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.
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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
- 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.
- What distractions does Satan use to keep you from seeing God’s work in your life? (page 28 )
- Share your favorite scripture verse from this week’s lesson.
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s lesson.