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Hosea | Week 6

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hosea6Welcome back to the final week of our Summer Online Bible study on the book of Hosea! Congratulations, you committed, stuck through it and now we are at the end of our journey through Hosea.

What a wonderful way to end our study on God’s Love for us.  We learned that He had chosen us and that He loves us no matter what.  We were brought back full circle this week, being reminded that God is the ultimate parent, who will never give up on us.  Because we are His loved, His chosen, His redeemed.  Joy overcomes me when I think about how God will never, ever, ever give up on me.  He will never, ever, ever stop loving me. Little ol’ me, flaws and all.

My big take away from this week was “seeking God with my whole heart.” WOW.  I don’t know about but I thought my heart was 100% committed to God. But when I really stopped, and thought about it, my whole heart relationship could use a tune up.  I certainly didn’t want God to pull back from our relationship because I wasn’t being loyal to Him.  So for me, I began with my praise and worship, giving God my full praise.  Giving God my full attention during study, really committing to cultivating my relationship with Him and becoming more intimate and committed.  What a blessing to become like a deer panting for water when it comes to wanting to know more about God!

God is so amazing.  The depths of His love for us is unimaginable.  Just as a surgeon must cut us to heal us, God does the same with us.  But why do we sometimes not realize that we are being healed but instead think God is punishing us?   Memories of times when God did just that for me came flooding back, and you know what I discovered?  I have been restored!

These last five weeks have been such a wonderful time of re-discovery of God’s love for me.  I have re-claimed my identity in Him, who chose me, who loves me, who redeems me.  And you have too my fellow Gomer Girl!

I leave you with this statement from the study, “You are worth the cost of this redemption to me.  I will always see you as beautiful for you are mine.  I will always think of you as lovable because I love you.  Cease striving to find your place, my precious Gomer; you are already found in me.” (page 153)

 Remember, God’s unfailing Love never disappoints.  Remember, God’s unfailing Love covers all.  Remember God’s unfailing Love is all we need.

You are so Loved!

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

  • Attend a small group this week Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule, all groups are open http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
  • Share some of your favorite book quotes with your social media friends and hashtag #BibleCafe so we can find them too!
  • Choose a time and place where you will complete each lesson, set a reminder for yourself
  • Optional Activity: This week, start your own “To Be” list and write things that you will do to move toward seeking God with your whole heart.
  • Optional due to cost: AFTER you finish the reading assignment, watch video session Six available from Amazon or publisher website
  • Remember to register for our next study, Entrusted by Beth Moore, which begins September 26, 2016 To register click here: https://www.womensbiblecafe.com/2016/08/entrusted-register/

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK

You will have the opportunity to share your answers to these questions during your small group time.  You may also post them here.  Consider also recording your answers in your spiritual journal.

 QUESTION 1: What does seeking God with your whole heart look like for you? What do you do to seek Him with your whole heart? How do others see you?

QUESTION 2: Let’s do a soul inventory.  Do you invest/spend more time in your religious activities for God or in your relationship with God? How does either impact your relationship with God? What do you need to change?

QUESTION 3: In our lesson we learned that God both wounds and heals us.  Thinking about this, what is the greatest affliction/wound that God has allowed or placed in your life?  How has/was that affliction/wound been part of a greater healing for you?

QUESTION 4: Read this statement from our lesson: “You are worth the cost of this redemption to me. I will always see you as beautiful for you are mine.  I will always think of you as lovable because I love you.” (page 153)  How does reading this make you feel? How will this impact your relationship with God going forward?

QUESTION 5: What one thing do you value most or will you take away from this study of Hosea?

My Sisters, I have enjoyed this six weeks of study with you, remember, You are one God chose and loves! (page 8)

sonya morris nelson

 

 

 

 

 

Hosea | Week 4

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hosea4Welcome back to week four of our Summer Online Bible study on the book of Hosea! My heart was warmed learning about returning to our first love! God always want us to return to Him and His unfailing love!

