“Exhale” Book Study Week 5 Meet the Need and Seize the Yay!

Can you believe it’s Friend, our last Friday. But these are two incredible chapters that bring all our hard work up to this point full circle. You see, just because we have reached the end of the study, we haven’t reached the end of “Losing Who We’re Not, Loving Who We Are, and Living Our One Life Well”. It’s a process. One that we can continue with Jesus when we not only let Him rescue us but we take His invitation for His refuge.

I think like Cheri, so many times it’s easy to plead to God in our difficult times and struggles, “God, get me out of here!” Then when he does we say “Thanks God” and go about our merry way. Totally leaving behind His gracious invite into His “spacious place” of refuge.

For me, the biggest ah ha reading and practicing the principles Amy and Cheri have so beautifully placed in front of us and guided us through with their own personal examples, has been this exact truth found on page 194. Cheri writes, “The ‘spacious place’ of Pslam 18:19 isn’t out there. You don’t have to hunt to find refuge in God.” She goes on to say that in “Acts 17:28… in Him we live and move and have our own being.” But most of all, what hit home with me was Psalm 139: 7-10:

No matter where we are, or go, seek, search, hide, run, or pause God is with us. His name, Imanuel, “God with us”. This is what I was missing for quite some time. You see, I too took God’s invitation several years ago to be freed, “loosened” from what held me captive. I accepted the rescue not the refuge. I sought refuge in a group of people who were like me, which in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. The group gave me support and offered their experience, strength, and hope. After a time, though, I was only relying on this group’s sayings and principles to fill a hole in my soul. Even though I was experiencing growth, deep friendships, and staying sober, I was still lost.

It wasn’t until one day when I was reading Nicki Koziarz’s book, “Five Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” that I realized what I was missing. During a recorded teaching lesson, Nicki asked if you had not accepted Jesus as your personal savior, or if you had in the past but wanted to renew that vow, you can say a prayer right where you are right now. So that is what I did. I hit my knees in that moment and prayed the prayer along with Nicki, accepting the invitation of refuge Jesus offers!

Now, I want to say, I love that group of women that I still meet with, however today Jesus is my refuge and strength.

So what is our need with our name on it? Let’s take some time to “pray-cess” on this question. Has there been a need calling you that you are ignoring because you don’t think it is really for you? Ask God this weekend to help you discern the need with your name on it, then take action. I promise you will be blessed beyond your belief!

Now, without further ado, let’s…

In the final chapter Amy leads us through a beautiful prayer to show us how we can combat the lie that we can’t pull off the triathlon (my word) of satisfying the needs of our hearts, being there for others, and doing everything to the glory of God. We do this by:

Following the “Principle of Intention”

Letting God be the light that shines brightly through us.

Focus on our community not the cries of the crowd.

Dear Friend, it has been such a growth experience for me to be a part of the “Exhale ” Launch team and to bring this study to you these past five weeks. I pray that you have been blessed and know that I will be praying for your continued growth to “Living Your One Life Well”.

You can go to exhalebook.com for more resources.

I will leave you with the link to John 17 and one last video!

John 17: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/search=John+17&version=NIV

If you would like to “Dig Deeper” on these topics here are the links to more learnings:

Grit ‘N’ Grace Episode #60: https://gritngracegirls.com/episode60/

Amy’s “Growing Into A Calling Part 1”: https://amycarroll.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Growing-Into-A-Calling-Part-1.pdf

” Amy’s “Growing Into A Calling Part 2”: https://amycarroll.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Growing-Into-A-Calling-Part-2.pdf

Grit ‘N’ Grace Episode #34: https://gritngracegirls.com/episode34/

Grit ‘N’ Grace Episode #75: https://gritngracegirls.com/episode75/