Fingerprints of God Online Bible Study Week 6

Welcome back to the Womens Bible Cafe as we complete our Fingerprints of God bible study by Jennifer Rothschild. We’ve finished reading all six weeks and our study ends today as we examine how we’re shaped by God’s hand. We looked at many scripture verses this week- more than 60 in just one week! If the study went too fast for you then take some time over the summer and look back at the scripture verses. Find a few favorites, write them down and memorize them. Plant them into your heart.

Our lesson this week started with a personal testimony of Jennifer saying “I resented being characterized by my blindness because my blindness does not define me. I embrace my blindness because it refines me. God has permitted this hardship in my life.” These powerful words caused me to examine my own “labels” and how I need to keep them in alignment with God’s will. While my nephew has been diabetic since he was 2 years old, I know he wants to be defined for his achievements in skateboarding at 12 years old. His illness does not define Noah, his personal interests and activities do.

As women we can choose to define ourselves with these labels- rape, promiscuity, addictions, abortions, affairs, abuse, mother of special needs child, wife of abusive husband, cancer survivor. In reality, the only label we should wear is Daughter of the King. You are an heiress in Christ, and as such, you will go through trials. Being His daughter does not guarantee a risk free, happy and perfect life on earth. It guarantees eternal life and purpose as you walk inside God’s will. Jennifer asks “What are you willing to accept in your life to be a living miracle?” My reply: God’s will for me.

We learned about the four identities called flippant fatalist, frail fainter, faithful follower, and fruitful finisher. At the end of the lesson Jennifer invites us to be a “canvas for His glory.” Never think that you are so small or too broken for His purpose. If you surrender your life to God then He will reveal you as is masterpiece.

My version of Hebrews 12:7- Christine endures difficult relationships, for through it the LORD is visible and present- and He sees her and is always near.

Prayer Requests

Our Prayer Wall is the place to reach out with your prayer needs and praise reports. Please visit the page and pray for those people who are asking for you to lift them up in prayer.

Homework For Next Week

Group Discussion- answer one or as many questions as you like by posting a comment below

  1. How do you experience God’s comfort during a refining fire? (page 90 )
  2. Share your own version of Hebrews12:7 from page 96 in the book.
  3. What are you willing to accept in your life to be a living miracle?
  4. Are you a flippant fatalist, frail fainter, faithful follower or fruitful finisher?
  5. Would you recommend this study for a friend? Why or why not?

 

Fingerprints of God Online Bible Study Week 5

Welcome back to womens online bible study as we study Fingerprints of God by Jennifer Rothschild. We’ve finished reading week five and we have one week of study remaining. This week we learned about the hand that guide us. We started the week exploring the concept of darkness and light as it relates to God. Jennifer presented us with some great scripture verses along with common cliches for dark and light. It was an interesting and fun method of learning!

Next we took a quick look at Jonah the reluctant prophet and the consequences of not following God’s will. On page 76 in the book we completed a chart of action words comparing the story of Jonah with our story related to God. You may have written  “God said for Jonah to go to Nineveah, Jonah ran away, God sent a storm, Jonah was thrown overboard and God sent a fish to swallow him for three days.” Jonah was given a second chance to follow God’s command as the story continues. In your own life, you may have written “God wants my heart, I sinned, God punishes, I’m complacent, God shows mercy.” Jennifer reminds us that our story ends with mercy.

As we completed our study this week we learned from Jennifer that “Jonah’s rebellion, Manassehs’ rejection and Nebuchadnezzer’s pride fling them into darkness.” Knowing this, you are encouraged to examine your own history and see if there are any areas of a prideful past still lingering inside your heart. We learned the best cure for pride is humility.

 

Prayer Requests

Our Prayer Wall is the place to reach out with your prayer needs and praise reports. Please visit the page and pray for those people who are asking for you to lift them up in prayer.

Homework For Next Week

  • Read Week Six  in your book.
  • Watch  Video Session Six (optional due to cost) The video answers are in the back of your book in the “leaders guide”
  • Optional: Join us  on Monday’s at 6:00 PST/ 9:00 EST in a Facebook “live” chat hosted by Lakecia and some of your small group leaders. This is optional because of the many time zones and not everyone uses Facebook. To join the group -click here.
  • Check in with your Small Group Leader.

Group Discussion- answer one or as many questions as you like by posting a comment below

  1. How can we identify when we’re walking in the light or walking in the darkness?
  2. How would you advise someone in this bible study to practice humility? What are some examples from your own life or something you’ve seen in others?
  3. How can you sprinkle light into areas of darkness?
  4. Share a favorite moment from this week’s lesson.

 

Fingerprints of God Online Bible Study Week 4

Welcome back to womens online bible study as we study Fingerprints of God by Jennifer Rothschild. We’ve just finished reading week four and we have two weeks remaining in this bible study. Make sure to order your book for Nehemiah as they often sell out when Beth Moore leads a summer bible study. To register for the summer bible study- click here.

