First off, I am so sorry for missing last week! I’m not even sure where that weekend went. Which is odd, considering Aaron was on a 4-day fishing trip, so I had a lot of down time!
Anyway. Let’s get to it.
Chapter 5 — Paralyzed — really hit home with me. I really struggle with fear and worry. I repeat Phil 4:6 to myself a lot (do not be anxious about anything), but fear is a tough battle. And it’s never little worries that get me. It’s the big stuff: What if one of us loses our job? What if Aaron gets in an accident? And the biggest — what if we never have kids?
But as scripture shows us — worry is a wasted emotion.
We don’t have a fear problem. We have a faith problem. (61)
That hit home!
“God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love, of self-discipline,” II Timothy 1:7
I underlined a lot (a lot) of Chapter 6 — Whiplash. A couple of my favorite quotes:
When life isn’t turning out the way we had hoped, we almost always default to feeling as if God has abandoned us. … And yet the truth is that God is most powerfully present even when he seems most apparently absent. (69)
We think our suffering is a sign that we’re getting something wrong, not evidence that God is at work to teach us and bring us blessing. (80)
- In what ways have you seen your fears establish the limits of your life?
- What is a fear you need to surrender to God or one area of your life where you need to seek God’s kingdom first?
- Why do you think it’s hard to imagine God is with us when we’re in the middle of a Plan B situation?
We’re reading Plan B by Pete Wilson. Want to join us? We’ll be discussing chapters 7-10 (getting caught up!) next Monday, July 5.