Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Break the Tapes: Is God Enough?

Welcome, friends, for today's edition of Break the Tape.  Essentially, our goal is to identify the lies that repeat themselves over and over again in our minds, break the tape that automatically begins plays when ever we feel we've fallen short, and learn a new song to sing in its place.  
Meet Loraine.  Loraine is full of wisdom.  How do I know?  Because at some point she read one of my posts and personally emailed me words that I believe came straight from Heaven.  Her words were exactly what I needed to hear and helped me to entertain perspective that had not crossed my mind.  I am eternally grateful for the time that she spent corresponding with me and I am blessed by her presence in my life.
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I lived in Denver once upon a time and worked as an executive assistant to the president of an insurance company downtown.  I loved my job, but the man I worked for was super intimidating. He was a hard one to read.  I spent lots of mental energy over-analyzing his every move, wondering if he liked me or hated me.  He knew this about me and one day told me to quit mentally replaying the tapes of the day.  How on earth did he know that was exactly what I did every.single.night?  Silly me. Apparently, I thought I was the only one who struggled with this.

Break the tapes? Become Free?  Yes, please. 

God is not enough.  It is a lie that women believe.  After hearing a friend give on a talk on this subject a year ago, I have pondered this question "Is God enough?" often.  My friend found freedom from some fears she had by combatting this lie with the truth that God is indeed enough and I desperately wanted to do the same. Too often I get stuck in my head, in my fears, in my insecurities, in my hurt.  So I gave it a try.  I started asking myself “Is God Enough?” on a regular basis.  The result? I have yet to find a situation to which this question does not apply.
                                                                                                                   
Worried about money? Lost a loved one? Have a strained relationship with a friend? Been greatly misunderstood? Missed a huge opportunity? Desperately want to fix something that you can't? Failed miserably? Have a broken marriage? Consumed with wondering what others think of you? Guilt ridden over the past? Lonely and depressed? Discouraged by the church? Angry at injustice? Frozen in your fear?

The list goes on, but the question remains the same: Is God Enough?

How we respond to this question often reveals who or what we are worshipping.  In our circumstances we are given a choice to worry or to worship. "We can make the choice to worship.  When we worship in these hard places we are reminded that none of this is about us- it's all about God.  We turn our focus off of ourselves and back onto God Almighty.  God can use the empty places in your life to draw your heart to Him." (Lisa TerKeurst What Happens When Women Say Yes to God.)

The beauty of this question, "Is God Enough?" is that the answer is a resounding “yes” every time.  Every time. God is enough. He is huge and all powerful and all knowing. And it is as if when I ask this question, the weight of what is weighing me down is literally transferred to Him.  I feel freer and lighter and re-centered, because His love, grace, forgiveness, approval, acceptance, and mercy is always enough. Always.

My new song?

All of You
is more than enough for
all of me
for every thirst and
every need you satisfy me
with Your love,
and all I have in You
is more than enough

Break those tapes.  Sing a new song.  He is enough.

Want to read more of Loraine?  Of course you do!  Click here to visit her blog, Loraine Erickson.

Linking with Emily for Imperfect ProseJennifer for God Bumps, and Shanda for On My Heart.

37 comments :

  1. When Sarah died I read a book titled "Safety Zones." It used this principle and encouraged finding ways to "stop the tapes." Since then I use it any time the devil tries to defeat me with his lies or even truths best not to dwell on. (He'll get you any way he can--lies or truths.) One of my "safety zones" is Philippians 4:8. Choosing to dwell on the virtuous and praiseworthy--planning a tea party, an encouraging post I read, the joy of my sweet grandchildren or my husband's whispered words in my ear overshadows the devil's glee at the lies.

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    1. I have never heard of this book. Sounds like one I should read as I need to be better at where I "choose to dwell". Thanks Pamela!

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  2. Beautiful truth. Right before I read this post I was reading the last couple chapters of A Confident Heart by Renee Swoop. We're doing this study in the WBS I'm leading. You want to know what one of sections I read was called? Yep, you guessed it...Is God Enough? I see a theme today. Yes, HE IS ENOUGH! Thanks.

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    1. Oooh, I love when themes like that pop up and confirm themselves in different places! A Confident Heart-another book I have not heard of but might need to check out. Thanks Eileen!

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  3. Love this reminder. ENOUGH is a powerful word.

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  4. Love that song and love your message... In the midst of our lives, God is our everything. He IS enough :-) The proof is in the Cross.

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    1. Sort of like He said it on the cross "It is finished". Thanks!

