Lysa TerKeurst Helps Women Choose “The Best Yes” With New Book

Lysa TerKeurst
Lysa TerKeurst

Many women can relate to having an overcrowded schedule that leaves them feeling overwhelmed and worn out. Lysa said she too struggles with the same issues.

When someone makes a request of her that she knows is unrealistic her brain says no, her schedule says no, but her heart says yes. Before she knows it her mouth says, “Yes, of course.” She dreads saying yes, but feels powerless to say no, not because she doesn’t love that person, but dreads what saying yes will do to her already running-on-empty self. “I get all twisted up in making the decision to check either the Yes or No box, not realizing there is a third box that reads “Best Yes.” A “Best Yes” is you playing your part on God’s plan and living your life making decisions with the “Best Yes” as your filter,” shares Lysa.

A high jumper named Dick Fosbury caught Lysa’s attention because of his unconventional approach to the sport. Lysa’s daughter Ashley participates in pole vaulting which is similar to the high jump. Dick wanted to go higher by lowering his center of gravity. So, he decided to go headfirst and backward. The approach frightened coaches at first, but ultimately he set an Olympic record using this technique. He had to change his approach to improve his abilities. In life, Lysa says we often let other people’s requests dictate the decisions we make which consume our time and leave us feeling exhausted. “A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul. An underwhelmed soul is one who knows there is more God made her to do. She longs to do that thing she wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about,” shares Lysa. She says if you want things in your life to change you have to learn how to use two powerful words: yes and no. “I have to change my approach to the way I make decisions. The same patterns will produce the same habits. The same habits will lead to the same decisions. The same decisions will keep me stuck. And I don’t want to be stuck,” shares Lysa. An area of her own life in which Lysa applied the Dick Fosbury’s technique was becoming intentional about writing. For years, she desired to write a book, but could never “find the time” to accomplish her goal. Then she changed her approach. She figured out how many actual hours she had each week to devote to writing and then blocked those 3.5 hours on her schedule. Lysa dedicated those hours each week to that thing she knew God had woven into the DNA of her heart. Those 3.5 hours of writing per week have now turned into many years of articles and books.

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