This weekend was…FALL. A group of about 20 women from church drove up to Bat Cave, North Carolina. Anyone heard of that?! Yeah, I hadn’t either. But it’s REAL! Once we hit the mountains, the drive was GORGEOUS (and nauseating). But still plenty gorgeous to make up for it! With each winding curve, we’d get a new view of the bubbling creek in the middle of the luscious red, yellow, and orange trees. It was breathtaking. Once we made it to our cabin, THIS was our view:
And this was the best tree!!! We found this in downtown Hendersonville.
The picture doesn’t even do it justice. I was ill-prepared as far as a coat goes, but the air was refreshingly CRISP. So crisp and cool that I would run inside to the warmth after short spurts of soaking up the view. The weekend was filled with Bible study, great food, hilarious conversation (so naturally tons of laughs), and many fun crafts. The group consisted of women from all walks of life, different circles of friends, and many different ages. Most of the women were married and had children, and it was so nice to see all of them, confident in their husband’s abilities to keep the kiddos, able to spend time relaxing. This cozy environment brought out some sides of people that were extremely fun to see! We had the best time!
I think back on this trip and keep thinking, “Be More.” We talked about Lysa TerKeurst’s book Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl. What does it look like in our lives for our faith to come alive? Do we just go through the motions of church, being cordial, serving our families, and reading our Bibles? Do we want to experience MORE? Do we want to BE MORE? It kind of cracked me up because I wrote about being more than a pretty mug—filling your cup with Jesus– last week on the blog (found HERE), and that was what our first session was on. Lysa says, “The reality is no person, profession, or position ever fills the cup of a wounded, empty heart—not my heart, not your heart. It is an emptiness only God can fill.” We all know how it feels to strive after idols to be full, but we fall short every time we turn to something or someone else other than God. We talked about our “If only” statements. If only I had more money, I could “fill in the blank.” If only I lost more weight, I’d feel good about myself. If only I could get this job, I would consider myself successful. These “If only” statements are KILLER! I find these going through my head often. We will never be satisfied, even if our “if only” statements come true, unless we fill ourselves with Jesus. I don’t mean to be a little repetitive from last week, but I love that Jesus continued to reiterate that to me this weekend. Plus, I feel like all of us have those “if only” statements, so we can use the gentle reminder to fill ourselves up with Jesus. He is the only way we are able to BE MORE. He is enough!
The next session we had hit me square between the eyes as well. We talked about Being More in our Relationships. Lysa says, “Imagine the number of relationship issues that would simply vanish if we all committed to: using loving words, not judging, and becoming secure in our own calling.” All of us girls possess a desire to be loved and accepted. We seriously need a good girlfriend or two. But what about those outside of your security-blanket of friends? Those people you see at church by themselves. The ones no one chats with or is very intentional with. What about them? Do you allow your insecurities to get the best of you and talk yourself out of trying to build a relationship with them? I know I do. “What if I run out of things to say? What if they think I’m weird? What if they don’t accept me?” These are all insecurities that pop into my head. We’ve got to push as hard as we can against those thoughts…we have to BE MORE than those thoughts! Hunker down and do it, even if those insecurities keep trying to rear their ugly little heads. It’s also time for us to be more than the gossip, more than the backbiting, more than the jealousy. It’s time we clothe ourselves with the character of Christ and be kind to all women!
I love what Colossians 3:12-15 says,
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
I LOVE THAT. Those verses are CHALLENGING, and could be the answer for much of our relationship issues. Put on that love. Allow Christ to take over. We’ve got to BE MORE for Christ!