Book Club Reminder: Chapter 2 Discussion

Just sending out a friendly reminder for the book club discussion this coming Friday. We’re still reading “Healing is a Choice” by Stephen Arterburn.

I hope so far that it has been a blessing to you, as it has been to me. This week we will discuss:

Chapter 2

Choice #2: The Choice to Feel Your Life

Big Lie #2: “Real Christians should have a real peace in all circumstance”

Just like in the previous discussion I will post my general thoughts on the chapter and then post several discussion questions that will be open for anyone to answer. Please feel free to join in at anytime. Feel free simply to read the discussion even without reading the book. Either way I just want the discussion to be a blessing to someone out there reading the blog.

Can’t wait to share. Join in this Friday! August 1st, 2014.

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Drawing Closer

Within the last 2 years, my relationship with God has really grown. I’m not saying I’ve been the perfect Christian, but God has really been doing some great things in my life. There’s a lot of it I don’t always understand, but somehow because of who God is, things always work out for His good and in everything he’s always showing me who he is.

The last year has really been a fight for me in my walk with God. It’s like I’ve walked away from a lot of things in my life. I’ve come out of a lot of things by God’s grace alone, but even in that I’m learning there’s always going to be a fight.  As Christians I think the biggest truth we have a hard time accepting is that to walk with God isn’t always easy. You literally have to fight to do right. The enemy isn’t just going to let you walk away. He’s playing for keeps and he’ll do anything to keep you bound.

This has been a hard truth for me to come to grips with. For me it’s two fold. On one end I get fighting, I’ve done it my whole life. So there’s a part of me that says, Lord why do I have to fight? Can’t you just fight for me? Isn’t that what God is supposed to do? I’ve been fighting so much in the natural, I’m too worn out to fight in the spiritual. These are my thoughts: literally.  But you know what they’re all excuses and mindsets from my past trying to keep me from fully engaging in my walk with Christ.

Yes, God does fight for you. But he fights WITH us. He can’t fight for us because he never overrides our wills. So we must choose to fight the good fight and fight with God. How do we fight with God: Prayer, fasting, reading his word, fellow shipping with believers; he’s already given us the tools we need.

I guess I’ve had to realize also the difference in fighting in the natural and fighting in the spirit. I fight in the natural by trying to be in control of everything. As a child my life was very unstable, so as I got older I always had to have a plan for everything. I became a thinker. I always had A-Z mapped out in my head. And I still struggle with that now.

In order to fight in the spiritual, we literally have to loose control in the natural and let God guide us. We have to trust his will.  In the natural we fight for things that will eventually turn to dust. We fight for trophies, we fight for the sake of being “right” about something because of our pride. We waste so much energy fighting in the natural.  We spend our lives fighting for the things that don’t matter.

Get in your mind: What is your trophy. What are you trying to obtain? A crown that’s incorruptible. When we stop trying to fight for things that are temporary and realize there’s an eternal gift to be obtained, then our minds can truly get a different grip about what it means to fight with the King.

In the last month or so God has really worked on my mind and how I view this spiritual fight. Spiritual warfare is real and you can’t ever afford to let your guards down with the enemy. He’s always looking for a sneak attack. I’ve also realized that we aren’t fighting to win, because God is on our side so he’s already claimed victory. But the we’re fighting because we want to make God’s reputation known in the earth. That he has us as a witness on earth and that we’re fighting for righteousness sake.

I’ve also learned that through the fights, I’ve drawn closer to God because I know I can’t overcome anything by my strength alone. He gives me grace in all things. Over and over, he continues to show the love he has for me, through the fights he helps me conquer.

xoxoxo

#worthfightingfor #God’sTeam

 

 

 

HillSong: Oceans

I’m absolutely in love with this song. It will be added for heavy rotation in my praise and worship playlist. This song speaks volumes about truly trusting God when life leaves us in the deep end.

 

The hook is my favorite part of the song, it really goes all in:

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

 To have this kind of trust with God is another level of freedom in your walk with him. This song is so liberating and such a blessing to hear. Every time I hear it, it makes me want to grow deeper in my faith and trusting all that God has for me in life.

I hope after listening to this song you’re just as encouraged and strengthened as I am in your faith walk with Christ.

xoxox

#walkingdeep and #trustingGod

 

Book Club ( Healing is A Choice) Discussion 1: Introduction

Thank you to everyone who has tuned in to be a part of this online book club. I’m excited and ready to hear everyone’s thoughts and feed back. WELCOME TO OUR FIRST SESSION!

Again the book we’re reading is “Healing is a Choice” by Stephen Arterburn (Click here to read previous blog post about the online book club and a synopsis of the book)

Just to get us started here are my general thoughts on the introduction:

-The introduction really helps set the tone for the rest of the healing journey. If you want to be healed, you really do have to start with a made up mind to do so. I’ve found in my own spiritual walk this has been easier said than done. But once your mind is made up, there’s no turning back. But it takes God really helping you to see the full picture of where he’s trying to take you.

-I found it interesting on page xvi where the author mentions how often we ask God to heal us, but a lot  of the times we put in a request and don’t take action afterwards. Faith without works is dead.  I enjoyed when he touched base on how many people just want God to make things easy and take their pain and troubles away; and although God can, he chooses to do otherwise because our healing goes beyond the simple removal of the pain.

