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The Virtue of Contentment

The Virtue of Contentment

A Bullet Journal Spread for WK 5 review Hello again!!! I’m posting this Bullet Journal spread for those who are participating in the study with me. (Live at my home church) These pages are meant to be used to prayerfully process and record what you […]

“A few Bullet Journal pages”

“A few Bullet Journal pages”

Just sending you a little inspiration today! Use these doodles and boxes to add interest to your bullet journal pages ❤️ Blessings,

The Virtue Of Contentment Week 2

The Virtue Of Contentment Week 2

A Spring Bible Study Session that includes Bullet Journaling

( live study at Rivers Crossing Community Church, Ohio )

The Outline

WEEK 2 / The Virtue Of Contentment 

Small Group Discussion Outline

BIG IDEA

When we pray we can be honest with God and know that His response will not always be what we want, but it will be what we need. It is His grace (undeserved favor)  that is sufficient (enough) in all circumstances and His power that is made PERFECT in our weakness. Developing an intimate relationship with God yields contentment. 

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in  persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Open Communication leads to intimacy

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 opens with Paul pleading to the Lord to take away his hardship (imprisonment, physical pain, ). Intimate relationship is dependent on honesty and trust. Without these, our relationship is not built on truth and is false. (John 15:15) 

-Do you speak your heart to the Lord or do you hold back…refraining from admitting thoughts and feelings to God. How does this behavior (withholding) harm earthly relationships? How might it affect your relationship with God? 

-Did you feel led to “reframe” prayer this week? (Aligning specific prayer requests with specific scripture/ intentionally praying God’s Word, His will)

-REFER to page 31 in the workbook. “Don’t shut God out. When you don’t understand the why, continue to spend time with the Lord so that He can soften your hear towards Him, allowing you to hear what He is saying. (We can’t always understand God’s actions but we can trust His heart.)

 (Pg. 32) “Unresolved conflict leaves residue that affects your vision and causes you to see yourself, others and even God with a distorted view,.” (Emotions can remain unchecked and will continue to lead a person to an action(s) based on something that may not be true.) 

Wrong thinking ( limited human thinking tainted with emotion ) VS. Righteous thinking (rooted in God’s love and truth, thinking with a mind like Christ / 1 Cor 2)

-How would you describe to a friend, the idea of praying according to God’s will?

(Knowing Scripture through the power of the Holy Spirit, praying God’s Word back to Him)

-What does God promise when we pray according to His Will ? (1 John 5:14)

-What are some of the reasons we have trouble hearing God? (Reception problems)

RECEPTION PROBLEMS: PG 36 -sin, unresolved conflict, lack of peace, unrepentant, need for Holiness through Christ.

(Isaiah 59:1-2/Matthew 5:23,24/ Hebrews 12:14)

(PG 37 ) When we jump a hurdle we could never get over in our own strength, we gain confidence in God’s faithfulness. We can know that when we TRUST Him, He will lift us above our circumstance (rise above what we are feeling beneath) to see with His perspective. God meets us in our obedience where we experience His presence and provision.

How would you explain “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”  How does this relate to contentment?

Contentment comes from our constant connection with God. Walking with Him moment by moment, day by day… “back to the garden.” 

Ephesians 6:18 “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”


Bullet Journal Exercises

Practicing His presence this week by: Inviting Him to join in all things, Improving Reception, & Reframing Prayer according to God’s Will.

INVITATION: intentional effort to invite the Lord to be a part of every activity
RECEPTION: improving reception (the ability to hear God’s voice) by making efforts to overcome the stumbling blocks that interrupt our ability to hear our Shepherd.


https://1arthouse.blog/untitled_artwork-13/
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https://1arthouse.blog/daily-routine-icons/
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Reframing Prayer / actively praying God’s Word / Will
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Class practice project / Bullet Journal Tip In
Class practice project as a BIBLE ENTRY
Adding photos to your bullet journal:)

Practicing these exercises, recording the truth the Holy Spirit reveals, and ultimately Abiding in Christ (resting & relying on God’s authority and presence) will bring contentment to our lives and Glory to the Lord. Like all things, in order to excel, we must practice!




Next Week

Pulling out the root of pride:)

Til then,





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Answering a Request!

Answering a Request!

I had a sweet follower on Instagram, ask if I had the following graphic in pdf form to print.

This is for you Gail!😘

Click on the image below, then click on the title that pops up:)

 

Xo,

 

 

Checking in with a few Doodles:)

Checking in with a few Doodles:)

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Ezekiel / Read the Bible in a Year with the READ SCRIPTURE APP

Ezekiel / Read the Bible in a Year with the READ SCRIPTURE APP

Hello!!

Writing to you from CO. In awe of my surroundings and the abundance of blessings the Lord provides!! I feel like I walk around repeating…wow!  Wow…wow… GLORY all around!

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That last little “bundle” is my brand new grandson…Charlie:) Poopah and Mimi have the other two so Mom & Dad can catch their breath!

Currently, we are in Ezekiel, as this journey continues with reading the Bible in a year.

Each Biblical Prophet had the same underlying message: return to God. The Israelites suffered from the same disease we see today…me, me, me. God who? It’s all about what I want, what I can get. I WILL find my own “happiness”  😫There is nothing good that comes from this…just a lack of “fruit.”

Like Israel, we choose to align our hearts with the world in self focus without giving the One who created us a thought. This is our natural response…we are rooted in pride.

-In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” Psalm 10:4

It is just too easy to get caught up in the me, me, me. To see beyond ourselves, we must be engaged with the Holy Spirit. Only He can give us a greater perspective! With my limited view, I will always be disappointed.

I want to look in the mirror and NOT see myself, but Christ in me. As I gaze at my own reflection, I am caught up in the not good enoughs & the need mores…instead of my true identity, which is whole and complete in Christ.

Oh, Lord, give me your eyes to see beyond myself and a heart to love You and others first.

 

CLICK ON THE ABOVE IMAGE FOR THE PDF

 

Blessings to you,

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