{Rooted} “Your Beautiful Purpose” Study – Chapters 3 & 4: Trust God’s Timing

Hello Everyone! (a special hello to Rooted Ladies),

So (in)courage sessions are back in full swing. And Karina Allen and I have started reading a new book with our group, Rooted: Women Rooted in God’s Word. {By the way, it’s not too late to join. If you are interested, leave me a note in the comments.} I couldn’t be more excited. We are reading Susie Larson’s, “Your Beautiful Purpose: Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You.” Doesn’t that title just give you the chills?!

Last week, Karina posted questions from Chapters 1 & 2 which related to Embracing Your Purpose. This week, we are discussing Section 2 entitled “Trust God’s Timing.” This section covers Chapter 3, “Wait on God,” and Chapter 4, “Face Your Fears.” I don’t think either of these chapters talks about easy things, but very necessary practices for us to learn if we wish to truly follow God.

God has had it with the proud, but takes delight in just plain people. So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. 1 Peter 5: 5– 7 THE MESSAGE.

In Chapter 3, Larson does a great job at relating her story of waiting on the Lord for her calling – speaking, writing, and radio ministry. She shares how the Lord had her pray for another woman who was living Susie’s calling. I love how Susie admitted her initial inability to be happy for the woman because she was jealous. Isn’t that so real! But of course, the Lord has her waiting and puts her in training to prepare her for her current calling. It’s pretty interesting that her calling includes sharing other women’s stories about the way the Lord is working in their lives. God always brings it all together. Her story was just another reminder to me that nothing done for God is ever wasted.

I love this line from page 60. “When the dream of service seems far off and our flaws and foibles cloud our view, it’s the perfect time to be still and know that He is God (see Psalm 46: 10). God knows how to speak to us in a way we’ll understand.” It quickly sums up my personal struggle and God’s perfect response. It’s beautiful. {That is one of my favorite verses.}

I spent a good amount of time with her study questions. And I realized that God is probably speaking to me more than I notice. And even when he speaks, I often doubt or question his voice. I wonder – is that God speaking or is that my own ego/voice? I’m working on hearing and discerning God’s voice without doubting so that I can really follow His will for my life. {Thank goodness Larson is going to cover this topic in the next session.} What are you working on? How do you know that you hear God?

In Chapter 4, Larson does a great job at exposing the links between our fears and sin. And she explained how the devil uses our fears against us. For me, she really taught how much God protects us and covers us because He loves us. Her study questions really forced me to dive deep into God’s promises and our actions by looking at Psalm 112, Psalm 91, Psalm 27, and Psalm 62:7-8. And I really liked her thoughts on others judging us and its purpose. She asked us to study Isaiah 54:7. It made me realize that although there could be some truth to the judgment, only God can truly judge us and we should take it to prayer. We should also not seek to judge others (cover ourselves by covering others). Very powerful teachings.

It would be great to hear your thoughts on her discussion questions from Chapters 3 & 4.

Your Beautiful Purpose Book

Discussion Questions

Chapter 3: Wait on God

  1. How would you describe your current season of life?
  2. What kinds of stories and movies most inspire you and why? Do you notice a theme in those movies that may connect you to God’s purpose for you? Explain.
  3. What does obedience to God look like for you in this place?
  4. If you could step outside your circumstances and look at who you used to be and who God is making you to be, does the person you’re becoming encourage you? How so?
  5. Share about a time when God put a desire in your heart and then made you wait for its fulfillment.

Chapter 4: Face Your Fears

  1. Can you give an example of a time when, in the face of a fear, you trusted God?
  2. How did God show Himself faithful on your behalf?
  3. What kinds of things help strengthen your faith and encourage your perspective?
  4. What kinds of scenarios trigger fear or self-awareness for you?
  5. Whose courage inspires you and why?
  6. What’s something you wish you had the courage to do?

Looking forward to the discussion. Wishing you a week full of hope, joy, peace, and discovering your purpose!

-Hope

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2 thoughts on “{Rooted} “Your Beautiful Purpose” Study – Chapters 3 & 4: Trust God’s Timing

  1. Abigail Snyder says:

    Chapter 3: Wait on God

    1. How would you describe your current season of life?
    In one way, I am living my dream right now–I’m living in the tropics, teaching internationally, coaching volleyball… what more could I ask? But in another way, I am still waiting… because deep down inside, no matter how much I say that I don’t have time for a guy, I would still like to have a guy who loves and cares for me someday. But hey, if it happens, cool. If not, that’s cool too. I’m living the dream!

    2. What kinds of stories and movies most inspire you and why?
    Do you notice a theme in those movies that may connect you to God’s purpose for you? Explain.
    I love sports movies because of the teamwork, the rising to a challenge, etc. Books, its the same theme, though a broader genre — fantasy mostly, though I guess. Or true biographies, like Unbroken, Under the Wire, and The Emerald Mile.

    3. What does obedience to God look like for you in this place?
    Not dating my non-Christian best friend.

    4. If you could step outside your circumstances and look at who you used to be and who God is making you to be, does the person you’re becoming encourage you? How so?
    I used to be extremely timid, shy, and fearful (back in high school). Now, I do things that most people write off as insane…like riding a motorcycle through the streets of Dar es Salaam. Its dangerous, just like living alone as a single female in a third world country… but I walk confidently because I know God is faithful.

    5. Share about a time when God put a desire in your heart and then made you wait for its fulfillment.
    That’s easy. Coming here. Except I didn’t know that here was the place… Check out my blog at http://abigail613.wordpress.com and the category Missions Updates or Interface for more of that story… its pretty extensive. Or message me, because I’d love to tell it…but don’t have time (or space) to type it all here!

    Chapter 4: Face Your Fears

    1. Can you give an example of a time when, in the face of a fear, you trusted God?
    Flying from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by myself and then getting off the plane after traveling 24+ hours to find no one waiting for me at the airport…. at night… where I didn’t speak the language… and had no way of contacting anyone or telling a driver where to take me… For about 10 minutes there, I was just repeating, “Lord, You go before me.” over and over.

    2. How did God show Himself faithful on your behalf?
    Which time? In the above situation, the people who were supposed to pick me up were just stuck in traffic (normal for Dar), and running late. So they showed up and everything was fine.

    3. What kinds of things help strengthen your faith and encourage your perspective?
    Scripture. Psalm 121, Psalm 23, Isaiah 40 are my go-to verses that I just repeat over and over.

    4. What kinds of scenarios trigger fear or self-awareness for you?
    Fear? I really don’t know… at least not at the moment.

    5. Whose courage inspires you and why?
    I have always admired the testimonies of missionaries like Hudson Taylor and George Mueller who just trusted God entirely. But also people like Nelson Mandela who stepped up to lead and unite people who didn’t want to be united.

    6. What’s something you wish you had the courage to do?
    Hmmm. Not sure about this one.

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