In honor of the WoMen’s Literacy Cafe Launch of the book Nickels, by my friend Karen Baney, (that starts TODAY!) we’re going to do something a little different.
These awesome Christian authors have their ebooks available for 99Cents through the WLC. So I asked them what the most important lesson God has ever taught them has been. As you read their answers, consider how you would answer the question and then feel free to post your answer in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you!
And now from our guests
The most important God lesson I’ve learned is…
Karen Baney (Nickels)
The most important thing I’ve learned in my walk with God is something that I have to keep re-learning. So, I’m not sure if it counts to have “learned” it. But here it is: Stop worrying, God is in control. So many times when I’m anxious and stressed, God gently nudges me with Matt 6:25-34 and reminds me that he will take care of everything I need. All I need to do is take it one step at a time.
Naty Matos (Growth Lessons)
I think that one of the most important lessons I’ve learned so far is that everything belongs to God. It was both humbling and freeing to know that I’m just a steward and not an owner. It changed my perspective of my purpose in life and allowed me to focus on what I’m here to do, build the kingdom of God.
John Hileman (Messages)
I saw a bumper sticker that sums it up, it said, “Don’t believe everything you think.” Knowing who God truly is, and not who I want Him to be, has impacted every aspect of my life. When I seek to know Him as He is revealed in His Word, it transforms my thinking. When I imagine a god for myself-out of my own bizarre thinking-my life is always in a state of constant upheaval and misery.
Sarah Witenhafer (Tamed)
While writing Tamed, I learned a life-changing lesson: God really, truly, deeply, loves me. He’ll catch me before I fall headlong. He’ll shield me when I’m weak, pursue me when I run and never, ever let me go.
Jonathon J. Dillon (A God Who Speaks)
I’ve learned that God is truly good and He wants the best for me. I’ve also learned He speaks and Hearing from Him can have a profound effect on the course of your life.
Matt Patterson (My Emily)
God is in control. Plain and simple – He is in control.
Linda Yezak (Give the Lady a Ride)
The most important lesson I’ve learned in my walk with God is that when I think he’s abandoned me, he’s there. Sometimes I see him only through hindsight, after the crisis has passed, but each time I look back and see his hand, I learn trust him more through the next crisis.
Shawn Lamb (The Hugenot Sword)
The most important lesson God ever taught me is how my relationship to my husband mirrors Christ’s relationship to the Church. When one understands God’s view of marriage and why He ordained the institution, one’s whole perspective changes. It’s not a matter being forced to submit, but the more important role is a husband loving his wife as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. So how can I not want the best for someone who must fill Christ’s shoes? My call to submission is small compared to my husband’s duty, but doing it, eases his burden.
Precarious Yates (The Elite of the Weak)
The number one lesson I learned in walking with the Lord is to LEAN. I’m not talking a crutch here, more like a stretcher (or a couch lovingly embroidered for us–Song of Solomon 3:10). Leaning, to me, means to be totally reliant upon Him, not wanting to go forward unless He goes with me (like Moses in Ex. 33). Who is this coming up out of the wilderness LEANING on her Beloved? (Song 8:5)
Staci Stallings (Cowboy)
That ALL things work to the good of those who believe in Christ. I can’t account for it, but I have seen that even in those times I’ve considered to be failures, God both brought me through and showed me His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love and He crafted answers and insights around the situation that I never could have gained otherwise. So now when I have a particularly vexing problem or situation, I can breathe and say, “Okay, Holy Spirit, what are You trying to teach me with this? Show me what You want me to learn.” Instead of how I used to handle such issues… “GOD! This isn’t fair! Why are You doing this to me?!” He’s not doing it to me. Life sometimes does things to me, but God only wants my best and He can make lemonade out of the worst of life’s lemons… even those that are rotten. Learning that, understanding that, and using that understanding has made an incredible difference in my life and in my walk with God.