“To Walk or Stay” Book Club :: Chapter 10 Discussion {Redeeming Power}

To Walk or Stay book club

Each week a different blogger will host a discussion on one of the chapters. We are at the end of To Walk or Stay, so if you missed any of the discussions, make sure to click on the chapter links below. Chapter 10 is about walking in His redeeming power. Discussion on chapter 10 is at Stacey Thacker’s blog today. She is the editor of the newly revamped website Mothers of Daughters, which is really cool because I’m a mother of daughters. 🙂 I also love her book Hope for the Weary Mom. Head on over to the book club post and join in on the discussion: http://www.29lincolnavenue.com/2013/06/to-walk-or-stay-book-club/

April 18, Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing
April 25, Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine
May 2, Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9, Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt
May 16, Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered
May 23, Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson
May 30, Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out
June 6, Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy
June 13, Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson
June 20, Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue

It is never too late to jump into the “To Walk or Stay” book club. You can read more about it at the following link: http://tooverflowing.com/to-walk-or-stay-book-club. And you can read what I had to say about the book HERE.

“To Walk or Stay” Book Club :: Chapter 9 Discussion {Prayer}

To Walk or Stay book club

Each week a different blogger will host a discussion on one of the chapters. We are nearing the end of To Walk or Stay, so if you missed any of the discussions, make sure to click on the chapter links below. Chapter 9 is about prayer that changes things. Discussion will over at Erika Dawson’s blog today. Some cool things about Erika? Her husband grew up in the jungles and she love books <–you know anyone who loves books? 😉 ! Head on over to the book club post and join in on the discussion: http://erikadawson.com/prayer-that-changes-things/

April 18, Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing
April 25, Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine
May 2, Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9, Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt
May 16, Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered
May 23, Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson
May 30, Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out
June 6, Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy
June 13, Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson
June 20, Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue

It is not too late to jump into the “To Walk or Stay” book club. You can read more about it at the following link and RSVP: http://tooverflowing.com/to-walk-or-stay-book-club. You can read what I had to say about the book HERE.

“To Walk or Stay” Book Club :: Chapter 8 Discussion {Waiting in Belief}

Welcome to the “To Walk or Stay” Book Club! I’m so honored to be a part of the big things God is doing through Lara’s book. There has been some great conversations on the topics of control, thoughts, beauty, rights, divorce, and forgiveness throughout the “To Walk or Stay” book club discussions. Today we will be talking about Chapter 8: Waiting in Belief.

And though words of faith came out of my mouth, deep in my spirit I doubted whether full restoration would ever be our experience.

Waiting. That is a hard place to be. No one will ever tell you their favorite thing to do is to wait. Isn’t there a statistic about how we are waiting for a huge chunk of our lives? Waiting for what we do not know is especially hard. When you know what is to come, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, at least you can somewhat prepare yourself. Are we like Zechariah, growing to expect more suffering? We have already heard about his miracles and we have seen His amazing power, and so we believe. But waiting…in belief? It’s not easy.

Image Source: alifetimeofwisdom.com

Image Source: alifetimeofwisdom.com

We live in a time of instant gratification. When our smartphones take an eighth of a second too long to refresh, we get frustrated. <–Or maybe that’s just me. o_o When the hostess tells us the wait will be ‘x’ minutes long, we leave for a restaurant with a shorter line. When we were young, we couldn’t wait to graduate, find a job, get married, start a family…whatever it was, we didn’t want to wait for it. When we are waiting on God, perhaps it is worth the wait.

Anytime I have looked back at the trials and challenges in my life, I see that God truly did work things out in His perfect timing…every. single. time. Whether it was in a time of joblessness or searching for a home or schooling our children, if I had chosen my own plans so I wouldn’t have to wait, I would have settled for less than what He has given me as a result of waiting in belief, trusting that He had something greater for me. And He did have something greater for me.

