Hello Bible study friend, I’m so happy to be back with you!
As we head into Week 4, “Walk in Faith,” I want to take a moment to chat about the prayers Wendy Blight opens our I Am Loved homework with. Have you been starting your study time by praying these?
I know they’re only at the beginning of each week’s reading, but I’ve found that praying them before I jump into EACH DAY makes a huge difference in how much I get out of that study time. If this isn’t something you’ve been in the practice of doing, perhaps consider giving it a try this week and see what happens.
In this week’s prayer, I love how Wendy starts out confessing this:
“Oftentimes I view people’s actions through the lens of my wounded soul. I sift people’s words through the hurt piled up in my heart.”
Oh how I know this struggle! The truth is, we’re wounded women. All of us. But guess what else is true? When we walk in faith, we can swap out our wounded lens for the lens of God’s love instead.
This isn’t something that just happens, though. It’s something we have to be intentional about, always. Which is why I also love how Wendy ends her prayer:
“Help me to believe the best and forgive the worst. May I reflect the fruit of Your love in all I say and do.”
Did you notice she asks for help to believe? This is something we need God’s help with! And luckily, we’re going to begin by studying belief in Day 1 of I Am Loved this week. So let’s get rolling, shall we?
To start us off, Wendy and Kendra have some more helpful study tips for us in today’s video. We also get to partake in another anointed prayer time with Wendy, AND get to hear some pretty stinking amazing news in reference to this week’s verse. You’re going to want to be ready to jot these down, so grab a pen, and perhaps the journal pages from our Week at a Glance...
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“So close they could feel his breath…” Wow. Did that video message give you goosebumps, or what? I’m left in awe that THAT closeness isn’t just for the apostles. It’s for us, too, as we walk in faith with the Holy Spirit in us! Thank you, Jesus.
Friend, before we hit the books, one last thing! Let’s make every effort to commit our Verse of the Week to memory. That way, every time we’re tempted to slap on our “wounded lens,” we can instead remember and declare:
The one who’s in me is greater than the one who’s in this world!
Reflect and Respond:
Which of the study tips shared today do you already do and how have they helped you? Which one(s) are you eager to try out?