Romans 12:2 (NIV) ~ Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Page xiii – When we combine life’s circumstances with our emotions…
Page xiv – Yes, life exposes our weaknesses, but the good news is, we all have them…
Read Psalm 91-1:16
Page 2 – Insecurity is in everyone’s DNA ever since the apple scandal in Genesis that resulted in the garden’s gates swinging closed tight. There went paradise…for now.
· Speaking of paradise lost, where is your “garden” today?
(Where’s the room, place, or corner of your universe where you feel safe & secure?)
·If you don’t have a physical place, then let’s come up with a visual place for you to “escape” to now. What does it look like?
Spending time in the “GARDEN” helps to give you time to unwind, seek Him, and untangle some of the knots in your emotions.
A – Ask
R – Read
E – Engage
N – Nothing (be still), kNeel, iNtimate
The dictionary defines insecurity three ways:
1) subject to fears and doubts;
2) not safe;
3) not firmly placed or fastened.
Your SUMMER place will help you;
S – Stand
U – Under the
M – Maker’s
M – Majesty
E – Enjoying
R – Rest in Him.
· What’s something you can do THIS WEEK to spend time in the GARDEN (practical) and seek out the SUMMER (attitude)?
Page 11 – My friend Marilyn Meberg has reminded me that “emotions do’t have brains,” so it’s important that we not let them do our thinking.
Read 2 Timothy 1:3-12
“Fear grows in the dark; if you think there’s a bogeyman around, turn on the light.” ~ Dorothy Thompson
1) Turn on the light of God’s Word.
a. How much time do you spend in Bible Study each week? ___________________
o Do you own a Bible? What are you reading in your Bible? How much time are you spending in the Word? Do you have a regular Quiet Time?
o There’s NO condemnation, just growth…
2) Turn on the light of Faith.
o What “fear” is making you a Nervous Nellie? 3) Turn on the light of Your Mind.
a. What is something that God is showing you right now? __________________
o Do you need to read a book, study the Word, or spend time being still? What is it that thing that you keep saying to yourself in your head that keeps holding you back?
4) Turn on the light of Friendship.
o What do you need to do to “be there” for your friends? Do you need to make new friends? What/Where can you go to meet like minded Christian sisters? Reach out!
Brew your favorite cup of coffee, bring your prayer requests and praises, and let’s enjoy hanging out with some really amazing women!
We’ll re-join the study on March 5th for Sessions #3 & #4!
I’ll see y’all at 1pm (EST) today for our Skype chat on Sessions #1 & #2!