Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Brave by Angela Thomas – Session 5

Homework: What a week! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This study gets better and better as the days go by. It seems that every week I approach the lesson with the attitude that this won’t be the lesson I need. And every week – without fail – the lesson has been exactly what I needed but I didn’t know it. Thankfully, this week, I am not currently experiencing a “trembling inside” moment. But I have been exactly where Angela taught about. Only I didn’t recognize the process that I went through. Next time, I will know.

Video: The teaching for session 5, “I Am Trembling Inside,” comes from 2 Corinthians 1. This incredible teaching assures the student that God is in the business of comforting us. But this isn’t a feel good, warm and fuzzy kind of comfort. It’s a deep comfort that brings stabilizing peace. It’s the sort of comfort that must be shared with others. Hallelujah!

I am thrilled that Angela wrote this part of the study while she was waiting for results of cancer testing. And I was glad to hear that, as of the time of the taping, those results were negative even though there would be follow-ups to make sure cancer didn’t show up. As one who went through similar testing, I can relate to that waiting, that growth of faith, and continued struggle and growth as I received positive results of my tests. This led to treatment, humbling and even more growth. God is sooooo good!

Who is God when you are trembling at the edge of good news or bad? He is the same. He is faithful. He is comforter. He is teacher. He is healer. He is love. And there is nothing that will change His love for you. (Romans 8:31-39)

Class Activity/Discussion: Our group discussions get better and better as the weeks progress. I suppose this is because we’ve spent several weeks with each other and have shared ourselves with each other and feel safe doing so. In this week’s discussion, we got to the nitty gritty of our trembling. Not the individual situations and circumstances that make us tremble necessarily, but the root of all the fear that makes us quake: lack of control. It helped us to realize that we might not be in control but our Heavenly Father is and He wants what is best for us, not what we are willing to settle for. Praise Jesus!

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