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  5. Oh yes...the lie that God is not enough...I lived the not enough for way too long...when God is not enough...then nothing around us will ever be either...”all I have in you is more than enough”...amen ...great post...blessings to you~

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    1. Great point, if He isn't enough, nothing around us will ever be either!

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  6. Hi there - as I was reading this it dawned on me God IS enough! How selfish and self-centred of me to think I know better or there is more than God. Such a great reminder - GOD IS ENOUGH, thank you!
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. My own self centeredness needs to be reminded of this truth often!

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  7. I love that song, Jen. And I love that you've given me something new to think about ... "Is God enough?" I know the truth of that question, but do I live it and believe it? I'm not sure I always do. Very convicting and helpful!

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    1. But do I live and believe it...yep that is the challenge for me too! Thanks, Beth!

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  8. i love that song...smiles...wo or what we are worshipping is def a question we have to ask ourselves often...what really matters...and are we making it matter....thanks for spinning the thoughts a bit today...

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    1. and are we making it matter? good question, Brian!

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  9. L,
    I like your advice to break the tape and sing a new song, and I could go on and on about this subject.

    Sometimes we don't break the tape because we are so used to the tape. We know it's heavy and not true, but it seems as if it would just take more effort to destroy those thoughts, and we grow used to battling them.

    The best part of this post is the statement: How we respond often reveals who or what we are worshipping. When we tell God we can fix it ourselves, we aren't worshipping Him. We are relying on us. Dang, that's good advice. I just might take it.

    Jen, great job hosting. I don't know where you dig these people up, but this one seems like a good find.

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    1. Sadly, we do grow used to battling them. But they so need to be destroyed so that we have a shot at really enjoying life as God intended. As always, thanks Amy. :)

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  10. He is more than enough for me! Thank you for the reminder!

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  11. Same kind of thing on my heart today, too (check out Drops of Grace -- posted w/IP, if you have a chance), so this really resonated with me.

    Thanks for giving it a sound-track . . . that always helps in application of truth in the hard places.

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    1. So glad this resonates with you too. I will have to check out Drops of Grace, thanks for letting me know!

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  12. This... yeah. sigh. so good.

    janelle
    astoryofgrace.com

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    1. Thanks Janelle. All because He is so good. :)

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  13. This made my eyes water because I was just thinking about how hard we are on ourselves as women. I'm sure men are, too, but I know it's especially true of women. Oh, and that song gets me. So good.

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    1. So true Lori. We are very hard on ourselves. I hate that. Thanks for reading, friend! :)

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  14. Loraine,
    I am eager to skip over to your blog now. Such thoughtful words here.
    I want to put this into practice. . in ever situation ask "Is God Enough?".
    And I was a little uncomfortable (in the best way) when I read that how I respond reflects what I worship.
    Aching yes to that too.
    Making that choice to worship in the hard places, that is where I struggle the most.
    Thank you new friend. Glad Jen invited you over to her place today. :)

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    1. I struggle with that quote too. It's tough to make that choice in the hard places, but the only choice that brings real peace and freeedom. thanks for the kind, kind words!

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  15. Another great post in this series. I so hope these can continue. And Loraine, thank you for sharing. I love that song, too. It's the cry of my heart.

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    1. It is the cry of my heart as well, as I am starting to see the freedom that comes in knowing that He is enough. Thanks Jennifer!

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  16. Loraine, I've been traveling and am just getting caught up on my reading. This is question is one I truly need to wrestle through today. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Nancy! Hope you are home safe from all your travels. I hear ya on this one as I wrestle with this a lot!

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  17. I totally get this. Often I say He's enough but I don't live it. It's such a challenge to trust and let go of everything else!
    Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. It is a big challenge. One that He doesn't seem to let up on with me, either. Almost like He really wants me to get this!

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  18. The question really lies at the heart of what we believe about the sovereignty of God. Do we let what we see in this world, what we experience---especially the pain and disappointments--- determine what we believe about God? Every time something doesn't go the way we would have done it, we make the choice to ask the questions that really come down to one answer: God is sovereign, holy, and good in all his ways. So true that our responses reveal what we worship.

    What a challenge! Thanks Loraine.

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    1. Dea, I agree. Has everything to do with what believe about His sovereignty. He IS good in all His ways and there is a freedom that comes with believing that. Thanks, Dea!

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  19. I have had some of those same tapes in my own mind. Lies fed to me by the evil one. I'm so thankful that He is my everything. He fills all the empty parts of my heart to overflowing. What a great post! Thanks Lorraine!
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