This hit home with me, because for so long in my own situation I have wished for God to take away my desires to do wrong, or remove a person from my life so it can be easier to let them go. But recently God has been showing me that the healing process is meant to work some other things out of us, so that God can have room to impart greater things into us. If he just took our pain away, we’d never get to the root of our bad behaviors, or we’d never get to the  root of why we have certain desires. God wants more than a simple surface healing for our lives. He wants us to heal and be made whole.

-I connected when the author mentioned how some people choose not to get healed because it has become comfortable. I can relate because I recently started feeling comfortable in a soul-tie I had been fighting for years. And I understand how someone might feel when you think you’re fighting and you’re giving it all you got, yet you never see real results. I felt defeated for years. But I’ve learned that to choose to stay comfortable with our pain is the same as choosing death. We will eventually kill ourselves from the inside out by staying “comfortable”. So instead, God has been working on helping me to choose life by choosing not to stay stuck in my pain.

 

Here are a few questions for anyone to feel free to comment on and join in:

 

1.  What are some areas you need healing in? What do you think is keeping you from getting completely healed in these areas?

2.  What are some things you have overcome that you never thought you would? How did God see you through that challenge? If God has brought you through that, know that he can also bring you through your current trials.

3. Why do you think some people might refuse healing?

4. Why do you think God chooses us to experience our trials and troubles even though he could simply remove the pain or take us out of a situation?

5.  Share your general thoughts. Questions you want to ask to the group ( leave in comment box below)

 

NEXT WEEK WE WILL CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSION WITH

CHAPTER 1:

The first choice: The Choice to Connect Your Life

The first big lie: “All I need to heal is just God and Me.”

I look forward to hearing everyone’s feedback throughout the next week and looking forward to continuing our discussion on next Friday! Hopefully we’re on our way to an interesting journey of healing with one another! #Happyhealing #Movingforward

Book Club Reminder!

For those interested in being a part of my online book club, don’t forget that it starts this Friday. The book we’ll be reading is called “Change is a Choice” by Stephen Aterburn. The discussion on Friday will begin with the introduction.  I will be posting  my thoughts along with general discussion questions for others to join in on. I can’t wait to hear the feedback!

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Click the link below to find out more information about how you can join in on the Healing is a Choice book club THIS FRIDAY!

Book Club: Healing is a Choice

A Night of Poetry

I’m part of the Spoken Word Ministry at my church and we’ll be hosting our second show on Aug. 3rd. Hope to see you there!

Official Event flyer
Official Event flyer

 

The show is $5 and a can good. 18 and older to attend. Featuring musical guests Dez & The Future and Kiddz Church.   Dr. Smothers will return as our MC for the night. Doors open at 5:45pm and the show begins at 6:00pm. Spread the word invite a friend and come enjoy what will be an amazing night of ministry through spoken word.

 

Book Club: Healing is a Choice

Lately I’ve discovered that I have come across some really great Christian books and I’ve been wanting to find a way to share them with others. What better way to share them that to start an online book club through my blog! I’m really excited about this project and I hope that I can get others ( like yourself on board with me.)

So for the first book club session, the book that we’ll be reading is:

Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn

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Synopsis ( From Amazon)

The power to heal—physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually—is in God’s hands. But the choice to be healed is yours. Everyone, at some level, needs healing. You may have prayed for healing many times, for many years. Perhaps you have lived with your brokenness so long that you have become accustomed to it. Maybe you wonder just when God is going to take all the hurt away.

He can. But you also must choose to let the hurt go and let the healing begin.

In Healing Is a Choice, author Stephen Arterburn offers  ten choices crucial to receiving healing. Embracing these choices means rejecting the lies we often tell ourselves. These are not hoops God requires you to jump through to earn your miracle; they form, instead, the journey He desires for you. He can—and will—walk with you. But you must put one foot in front of the other and choose to let the hurt go and let the healing begin.

“His Word affirms that God wants us to experience His healing, but many times we make choices that stand in the way. Healing Is a Choice is a helpful resource that lays out the path of healing God’s way.”

Here’s a helpful list of where you can find the book to join in on the discussion of healing:

Amazon.com

Barnesandnoble.com

christianbook.com

I’m sure there are other sites to find good deals on books, but the ones I’ve listed are more popular. Also these websites offer e-books for Kindle and iPad users. If anyone else has suggestions of where else to find the book and get a good deal, feel free to comment and share with others.

Also don’t forget you can always check the book out at your local public library and used books are always an option.

The official discussion will start next Friday, July 25th. Each week we’ll go through the book chapter by chapter.

Every Friday, I will post a few of my thoughts and then a few questions to get feedback from other readers.During this time feel free to share your own thoughts on the book, or even revelations God has given you while reading etc. I really want this to be an open forum, where we’re able to be open with one another and really venture into the journey of true healing.

 On July 25th our discussion will begin with The Introduction

I know most people skip over the introduction, but this introduction is what really drew me to the book. I hope after you read it for yourself, you’ll understand why I don’t want to simply skip over it.

Also I wanted to note, it’s okay to read through the book at your own pace and chime in whenever you wish to share. I understand that people have their own schedules of life. But I also know some people like going through it chapter by chapter and sharing that way. Either option is available, whatever works best for you.

Please join me in this journey of reading Healing is a Choice. I would really enjoy hearing feedback from others. Because I read a little bit ahead in the book, I know good things will come from sharing with others.

If you have any questions before the 25th, leave a comment below or email me: Alexandramcclain1989@gmail.com