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Week 4, Days 3 & 4

Posted on July 30, 2017 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome back to our week of study from the last half of Week 4 of Finding I Am. I hope you are finding this study as sweet as I am. When you draw close to the realness and the personalization of who Jesus is, not only in the Bible but who He is to us personally, it is sweet indeed. 

Here is the link for this weeks video.


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Please come back here to comment on a few questions. 


1. Jesus is THE Way, THE Truth and THE Life. This I AM statement is the clearest example in Scripture of the certainty of Jesus being the only way to eternal life.

What makes you uncomfortable about this statement?

What is comforting about this statment?

What would you say to those who claim this is narrow minded and non-inclusive?

2. How has staying within the boundaries of God's truth brought you freedom?

3. Referring to  page 128 we did a long exercise of looking at the prophecies about Jesus in the OT and where these were fulfilled in the NT. Despite the clarity of these fulfilled prophecies, many of the Jews didn't recognize Him as the Messiah. They were looking for the Messiah to come in a different way. We know that God's ways are different than our ways. Those ways are many times opposite of what we want and expect. Therefore we need to consider God's purposes and align our expectations and desires around His. 

We have expectations of how we think God may move in our lives. How might you need to adjust your expecations and desires around His? Remember that He is the Alpha and Omega, He knows your beginning and your end and everything in between and He will perfect or complete that which concerns you. He is the Way, and has a better way!


This week watch Lysa's video session 5 and complete week 5, Days 1 & 2. 

I can't believe we're getting close to the end. 

I luvurfaces! Have a great week.


Dana



Week 4, Days 1 & 2

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome back. This story of Jesus with Mary and Martha is one of my favorites. I hope the Holy Spirit spoke to you out of the lesson and the scripture.

 

Here is the video for this week

 

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Come back here to discuss the following!

 

 

 

1. Where have you experienced that space between exoectation and reality?

 

Looking back, what Name of Jesus could you have applied in that situation?

 

2. We see that Jesus is intnetional with Mary and Martha in the individual conversations He has with them. What is at least one moment where you know that Jesus was intentional with you?

 

3. Mary and Martha both said, "If only you'd been here..." What are some "if only's" in your life? Do you now see a greater purpose in this trying time?

 

4. page 117, In what specific situation do you sense God might be at work even if you can't yet see the results?

 

In our sweet sorrow, long term, unanswered prayer requests 1. Know with confidence God hears your prayers, 2. Trust that prayer makes a difference, even when your don't see the difference, 3. Tell fear it has no place in this conversation

 

Trace the hand and history of God in your life. He was faithful then and He is faithful ever still.

 

I luvurfaces! Have a great week studying Days 3 & 4. See you next week.

 

Dana

Week 3, Days 3 & 4

Posted on July 16, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome back for Week 3, Days 3 & 4. This is one of my favorite lessons, so I hope you enjoy the video.


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Please come back and interact with each other through commenting on these questions. 


1. On Day 3 we learned about how shepherds cared for their sheep. How does this information comfort you today?

2. On Day 4 we discussed head knowledge vs. heart knowledge. How can you find ways to not only know more about Jesus in your head, but also in your heart?

3. What are the transitional conversations that Jesus may be having with you right now?

4. Jesus asked Peter, "Do you love me more than these?" What are your "these?"

Have a great week! Watch Lysa's video session 4 and complete Week 4, Days 1 & 2, which is also another one of my favorites. 

Luvurfaces!

Dana

Week 3, Days 1&2

Posted on July 8, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Welcome back to our study of Week 3, Days 1&2 and Lysa's video session 3.

 

Here is the link to this week's video. Please pardon our many technical difficulties this week. I used a new camera and sound set up and had to actually re-record several times. Then we had great difficulty in sending the video to my editor. Let's just say that coupled with the technical issues I had last week trying to record at the lake and then all the problems I had this week...I am quite weary of technology! This week almost didn't happen! I'll keep learning and trying to make it better with this new camera! The content is still quite good though. It must be, or the enemy wouldn't be so darn persistant in frustrating me!

 

I have also created a Secret Group on FaceBook for us. You have to be invited and most of you have been. There are several that maybe are not on FB or I am not personally friends with. So, if you are on FB and didn't get an invite to the Secret Group, please FRIEND ME! Dana Bridges Stout, so I can send you an invite. Hopefully you will feel more secure and free to comment on this secret group than here on the blog. No one can see the secret group except those taking the study. I will post the same questions here on the blog and on the FB secret group page.

 

Here's the link for this week!

 

https://youtu.be/_9AYeakrTj4" target="_blank">http://https://youtu.be/_9AYeakrTj4

 

Discussion questions:

 

1. From Day 1, I suggested taking the characteristics of sheep and turning them into a humble prayer. Did anyone do this and what was your experience?

 

2. From Day 2, we studied both keys and barriers to hearing God's voice. What did you think of the list? Are there any others you might add to the keys list? What about the barriers? (p 79-80)

 

3. What do you think it means for us to "come in and go out, and find pasture"? (p 84)

 

4. How do you discern or hear the voice of God? What has been your experience?

 

5. Is there any other question you would like to pose to the group? Fire away!

 

 

 

See you all next week! Please pray for me and the technology stuff!!!

 

 

 

Luvurfaces,

 

Dana

#flmobs, Week 2, Days 3 & 4

Posted on July 2, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome back to the conclusion of our week 2 study. Here is the video link for this week. Enjoy! and please come back here to make a comment or two on the discussion questions. 


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1.We learned that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. I also quoted Spurgeon, "Pray for God to not only show you the difference between right and wrong but also the difference between right and almost right." What does this look like in your life?


