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If you're one of those precious-women-I-love-so-much (and thank Papa-God for!) who's been reading this blog for a while (when there was something to read), then you remember that somewhere in A-Long-Time-Ago-Land, I decided to "go green" and share some "oldie but goodie" studies with you, starting with Thanking God When You're a Basket Case.
NOTE: If you missed those first few posts or just want a more in-depth review than the quick catch-up I'm going to give you here, you can find them here, here, and here. (If we're "here" now, should that be there, there, and there?) Otherwise, we're just going to jump in where we left off back in February . . .
The quick catch-up:
Back when we first thought about being basket cases (and sister, we've all been there), we learned that we can always trace being a basket case back to what's in our baskets.
And each of us has three "basics" in our baskets:
- Our "ME"
physically, mentally, emotionally.
- Our relationships
family, our friends, our co-workers
- Our circumstances
day happenings and long-term events that will
shape our lives for years to come.
It's our "ME" -- the innermost part of our being -- that's our HOT selves. If we're spiritually healthy, we understand and embrace that we are women who are
Owned and operated by God, and
Tailor-made and designed with a purpose.
Now, we're ready to get on with our HOT selves!
Thanking God When You're a Basket Case
Thanking God In
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
More than anything else, knowing and embracing your identity as a HOT woman affects how you respond to the other two items in your basket -- your relationships and you circumstances -- because a HOT woman develops a God-perspective on how she views the people in her life, as well as what's happening in her life.
And it is, therefore, the HOT "ME" who is able to thank God in all things: The good, the bad, and even the downright ugly. (And, girlfriend, if you haven't had ugly in your basket yet, live long enougn, and you will.)
Our brother, Paul, writes, "Be joyful alway; pray continually; give thanks in *all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
*NOTE: In Greek, "all" is the word pas. When used collectively, it means "some of all types" (Thayer's and Smiths Bible Dictionary). I'd venture to say that "some of all types" definitely covers the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I can tell you from personal experience, sisters, that only a HOT woman can "give thanks in all circumstances."
Good preachin' and hard livin'? You bet.
It's at this point that you may be thinking, Pamm, you don't know my husband, or you don't know what my kids are into right now, or you don't know what's going on with my job right now . . . and you're right, I don't.
But I've walked through enough ugliness to know that while the "livin'" part is indeed hard -- often excrutiatingly so -- it's also choice livin', as in the best kind of living. The other options are unthinkable. This I know. Intimately.
So stay with me, and next post we'll talk about exactly what it's like when our baskets are rained down upon by the good, the bad, or the ugly and how, on earth, we can manage to thank God in the midst of those moments (that often seem like eternities).
Love you much, truly,