Hey girlfriends! I’m so excited to be part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour. Today, I get to share a bit of how her new book, “The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands,” has touched my life. Read through to the end to learn how to join in promoting Lysa’s book AND LEAVE A COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF “THE BEST YES”!
***Winner of the “liquid love” giveaway announced at the end of this post****
Let’s start with a few questions that I bet you can identify with.
Does your life feel like an urgent rush from one demand to another?
Do you live a reactive rather than a proactive life?
Do you find yourself stuck between two decisions, paralyzed by the thought of choosing one over the other?
This last one is where I found myself two weeks ago. Lysa’s message allowed me to choose MY “best yes” during one of the most trying times in my life as a mom. I was serving at our Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference. Each day filled with responsibilities…things that my team assigned me to do.
Twenty-four hours into the Conference, I received a phone call from my daughter, who was interning in New York City, that she was sick, breaking out in some kind of allergic reaction. A bit distracted, I advised she head to the closest urgent care.
Despite treatment, her symptoms worsened throughout the day. I encouraged her to go back to urgent care the next morning and ask for more medicine. I continued with my She Speaks duties, but now she had me a bit worried. By bedtime, she felt like she was struggling to breathe. She clearly was not responding to the meds they gave her, and they couldn’t give her anymore. Both my husband and I were out of town. He in Kentucky. Me in Concord. But he arranged for her to fly home immediately. Whatever caused this reaction had now invaded and overtaken her entire body.
I was terrified. What if they can’t control this? What if she can’t breathe? Who will care for her on the plane? What if we lose her?
The “best yes” seems obvious doesn’t it. Of course. Go be with your sick child. That is the “best yes.” And, of course, that is where I wanted and needed to be. But what consumed my mind was how many people I would let down at the Conference. How many people would have to step up and take over my responsibilities. How many people who were already overloaded with their own duties would now have to pick up mine. So many emotions tangled up in my heart.
I knew where I needed and where my heart longed to be. But lies infiltrated my heart. You are letting so many people down. Surely a close friend could step up in your place and call you if Lauren needs you. You could have worked something out.
As I hovered over her in the Emergency Room, the condemning thoughts persisted. When her symptoms failed to improve, they admitted her to the hospital. I was terrified. This was my baby girl. In the dark of the night, as I lay by her side, my thoughts returned to all the women who were doing what I should have been doing. My heart raced. My stomach churned. But why? I knew I was where I needed to be so why didn’t I have peace?
Restlessness consumed me until the very women who stepped up to take over my responsibilities began texting me…powerful prayers, beautiful Scriptures and WISE WORDS…words reminding me that I had responded with MY BEST YES by choosing to be with my daughter.
As they placed TRUTH in front of me, God’s Wisdom drown out the lies!
In those crucial moments, God assured me that I had chosen MY BEST YES!
Friend, being equipped with God’s Wisdom and Truth is a GAMECHANGER in our decision-making. It makes us soldiers fully equipped for the decisions we will encounter in the midst of endless demands.
I had fallen victim to the evil one and allowed him, the one Jesus identified in the book of John as a “liar” and the “father of lies,” to invade my thoughts and take them hostage, taunting me…lying to me…sending me to places I didn’t want to go. He didn’t letup until TRUTH came against him. It wasn’t until I stopped listening to the lies and began listening to and speaking back God’s TRUTH that he relented. And eventually, he slithered away with his big ole’ ugly tail tucked between his legs.
You see, sweet friend, TRUTH has a powerful way of interrupting the runaway thoughts and feelings that come in the midst of choosing our”best yes,” But if we don’t know TRUTH, we are powerless against the enemy’s tactics…his lying thoughts…his crafty deceptions.
I absolutely LOVE the three questions Lysa equips us with in Chapter 4 when we face difficult choices.
1. Have you been reading and praying through God’s Word lately?
2. Have you been applying God’s Word in your life lately?
3. Have you sought godly counsel and insights from wise people who know specifics about your situation?
The key to choosing our “best yes” depends on having godly wisdom. Godly wisdom comes from one place and one place only…God’s Word! We must learn it, study it, believe it and store it up in our hearts!!
“The Best Yes” releases Tuesday, August 12th! Will you join me and our entire Proverbs 31 family in sharing this great news on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram? Click here to find great quotes, banners and pins to share. And click here to purchase a copy. Our hashtag is #TheBestYes. Below are some tweets to get you started.
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Will you join me in seeking God’s Wisdom so that together we can choose our “BEST YES”? Leave a comment today and share your favorite way to gather wisdom. I will choose one name to win a copy of Lysa TerKeurst’s new book “The Best Yes!”
*****The winner of the Liquid Love giveaway from my last post is Eileen who posted on 7/25 at 9:03 am. Please send me an e-mail at email@example.com with your full name and address so I can send you your books.*****