Wednesday, August 7, 2013

YES: No More Games

I have just started my first online bible study through Proverbs 31 Ministries at .   We are studying What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, by Lysa Terkeurst. Yep, it will just be me and several thousand other Christian women from all over the world trying to gain a better understanding of what it means to say yes…and mean it.

        It is a simple word.
                It is easy to spell.
                        It is easy to say.
…and yet it can be difficult to follow through.

Often times my “yes” is absolute in the beginning. At some point, I manage to downsize it to a “maybe”.  There are so many things to do, places to go, and people to see. Some days I am exhausted and just want to put my “yes” on hold. “No, not today…maybe tomorrow,” I tell myself.

Sometimes my “yes” takes on complexity by adding a stipulation or two. This is the when/then game…when I get my house in order then I’ll serve at the food pantry…when I take a few more bible studies then I will volunteer to help in Sunday school…when I finish running my errands then I’ll have some time to sit and listen to the Lord. The problem with the when/then game is that it is a game of perfection. There must be a perfect “when” to gain a desired “then”.

I am thinking it’s time to stop playing that game…
        especially if I am going to whole heartedly start saying “Yes” to God!

He wants me to be available to Him now. He will meet me where I am and use what I have to offer today. His priority is not my sink full of dishes or how many items are left on my task list. While these things are important, they are not the priority.

 God desires me to be His hands and feet.
         So I lift my hands, palms up, to receive His blessings today.
                And I say, “YES!”


  1. Thank you! Very well said! Liz

  2. This is exactly what I have been thinking. I have been struggling this week and what God is asking of me. I really cannot afford to struggle any more with excuses. It is time to put that one little word into action.

  3. I too have decided NO more games, truly enjoyed your post! Thanks

  4. I's time to quit playing games. There is always something important to do, but our priorities have to be in order. I lift my hands with you! Saying Yes today!

  5. Serena,

    You wrote "There must be a perfect “when” to gain a desired “then”. I am so with you Girl!! I don't know how many times I have said that to myself. The key is letting go of what we feel is perfection in ourselves and truly seek perfection in Christ. I'm so glad that you are saying "YES".

    Kelly H (OBS Small Group Leader)