Just a few days ago, my family and I returned from a week-long trip to Colorado. Though I will be sharing more about our adventures in a later post, I must say that the beauty was breathtaking. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this post in which I shared some of my thoughts on the mountains and the praise they evoke. I’ve traveled to Colorado several times before, but for some reason, being surrounded by the majestic grandeur of God’s immense creation last week moved me to tears.
Because nature has a way of doing that, doesn’t it? It takes us outside ourselves, opens our eyes to the bigger picture, reveals the unfathomable greatness of the God who created it all. And to think that He calls us by name! What an incredible God we serve!
I need a little time to process my emotions and compose my thoughts, but I look forward to sharing more about the trip with you shortly. I hope you’ll check back in soon! Until then, today starts week 6 in our F&C reading group. And don’t forget, you still have time to enter the Good-Enough Mom giveaway! Click here to enter. Good luck!
If you’ve just discovered F&C, it’s never too late to join! We’re currently reading through Emily Freeman’s Grace for the Good Girl, and I’d love to have you join us! You can get all the details right here, then feel free to take it at your own pace. You can use this group as an opportunity to dig deeper into the book on your own, or use these questions to host your own small-group study. (Click through to catch up on week 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.)
Now let’s dive in!
WELCOME TO WEEK 6
This week’s reading covers part 3, chapter 15 and chapter 16. As you read, consider the following questions for reflection, or use these as as a source of discussion for a larger group study.
Do you possess any fears or insecurities that stem from you feeling the need to be a “good girl”?
How do these fears or insecurities cloud your vision and prevent you from seeing God’s hand at work in your life?
Has there been a time in your life when Jesus brought you to the edge of self-sufficiency and urged you to fall down and surrender all to Him? What were the circumstances surrounding that experience? What is the fruit that comes from this surrender?
Are you afraid of failure? Why? Does your fear stem from feelings of needing to be good and needing to live up to certain standards?
When you fail, do you ever feel that you are beyond the reach of God?
Read Romans 3:21-24 and Romans 5:6-8. What do these verses say about our own failures in light of God’s grace?
Peter failed Jesus immediately prior to his crucifixion. He denied him not once, not twice, but three times. The rooster crowed, their eyes met, and Peter knew he had failed. After Jesus is crucified, Peter goes back to fishing. But Jesus has other plans for Peter in spite of his failures. Read John 21:15-17. How does Jesus redeem Peter’s failure?
I hope you’ll dialogue with us via BookShout! this week as you reflect on these questions. I hope to see you there!
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