God Strong Online Study - Week 4

Friday, August 30, 2013

Okay, so I realize I haven't posted about this study since JUNE. Did you get that? Over two months ago. I finished this study months ago and haven't made the time to finish posting about what I learned! How crazy is that! So now I've decided to grace yall with information overload - the last few weeks (4 & 5) of this study in only a day. Yeah, yeah, that's life. I've been overwhelmed and have lots going on right now. Trust me.

So without further adieu...

Week 4 - Our Hurts and Joys
Verses to savor:
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider: God has made the one as well as the other... Ecclesiastes 7:14
He makes the good bad - our lows bring us closer to Him as we learn to rely on Him
Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience  various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
Reading Chapter 7 & 8 of GOD STRONG
Focus: How do we handle our hurts?
1. We look for God to heal
2. We stop fighting to avoid disappointments and focus on our blessing instead
3. We listen for God's voice of reassurance
~He is here to handle our hurts
~He is with you, He does not walk away - He is how we overcome our hurts
We have our natural highs and lows. Our joys and hurts, our ups and downs.
We find stories of joy in the bible, such as Joseph's in Genesis 39 and throughout David's Psalms. By the end of the Psalms we see that David praises God and his blessings (praise God from whom all blessings flow!)
Lessons for the day:
~We can have joy despite our circumstances when we trust God to use those circumstances to bring us closer to Him & to make us better today!
Take away:
Will you give those hurts to him?
Will you let yourself find joy?
Will you find this joy in Him?
Bottom line: We must rely on God and His strength to nurse our hurts and bring us joys of  military life! {Or for non milso's, your regular life as a/an {insert job description here}}.


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