God Strong Online Study - Week 1

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Good afternoon ladies! I'm in a really amazing mood right now... Just applied to maybe 10 teacher positions for summer programs and at Christian schools. I also picked up our new charcoal grill today! (Pictures to come soon!) We are planning on also getting the smoker attachment for it as well. I cannot wait to grill kabobs on it for dinner :) First, I need to actually get charcoal and lighter fluid at the store - forgot about that! Also getting wood since we can use that too, and we think food actually tastes better over a wood fire.. Also, David Crowder Band's new CD came out TODAY and I am planning on picking that up at the store as well.

But besides the point, here I am to talk about week 1 of Sara Horn's GOD STRONG Online 5-week Study! Whoop! First I will reiterate the notes from today, then I will talk about it a little bit! Feel free to chime in on the conversation, and if you are also doing this study, let me know and we can do it together!! (Group Skype study anyone??)

Week One - Strength comes straight from GOD
Misperception #1 - God doesn't give me more than I can handle (so it's up to me to handle it!)
Truth #1 - God does the most when we can do the very least
Verses noted for this were Psalm 121:1, Psalm 62:1, 2 Corinthians 12:9,and 1 Corinthians 10:13. By these readings we see that power is perfect in weakness - for we are to lean on Christ and His Word and His Strength. God will give you the ability and the strength, to bear stress and deter temptation. Strength is given to us from God. The focus need to shift from us (What happens when I can't handle it?) to God (How can I lift my temptations and weaknesses to God?)
Misperception # 2- God helps those who help themselves (so I should so as much as I can!)
Truth #2 - God helps the helpless
Sara Horn points out that leaning or depending on God is NOT a weakness, but IS a strength - We are strong when we lean on God's strength! We can find peace, no matter our situation or stresses, when we lean on His strength. We can find God's strength through our salvation, and even in our every day existence. Our focus is to be on God, for if it is not, then we miss out on seeing God guide us and instead focus on keeping ourselves "afloat."
Conversation piece..
Has anyone else read Sara Horn's book God Strong, or am I the only one here? If you are a milso and haven't read it yet, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you do as soon as you can! And maybe join in on this study as well. Anyway, I love getting the author's perspective of how to use this book as a tool in our faith and journey, and this is a great starting point. "Keep Calm & Live God Strong" is a good motto for this. No matter what the military throws at you - deployments, TDY, long days apart, etc. it can all be "handled" if we only pull our strengths from God! He cares deeply, immensly for us (Psalm 139) and we need only to put our worries, anxieties, fears, on Him (1 Peter 5:7). If we become God Strong, relying on God's love and grace for our strength, then we can overcome this deployment, this separation, this demanding work schedule and sacrifice. Strength comes straight from God!
Anyone want to add anything? Don't forget to check out this study online with Wives of Faith and connect with your local group for continuous encouragement in your endeavours!

1 comment:

  1. I am doing the study as well. Reading through Chapter Two right now. Learning so much! Glad to be doing it "with" you! :)


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