Good Monday Morning everyone. Can you believe it's the last full week before CHRISTMAS???! You guys this month + year for that matter has flown by! You know what's also flown by? This book club! Today is our final chapter summary for The Best Yes. It's been fun + I've learned A LOT about myself + how to say yes in the BEST way. The girls from Simply Beaming have written this final summary for us. After the read head over to their blog for more information on how awesome they are!
Hi everyone! We are Kate an Kelli from the Simply Beaming Blog! We are reviewing the last chapters (17-19) of the book "The Best Yes" by Lysa Terkeurst, and we were blown away by how much truth and wisdom she spoke in these pages. There were so many positive take aways we got from this book. We absolutely loved it! Find more from us over at simplybeaming.blogspot.com
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When we are in a state of vulnerability, it can leave us feeling empty and ready to make bad decisions. Lysa talks about her experience with her daughter, who is going through a break up with a boyfriend, and how her daughter turns to her during her weakest moments. Lysa states, “Together is what we need when we hit tough patches in life. Making decisions when life is making you cry shouldn’t be done alone. No matter what hard place we find ourselves in, feeling alone can make us vulnerable to bad decisions.” The way to make your decisions better and to steer away from those unwanted bad decisions is to go to your safe place and open your Bible. She also talks about leaning on people who you trust the most and who have been through what you are experiencing at that time.
In this chapter, she also describes how one of her college aged kids did something that stunned her to the point where she thought she was having a heart attack. As her thoughts began to race on how she was going to cancel one of her big speaking events, she opened her bible and read, “Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” She called another speaker who told her that she wasn’t alone and that we all walk through hurts and disappointments. The best way to be able to walk through trials in our lives is through wisdom. We gain wisdom not only through these hard times, but through Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life. As Lysa states, “Wisdom is our silver lining.”
Chapter 18-“When My Best Yes Doesn’t Yield What I Expect.”
Do you ever do what is required, but your outcome isn’t what you expected. In the beginning of the chapter, Lysa describes how she put in the required money into the vending machine, but nothing comes out. She also talks about how you can do everything to lead your child onto the straight and narrow, but that doesn’t mean your child is going to behave the way you expect them too. When the unexpected happens, we should have it point out our strengths and not our weaknesses. It will gives us the opportunity to have “The Best Yes.” We can choose to become angry and frustrated or we can take baby steps into the right direction towards our “Best Yes.” I love how she describes a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
She goes on to tell that Roosevelt himself could have been paralyzed with the unexpected fear, but he continued on a path of perseverance. He was able to conquer the trial of his wife passing away from giving birth to their daughter, and an hour earlier, his mother passed away from typhoid fever in the same house. Grief can lead you onto a path of bad decisions and destruction, but by allowing God to take over your heart, you are telling Satan, “You picked the wrong woman to mess with this time.”
Chapter 19 –“We Make Choices. Then Our Choices Make Us.”
Lysa talks about how she is not a baker. If you were to go into her kitchen and look at your pans, you would know, she doesn’t do much baking, although she admires women who do. As she talks about her baking experiences. She goes on to say, “It’s not the activities or accomplishments we string together that make lives well lived as much as it is the hearts of wisdom we gain and use along the way. Every day we are making choices and decisions without hesitation. Then with those decisions, it will linger into our day lives, and continue to carry on throughout our lives.
By our choices and actions it can either be displayed or betrayed by our wisdom. She uses the verse, “Matthew 11:19 So let’s choose wisdom. Let’s use the two most powerful words, yes and no, with resounding assurance, graceful clarity, and guided power. Also people may see Jesus when they see us. Hear Jesus when they hear us. And know Jesus when they know us.” Our lives are to carrying out making the best decisions by using our “Best Yes” and our best filter. We will be a grand display of God’s Word lived out. Now let’s go and live the “Best Yes” life!