Wednesday, June 8, 2011

FINDING GLORY Wednesday

Finding Glory Wednesdays are a way for us to grow and be encouraged together within an online community — especially when experiencing challenges such as chronic illness, job transition, disability, strained marriage/relationship, grief, and so on. Christ-centered conversation and interaction are critical to the success of this online community concept so please join us. It will be very exciting to see and hear what God is doing!

Discussion here is based on scripture and questions from the Finding Glory in the Thorns: Group Discussion Guide but you do not need to have read the book or participated in a Finding Glory Group to share in the conversation. Please invite your friends to join the discussion too!

Today’s scriptures and discussion question are:

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. " MATTHEW 11:28

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." EPHESIANS 3:14-19

What do you crave relief from in your life right now? What do these scriptures tell us about how to experience rest and strengthening?

For more information about Finding Glory Groups, visit http://www.findingglory.com/findingglorygrou.html.

Today's reflections are copyrighted excerpts taken from Finding Glory in the Thorns: Group Discussion Guide.

2 comments:

  1. "...to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ..." When I'm feeling swamped by life, I like to find a few moments to be still, ideally in God's creation, and think about all the ways Christ shows me his love. I'm not sure that with our finite understanding we'll ever truly be able to grasp just how deep his love for us is, but setting aside time to reflect on it always strengthens me and helps me regain perspective. Blessings on you guys.

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  2. I like to do that too, Sandra. Slowing down to reflect more deeply on the holiness of God and all the ways God is so mighty through creation always bring me a sense of His power and nearness to me — the two things about God that most profoundly give me a sense of rest. We've been in a flurry at our house for a couple of weeks preparing for Alex's graduation and so those slow-down-and-reflect moments have mostly been while reviewing video footage from the last 18 years of her life. Looking at THAT kind of God's creation (rather than the sky, a lake or a meadow) has gripped me yet again in the awesomeness of God. Reflecting on His faithfulness to Alex all these years (and to us, her parents) gives me both joy and a sense of rest. I LOVE THAT!

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