Friend, we made it. We’ve spent the last 6 weeks dealing with rejections of the past and learning how to live loved in the process. So how’s that going? Do you feel more equipped to stare rejection in the face and conquer it? I hope so!
Right now, I feel pretty good about dealing with rejection. I mean, really. I’ve called friends in the past whom I’ve hurt because I don’t want to be the rejector in their story. I’ve highlighted verses in my Bible so I can recall them at a moment’s notice when I feel rejected. I can quote Uninvited up & down and sound so “wise” to my family and friends (giving credit to the author, of course).
But what happens in a week, month or year from now — when the next rejection lurks around the corner? Will I be ready to deal with my future rejections?
Rest assured because Lysa TerKeurst has set us up for success!
Let’s take it back to Chapter 15 for a minute, shall we? Lysa writes:
“Heartbreaking seasons can certainly grow me but were never meant to define me.”
Woo! She is always takin’ us to church.
So if heartbreaking seasons were never meant to define us, then what does defines us? Let’s take it one step further and add “God defines me” to the end of Lysa’s quote. It would read something like this:
“Heartbreaking seasons can certainly grow me but were never meant to define me. God defines me.”
So when the next rejection comes, and unfortunately it will, we can remember we’ve been chosen, pursued and loved by the King. He is ours and we are His. And if we allow Him, our story will have His stamp of approval on every page through every rejection.
And all God’s sweet-loving, hard-working, Uninvited OBS ladies say, AMEN!
Hope to see you again for another study!
P.S. Done with the book? Take a sharpie marker and cross out the “un” in Uninvited and let it serve as a reminder that you are always invited in. Oh! And, did you miss the #UninvitedBook conference call series? DO NOT FEAR! The calls were all recorded so you can still purchase them below. #Praise.
Reflect and Respond:
Observe — What you have learned from this study to help you deal with rejection?
Bible — Write out the Verse of the Week in your OBS journal again. Cross out every sentence before the comma. Here’s an example: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” Now when you read it, you’ll see you’re NOT distressed, not in despair, forsaken or destroyed. Talk about a feel-good verse!
Stretch — Think of a friend who might benefit from the #UninvitedBook message. Pray and watch for God to provide an opportunity for you to share this message with her.