2.Your answer to prayer and your victory may be on the other side of obedience. Is there a step of obedience that you need to take?


3.Priscilla Shirer says that one or more of these three things, Fear, Pride and Pain stop us from obedience. Did this turn a light on for you in a step of obedience that you have been hesitant to take?


Thanks for your comments. Let's support one another as we go forward in the Lord.


Luvurfaces, 

Dana

email me with any questions you may have [email protected]


#flmobs, Week 2, Days 1 & 2

Posted on June 22, 2017 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome back for Week 2, days 1 & 2. If you're not here yet, don't worry. Remember the study is self-paced and you don't have to be caught up. The teaching videos are on my YouTube Channel "StoutDana" and they will stay up indefinately. So, no stressing! ENJOY your study time!

Here is the video for this week!


 

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Don't forget to come back here and post some responses. I know it takes a little time to do so, but it adds to everyone else's experiences. 


1. What are some things that you've done today that require water or light?

2. What wells do you think our culture tries to draw water from on a regular basis? p. 47

3. What wells are you tempted to draw satisfaction from on a regular basis? p.47

4.Is there an area of your life that you feel is in darkness? Do you now see how to shine the Light of Jesus on it? p. 51 

5. What do you think about the statement, "It's either Jesus or darkness, there is no third alternative"?


Thanks for chiming in on some of these questions!


This week, finish up Week 2 by completing days 3&4 and read the assigned chapters of the Book of John. If you have any questions or comments for me, email me at [email protected]


Luvurfaces,

Dana

Week 1, Days 3&4

Posted on June 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Here is the #flmobs video for this week. Week 1, Days 3 & 4.

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I hope you've gone through your homework and even had a chance to read the chapters in the Book of John as assigned on Day 5.

After you watch the video, come back here to answer any of the following questions that you'd like to answer. 

I hope y'all are having a great week and that this study and the Holy Spirit are speaking LIFE into you! Please let me know if I can do anything to make your experience any better. 

Discussion Questions: 

1- What was the most meaningful moment for you this week?

2-Has there been a time in your life where God clearly provided for you in a way that only He could? p.28

3-What storms have you tried to face on your own? Battles you've tried to fight without turning to Jesus? What are your go to "tools" that you pull out when you get into this kind of situation? p.33-34

4-How can you guard against the seemingly never ending to do list of what you think you should do as a "good Christian" and remind yourself that believing in Jesus is all you need? p.35


This week watch Lysa's video session 2 and complete Week 2, Days 1 & 2!

See you here next week!

Luvurfaces,

Dana


#flmobs Chapter 1, Days 1&2

Posted on June 7, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Welcome back Ladies! 

We've started off with a bang this week, studying God's Word through this book, Chapter 1, Days 1 & 2. Thank you for commenting on the blog. I hope you've completed the homework and spent some time with the Lord. I especially hope that you've identified your "sweet sorrow." Sometimes it's painful to dig up something like that, but that's the only way we can offer it up to the Lord and allow Him to heal it. 

Here's the video link for this week, discussing Days 1&2. 


 

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I pray that the Bread of LIFE sustains and satifies your spirit this week.

This week, move on to complete Days 3&4 and also read the assigned chapters of the book of John from Day 5.


Luvurfaces,

Dana


Questions:

1. What was the most meaningful moment for you this week? It may be a Bible verse, principle, revelation, new understanding or conviction.

2. Can you identify with Lysa's story on p. 14-15? Have you been in such a spiritually exhausting place? How did you find your way out? Or maybe you're there now. 

 

3.Jesus is "the bread of life." How would you personalize this statement?

4.. In what way has the enemy been tempting you to satisfy physical and emotional needs and kept you from pursing that zoe life we've been reading about? (p.19)

5. On a scale of 0-10, Where are you on the THANKFULNESS scale?

6. Can you think of a time when your heart was a bit hardened and how that caused you to miss God?

#flmobs Video Session 1

Posted on June 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (16)

Here we go!!!! Our first session together! I hope you have your books and have downloaded and watched the first video of Lysa's from lifeway.com. Our first session will be some insights into her teaching.  Please come back here and comment on any of the discussion questions that you feel lead to comment on. Let's connect with one another. 

Here is the video link  https://youtu.be/NX6Z8X-BZcM" target="_blank">http://https://youtu.be/NX6Z8X-BZcM

Your homework this week is Chapter 1, Days 1 & 2. Take your time and really absorb God's Word. 

I look forward to our online chat here this week!!!

If you have any questions that you'd like me to address online or on video send them to me at [email protected]

It's not too late to invite more friends to join us. Have them send me an email to join. 

Luvurfaces! Have a great week!

Dana



Online Bible Study

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (21)

Hello Ladies! The 2017 Flourishing Life Ministries Summer Online Bible Study is about to begin on June 4. Many thanks to those who have already signed up. If you have not and would like to join us, email me at [email protected] and let me know that you are IN! We will be going through Lysa TerKurst's "Finding I Am," available on www.lifeway.com or amazon.

Follow this link to a quick intro video with a few instructions for what you need to do between now and June 4, our launch date. After you've watched the video, please comment below to let me know that all is working well on the technical end. 

Tell us who you are, where you're from, what you do and what you hope to gain as you study this summer!

I'm excited you are here and we are getting all the technical kinks worked out now!

Watch the video! (use the second link, it works!)

https://youtu.be/rrRxMa02ru8" target="_blank">http://https://youtu.be/rrRxMa02ru8

Have a great week and I'll be sending a schedule for the summer next week.


Luvurfaces!

Dana


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