Kat over at heart to heart is leading a study on Trusting God by Sheila Walsh. Here are this weeks study questions.
Read Job 33: 29-30
What does this verse say to you about courage? God will always give us courage.
Read Joshua 1: 1-9
For what reason did Joshua need courage? Because he had just became the leader of the Israelites.
How many times was he told to be courageous? Why do you think he was given this instruction repeatedly? He was told three times to be courageous. God repeatedly told him to be courageous to encourage him.
Consider your present situation and rewrite Joshua 1:1-9 as if God were speaking to you. What instructions would He give, and how many times would He repeat those instructions? Considering my present situation, God would instruct me to not be afraid or discouraged. He would continue to repeat these instructions to keep me encouraged.
Describe a time when you demonstrated great courage, or a time when you needed more courage. When I was 16 my stepfather sexually abused me, my mom did not believe me, and sent me to live with my sister. My sister kicked me out, so I moved in with some neighbors, that were strangers. I think that showed courage to endure all those trials.
"Jesus didn't come to get you out of the pain of life; He has come to live in you through it."(p.2). How have you found this to be true in your life? When my momma passed away, and I was her caregiver, so I found her that morning. It really sent me into a deep depression, and I started cutting myself. Jesus met me where I was, and brought me through it.
You might have gone through some difficult times in your life. List some of the feelings you've had. Depression, sadness, heartache, loneliness, worthlessness, and discouragement.
Describe the role of your faith in facing your struggles. How would you describe your courage? My faith gives me courage to face all of life's storms, and brings me back into the Sonshine.
What is one situation you are facing right now that causes your heart to race and your emotions to spin out of control? My husbands health.
What do you believe God wants you to do in response to the situation you described in the previous question? Pray, and leave it all in His hands for safe keeping.
How can God work through your friends, family members, and church to encourage and support you, as you deal with this situation? Pray with me, and for me.
What do you want God to do in your life through this study? Make me more faithful.
What do you need to change in your life, so you can be more focused on God, and less focused on the situation you are facing? I need to replace the fears with total faith.
Summarize the instructions of Joshua 1:1-9 by completing the following statement:
Because God said(do not be afraid) I will(be courageous)
Write a prayer expressing your desires. Throughout the coming week, use this prayer as part of your conversation with God. Dear heavenly Father, replace my fears with total faith. I believe in You with all of my heart. I know You will take care of my husband, I know You will send healing when You are ready. I love You, and give You all the praise, now, and forever.