Weren’t you filled with joy being reminded that God’s return policy was available to all and hassle free? I sure was.  It reminded me of all the times I have been frustrated returning a pair of shoes, or an item I had purchased only to find out that the return policy time limit had expired or that I could only get a store credit even though I had the original receipt.  But praise be to God, that when we need to return our hearts to Him, all we need is go to God, He wants us to return back to Him.

Acknowledging God and all that He has provided and blessed us with is the key to our identity in Him, our worth in Him, and our self-worth.  When we don’t acknowledge God we begin to wander from Him and give credit to other loves, and forget about God.  Yikes!

One of the things I really related to this week was giving my heart away. Recently I had a huge fight with my older sister.  It was a very bad one.  We didn’t speak for quite a while.  My feelings of anger and unforgiveness were so strong that I could not allow myself to even think about her or speak her name.  WOW! It took much prayer and my brother saying to me, “Don’t let your heart turn cold with being mad and not forgiving.”  Just as our lesson this week talked about giving our hearts away to things that alter our ability to think or act clearly, I had let anger and unforgiveness rule in my heart. My thinking was clouded by the dark feelings in my heart.   I had forgotten my first love, God, who has always forgiven me despite my faults and mistakes.  Jesus has to be the center of my heart so that I will always give my heart to Him, even in times of deep pain and strife.

Giving our hearts to God, will always guarantee that we receive and experience His unfailing Love!

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

  • Attend a small group this week Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule, all groups are open http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
  • Share some of your favorite book quotes with your social media friends and hashtag #BibleCafe so we can find them too!
  • Choose a time and place where you will complete each lesson, set a reminder for your self
  • Read Week/Session FIVE in your book. You’ll read one lesson per day, each lesson is about 30 minutes.
  • Optional Activity: Print out this complimentary “Press On” card, print another one to share with a friend.

Print the set of iTruth Cards for yourself and/or a friend or family member. Confessing these truths will help “set” your heart on truth and “cement” those truths into your mind. Remember that your true identity is that you are a pure, beloved bride of Christ.

Courtesy of www.jenniferrothschild.com/hosea

  • Optional due to cost: AFTER you finish the reading assignment, watch video session Four available from Amazon or publisher website.
  • Optional Fun Activity: For the next week, listen to your favorite praise and worship song and give praise to God for His unfailing love.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK

You will have the opportunity to share your answers to these questions during your small group time.  You may also post them here.  Consider also recording your answers in your spiritual journal.

 QUESTION 1: Share one area in your life and/or relationship with God where you could be described as a stubborn calf? How does it make you feel to know that God wants to “shepherd you like a lamb in the meadow” despite you, at times, being stubborn? Page 88 (When you answer the question put Q1 in front of your answer so we know you’re referring to this question)

QUESTION 2: Hosea 14:2 tells us that God wants to hear us repent of our sins.  How does repentance soften us?

QUESTION 3: How does God’s attitude of protecting women and children impact your view of Him? How can this help young girls and women today believe they can be set free and restored?

QUESTION 4: In our lesson we learned that when we ignore God’s word, we become ignorant of it. And we are ignorant of God when we ignore Him.  Thinking about this, what will you do to acknowledge God more fully and grow in your knowledge of Him?

QUESTION 5: What things other than wine or promiscuity can take away our hearts? How can being filled with God’s spirit protect your heart?

My Sisters, remember, God’s Love is unfailing and His return policy is Hassle Free!

sonya morris nelson

 

 

 

 

 

Hosea | Week 3

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Welcome back to week three of our Summer Online Bible study on the book of Hosea! What a powerful week of learning about love, God’s unfailing love that forgives and restores us!

I must admit, as I began this week’s lesson, I could not believe that God had instructed Hosea to go and get Gomer and bring her back home.  Whew, I really struggled with how I would score on this test had I been asked to do the same or something similar.  I mean, I am not sure if I would have been as obedient as Hosea was, or at least at first.  But what we see in this passage is that God is always willing and ready to forgive us and restore us to where we need to be, despite what we have done or deserve just as He did with Israel and Gomer.  Never once did Hosea treat Gomer less than his wife, just as God does for us.

