It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 11

Upside Down. Oh, golly, what a different connotation the words “upside down” now have for all Stranger Things fans. In this Netflix series, strange things keep happening because of the “upside down” dimension of Hawkins, Indiana. And while Lysa TerKeurst is not at all alluding to this fictional dimension, perhaps it helps us better understand whyContinue reading “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 11”

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 10

Fighting Words. The idea that God more often than not equips the called rather than call the equipped has resonated with me for years. I don’t know the theology of it or how many opinions are out there on this idea, but for me it’s been an encouragement. I have very rarely felt ready orContinue reading “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 10”

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 9

Exposing the Enemy. Just over two decades ago I started seminary classes, and to my great surprise the most heated discussion among students and professors was the existence of Satan. Now, I’m no debater. In fact, I usually avoid the “hot topics” because I’m horrible at coming up with good reasons and words “in theContinue reading “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 9”

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 8

Letting Go of What’s Holding Me Back. A few years ago I read this amazing book, Anything, by Jennie Allen, and I think that was the first time I was confronted with the reality that something was “holding me back” from doing ANYTHING God asked me to do. Something was holding me back from growing inContinue reading “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 8”

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 7

When God Gives You More Than You Can Handle. Did you know that the saying, “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” is not actually in the Bible? Nope. It’s not. Even though we’ve heard it “quoted” a million times, it’s really not in there. (It’s actually a misquote of 1 Corinthians 10:13 thatContinue reading “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 7”

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 6

A Little Too Long and A Lot Too Hard. I’m not a huge country music “listener,” yet in seasons of my life it’s taken on a more prominent role than others. Like college. Lots of boot-scootin’ country music around Texas A&M. Even more at Sam Houston State. My boyfriend had Clint Black on repeat. AndContinue reading “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 6”

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 5

Paintings and People. I’ve been learning for quite some time the pitfalls of perfectionism — the added stress, the self-focus, the lack of grace for myself and others. Yup. Perfectionism can be a bad habit with some high costs. And as much as I’ve been learning about perfectionism over the last few decades, Lysa takesContinue reading “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 5”

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 4

Tan Feet. I read the title of this chapter, “Tan Feet,” and thought, “I have no idea what this chapter is going to be about.” Of course, the previous chapters elicited a similar response in me. Lysa is creative with her titles, to say the least. Any thoughts? What does Lysa mean by “tan feet?”Continue reading “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 4”

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way – Chapter 3

But How Do I Get Through the Next 86,400 Second? Maybe the hangup so many of us have with “religion” is that too often the cliches that come from it sound trite and insincere. Maybe even unrealistic. Like…when you lose a loved one and someone says, “they’re in a better place.” Even if it’s true…itContinue reading “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way – Chapter 3”

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 2

Dust. Broken world. Broken people. Shattered heart. Shattered dreams. These are all phrases we’re familiar with, realities we may even live with. In this second chapter, Lysa builds on what we already know, what’s familiar, to give us something new to grasp about how we can walk with God through our hardest seasons, our worstContinue reading “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — Chapter 2”