Jan 23, 2014

Blog Hop Question #4 Proverbs 31 OBS Week 1

Blog Hop Question #4: A Raging Battle ~ Food isn’t the only thing that tempts to destroy our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.  What other things do you currently crave more than God?

Wow this hit me like a ton of bricks, practically knocking me right off of my chair!  I just went through this yesterday without even realizing it; and this is going to be really painful to admit out loud.  Every time I tried to do my Bible study yesterday I broke down crying and ended up not doing anything.  Several times, I went to lie down and fell asleep.  I was so emotional!  I cried on and off throughout the day and had no desire to do Bible study at all. 

However, when it was time to get on the computer and check Facebook, Twitter and my blogs I had noooooo problems at all doing that.  Obviously we see the problem here… I CRAVE my social networking time, I LOVE it.  I can’t wait to get on and check my emails to see what is going on with this blog or that blog.  I can’t wait to find out what books Amazon has on sale for my kindle…

What is wrong with me???  Why am I not feeling this way about God???  This just breaks my heart.  Please pray with me,

Dear Heavenly Father,
I need you so desperately in my life right now.  I am like a train about to wreck.  There are so many things going on that I need you for and I am not coming to you.  I have no idea why but please forgive me for not putting you first.  Please give me the strength and the courage to stand strong against the pressures this life has against me.  And thank you for being there, always, even when I don’t deserve it at all.  In your precious name
Amen.


18 comments:

  1. I'm believing WITH you that you will have the strength and courage to stand strong and go to Him first!! "With God, ALL things are possible!"

    Christa Fowler (OBS Small Group Leader)

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    1. Thank you for your support!! And for the verse :)

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  2. Wow, that was wonderful ... I appreciate the honesty especially in your prayer.
    Stopped in from the blog hop
    Sue

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment. I appreciate it.

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  3. Praying with you! I very much understand social network craving- i too struggle with it! For me it's a "I want to see what everyone else is doing" and I want validation from them. Once we realize that the only satisfying validation we'll ever get is from God, we can begin to overcome our need to look sideways and instead look up.

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    1. Thanks for praying with me!!! Yes we need to be looking up!!!

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  4. Shannan-- You are not alone!! I struggle with checking social networking all the time. If you ever need a shoulder or want to discuss, don't hesitate! I'd love to connect. Stopping by from the blog hop :)

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    1. Thank you Kate, I appreciate it, yes this is a tough subject and we need each other's help!!

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  5. Dear Sweet Sister, Shannan:

    Thank you for being SO REAL here. Letting the world know you are trying to figure it all out. I am praying that you are able to stop the voices in your head, leading you to trying to discover "why" and instead simply REST in the PEACE and HOPE of the Lord.

    Dear Lord,
    I pray for this beautiful lady and your daughter that is crying out to you. Let her know that your TRUTH brings forth MERCY and GRACE and HOPE!

    Lord I pray her mind will be renewed with the words in Romans 5:
    5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

    Shana, PRESS INTO GOD, He is there! He already knows the cries of your heart. He loves you dear sister. You are HIS. There is no room for shame where there is love and no room for fear where there is faith.

    I KNOW you are empowered to keep pressing on. COURAGE will be your new normal as you give it to the Lord to work in you rather than you working in yourself.

    You are LOVED and prayed for!

    Hugs!

    (Liz: P31 OBS Small Group Leader)

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  6. I wrote about this topic too. It was a real eye opener to me that there is more than food I crave about God. I pray that God will help both of us to put him first, to truly crave his presence and his word!

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  7. Yes , yes, yes! This is EXACTLY why I signed up for this study. Yes, I need to make better food choices.....but my true craving is social media. I pick up my phone or my Kindle to check Facebook, Twitter, e-mails, play games, check blogs......all before doing anything else. I know I spend way too much time....and when I'm not actively on social media, I am thinking about finishing what I am doing so I can! I have a stack of books on my bedside table, (Mended, Unglued, Sacred Secrets, Chasing God) but always end up on my Kindle or iPhone rather than working on my relationship with God. This has been bothering me a lot for about six months, but not enough to change my ways. I'm hoping this OBS will be the catalyst to change. My biggest hesitation/fear right now is that I have to be on my computer, facebook, twitter in order to participate in the study. I'm hoping the temptation isn't too much to just go ahead and surf my favorite sites while I'm on there. Thank you so much Shannan for your honesty! It helps to know I'm not alone. I will be praying for you sweet sister.

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    1. You are in my prayers as well. yes it is such a struggle. Ugh!!! No we are not alone and I can see that here, I can't believe these responses I am gettting. This is amazing! I know being on the computer to do the study is a challenge because it is easy to do the "other stuff" as well.

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  8. As I was blog hopping, I really was hoping someone else would address the issue of craving social media! (so I would know I'm not alone!!) I felt so extremely convicted about my time on Facebook, messenger, and instagram that I finally in tears told God, "ok, I will take a step to break this craving." So I deleted the apps from my phone. I'm not at my computer nearly as much as the immediate access of my phone. So now when I reach for my phone and remember that Facebook is not there, I instead turn to God & pray that He will fill my need for significance & validation. He showed me Philippians 4:19 AMP "And my God will LIBERALLY SUPPLY (FILL TO THE FULL) YOUR EVERY NEED according to HIS RICHES in glory IN CHRIST JESUS."
    Pray on sweet sister! He will never leave us nor forsake us!

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    1. I'm proud of you Joanne for what you've done so far, that's more than me!! It's sooooo hard!!!!!! I will keep you in my prayers. Thank you for your comment. God bless you sister.

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  9. Shannan, I'm so glad you addresses this issue. Thank you for your willingness to open up. I'm praying for you.

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