Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Trusting God

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.


RCUBEs said...

Amen sister Denise. And yes, I am keeping you both in my prayers. Love and blessings to you.

Saleslady371 said...

Your answers are beautiful. I pray for you and Lovebug every day. I stand in faith with you believing in God's perfect timing.

Linda said...

I love Sheila Welsh. This looks like a good study.

Praying for you.


Cathy said...

Thank you for that beautiful post of encouragement, my sister. You are precious in His sight and mine. Love and Prayers ~

April said...

You are so uplifting, Denise! Lifting you and your hubby up in my prayers!

Heart2Heart said...


These are such great responses and I learn so much for all of you in reading all your answers.

I love all your answers and keep you husband's health in my prayers.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

T. Anne said...

I love Sheila Walsh. This was great.

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing this study. I agree with your prayer. God bless you and your hubby. (Since you are a princess, that makes him a prince!)

Gretchen said...

Lord Jesus, cover my friend in the shadow of Your wings. Give her peace, refreshment, and courage. Help her to be bold each moment in Your promises. I ask You to heal her body and her husband's body, too. In Your mighty, holy name. Amen.

Michele Williams said...

Thank you for being so open with your answers dear sister. Beautiful prayer and praying with you...

love you...

Peggy said...

Blessings Denise...Amen, my precious sister and many prayers standing with you.

Thank you for sharing this. I wish I could do this but already have more than I can handle on Monday. But I'm going to read along. I shared this book on my blog for TSMSS 'cuz I love Sheila Walsh. It will be great for you to be part of this study.

Wonderful answers and so much growth in Jesus.

MyJourneyBack said...

Sounds like a great study. Praying for you.
Have a Blessed Thursday,

Bernie said...

I love reading your answers, you are a beautiful lady and I keep you and your husband in my prayers always.......:-) Hugs

eph2810 said...

Beautifully written prayer, Denise. You know, sometimes we get totally discourage, but if we keep out eyes fixed on the cross, we can be encouraged by His love for us.

Georgia said...

Amen, Denise! Wow!! What an amazing post! It brought tears to my eyes.

Courage or the lack thereof hasn't really been my problem. Mine would definitely be my lack of patience. If God was speaking to me as He did with Joshua, He would tell me (I think) that I need to be still and know He is God and wait upon Him. I'm getting better... well, sort of, but I still need help.

Thank you so much for posting this. I loved all of your answers. Thank you for everything you are and for everything you do! I just think you are so awesome!! *huge hugs*

God bless you!


Vicki said...

Thank you for sharing this - it did my heart good to read your concerns and prayers. Praying the Lord will enable you, grace upon grace, to sense how big and wide His love is for you and Lovebug - to know deep down that He lives to make provision for you both, to bring healing and peace. The Lord is with you, sweetie, living His life through you. Love you so much...caring & sending hugs...Vicki