And she’s sharing all that with us…so that we can learn too. To carry a weight you weren’t ever supposed to carry” (page 49). I start to hurt deeply as I carry a burden I was not called to carry. Because she wasn’t hearing from Him or seeing any results from her pleas, she was tempted to think He had abandoned her. The injustices? Ms. Minton, a 38-year-old secretary, said she had obtained permission from the warden to put off her Mississippi duty until early February because she is a single mother caring for disabled parents. That one’s not even biblical. Optional: Read chapters 1 and 2 of the book It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way. Go through the study questions and activity with your group or on your own on pages 72-81. “Look to Jesus” is literal. You will want to come back to this page each week as each video session becomes available starting August 3, 2020. I have to allow this suffering to grow my trust in God — trusting that my perspective is incomplete, trusting that God sees things I’ll never see and that He has a way through this that I can’t imagine. He saw a bigger picture I couldn’t see. It's Not Supposed to Be This Way Sign Up. * * * Your Turn. The pain? And who will walk through every step of this if I keep my focus on Him. Love walking with my precious articulate friend. Polling suggests many of these voters are standing by their president anyway, but it's hard not to wonder how many will end up feeling like Pat LeBlanc and Crystal Minton by the time Election Day 2020 rolls around. I can whine, “It’s not supposed to be this way!”. But when I do that, I get anxious. A word that keeps coming up in this book study for me is PERSPECTIVE. The quote came to mind this morning, reading a new article from the New York Times today on Jackson County, Fla., in the state's panhandle, which was already struggling in the wake of Hurricane Michael, but which is now also feeling the adverse effects of Trump's government shutdown. The truth — if the doctors had been able to get the pain under control, they would’ve sent her home. Her trust in God is growing. Kingdom Minded, Eternally Focused. He loved me too much to do the very thing I was begging Him to do. But How Do I Get Through the Next 86,400 Second? His love too deep” (page 41-42). My assumptions — based on those assessments, I draw my own conclusions. Change ), It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way – Chapter 3. If all we focus on are the hard and painful things, then that’s where we’ll go. Yet she did it. We’re putting our hope in Him. Watch the video for session three on our study home page or live with other participants … Take notes in your study guide on pages 67-72. Scripture gives us another place to put our eyes — on Jesus. That’s how I survive the 86,400 seconds called today” (page 51). We have learned so much together. And mean it. Polling suggests many of these voters are standing by their president anyway, but it's hard not to wonder how many will end up feeling like Pat LeBlanc … Welcome to the It's Not Supposed to Be This Way Online Bible Study at Study Gateway! Maybe even unrealistic. You can still access all of the study posts below in the Study Blog and complete this study on your own time! ( Log Out / We have learned so much together. Genesis tells us that the human heart was created in the perfection of the garden of Eden. The piece included this anecdote: A few miles away, another prison employee, Crystal Minton, accompanied her fiancé to a friend's house to help clear the remnants of a metal roof mangled by the hurricane. My soul was made for assurance” (page 50). GOING to the WELL The human heart was created in the context of the perfection of the garden of Eden. Sent from my iPad > Even the strong man has to confess that he needs a hand other than his own to direct his steps. And she found herself asking how she was going to get through the day…that 86,400 seconds. But God is showing me there’s a difference in coming alongside my son and actually taking on the problem myself. And THAT is what I hear from Lysa in this chapter, “How Do I Get Through the Next 86,400 Seconds?” As she shares more of her story with us, we discover her pain that was already hard enough emotionally became acute, physical pain. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Through her pain and suffering, she’s learning obedience. Who completely understands. And she would’ve gone septic and died. You can go ahead and start watching session one right away, and the session two video will be available August 10, 2020. Problems Placed On Us and Problems Within Us 4. That’s where we’ll live. Five days, in the hospital, no relief kind of pain. He's not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.". "I voted for him, and he's the one who's doing this," she said of Mr. Trump. I’m not saying I’m not supposed to walk beside him and help him find his way. This is a big one. We don’t have to feel good to trust there is good coming. “We don’t have to know the plan to trust there is a plan. It’s a choice. So, I have a choice. His Son. But we don’t live there now. How it works: He wants to be invited in” (page 48). She writes from her gray farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. She plays out this idea, stressing that she’s not talking about the “I trust in God” type platitude (because that what Christians are supposed to say), but the kind of trust that in the moment of pain we can say we will trust God with this suffering, disappointment, or situation. I imagine all of us would wonder where God is when we’re asking and asking for relief and we get no response. 