Welcome to Week 4! I’m so proud of you for sticking with us! Your comments last week were just amazing. Today we’re tackling Chapters 8-9, and I want to say less and ask more. Feel free to answer just one (or every single one) of my many questions.
And Denise N., you’re the winner of last week’s give-away–Mark Buchanan’s Spiritual Rhythm. Congratulations!
On the very first page (95) of the chapter, Kary admits to feeling like he’d lost God (or that God lost him). He told himself the lie that he just didn’t matter much to God. “How could my recent experiences harmonize with God’s preordained plan?” Have you ever felt like this?
I can really relate to the whole scenario on p. 96 of putting up walls so you don’t get hurt. Of abandoning God first, so he can’t abandon us. Of making ourselves “unlovable” on purpose, so we won’t be as hurt when people don’t love us. This is an extra-tough one. Anyone brave enough to share an experience where you did this very thing?
On p. 97, Kary writes, “We tend to hear [God] best amidst personal heartbreak.” Do you agree? Why or why not?
My heart ached as Kary read what was in his manila folder (p. 104-105). It reminded me of a late summer day over a decade ago. A week before I began my first teaching job, I was handed a manila folder for one of the students in my class. Full of unspeakable horrors this child had endured. It broke my heart. It still does.
Do you have a manila folder (either literal or figurative)? If the contents are too personal to share, maybe just tell what effect they’ve had on you in the past and/or the present.
“I remembered my mom sitting by my bedside at night reading me a prophecy from the book of Isaiah: ‘The stammering tongue will be fluent and clear’ (32:4).” (p.105) Has anyone ever uttered a prophecy over you? Is there a verse in the Bible you’ve claimed as your own?
Remember, answer any one BOLD question (or more) in the comments for a chance to win a cool prize. Link to your own blog post for 5 chances to win.
This week’s prize is a hardcover copy of the brand-new release, Unshaken: Rising from the Ruins of Haiti’s Hotel Montana, by Dan Woolley. This one’s on my to-read list!
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts today, friends!