Reading in 1 Peter:18-19 about my value being the cost of Jesus’ life really, really took my breath away. I mean I know that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, but I never thought of it in this way, that my value was His life.  Can you even wrap your mind around this? I need a minute or two to truly grasp this.  But it is the truth, God’s truth about how important our value is in Him.  The amazing thing about God redeeming us, is that He also restores us in the process.  They come hand in hand, they go together like apple pie and ice cream.  You just can’t have one without the other. We become new in Christ, our identity in Him comes to the fore front and we begin to live as God intended.  Why does God redeem and restore us? Because of Love! Why does God give us second, third and more chances? Because of Love! Because of His unfailing Love that heals and covers all!  Isn’t that amazing?

My big take away this week was thinking about the restoration process. In our lesson we learn that this process includes cleansing, polishing and repairing.  I began to think about what each step meant for me and my relationship with God… When God cleanses me, he is freeing me from my sin or my state of bondage, when He is polishes me, He is refining me to a better form of myself, and when He is repairs me, He gives me a new life, a new makeover by mending and healing my brokenness. These steps are necessary to truly complete the process of restoration in Him, the one true God, the one who has chosen us to love and cherish. Will you let Him in to restore you to your beauty just as tarnished silver is polished to its natural beauty? Come on, He stands at the door knocking, won’t you let Him in?

Remember, it is God’s unfailing love that provides all that we need.  God’s love covers all! It covers sin, unforgiveness, pride, anger, addiction, past mistakes, unfaithfulness, anything you need! So reach up and grab it, embrace it and accept your place as a cherished daughter of the Most High King!

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

  • Attend a small group this week Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule, all groups are open http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
  • Share some of your favorite book quotes with your social media friends and hashtag #BibleCafe so we can find them too!
  • Choose a time and place where you will complete each lesson, set a reminder for your self
  • Read Week/Session FOUR in your book. You’ll read one lesson per day, each lesson is about 30 minutes.
  • Optional Activity: Print out this complimentary “Press On” card, print another one to share with a friend.
    • We want to know the truth so the truth can set us free! Print this “Press On” Scripture card for you and each member of your Bible Study group. Put it in your Bible, tape it to your mirror, stick it on your refrigerator, or keep it in your car — wherever it will be most obvious so you can be constantly reminded to “yada” God — press on to know Him. We Gomer Girls want to really know God, not just know about Him. Use this card to help you memorize and meditate upon Hosea 6:3 so you will keep pressing in and pressing on to know the God who loves you.

Courtesy of www.jenniferrothschild.com/hosea

press onOptional due to cost: AFTER you finish the reading assignment, watch video session Three available from Amazon or publisher website.

  • Optional Fun Activity: For the next week, write in your journal about how you feel during the process of restoration that God is taking you thru.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK

You will have the opportunity to share your answers to these questions during your small group time.  You may also post them here.  Consider also recording your answers in your spiritual journal.

 QUESTION 1: This week we read about God instructing Hosea to go and get Gomer and bring her home despite feeling betrayed by her unfaithfulness.  Think of a time when God called you to restore a relationship/situation that may have caused you pain.  How did you feel when God first told you to do this? How did you feel after you were obedient? or How did you feel after you disobeyed?

QUESTION 2: Read this verse: 1 Peter 1:18-19: “For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.” (HCSB) Share your feelings about what this verse says about your worth/value.  Is it difficult for you to wrap your head around the truth of your worth/value?  What do you want to say to God after reading this?

QUESTION 3: We have a choice, we can either “depend on grace” or “depend on self” in our life.  Which one are you depending on right now? How is that working out for you and do you need to change what you are depending on?

QUESTION 4: On the grace scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is “the worst pond scum ever and beyond the reach of God’s grace” and 10 is “practically perfect and not in need of His grace”

QUESTION 5: The restoration process includes cleansing (freeing from sin/bondage), polishing (refining you to a better state), and repairing (giving new life by mending what is broken).  At this moment, how do you relate to the God’s restoring us using this process?  Is there one step that you need more than the other?

My Sisters, remember, Love, Love, Love, all we need is God’s Love!

sonya morris nelson