, it would be a continuation of my mission in Mexico in some ways ... so I clearly see the connection God is putting in place while back home ... He is so good!)
So have I answered any of this? ... not really,  yet anyone reading this,  if you know me at all (online or offline), I, myself am wounded and broken,  but this is when God can use us most - I don't usually procrastinate, I use to be a "yes" to too much and God has shown me how to be more wise in my "yes" ... and I have "stuff" to work on personally, and with relationships and "family" ... but that's not getting done either (so I'm overwhelmed and exhausted without even doing much because my mind and prayers are working overtime and need to get healthy). Without giving specifics, this appears like much rambling for nothing ... but I do not have the energy or heart to enter into fully share in all God lays on my heart.
Yes, Lord I hear and amen to this week's prayer and Laurie McClure's openness as well as Ann's!

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