Joyce taught on our identity in Christ on Friday night. Anyone who has read this blog for long knows how much I love that teaching. On my sidebar I have all the scriptures in statement form that say who we are in Christ that I got from one of her books and just reading those out loud every day for a couple of months completely changed how I view myself and how I conduct myself. Life changing to know who you are in Christ. May I just take the time to ask you to click on the link and print them out? Carry them around with you and read them, OUT LOUD every day. You will be amazed at the ways it will affect your life, especially your thoughts. She also talked about not letting the enemy or ourselves diminish ourselves. For example, Moses telling God he could not do what God was asking him to do because of his speech impediment. We need to stop telling God "I can't do it". We need to stop thinking we aren't good enough or won't do it good enough. She is so right, I have been struggling with that attitude lately with the ladies Bible Study I teach. I have felt like a failure lately because attendance has dropped off from having 7 or 8 regulars to having 4 or 5 in attendance. But I feel like a roaring lion now and even though I am okay with who comes, I was still struggling a little with feelings of failure. I like this quote from Lysa TerKeurst "I am called; therefore I am equipped". I felt like Friday's message was pointed right at me. It was wonderful and I feel so encouraged.
We stopped for a bite to eat before Friday night's meeting. I am on the left in the green. Is there a single picture I can take that does not look wretched? I never photograph well, oh well. I had a healthy bowl of soup trying to keep this weight loss going. I have lost 24 pounds now since doing this study, which I must say was completely inspired by the Holy Spirit and Joyce Meyer. Can I say again how much I stinkin love that woman?
Saturday's meeting was on forgiveness. It was really great too. Martin Smith from Delirious was our worship leader and oh my, did I love the mini concert they put on both days. I love to sing!!
Joyce is hysterical too, I mean she had us laughing lots. It was amazing and one of the things I really loved was that she and Martin both made points a few times to point out that God does not care about denominations and that we all just need to get over that. We can all come together and just worship the Lord and have relationships with God and Jesus and that is all that matters, that and walking in love. Boy, I was so glad they said that a few times.
I really liked it when Martin Smith had everyone join hands and asked them to jump up and down and dance. He said if you've never danced in church you are missing something. I agree! It was fun and I left with my spirit full. I am wondering if anyone else has ever been to one of her meetings. Did you know it is free to get in? They pass an offering bucket and I just know there will be ten hundred different kinds of crowns in Heaven for her for that! Everyone has the opportunity to be filled and blessed by her. Not just those that have, I so think Jesus would approve.
I feel so much more emboldened to teach. Yay!! I can't wait for our next ladies bible study.