8560439428_d679bbdeebCheck out Lara’s interview over at Bible Geek Gone Wild if you haven’t already done so. If you don’t have 18 minutes and 31 seconds right now to listen to the whole thing, fast forward to 7:40 where Lara talks about this chapter and about living in God’s timing. Author Talks – Episode 18 – Lara Williams

When God designed marriage, He designed it to reflect Him. It isn’t about us, we make it about us, but it’s about Him…If we could learn to pause and to press into God for wisdom and to seek his guidance instead of running to everything else in the planet for wisdom, the landscape for Christian marriage would be very different.

And this is how we can wait in belief. While not all things were designed to reflect God like marriage does, this could be true for many things in our lives. If we turn to Him in prayer, and seek Him in His Word, our actions and the outcome of we are waiting for would be different. As Lara has mentioned before, she would have completely missed a blessing if she chose to walk instead of waiting in belief to stay.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Share a time in your life when your faith was greatly tested. How did God minister to you in that time?
  2. Practically speaking, how can we remain steadfast-believing God’s promises-through the trials?
  3. In the digging deeper section, we looked at Hebrews 11:1-12:2. The last question asked, “How does He want you to apply what you read?” How did you respond?

I would love for each of you to join in the conversation in the comments below by answering the questions. It would be awesome if you could respond to at least one other person’s comment, too! Keep the discussion going, and interact with fellow book club members. Pray for one another as we journey together.

“To Walk or Stay” Book Club :: Chapter 7 Discussion {Forgiveness}

To Walk or Stay book club

Each week a different blogger will host a discussion on one of the chapters. We are more than half way through To Walk or Stay, but there is still lots of great stuff to discuss. Discussion on chapter 7 about forgiveness is over at Francie Winslow’s blog “Up, In, and Out” this week. Once I read Francie’s About page, I knew I would love her, because she says she specializes in making cheese quesadillas! Head on over to the book club post and join in on the discussion: http://upinandout.com/2013/05/30/to-walk-or-stay-book-club-choosing-to-remember-no-more-chapter-7/

“To Walk or Stay” Chapter 7 from Lara Williams on Vimeo.

April 18, Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing
April 25, Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine
May 2, Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9, Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt
May 16, Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered
May 23, Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson
May 30, Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out
June 6, Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy
June 13, Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson
June 20, Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue

It is not too late to jump into the “To Walk or Stay” book club. You can read more about it at the following link and RSVP: http://tooverflowing.com/to-walk-or-stay-book-club. You can read what I had to say about the book HERE.

“To Walk or Stay” Book Club :: Chapter 6 Discussion {Divorce}

To Walk or Stay book club

Each week a different blogger will host a discussion on one of the chapters. We are half way through To Walk or Stay but there is still lots of great stuff to discuss. Discussion on chapter 6 over at Tracie’s blog this week. I’ve only known of Tracie through this book club, but I realized that I had stumbled upon her blog before. She has a great post about Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. I’m all about random acts of kindness. Anyhow, head on over to the book club post and join in on the discussion: http://www.traciestierjohnson.com/to-walk-or-stay-book-club-week-6/

April 18, Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing
April 25, Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine
May 2, Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9, Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt
May 16, Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered
May 23, Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson
May 30, Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out
June 6, Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy
June 13, Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson
June 20, Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue

It is not too late to jump into the “To Walk or Stay” book club. You can read more about it at the following link and RSVP: http://tooverflowing.com/to-walk-or-stay-book-club. You can read what I had to say about the book HERE.

“To Walk or Stay” Book Club :: Chapter 5 Discussion {Rights}

To Walk or Stay book club

Each week a different blogger will host a discussion on one of the chapters. We are half way through To Walk or Stay but there is still lots of great stuff to discuss. Discussion on chapter 5 about ‘rights’ is over at Michele-Lyn’s blog, A Life Surrendered, this week. I ‘met’ Michele-Lyn this year, and she always has beautiful words to share. Head on over to the post and join in on the discussion: http://www.alifesurrendered.com/2013/05/to-walk-or-stay-ch-5-but-i-have-a-right-to-be-loved/

April 18, Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing
April 25, Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine
May 2, Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9, Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt
May 16, Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered
May 23, Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson
May 30, Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out
June 6, Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy
June 13, Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson
June 20, Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue

The “To Walk or Stay” Book Club started last week. It is not too late to join us. You can read more about it at the following link and RSVP: http://tooverflowing.com/to-walk-or-stay-book-club. You can read what I had to say about the book HERE.

