I've been working through a great Bible study by Christian author Beth Moore.
It's a study called "When Godly People Do Ungodly Things."
Years ago, I committed my life to Christ, then fell away big time. It was a long, hard road back, but the Lord has blessed me tremendously since then.
Anyway, I didn't know if I wanted to do this study until I learned that Beth uses it to help teach people how to avoid getting in a tough situation in the first place.
So I bought the book online and have begun downloading the weekly sessions. The material is published by Lifeway Christian Resources.
I'm up to a chapter called "Seduce-Proofing Our Lives."
She says seduce-proof Christians are those who:
*Are happy in their faith (It's OK to be a Christian and be happy).
* Abstain from evil.
* Prays without ceasing (I've learned to do some of this: Thank God for simple things like a beautiful sunset; Ask him to open up a parking place for you; Tell him on the way to the bathroom how someone hurt your feelings by the last thing he/she said; Ask him to show you how to handle a situation before going into a meeting.
A lot of times, I just pray and ask God to show me how to act and react. I know that's saved me from a world of pain.)
* Is thankful and gives thanks.
* Doesn't quench the spirit. (I think we do that when we get that gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit not to say something - and then we do it anyway. I try to quickly tell God that I'm sorry when I do that.)
I'm certainly not perfect. Like my pastor always says, "I'm a fellow struggler."
I'm trying to learn like other people.
I'm certainly open to suggestions! I'm open to reading about other people's journeys.