It’s time for another online Bible study as we continue learning about God’s love. Yet again, God’s timing is perfect! Our small groups are discussing “Love Created Me” the same week we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday May 11 in the United States. Please note that Beth Moore has announced her Summer Bible study “Children of the Day” with a starting date of June 3, so we need to revise our current reading schedule in order to participate. See details below!
We are currently discussing He Is My All by Debbie Alsdorf, week four. In our reading assignments this past week, we learned that God created us, fearfully and wonderfully made. We were not conceived by accident, unwanted by our Father and an inconvenience to Him. We were created by God’s love and made in His image, for the time we are living here on earth.
As women, we often tend to view ourselves negatively and do not see in ourselves what God has created us to be. We wear labels impressed from our own mothers- some positive and some negative. We attach those labels to our thought closets and they become comfortable identities. Like those comfortable jeans or clothes we wear, we forget over time that labels change and they no longer look attractive upon us. Once we realize our identity as Daughters of the King, the labels fall away and we only wear “designed by God.”
It’s time to realize we are loved and accepted children of God. He did not create flawed women; He created women in His image. Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
I like to call this my “birthday verse” and a good reminder of how I am created by God. I am not flawed and insignificant because God carries me (Deut 1:31) and rescues me (Isaiah 46:3-4), and because I am His treasure (Deut 14:2). Never forget you also are His daughter.
My prayer is that as you continue in your Bible studies, you will be transformed and renewed. While the flesh distorts truth, and the secular world distracts from it…keep in mind the answers have been trusted more than 2,000 years. All we need to do is open the Bible and read with our hearts, not just our minds.
Assignment For the Week- Schedule has changed in order to join the Beth Moore Children of the Day study on June 3, led by Beth Moore.
- Please read Week Five and Six in your book this week.
- Join a small group discussion
READ TWO LESSONS (Week of May 5, 2014)
Lesson 5: Love Ordains My Days
Lesson 6: Love is My Foundation and My Confidence
READ TWO LESSONS (Week of May 12, 2014)
Lesson 7: Love Corrects Me
Lesson 8: Love Changes Me
READ TWO LESSONS (week of May 19)
Lesson 9: Love Has No Fear and Gives Me Hope
Lesson 10: Love Lifts Me to New Heights (Week of May 26, 2014)
Revised Reading Schedule
You will read the first lesson (longer) and follow with two lessons per day.
Monday= Day one
Tuesday- Day two and day three
Wednesday= Day four and day five
Thursday= Day one (start new lesson)
Friday= Day two and day three
Saturday= Day four and day five
Sunday= catch up if you mised anything
Read the entire week of lessons in one day, as long as you have the flexibility to do this in your schedule and are not rushing the work just to complete it. Dig deep, learn and pray as you go!
Discussion Questions For the Week (answer here or with your small group)
- According to Genesis 1:27, God created you in His image. In what ways are you created in His image? How do you usually see yourself? (day two, page 66)
- How does viewing yourself negatively affect your feelings and actions as a Christian woman? (day two, page 66)
- The Bible tells me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). The devil tells me that I am…. (complete the sentence).
- The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. How does a person do this? (day four, page 71)
- On day five (page 75) there is a beautiful poem by Donna Burke called “Jewels in the Lord’s Crown.” Which jewel describes you: sapphires (bold and brilliant), rubies (energy and enthusiasm), topaz (warm and merciful), amethyst (quiet and gentle) or diamonds (strong and powerful)?
You are fearfully and wonderfully made…you are loved!