I was at a crossroads in my life wanting so much to please God and yet the passionate desires and pursuits of my heart and soul and mind were in conflict and pulling me in the opposite direction towards the things of the world and the flesh. I recently went to Cebu, Philippines to ‘hide away in a cave’ and seek refuge in God.
On my last day in Cebu, I visited the OMF Lit bookshop in Robinson’s Cybergate and was introduced to this book for my daughter Sarah titled:What Happens When Young Women Say Yes to God authored by mother and daughter Lysa and Hope Terkeust.
I looked at the title and immediately said, “Definitely, this one”
On my flight back home from Cebu, I decided to just glance through the chapters of the book to see if Sarah would really enjoy it. What happened next is I found myself reading the book from cover to cover. Every chapter was personal and it spoke to me directly that for a long time in my own life I was saying ‘No’ to God. The mother daughter contribution was unique and the response from Hope Terkeurst – Yes in Action: Letting Go – was what hit me close to my heart that this is what Sarah needed to know and understand. Quoting from the Life Application Bible, Lysa writes: Worldliness is also internal because it begins in the heart and is characterized by three attitudes: 1. the cravings of the sinful man – preoccupation with gratifying physical desires; 2. the lust of his eyes – craving and accumulating things, bowing down to the god of materialism; and 3. boasting of what he has and does – obsession of one’s status or importance…(1 John 2:15-16)
The 2 1/2 hour flight seemed like 1/2 an hour as I was sinking in every word and chapter.
The Heart Factor
I found chapter 3 ‘God Wants Your Whole Heart’ powerful, sensitive, personal and challenging. Lisa Terkeurst writes: God is not interested in half of our heart. He wants it all, and He wants to remove the things standing in the way of that. He desires for us to open our fists and trust Him with absolutely everything. I love saying yes to God. It is the only way to experience what Galatians 5:22-23 explains this fruit to be: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Oh, how I want these to be the character of my heart and the legacy of my life.
Like Lysa Terkeurst, I find spending time in my secret place with God allows His light to shine in those dark areas that only God knows and by letting go, I have found that God is gentle and loving to heal those areas that are a snare to obtaining a fullness of Christ in this life.
Matthew 11:28-30, NIV “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I would strongly recommend this book as a must-read for any young woman who desires the extraordinary life of a closer walk with God.
This is my Yes Journey notes from the book:
A Desire for the Extraordinary means leaving behind the ordinary. It will involve a change of plans, a change of perspectives and a change of passions. Saying ‘No’ to this is saying ‘No’ to God.A desire for the extraordinary requires obeying two words: “Follow Me!”
- A desire to walk in the centre of His will at every moment
- A desire to hear God’s voice
- A desire for perfect surrender to God
A desire for the extraordinary means doing things beyond ourselves. We see God’s doing and His alone. We need to make a decision to give this difficult situation over to God so that God will work in you and through you just like He did to the people in the Bible. Why do we look to ‘other paths’? Why do we stray into pathways that are not pleasing to God? It is because we seek someone or something else to fill the missing piece outside of our personal relationship with God.
Reality Check: It is hard for a well-meaning soul who desires radical obedience to God to live in a body made of flesh. Our flesh is pulled by the patterns of the world, lured to sell our soul for temporary pleasure and conned by Satan’s evil schemes. Obedience to God is the key that unlocks the door of communication with God.
Top Ten Take-Aways from Saying Yes to God
- Saying Yes to God will no longer be a discipline of the heart but rather the centre of your whole life.
- Saying Yes to God means a refusal to turn back, even when things get hard and painful. This kind of ‘radical obedience’ invites you to embrace a bigger vision for your life.
- Saying Yes to God means living in expectation of His activity in your life. Embracing a life that is totally sold out for Jesus.
- Saying Yes to God is perfect surrender to God.
- Saying Yes to God means looking at my loss as a sacrifice of praise to God. When you care about anything it makes you vulnerable and the loss of what could have been can be very hurting and disappointing. The risk is higher because more of your heart and soul is vested in the outcome. This is exactly why these times can be lifted up as a praise offering to God.
- Saying Yes to God means trusting God even if you cannot understand why.
- Saying Yes to God means pursuing the joy of giving God what He alone deserves – everything. Submitting my entire heart, soul and mind to His purpose in my life.
- Saying Yes to God is turning from a godless, indulgent life to a God-filled, God-honoring life.
- Saying Yes to God is turning from a dark, rebellious life into a good, pure life.
- Saying Yes to God allows Christ’s love to motivate us with a longing to know the truth. The truth is the name of Jesus that causes us to pause and redefine ourselves as ‘Ambassadors for Christ’ – 2 Corinthians 5:20.
The 5 Arenas of Daily Prayer:
- Desire for God
- Discipline in my relationship with God
- Discernment to hear His voice and to please God
- Direction to seek after the heart of God
- Delight in circumstances to praise God
A Must-Read, definitely.