Bible verse for the study – Colossians 1:17 – He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
Word for the Week – Peace
Click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser. This will take you to a page of Freebies from Mary Southerland from Girlfriends in God. Look for the free MP3s section; click on and listen to “How to Manage Your Stress.”
Optional Reading Assignment: On the same link above you will also find a 2-part article that Mary has written entitled “How to Manager Emotions.” You can read both parts, but I believe that part-1 speaks more to our unglued moments.
Memory Verse for the Week – The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. Psalm 23:1
Assignments for the Week:
- What information is provided in this sermonette to help you with those unglued moments? Prayerfully consider why I felt God nudge me to share this devotion with you as a lead up to our September 17th start of Unglued. Write your thoughts down in your journal for this study and be sure to date each page in your journal and give it a title for your future reference.
- Define and look up synonyms for our word of the week – PEACE – write this in your “unglued” journal. If you have written your “Mandate to Change” look at it and decide how the word “PEACE” will help you meet your objectives. Write this information down in your journal. If you have not written it yet, jot down some ideas or thoughts that come to you to from this task to help in writing your mandate. Make a word circle using our word for the week and include in the circle those things that will help you meet your objective and place outside of the circle those things that will hinder your objective.
Further information for the word circles plus an illustration can be found at this link…. https://heisourstrongtower.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/keeping-the-peace/
Please note you do not have to make these on the computer, you may construct your word circles in any manner you chose, by hand, using scrapbook materials, however you express yourself artistically is the perfect way for you.
- Look up the Memory Verse in several different translations of the Bible; decide which translation speaks to your heart and memorize that one. Write this version in your journal and let the group know which one you picked. Look at your “Mandate to Change” and see how this verse applies to helping your meet your objectives. Make changes to your Mandate, as needed, including this verse.
- Set aside 35 minutes every day this week to spend alone with God. Get out your “Unglued” journal and put the date at the top of the page. Write out what you did during your time with God. If you read a devotion write down which one you read, if you read your Bible…what chapters or verses did you read. Make a note of what spoke to you during this time. Make sure that you schedule in some quiet time, where you are just silent and listen for what God is saying to you. Write down all the thoughts that come to you during this time of listening.
- Examine WHAT HAPPENED IN YOUR LIFE OVER WEEK ONE for areas that caused you to become “unglued”. You can do this by going back to your journal and re-reading your entries for the past week.
- Record what you learned from each area in your journal. Make note if this is a new area that you did not identify during this assignment in week 1.
- Surrender that unbalanced area to God and ask Him to show you how to find peace in Him instead of relying upon yourself and your own strength. Write out a prayer to God about those areas that you are surrendering to Him.
- At the end of each day, reflect back on how your day went…be honest with yourself about those moments when you became “unglued.” Did you realize right away that you were not allowing God to hold you all together or did it take a while? What helped you in that moment? Record this information in your journal and, if need be, write an amendment to your “mandate to change.”