Review discussion questions from lesson 2:
1. Do you have peace today? Why or why not?
Today I feel peace with my current life decisions to make my life better regardless of how other people behave. I’m at peace with my husband and the family I do have available. I’m at peace with my decision to write poetry, quotes, articles, and about life in general. I’m feeling at peace learning and teaching Bible study. Although there are negative issues occuring aroung me; I feel at peace with my decision to cut out the negative so I can remain positive.
2. What is your parent’s story and how does it intertwine with your story? Did they have peace?
My parent’s story: My dad was an abusive man. He beat my mom nearly every day and would call her bad names, etc… There was not any peace in the household really since I never knew when my dad would fly off the handle. As a little girl I had to take care of my mom after my dad would beat her because he would just leave the house afterwards. I talked her into being brave enough to leave him when I was approximately 8 years old. Their story intertwines with mine in that I accidentally found an abusive man that I thought I was in love with. Luckily I realized this was happening; so I would not allow abuse and would leave or move completely out. It took me awhile to get totally away from this man as he would always return telling me that he loved me. Believe him? Or not? A few years of back and forth in this situation led me to finally leave him and never return. Unfortunately my mom never found complete peace and is passed away now. My dad ran off to live a life of wealth with a new family and forgot about me completely. He is an example of how money can be the root of all evil. I eventually found a great husband that does not have violence in his upbringing. Thank you God!
Everyone desires peace in their life; but to obtain that peace is often a struggle. Too many things and too many people get in the way of simply just living a life full of peace. Remember that life is precious so don’t waste time on the negatives of the world, but instead focus on what and who is a positive influence in your daily life.
Take a moment to relax. Wherever you feel comfortable just close your eyes, and relax. Do deep breathing excersizes; breathe in through the nose slowly; hold it for a second; and now let out the air slowly and then repeat. Do this about 5-10 times, stopping at any time if you start feeling light headed. Whenever your peace is challenged either by the things in the world or the people try this deep breathing excersize to gain an inner peace. Don’t let the world suck you into its negative aura. But continue to help yourself overcome each situation by the peace from within your soul. Just breathe!
How is your day going?
Do you have peace today?
Ask yourself this question daily. Do you have peace today? Or is something or someone interferring with your peace? We can have days where we feel both peace and later we do not. Whatever might be the case; we need to focus on peace throughout the day. With all of the negative worldly issues and demands put on us at all times isn’t easy to keep a calm and peaceful demeaner. Being at peace is also a health benefit to the body. Being more peaceful can help in lowering blood pressure; anxiety; and depression as well as many other ailments. Diet and rest are also an important factor. In order for us to find peace we need to feed our entire body with nutrients. The deep peace that lives in our hearts is provided by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!
3. All generations of people over the years investigate real life issues and questions.
They ask questions like;
Who am I?
And why am I here?
What is the meaning and purpose of my life?
These are good questions to ask yourself. I too, have asked myself these same questions. Maybe an answer doesn’t just pop into your head and you get frustrated trying to figure it out… Take a break. Go back to the deep breathing excersizes above so you can find your inner peace again; and put these questions on hold for a short period of time. Throughout this Bible study; pray for knowledge and wisdom. Pray for the Lord to help you understand what your purpose is and start acting on the answers. Be good to yourself and be patient.
Jesus is our true source of life. He is knowledge to our souls and wisdom to our ears. I thank God for giving us a way to salvation.
Have you chosen to follow Jesus?
Have you chosen to be born again?
In Lesson 3 we will be praying for those who want to be saved.
And we will pray for those of us already saved to renew our heart and spirit.
Thank you for joining me today for Lesson 2.
We are women walking with Jesus. 🙂
Review discussion questions from Lesson 1:
1. Did you find that your life is full?
2. Do you struggle with feeling full but empty at the same time?
3. And in what ways?
I discovered that my life feels full, but yet very empty. I am so full of drama! Not by choice that is for sure. The drama filling me up is overwhelming and unfinished incidentals from the past. As a result I am filled with sadness; stress; depression; and questions. I do have an abundant amount of faith thank God; and He has carried me through the raging drama of life. I would not have made it without God in my life as people in the world often choose to keep the drama and throw out the family. God’s word clearly says to not focus on the things of the world, or be in the company of unbelievers. God sent Jesus to earth in His image to let people know that Jesus is the light of the world. If we believe on Him then we have nothing to worry about; even in the midst of the storms. I do believe this. Often times we are filled up with the things of the world. Whether that is people or treasures it doesn’t make a difference. People and treasures pile up or stop communicating; and result in the feeling of being full. God wants us to be full of spirit; not sadness and drama. We cannot change people but we can make changes to ourselves. Begin to eliminate the things that are filling you up and causing your spirit to dim in the light. As you replace the negatives with positives in your life, you will become transformed. The light will get brighter, the emptiness will become full of spirit; and you will replace the full with God while eliminating the “things” holding our hearts hostage making you feel empty. Start eliminating negative and adding positives today and continue doing this every day for the rest of your life to be able to receive the blessings God has intended for you. Thank you God for your unconditional love and for Jesus and the opportunity for salvation. In Jesus name we pray; Amen.
Write a prayer of commitment to God asking for guidance and wisdom and strength to see this study through until the end.
You will grow in faith, friendships and knowledge.
Hang this prayer in a place that you will see it each day. Decorate your prayer and make this study colorful, fun and joyous!
Here is my prayer of commitment to God:
Dear God; I pray to you in Jesus name. God I’m asking for wisdom and knowledge of your Word so that I can apply it to my daily life and receive the blessings you have promised. I pray that I’m able to live my life in such a way that is pleasing and acceptable to you, Lord. God I pray for your wisdom and knowledge so that I can teach others your Word. Help me with Bible Studies that I teach, and help me have the resources needed to do good work for you. Forgive me because I am a sinner; and thank you for Jesus, and giving us a way to clear our name with you for eternity. Thank you for helping me teach this entire book of Ecclesiastes and for giving me the knowledge to understand the Words that are written in the book of life. Thank you God for always being there for me. Jesus lives in my heart and I will never be forsaken. Thank you God; thank you Jesus. In Jesus name; Amen.
You can use my prayer as a guide to your own and remember we all have different lives so make your prayer personal to your own life. Remember to ask for the ability to do this entire Bible Study and to receive the blessings that come with learning and applying God’s Word to your life.
Thank you for joining me this season of learning the meaning of the Bible book of Ecclesiastes.
Our last project from lesson 1 is to begin writing the scriptures from these lessons. Either make a scripture journal (book) or a notebook, (paper) or index cards to write the scriptures down that I put in the lessons. Sticky notes work to if you have them, ha, ha. The scripture we write today will be available for us to reference in our prayer time as we grow in our faith.
We are women walking with Jesus. 😇