“To Walk or Stay” Book Club :: Chapter 4 Discussion {Beauty}

To Walk or Stay book club

Each week a different blogger will host a discussion on one of the chapters. Discussion on chapter 4 is over at the Kayse’s blog this week. On her blog, Kayse writes honestly about faith, family, and real life. I love her tagline: “Live Authenically,” “Laugh Joyfully,” and “Love Intentionally.” Kayse was thisclose to being in one of my HelloMornings groups, but went the way of twitter instead. :p Head on over to the post and join in on the discussion: http://kaysepratt.com/2013/05/comparison-self-esteem-and-the-truth-about-beauty.html

Let’s stop looking at the world and the people around us to tell us we’re beautiful. Let’s set our eyes on God, the one who defines true beauty.

“To Walk or Stay” :: Chapter 4 from Lara Williams on Vimeo.

April 18, Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing
April 25, Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine
May 2, Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9, Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt
May 16, Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered
May 23, Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson
May 30, Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out
June 6, Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy
June 13, Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson
June 20, Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue

The “To Walk or Stay” Book Club started last week. It is not too late to join us. You can read more about it at the following link and RSVP: http://tooverflowing.com/to-walk-or-stay-book-club. You can read what I had to say about the book HERE.

“To Walk or Stay” Book Club :: Chapter 3 Discussion {Thoughts}

To Walk or Stay book club

Each week a different blogger will host a discussion on one of the chapters. Discussion on chapter 3 is over at the HelloMornings website today. I don’t need to tell you about HelloMornings because, well, I do it a lot already. :p Summer session is about to get started. My group is full, but there are lots of other groups too choose from. Join us! Head on over to the post and join in on the discussion: http://www.hellomornings.org/taking-every-thought-captive/

“To Walk or Stay” Chapter 3 from Lara Williams on Vimeo.

April 18, Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing
April 25, Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine
May 2, Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9, Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt
May 16, Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered
May 23, Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson
May 30, Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out
June 6, Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy
June 13, Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson
June 20, Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue

The “To Walk or Stay” Book Club started last week. It is not too late to join us. You can read more about it at the following link and RSVP: http://tooverflowing.com/to-walk-or-stay-book-club. You can read what I had to say about the book HERE.

“To Walk or Stay” Book Club :: Chapter 2 Discussion {Control}

To Walk or Stay book club

Each week a different blogger will host a discussion on one of the chapters. Discussion on chapter 2 is over at Crystal’s blog. Crystal is an awesome incourager, and I’ve had the pleasure of serving with her in the HelloMornings ministry. Head on over to the post and join in on the discussion: http://www.crystalstine.me/2013/04/to-walk-or-stay-book-club-chapter-2.html

“To Walk Or Stay” Chapter 2 from Lara Williams on Vimeo.

April 18, Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing
April 25, Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine
May 2, Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings
May 9, Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt
May 16, Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered
May 23, Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson
May 30, Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out
June 6, Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy
June 13, Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson
June 20, Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue

The “To Walk or Stay” Book Club started last week. It is not too late to join us. You can read more about it at the following link and RSVP: http://tooverflowing.com/to-walk-or-stay-book-club. You can read what I had to say about the book HERE.

“To Walk or Stay” Book Club :: Chapter 1 Discussion

To Walk or Stay book club

The “To Walk or Stay” Book Club started this week. It is not too late to join us. You can read more about it at the following link and RSVP: http://tooverflowing.com/to-walk-or-stay-book-club. You can read what I had to say about the book HERE.

Each week a different blogger will host a discussion on one of the chapters. Discussion on chapter 1 is over at Lara’s blog, To Overflowing. She’s the author of the book, if you didn’t already know. 😉 Head on over to the post and join in on the discussion: http://tooverflowing.com/to-walk-or-stay-book-club-chapter-1-discussion/

April 18, Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing
April 25, Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine
May 2, Chapter 3
 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings
May 9, Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt
May 16, Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered
May 23, Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson
May 30, Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out
June 6, Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy
June 13, Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson
June 20, Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue