Love Does 9

Saturday, May 9
Chapter 9: Just Say Yes
(pg 59)

Quote of the Day:

“I think God sometimes uses the completely inexplicable events in our lives to point us toward Him. We get to decide each time whether we will lean in toward what is unfolding and say yes or back away. The folks who were following Jesus in Galilee got to decide the same thing each day because there was no road map, no program, and no certainty. All they had was this person, an idea, and an invitation to come and see.” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pg 64

Scripture Reference:

James 4:7-10 The Message: “So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.”

Putting Love into Action:

What can you say YES to today? Is there a friend that needs encouragement? Something that God has been whispering to you for a while? Forgiveness? Just say yes.

Question/Discussion:

When did you say yes to something that made no sense at all?

OR

What is something you want to say yes to, but you’re afraid to step out in faith?

Post your comments below for today’s question/discussion. I can’t wait to hear your answers!

~Starr

>> View the Love Does Reading Schedule <<

>> View all previous posts for Love Does <<

12 thoughts on “Love Does 9

  1. I said YES to marrying a man who had just dropped my engagement ring in a pond 🙂

    On any given day, I struggle with the YES to keep writing. I can turn all around me and see these HUGE bloggers and writers that seem to have it all figured out. It is absolutely overwhelming and intimidating. I don’t know what I’m doing half of the time. I want to give up. It seems too hard. I should just go back to doing what I know how to do. Then, I find tiny glimpses of encouragement. I have to constantly remind myself that my YES in writing was not to be popular or to even write a best selling book. My YES was to encourage others – no matter how large or small that group of others is. And so I keep coming back to this keyboard each day and I ask God to put the words in my heart that are needed and for the right people to read them at the exact moment that they need to be encouraged. Thank you guys for reading and for helping me. I’m more grateful than you’ll ever know.

    Like

    1. Thank you for writing in your blog and leading these book studies. Sometimes I find it hard to find time to read-but I love every minute of your blog. I pray that the Lord continues to lead you and put words in your heart and on to my screen. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I say Yes everyday to teaching children about the love of Jesus. It isn’t easy somedays to go be around someone else’s child when you long to have your own, I don’t understand why God put the desire to teach children in my heart but I say Yes Lord I will follow!

    And getting those cuddles and hugs everyday is reassurance im doing the right thing!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. You should know this: today Kylie was picking up leaves and collecting them. They were treasured leaves 🙂 She not only found one for me, but one for Meghan! Not one for mommy and daddy – mommy and Meghan! She thinks of you SOOO often. Thank you for loving and teaching our children. And I am trusting God with you and alongside you, friend. We love you!

      Like

  3. I try to say yes every time I get a chance to do something for others, even when my contribution might be very small. I say yes to joining all of you to study a book. I say yes to being part of a small group of ladies who go early once a month and cook wonderful grits, sausage and eggs to those who need a helping hand right now. I say yes when my teenager wants me to drive her and her friends back and forth – one day soon she won’t need me like she needs me now. I say yes when my grandchildren want to ride with me – even if they do fuss over who gets the iPad. These aren’t life shattering events but they are what makes me who I am. With Christ in my heart, I will keep saying yes to the small things that make a difference for others and keep me motivated to keep looking for ways to encourage my own heart.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes in the small things matters too, mom. I’m grateful that we get the opportunity to do life together and to say yes together whenever we can! Thank you for being an encouragement to me.

      Like

  4. A couple of years ago I was asked if I could say the word “no”. It lead to a long -sometimes hilarious- conversation about how they didn’t want me to feel pressured to help with something. They’d seen me say yes so much.

    Yes. Such a simple word. But yet such an impact it can have on the lives around you.

    I am trying to listen more for where and when He wants me to say yes. And when not to.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. This is so important. I’m one of those people that jumps in to say yes – or even the one that has the crazy ideas – and then I drain myself and I have nothing left to give to my family. Then, I feel guilty. Lord, help us to balance our yes and no. Help us to see and to prioritize and to make a real difference in what we do!

      Like

  5. Well tonight I had the opportunity to say yes to a man who approached us in a parking lot. We had just finished dinner and we were leaving when he asked to speak with me for a second. He told me he was from out of town and someone picked up his bag at his hotel and it had his money in it. I didn’t need to know the whole story. He was holding a baby approx 6 months old and seemed frazzled. I gave him what little I had in my wallet (approx $15) and wished him well. Who knows if he really needed it for gas but who am I to judge?!? Jesus taught that we feed Him, give Him a drink and clothe Him every time we do something for the “least of these”. Hopefully we were able to help that gentleman tonight. If not, oh well. I am not any worse off for it.

    On a lighter note, I chuckled about the part of Bob getting diplomatic immunity and the perks that came with it. I now know that I need diplomatic immunity so that I can park in YOUR garage since everyone knows there isn’t enough room in ours. 🙂

    Good night!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Well, now don’t I feel like the terrible one that made an awful comment about the guy wanting money!????? Thank you for seeing the other side of this and for reminding me that we have opportunities all around us. Yes, there was a baby involved and I didn’t even think about that. God, help my perspective and to not judge.

      PS – the comment about the garage was TOTALLY unnecessary. Totally.

      Like

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s