We’re Stepping Up Through the Psalms of Ascent with Beth Moore as we just completed week four in our bible study workbooks. On day two of our study Beth Moore writes “In God’s economy, even those who mourn are blessed.” I thought over these words, realizing we often mourn more than the loss of a loved one’s life. We mourn our careers, health, homes, income and even having perfect children. Are we blessed for mourning these things too? Matthew 5:4 Message version says “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.” Ponder theses scripture words and let them rest in your heart, soul and mind. Filter the things you mourn….through scripture…and let the Holy Spirit lead your heart. Re-read Beth’s definition of blessedness in the last paragraph of page 99.
On page 102, Beth writes “When faced with a social or relational decision, I can find my answer pretty quickly by asking myself: what respects God most and reflects His ways?“ I encourage you to write this question on a 3×5 index card, laminate it, and carry it with you. Spend the remainder of the time between now and Easter Sunday, looking at the words and using them to guide your decisions. Draw some images of fruit and vines on your index card, a reminder of your role in God’s Kingdom.
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Beth Moore Quotes
- God has kept us on a perpetual remodeling contract.
- Anybody who claims the bible doesn’t say we’re blessed for obedience is out of their theological mind.
- In God’s economy, even those who mourn are blessed.
- Holding grudges is a malignancy of the soul that makes us miserable.
- Learning to give is schooling in Joy.
- Trying to be our own god is exhausting.
- Nothing is weightier in the long haul than our own insatiable egos.
- Matthew 28:19 is not called the Great Permission, its called the Great Commission.
- Freedom never comes through disobedience.
- Anything we’ve continued to battle from our youth is habitual enough to require Christ’s healing work.
- The heart of prayer is communication and not just receiving what we ask.
This Week’s Scripture Verse
Continue memorize Psalm 121, write each verse on an index card and start memorize it as Beth recommend on page 22 of your workbook.
For Next Week
- Read Week Five in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Five Audio or Session Five Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Has walking with God resulted in a change in your circumstances? If so, how? (page 99 )
- Share your testimony of how God brought you out of oppression and into a spacious place. (page 106 )
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.