I just got home from the first LIVE! group meeting and I have to tell you that I am excited! I mean pumped! I mean totally and completely stoked at what God is going to do (here me on this…He is already working on you!) through this book group!
Every week when I get home I will pop online write a couple of key “highlighter” moments from the chapter (not much…I want you to pick up the book for yourself) and then dive right into the Personal Application Questions at the back of the book.
When we discuss the personal application questions I will not be putting only my answers, but the LIVE! group’s answers as well. I can’t wait to get you guys, all my super cool bloggy chicks, plugged in on the topic too! So, enough babbling…let’s dive in!
One of my favorite highlighter moments was on page 13 where Beth says…”I’ve come to the conclusion that vastly more people are miserable than not (Amen Sister!). Far more feel defeated than victorius.” …then she goes on to say this on the same page, “I’ve also come to the conclusion that some pits are just decorated to look prettier than others. Don’t let anybody kid you, though. A pit is a pit! That’s the trouble. Too often we don’t recognize a pit when we’re in one. So why would we think we need to get out?“
There are 3 ways to know you are in a pit…
1) You Feel Stuck, 2) You Can’t Stand, 3) You’ve Lost Vision
Personal Application Questions
1) From what you’ve learned in this chapter, would you say you’re now – or have been – in a pit? Describe how that feels – or felt at the time.
-Yes, I am in a pit now
– Yes, I have been in the pit before
– When you get into a pit and then finally make it out you realize that you can grow through the pit.
2) Have you ever been – or are you now – a “mobile pit dweller”? If so, what was/is the nature of your mobile pit, and where did/do you take it?
– In the past I have been known to carry it with me wherever I go.
– I tend to put up a good mask for society but when I am home I fall apart and go back into the pit, so I tend to overbook my schedule so I don’t have to be in the pit.
– Guilt has been my mobile pit
3) “The closet confinement of a pit exhausts us with the endless echo of self-absorption.” Do you resonate with this statement? If so, why?
– yes, you can get caught up in the “Eeyore” syndrome…”thanks for noticing” very easily
– you feed yourself in pity
– this is one of the devil’s tricks to keep you there in the pit
– sometimes I get stuck in the “if only” thought process…if only this, then I would be ____
4) “Some of us recognize our pits, not only by the degree of our badness, but by the degree of our boredom.” Reflect on the “degree of boredom” in your own life and whether or not it’s an indication that you may be in a pit.
– One friend joked that she wanted to be “bored” ha!
– I’m in the process of a new passion but also battle with the boredom of insignificance
– I tend to pull back away from everything and everyone when I get into the pit
5) What hope do the words os Pslam 40 offer to you personally in terms of the pit you may be in?
Psalm 40:1-3 says…”I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.“
– Pray believing!
– When you cry out to God and expect a blessing HE will put a new song on your heart.
Well…there you have it ladies…now, let’s hear from all of you who are joining us online.