Wonderstruck Online Bible Study Week 5

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Welcome back to online Bible study for women as we continue Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg. This week we’re discussing week five from the workbook, and we have two more weeks to enjoy! Our focus this week is on the wonder of friendships. It’s one of those times when I wish we were meeting at a local church or in my home, so we could sit together and do the fun exercise Margaret suggests on page 108 in the workbook. Imagine the conversation! While we are gathered around the world for our online study, you might still enjoy asking those questions from your local friends. Make a lunch or coffee date this week with one of your friends or someone you’d like to know better. Tell her “I’m working through a Bible lesson on friendship, do you mind if we share our answers to these questions?” Then pull out the list of seven questions from page 108 and discover your joy in friendships!

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As you read the five daily lessons from Wonderstruck  this week, you learned about healthy and unhealthy friendships. Margaret even challenged you to set some friendships in order with “The Difficult Conversation” TDC.

The most powerful lesson this week is the reminder that Jesus is the only Friend we ever need. I lived this personally when a friend had her own version of TDC and said she was breaking the friendship. Looking back, she never offered me the opportunity to correct my behavior that offended her, she simply walked out. During my season of grief, I prayed and asked God why this happened….then I heard that small soft voice in the back of my mind. “Because Jesus is the only friend you need.” I searched scripture and learned that His own friends abandoned Him, King of Kings. I started talking to my Friend, giving Him my worries, and seeking His opinion instead of my friends,. It was the most refreshing dry season of my life. Eventually the Lord replaced my friend with more friends, rooted in Love.

God is good, always!

Prayer Requests

Our Prayer Wall has many requests, so please visit the page during the week and pray for these women who are asking for your help. If you have a prayer request, post a comment on the wall.

For Next Week

  • Read Week Six in your book.
  • Listen to Video Session Six (optional due to cost)
  • Check in with your Small Group for prayer requests and fellowship

Group Discussion- Answer below or with your small group

  1. When have you felt the pain of unrequited friendships? (page 110)
  2. What three things should we look for in identifying the good company we need to keep? (page 113)
  3. Who in your life has been a Paul to you (a spiritual mother or father) encouraging you to grow in your relationship with Jesus? Page 117)
  4. Who in your life are you being a Paul to…encouraging them to grow in the fullness of being a follower of Jesus? (page 117)
  5. What are some suggestions on how to short-circuit gossip? Three are already mentioned in the book on page  121.

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Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Carolyn Wall says:

    1/The Gossip question–1/Letting people know you hate gossip and refuse to do it with the help of Jesus, it divides and is one of satans tools. 2/ 1/look for in friend Genuine caring for your welfare, understanding, sense of humor, be there to pray for me and someone who attempts to have some priorities in line. My friend Kim is an example of this—when we get together, there is genuine fun, love for each other, I was determined to stay in touch with her–we had our loved ones pass away to heaven the same time, that bonded us even more, My sister Linda, is my soul-sister we’re total opposites, but best buddies—shes been there for me, when our Mom and Dad passed away I was sooo thankful I had her–and we go on getaways together, I fly to Maryland or she comes here, its a good thing from Jesus. I have to think about the other questions, Carolyn

  • Birdie says:

    1. the pain of unrequited friendships – my husband was a pastor of a church and so it was easy to have acquaintances, but difficult to get close to anyone to have a real friendship The few times that we did, we were criticized by others who were jealous.

    2. three things: Christian moral values, positive outlook on life, willingness to share

    3. someone who has been a Paul to me; my husband and also a pastor who took the time to discuss my questions and concerns with me.

    4. someone I’m a Paul to; the other women in my Bible studies that I lead

    5. how to short-circuit gossip; pray for both the person who is spreading the gossip and the person who is being talked about

    • Carolyn Wall says:

      Birdie, May the Lord bring you both a couple or couples without any issues going on in theat way, Nothing is too Hard for Him, believing with you!!My husband kev and I are attempting to connect with others, we need couples and friends all of us, so I’m/we are attempting to have once a month fellowship at our Home, starting this summer, also my friend whose a Pastor and her husband is also, they have a little together thing at their home every Wednsday, praying for you guys, Carolyn sorry, in first sentence I meant “that” way, not theat way, ohhh brother!!

  • missy2u says:

    So glad we have had this time together to study this word.

    When have you felt the pain of unrequited friendships? – when I relocated from New York to Chicago in 1998, of all my friends I left behind only one contacts me today. That hurt, but I let the pain go and pushed past it, but it has not been reciprocated.

    What three things should we look for in identifying the good company we need to keep? – Christlike behavior/ positive reinforcements / love balance

    Who in your life has been a Paul to you (a spiritual mother or father) encouraging you to grow in your relationship with Jesus? –
    Rev Danita has been there for me guiding me and helping me in my study of The Holy Spirit.

    Who in your life are you being a Paul to…encouraging them to grow in the fullness of being a follower of Jesus? I am serving on our prison ministry at church and to all of my pen pals I’ve been Paul.

    What are some suggestions on how to short-circuit gossip? Three are already mentioned in the book.
    Umm reminding the gossiper that we all have short coming
    Send the gossiper to the person instead of talking to everybody else
    Just don’t do it

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