Image from Pastor Ray Noah's Blog

This week we studied “our relationship with God from three perspectives. He is our eternal security, our city of refuge and the immovable rock,” writes Jennifer Rothschild. We started the week with a lesson on hiding in Him and the exercise with the three envelopes. On page 59 in the book Jennifer uses ten words to describe a storm in your life:

  • Thunderstorm
  • Tidal wave
  • Flood
  • Downpour
  • Tornado
  • Windstorm
  • Earthquake
  • Black Cloud
  • Hurricane
  • Volcano

During the exercise which followed, I wrote “My storm is like an earthquake because once it was over, I rebuilt my spiritual foundation for life, making it stronger that it was before the shaking. The earthquake was a positive experience because it revealed weakness in my foundation.”  I then reflected on my earthquake kit and how I spent time preparing and storing provisions for an emergency here in California. The earthquake kit didn’t just appear in my closet one day…I had to plan, shop and fill the closet with necessary items. To survive a storm in life- such as illness, death, financial loss-we need to have a plan based on scripture and God’s word. We need to fill our minds with scripture so when the storm arrives, we’re mentally prepared and equipped.

We saw how Jesus rebuked the storm in Mark 4 and you may recall from reading the book Fearless by Max Lucado or The Invisible War by Chip Ingram that this storm had elements of spiritual warfare. The demons knew Jesus was arriving to toss them into a herd of pigs, so they created a diversion and distraction of fear. Jesus did not respond to the storm or demons with fear, instead He responded with authority and trust in God. We turn to the Rock of strength for our protection and safety in our storms.

We learned from Jennifer that “God has given us a great wall of protection in the form of self-control” and then examined areas of life where we might lack control. Spend some time this week asking the Holy Spirit to convict you about any areas you might lack control. Rather than work on all areas at once, select one and make a commitment to work on controlling this area of your life during the summer. You can always find support from other women on Facebook or send me a private message.

As I was writing this post I searched for images of storms and clicked the first one that caught my attention. What a delight to find the image was from the former pastor at my kids Christian school! Pastor Noah wrote an article called Storms Happen and you can read it when you- click here. The image reminds me of the time we’ve watched a massive storm outside as my 10 year old daughter Katy sat inside the house singing “My God is Mighty to Save” from Hillsong.  You can listen to the song on YouTube when you -click here.

Prayer Requests

Our Prayer Wall is the place to reach out with your prayer needs and praise reports. Please visit the page and pray for those people who are asking for you to lift them up in prayer.

Homework For Next Week

  • Read Week Five  in your book.
  • Watch  Video Session Five (optional due to cost) The video answers are in the back of your book in the “leaders guide”
  • There is no live Facebook chat this week due to the US holiday on Monday
  • Check in with your Small Group Leader.

Group Discussion- answer one or as many questions as you like by posting a comment below

  1. Describe your storm from the exercise on page 59.
  2. Name an area of your life that you need more self-control. What is your plan to control this area of your life during the summer?
  3. Which lesson was most important to you this week- eternal city, city of refuge or immovable Rock- and how did it touch your heart this week?
  4. Share a favorite moment from this week’s lesson.

 

Fingerprints of God Online Bible Study Week 3

Welcome back to womens online bible study as we study Fingerprints of God by Jennifer Rothschild. What another amazing week as we learned of His redeeming touch on our lives. My hope is that you connected the study with your personal life and realize that God’s touch applies to you…not just Jennifer Rothschild, women in ministry or someone you admire. His touch and His fingerprints are all over your life too!!

“Gotcha Day” on our first day of study was such a powerful message. I’ve always reminded myself of the day I became “His” and accepted the love of a Father for His daughter. I’d lost my way on a prodigal journey and the LORD carried me home on His shoulders just like a little lamb.  When I returned, God signed His name into my heart and I knew I was a Daughter of the King. As a member of His family, I will never let the enemy steal my joy again. We’re not orphaned because God abandoned us, we’re orphaned because in our sin we turned away from God.

This week in bible study I was able to embrace my adoptive status and it just took my breath away! Did you have a similar experience when you recognized that you are chosen…handpicked by God? Are you able to look back at your “life before God” and see how far you’ve come under His parenting style? Jesus said “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. ” John 15:16 NIV

On page 47 in the workbook Jennifer Rothschild asked us to write a job description for ideal parents. Here’s what I wrote:

Perfect parents wanted. Must be flexible and patient, willing to listen with a loving heart. Must be available 24 hours day or night, attentive to the needs of your children. Requires skills of teaching, healing, mending, cleaning, directing and guiding.

For fun, I rewrote it to describe God. Here’s how it looks now:

Perfect Father arrived. God is flexible and patient, willing to listen to His daughter with a loving heart. God is available 24 hours day or night via the Holy Spirit and through prayer. He is attentive to my every need. He has the skills of teaching me His will, healing my past sins, mending my relationships, cleaning my emotional wounds, directing me into Christ-like behaviors and guiding my daily decisions. Others need not apply!

