There are so many reasons I love teaching and leading women's Bible studies. One of them is that I learn so much! This semester we are going through a study entitled "How to live right when your life goes wrong" by Leslie Vernick. We are learning the TRUTH principle and how to apply it when we are going through a trial, struggle, heartache, or disappointment. Here is the breakdown:
The TRUTH Principle -
T = Trouble. What is your trouble? Are you looking for what God might be up to in the midst of your trouble?
*God uses the hardest of times as well as the minor irritating difficulties of life to teach us more about Him, drawing us into a deeper relationship with Him.
R = Response. What is your response to your trouble? What are you thinking, feeling, and how are you responding in the midst of your difficulty?
*Our responses to life's troubles don't come from the outside (our situation); they come from the inside (our heart).
U = Underlying Idols. What do you want the most? What do you love? What do you fear? What is first place in your heart?
*Before we can change, we must identify those things that have become more important to us than loving and obeying God.
T = Truth. Whose reality do you most trust? Your own thoughts and feelings or God's Word?
*Truth isn't just something we learn; truth is someone we know.
H = Heart's Response. What is your response to God's truth? Are you indifferent? Rebellious? Repentant?
*We cannot stand in God's presence and remain neutral.
The discussions we are having (and the sins we are confessing!) are helping us to understand this process even more. We are learning that no matter what the situation is, we can apply the TRUTH principle. We are recognizing that we don't have to be slaves of our feelings. We are becoming aware of how the enemy and our sinful flesh often try to dominate our reactions. And we are growing in our maturity in Christ as a result.
Another joy of women's Bible study groups is the sharpening on one another that takes place. In our current class, we have ladies in their 20's, 30's, 40's, and 50's! What a blessing to know that we can help and bless each other no matter the age, race, or occupation. It's been wonderful to see friendships growing!
If you have not gotten involved in a women's Bible study, let me encourage you to. It's one of the tools that God uses to grow us up in Christ. It's a great way to make new friends as well.
I'm Mae Lynn Biggs and I have been a follower of Jesus for the past 29 years. My heart is to help women grow in their love for Christ and knowledge of His Word. I love to spend time with my family, read, hike, and share from my quote collection. I would love to hear from you- leave a comment below.