Cedar Grove Monday Study

The “One Thing”

My Iphone. My laptop computer. My love affair with Home Sense, TJ Maxx. Coffee with friends at Starbucks. My fully equipped fun to cook in kitchen. My obsession of chocolate. These are all just things. But any of them that overly occupy my life can be the “one thing” that keeps me from living out Psalm 27:4.

I’m asking God for one thing,
only one thing:
To live with him in his house
my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty;
I’ll study at his feet.

There is a greater threat than the many “one thing” that threatens to suck my time away from getting to know God. A temptation greater said Charles Spurgeon in a sermon he delivered on a cold December in 1859:

There are many temptations, there are many suggestions and insinuations—and all these are arrows from the bow of the Evil One. But there is one temptation which exceeds all oth- ers, there is one suggestion which is more Satanic, more skillfully used in effecting the purposes of Satan than any other. That suggestion is the one referred to in these words of the Psalmist (Psalm 9:10)—the suggestion to believe that God has forsaken us. If all the other arrows of Hell could be put into one quiver, there would not be so much deadly poison in the whole as in this one.

I am coming to grips with this new thought. I will become a captive if I succumb to this great lie when I am distressed, discouraged or about to venture out in a great work for God. All the other “one thing” distractions will then smoothly fill the gaps of my life. Why? If I believe that God has forgotten me then I won’t or will become incapable of trusting Him. When you don’t trust someone, you don’t listen or spend time with that person. The relationship becomes anything but superficial. God help me to not go to that place when I am tempted.

I have spent an awful lot of time this past year mulling over “trust.” I have examined with careful eyes all that I believe about trusting in God. I have come to this conclusion. He is trustworthy. Even when I don’t understand, it is His truth that prevails and trumps my feelings. Truth seeks to realign my twisted thinking when I have hit the wall and lose perspective. It is my plumb line. Truth centers my choices and gives voice to demolish and conquer my fears of uncertainty.

Knowing God is knowing who He is, His character. So Women2Nite Study girls, let’s continue to prepare ourselves for the journey of uncovering the vast meanings of God’s names. May He reveal Himself to you this week as you invite him to be the “one thing” you desire. HIs invitation to dwell in His presence!

Have fun at your Small Group out night this coming Monday. See you on October 4th!

Because of His Grace

Cynthia

Camping Out With God

WOW! Did we have a great night yesterday or what? I was so incredibly blessed to see all you beautiful women ready to launch into an adventure in studying God’s word. I hope that you will discover new truths or be reminded of ones you are familiar with as you begin Week One.

We asked the question last night, “What do we struggle with most in trusting God?” I wrestle with the fear of not knowing the immediate future. I struggle with God not giving me the information sooner than later. Why is that? I like to KNOW things…so I can PLAN things….so I can feel like at least I am in CONTROL of some of my life. Whoa…is God pulling the rug out on me on that one! How silly of me to think that God is going let me in on more than I need to know when I need to know it! When will I learn this? So you see, like you I am on a journey of learning to trust God deeper. We can do it!

I am praying for you this week Psalm 27:4. I am asking God to give you a hunger for that “one thing”, to seek to be in his presence. To hangout with Him in His tent, as we talked about last night. Remember the promise of God in verse 5. He is “covering you” and “sheltering you” in His glory because He is crazy about who He made you to be!!

Learning to trust more!

Cynthia

Women2Nite Study-WELCOME!

I can hardly stand it! Summer is over, Fall is here and that means our bible study is beginning. Yippee!! We are going to have a rip-roaring God-time in His word, I just know it. I have already immersed myself preparing this summer in the book and study by Catherine Martin, Trusting in the Names of God. If you are joining us on Monday nights at the Grove or by cyberworld you are in for a real treat. I promise, promise, promise!

I have created space on my blog for us to dialogue about what we are learning. I have found that I learn best with others along the journey. Post your thoughts, questions and/or comments as we study each week and let’s have a blast growing together. You can find all the posts once we get rolling under the category “Trusting in the Names of God.” on the right side of the web page.

To get a dialogue started, What do you struggle with in trusting God?

Learning to trust Him more

Cynthia