Welcome back to womens online Bible study as we discuss week two from He Is My All by Debbie Alsdorf. I hope you enjoyed reading scripture verses about God’s love during the same time we celebrated Easter week! God’s timing is always perfect. We have more than 700 women around the world participating in this online Bible study, growing in wisdom about God’s love. My prayer is that by the time we complete the study, each of you will personally accept His love into your heart. God’s love is not something we read in a fiction book…His love is endless through time. Let’s not generalize His love and conform God to human standards or fictional characters. Look up…beyond your human experiences…and imagine the love that would lay down His life for you and give you eternal hope.
During our study this week we looked up Psalm 17:6-7 and the adjectives to describe God’s love. If you used only Bible translation, you probably found just one description. When you look at several translations you’ll find these adjectives: great (NIV), unfailing (NLT), steadfast (ESV), marvelous (ASV, KJV), miraculous (GW) and faithful (HCSB). This is the wonder of His love!
Jesus commands us to “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matt 22:37 NKJV). This week in our study, Debbie Alsdorf expanded on the meaning of these words. She explains:
- HEART= the things of the spiritual life
- SOUL= the things of the emotional life
- STRENGTH= the things of the physical life
- MIND= the things of the thought life
Take time and pray on these, as you seek balance in your life. Write them down and carry them with you. Personalize the meaning of heart, soul, strength and mind for you personally. Let the Holy Spirit lead you and convict you in relation to this command.
Assignment For the Week
- Please read Lesson Three (week three) in your book this week.
- Join a small group discussion
Discussion Questions For the Week (answer here or with your small group)
- Debbie Alsdorf says “When things go wrong, we fall apart and run from the love God has for us. We become disappointed, depleted and worn out.” When this happens to you, do you blame yourself, others, or God? (page 36, day one)
- On day four, Debbie Alsdorf says we find balance when these things come together: heart, soul, strength and mind. Which of the four is easiest for you to balance and which is the most difficult? Why?
- The Bible says “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT). What does it mean for God to plant eternity in your heart? (page 42, day four)
- Do you compare your life and your spirituality to other women? How does that affect you? (page 46, journal page)
- Debbie Alsdorf writes “Before I ever sought God, He was coming after me. He has called me to be His.” Have you experienced God coming after you for a love relationship? Describe the experience. (page 46, key points from lesson two)
You are His treasure, you are loved!