Welcome back to womens online bible study as we study Fingerprints of God by Jennifer Rothschild. What another amazing week as we learned of His redeeming touch on our lives. My hope is that you connected the study with your personal life and realize that God’s touch applies to you…not just Jennifer Rothschild, women in ministry or someone you admire. His touch and His fingerprints are all over your life too!!
“Gotcha Day” on our first day of study was such a powerful message. I’ve always reminded myself of the day I became “His” and accepted the love of a Father for His daughter. I’d lost my way on a prodigal journey and the LORD carried me home on His shoulders just like a little lamb. When I returned, God signed His name into my heart and I knew I was a Daughter of the King. As a member of His family, I will never let the enemy steal my joy again. We’re not orphaned because God abandoned us, we’re orphaned because in our sin we turned away from God.
This week in bible study I was able to embrace my adoptive status and it just took my breath away! Did you have a similar experience when you recognized that you are chosen…handpicked by God? Are you able to look back at your “life before God” and see how far you’ve come under His parenting style? Jesus said “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. ” John 15:16 NIV
On page 47 in the workbook Jennifer Rothschild asked us to write a job description for ideal parents. Here’s what I wrote:
Perfect parents wanted. Must be flexible and patient, willing to listen with a loving heart. Must be available 24 hours day or night, attentive to the needs of your children. Requires skills of teaching, healing, mending, cleaning, directing and guiding.
For fun, I rewrote it to describe God. Here’s how it looks now:
Perfect Father arrived. God is flexible and patient, willing to listen to His daughter with a loving heart. God is available 24 hours day or night via the Holy Spirit and through prayer. He is attentive to my every need. He has the skills of teaching me His will, healing my past sins, mending my relationships, cleaning my emotional wounds, directing me into Christ-like behaviors and guiding my daily decisions. Others need not apply!
How can we not express our gratitude to the LORD for His amazing love! We’re often too distracted to notice the small things in life, simple pleasures from above. This week I hope you’ll take Jennifer’s advice and give thanks to God. One of my favorite books is One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp as she shares her own journey of thankfulness. She writes
Trust is the bridge from yesterday to tomorrow, built with planks of thanks. Remembering frames up gratitude. Gratitude lays out the planks of trust. I can walk the planks –from known to unknown- and know: He holds. Ann Voskamp
Count blessings and discover Who can be counted on. Ann Voskamp
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Homework For Next Week
- Read Week Four in your book.
- Watch Video Session Four (optional due to cost) The video answers are in the back of your book in the “leaders guide”
- Optional: Join us on Monday’s at 6:00 PST/ 9:00 EST in a Facebook “live” chat hosted by Lakecia and some of your small group leaders. This is optional because of the many time zones and not everyone uses Facebook. To join the group –click here.
- Check in with your Small Group Leader.
Group Discussion- answer one or as many questions as you like by posting a comment below
- Share your own story of “Gotcha Day.”
- Share your job description and if you want, rewrite it as you see God’s role in your life.
- What can you do to express gratitude this week?
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s lesson.