It’s our last day of week five with Priscilla Shirer, reading One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land. Our focus of the lesson is moving on from grief, so we can go forward in the journey of promised land living. God wants to do something new for us, and can only do so when we leave the sackcloth behind and move on. There is an excellent chart to fill out on page 125 of your workbook, as you record the specifics of your loss, how you grieved, actions you need to stop and hindrances to your progress. I hope you found time to do this exercise, reflecting on your answers.
We learn in the lesson that our journey requires “we leave behind the familiar and embrace the new,” as written by Priscilla Shirer. She uses the example of the death of Moses, who lived to the age of 120, leading God’s people and earning their trust. A new leader would arise for the remainder of the journey. Maybe you’ve experienced a similarity in your job, when a favorite boss retires, and you’re anticipating the new replacement for your leader. Or like Priscilla, you’ve entered motherhood and are adjusting to the transition. Or possibly you care for an ill child, knowing that life changes are necessary in order to care for her. Many are unaware of the grief and loss associated with these seemingly innocent transitions. It takes a loving God to reveal the loss to us through the Spirit, and then to help us heal and move on in the journey to abundant living. A favorite Priscilla Shirer quote from today’s lesson is “Grief comes in seasons. Don’t allow it to define your life.”
We pray that our hearts will heal from any grief and loss, so we can experience the joy of the promised land.
Priscilla Shirer Quotes
- Grief comes in seasons. Don’t allow it to define your life.
- Make a wise decision to stop the actions of mourning so that your heart can be encouraged and begin to heal.
Today’s Scripture Verses (NASB)
For His anger is but for a moment,His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 NKJV
Please complete the chart on page 125 of your workbook. Feel free to discuss anything you want to share about it.