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Whoa. All I can say is…whoa.
I’m on the second week of Beth Moore’s revised version of her study entitled “Breaking Free” and let me tell you…whoa.
It’s intense. It’s honest and real and gritty and not for the faint of heart.
In a nutshell, this study focuses on releasing strongholds that control us and keep us from becoming the person God wants us to be.
Envy. Resentment. Lust. Greed. Eating disorders. Strive for perfection. Anger. All of these wrap their quiet little tentacles around us and squeeze tightly until we are held in such bondage that we can’t possibly ever imagine not being held their captive.
It’s focus is on the scriptures of Isaiah – a book in the Bible chock-full of fantastic stuff.
There are so many nuggets of goodness I want to share with you but I realized that what I want to share with you is pretty much the entire study and well…that would be plagarizing.
However, I will share some little quotes here and there that I have found to be the most riveting because it’s absolutely making me think and twirling me on my little axis a bit.
During Session Two, Beth states that there are three kinds of suffering that we as people endure: physical, mental, and spiritual. Not surprisingly, Jesus endured these three kinds of suffering during his time on earth as well.
I’m going to go through each of these and provide a little “nourishment” for our physical, mental, and spiritual selves today.
May you be filled.
I tried a new recipe this evening that will be wonderful nourishment to your PHYSICAL soul. It’s from Real Simple and JJ and I loved it:
(Just so you know – my version did not look quite so pretty but I’m sure yours will…)
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 Tbsp flour
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 10 ounce box of peas and carrots (I used mixed veggies and it was fine)
1 3-4 pound store-bought Rotisserie Chicken, meat shredded (YES YES YES – store-bought Rotisserie? SCORE!!!)
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 refrigerated pie crusts (from 15 oz. package such as Pillsbury)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat and add onion. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Still stirring, slowly add the broth. Cook until thickened, about 3 minutes. Add the peas and carrots, chicken, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat.
Cut each piecrust in half to form 4 half-circles. Spoon the chicken mixture over the bottom-half of each half-circle, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Using your fingers, wet the border with water. Fold the top of each crust over the chicken to form a quarter-circle. Press to seal. Make three 1 inch slits in each top crust. (I used a fork to seal the edges because it looked pretty…:))
Transfer to a baking sheet. Bake until golden about 15-18 minutes.
It’s very filling, very comforting, and very perfect for an autumn or winter night. Yum-o. Of course, my children didn’t eat it but if you remember correctly, they don’t eat anything. But they DID eat the Rotisserie Chicken. Happy, happy, joy, joy.
Next, I’m going to share some of Beth’s fantastic words of wisdom for your MENTAL and SPIRITUAL nourishment today…Again, I’m only on Week Two so you will likely be hearing more about this study and my process of breaking free of some of my own junk.
Lucky you should you decide to stick-in and keep reading me. Please do. I beg of you. Please do. It’s been crickets over here lately.
Beth’s brilliance is in bold and my own not-so-brilliant words are not.
– We are held in bondage by anything that makes us feel empty and keeps us from becoming who God wants us to be.
– If we don’t seek freedom, we will seek shelter. In other words, we will put a blanket over whatever it is that keeps us imprisoned so no one sees it. The people who are willing to shelter us in our stronghold will eventually cause more harm than those who are sheltering us while we work on letting go.
– God makes might warriors out the LEAST LIKELY of people. King David. Mary. Gideon. Daniel. And lest not forget Jesus. No one thought the Savior would ride in on a donkey.
– Do you want to die in your bondage or do you want to be set free? Sometimes we don’t know how oppressed we are until we have been set free.
– Jesus was beaten beyond recognition. He was pierced. He knew sickness. He was rejected, disdained, disrespected, oppressed, afflicted. He knew sorrow. In Matthew 27:46, He asks God “Why have you forsaken me?”
Have you ever felt that God has forsaken you? We. All. Have.
And let me save the very best nugget of goodness for last…This is by far the most wonderful quote of God’s love that answers the so common question of why God allows us to feel pain:
You think He has wounded you to hurt you but oddly, He has wounded you to heal you.
Amen. Amen. Amen. Our own destruction almost always leads to our own transformation through God.
May your soul be nourished physically, mentally and spiritually this weekend. May you find time to just be. May you simply just let it go or at least start to think about letting it go. And may you feel lighter.
* I think this study is much more effective in a group; however, please don’t let that discourage you if you are unable to join one. The videos can be downloaded for $4.99 each at www.lifeway.com/women. Audio CD’s are also available.