3. GOING to the WELL The human heart was created in the context of the perfection of the garden of Eden. “This is obedience. She didn’t have God’s perspective during the pain. They are meant to save us. When I put myself in Lysa’s shoes, I can’t imagine that I would feel much like writing when my marriage is falling apart and I nearly die in the hospital. She is choosing to shift her perspective and lean into her heavenly Father who wants to walk every step with her. Maybe the hangup so many of us have with “religion” is that too often the cliches that come from it sound trite and insincere. Psalm 119:116,117 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope…, The way of man.--The path which a man takes for good or evil, for failure or success. And it seems steeped in the truth of Scripture — like the one that tells us we shouldn’t borrow tomorrow’s worries for today has enough (Matthew 6:34). "I thought he was going to do good things. What a wonderful summary of this study. Lysa encourages us to believe that our pain and suffering aren’t meant to hurt us. Come share your thoughts on It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way on our blog. When the Enemy Comes Against Us 6. Of particular interest, the article noted an electronics company in Michigan, which is "mulling the possibility of moving its production to Mexico to escape the tariffs that President Trump has put on imported components. But once she did see the bigger picture, that hindsight thing, she realized God had been there with her the whole time. Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. ", The Times quoted the company's chairman, Pat LeBlanc, a Trump voter who now believes the president's policy will slice his profits in half. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. “To save us from a life where we are self-reliant, self-satisfied, self-absorbed, and set up for the greatest pain of all…separation from God” (page 45). Future possibilities that might elicit more problems and pain? Compare Proverbs 16:9; Proverbs 20:24, as expressing the same thought of the necessity of divine guidance. I very much want to fix it for him, so I find myself keeping my eyes on that instead of God. The doubt? He loved her enough to let the pain remain because…get this…the pain had purpose! Title: It's Not Supposed to Be This Way By: Lysa TerKeurst Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 281 Vendor: Thomas Nelson Publication Date: 2018 Dimensions: 8.75 X 5.75 X 1.00 (inches) Weight: 16 ounces ISBN: 0718039858 ISBN-13: 9780718039851 Stock No: WW039851 It’s a very human perspective. No, I believe it took every bit of holy restraint within Him not to step in and remove my pain. And, it’s Lysa’s purpose. The obedience He learned from suffering took Him to a whole new level of trust in God…beyond what He could see. But when my brain begs me to doubt God — as it most certainly does — I find relief for my unbelief by laying down my human assessments and assumptions…. It kept the doctors searching for an answer. I love it that Lysa spent some quality time on the topic of obedience next. In fact, when all was said and done, this doctor basically said the pain she’d encountered had saved her life. This is trust. I have to close my eyes, call on Jesus, and change my focus. Who writes so well. Lysa calls this a “marked moment,” that moment we make the decision to trust God despite what we see (or don’t see). He answered a prayer she didn’t even know she needed to pray. His conduct in life depends, the prophet says, on something more than his own choice :--. Sign-ups to receive weekly emails for the It's Not Supposed to Be This Way Online Bible Study are no longer available. In this season of my life there’s not a lot of pain, but it does have some disappointment. In fact, we state it even if we don’t yet fully believe it. Where are our eyes looking? IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY. O LORD, I know that man's way is not his own; It is not in man to direct his steps as he walketh. God doesn’t want to be explained away. Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular, LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel, Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular, Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular, Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular, Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct, Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, OT Prophets: Jeremiah 10:23 Yahweh I know that the way (Jer.) Read It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Chapters 5-6 (And if you’re getting ahead: Chapters 7-8 for next week). 1 thought on “ It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way – Chapter 3 ” Jamie Crooch on May 22, 2019 at 12:02 am said: What a wonderful summary of this study. There’s a word for you. “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly callings, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” (Hebrews 3:1). Pain saved her life. But those assumptions were mistaken. Lysa asks, “Can you imagine how much less anxiety, fear, anger, and heartbreak we would have if we could truly trust God?” (page 43). To trust God means we trust His timing — even when it’s not our timing.
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