How can we not express our gratitude to the LORD for His amazing love! We’re often too distracted to notice the small things in life, simple pleasures from above. This week I hope you’ll take Jennifer’s advice and give thanks to God. One of my favorite books is One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp as she shares her own journey of thankfulness. She writes

Trust is the bridge from yesterday to tomorrow, built with planks of thanks. Remembering frames up gratitude. Gratitude lays out the planks of trust. I can walk the planks –from known to unknown- and know: He holds. Ann Voskamp

Count blessings and discover Who can be counted on. Ann Voskamp

Prayer Requests

Our Prayer Wall is the place to reach out with your prayer needs and praise reports. Please visit the page and pray for those people who are asking for you to lift them up in prayer.

Homework For Next Week

  • Read Week Four  in your book.
  • Watch  Video Session Four (optional due to cost) The video answers are in the back of your book in the “leaders guide”
  • Optional: Join us  on Monday’s at 6:00 PST/ 9:00 EST in a Facebook “live” chat hosted by Lakecia and some of your small group leaders. This is optional because of the many time zones and not everyone uses Facebook. To join the group -click here.
  • Check in with your Small Group Leader.

Group Discussion- answer one or as many questions as you like by posting a comment below

  1. Share your own story of “Gotcha Day.”
  2. Share your job description and if you want, rewrite it as you see God’s role in your life.
  3. What can you do to express gratitude this week?
  4. Share a favorite moment from this week’s lesson.

 

Fingerprints of God Online Bible Study Week 2

Welcome back to womens online bible study as we study Fingerprints of God by Jennifer Rothschild. What an amazing week of study as we turned the pages of scripture and opened our minds to seeing more of Jesus. Jennifer showed us how we crave God’s touch and look for it in the wrong places. We attempt to fill our empty wells with everything except the LORD. It’s easy to be distracted by the technology in our homes. Life has become more and more convenient and less and less intimate with Jesus.

We looked at our personal wells and longings this week and saw how we thirst for the wrong things. Then we examined truth in scripture and saw how Jesus meets our every need. On page 25 in the workbook I wrote “I know that I have been thirsty for love, which only You provide. I’ve been ignored, neglected, abused and unloved by humans and experienced rejection and humiliation  in human relationships. Yet my Savior waits at the well…ready to share Living Water and quench my thirst for love. He is the source of contentment.” After doing this exercise I realized my thirst can only be quenched by spending more and more time in the Holy Presence of God. This means less time watching the news (a recent habit I’ve created), less time on the Internet and more focus on His love for me. Knowing how much I am loved by Jesus…I crave more and more of Him and less of my false gods- such as food, relationships and technology. My love comes from the LORD alone.

How about you? What did you discover on page 25 in your workbook this week? Post a comment below about what you thirst for and how to quench it. Be specific in your plan.

We also studied this week about how God makes Himself known to us. I would love to sit in a room together and hear your personal experiences with Him. I’ve found His presence in my dreams, though this does not make me prophetic. He simply tells me who and what to pray for, and the dreams are so symbolic and strange that I journal them when I first wake up so I will not forget the details. This week I dreamed about three women who are friends I’ve not seen in several years. It was a beautiful dream about soldiers, guarding gates and walking hallways. About four hours after the dream I saw a Facebook post about one of the women in the dream and learned she was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  I knew God was speaking to me, He was raising an army to tend to her and He was near. In another dream I shared with a friend that I saw a friend of mine named Dick Clark, and my friend replied “we should pray for the salvation of Dick Clark.’ Later in the evening, the real Dick Clark died and we were both awestruck by God’s amazing presence. We were speechless and knew we had been used for the Lord’s purpose in that situation.

Your experience with the LORD will not be the same as mine, because He reveals Himself differently to each of us. A few people have shared with me that they feel His presence in nature and being outdoors. Others have heard Him through music. What matters is that we are LISTENING and LOOKING and WAITING for the Lord. Our hearts and minds must be open to the LIVING God. In the busyness of our day, as we seek false gods and fall to temptations, we’re so busy with “junk” that we miss the incomparable beauty of the LORD beside us. Take time this week and seek Him. Don’t look for Him in visions and dreams….just be still and wait for Him to appear. Quiet your mind, remove your distractions and you will see or hear…if you have the faith to believe.

Prayer Requests

Our Prayer Wall is the place to reach out with your prayer needs and praise reports. Please visit the page and pray for those people who are asking for you to lift them up in prayer.

Homework For Next Week

  • Read Week Three  in your book.
  • Watch  Video Session Three (optional due to cost) The video answers are in the back of your book in the “leaders guide”
  • Optional: Join us  on Monday’s at 6:00 PST/ 9:00 EST in a Facebook “live” chat hosted by Lakecia and some of your small group leaders. This is optional because of the many time zones and not everyone uses Facebook. To join the group -click here.
  • Check in with your Small Group Leader.

Group Discussion- answer one or as many questions as you like by posting a comment below

  1. What did you discover on page 25 in your workbook this week? What do you thirst for and how will you quench it. Be specific in your plan.
  2. What distractions does Satan use to keep you from seeing God’s work in your life? (page 28 )
  3. Share your favorite scripture verse from this week’s lesson.
  4. Share a favorite moment from this week’s lesson.