I AM A WEAK WOMAN.
WHEN MY HUSBAND WAS DYING,
I WANTED TO DIE WITH HIM,
BUT HE PRAYED FOR GOD TO TURN MY MOURNING INTO DANCING.
AND, AMAZINGLY, GOD HAS!
I LEARNED THE POWER OF THANKSGIVING,
THE POWER OF PRAISE,
AND THE POWER OF SPEAKING INSTEAD OF LISTENING TO MY SOUL.
THIS IS ONE REASON, I BELIEVE, GOD COMMANDS PRAISE.
IT IS FOR US!
WE LEARN WHAT JEHOSHAPHAT OF OLD LEARNED!
PRAISE DEFEATS OUR ENEMIES!
Thank you for your encouragement and prayers concerning this blog. What I am sensing is to continue, for we all are so blessed by the fellowship here. The lessons will be shorter and after Advent I may go bi-weekly. We are so blessed by women of depth here, and I would miss you — but I also know we all have other commitments. So, for now, this is the direction I’m headed. I will always try to give you a rich sermon or talk — and you can do it or not, for we are free in Christ to do as He leads us. Let’s head together into this Thanksgiving — and then, the glory of Advent! This week, a wonderful message on the power of praise from Ann VosKamp, given at Wheaton College. I find I can listen to messages while multi-tasking, as I think most women can! :-) Yet of course, you get more out of it if you take notes. So I’ll leave that up to you!
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. Have you experienced the power of praise defeating enemies in your life?
Monday-Wednesday Bible Study
Prepare your heart with this, from Audrey Assad:
3. Audrey’s song reminds me of J. B. Phillips paraphrase of 2 Corin. 6:10
“We know sorrow, yet our joy is inextinguishable.” Have you experienced this in sorrow? If
Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30
4. According to verses 1-4, what was the problem and how did Jehosphaphat approach it?
5. According to verses 5-12, how did Jehosphaphat interwine petition and praise?
6. Now, you try it. Take a problem (an enemy, spiritual or circumstantial) that you are facing and follow Jehosphaphat’s model of 2 Chronicles 20:5-12.
7. Comment on the above verse.
8. What word came to Jahaziel, the son of Zechariah? (verses 13-17)
9. How did Jehoshaphat and all Judah respond? (verses 18-19)
10. The next morning, how did Jehoshaphat encourage the people in verses 20-22? What else did he do? (vs. 20-21)
11. What happened according to verses 22-30?
12. How you could you make this Thanksgiving week for you (and perhaps your family) more filled with praise?
If you are interested, here are some tried and true questions for you and your loved ones. You could use these all week, or as many as you like on Thanksgiving! Some of you may be inviting those who have no place to go — and that’s wonderful. I think they too will be blessed by deeper conversation.
THANKSGIVING QUESTIONS FOR YOUR TABLE (all week!)
1. What can you be thankful for this year that you couldn’t have been last year?
2. Lift up the name of each person and have two to four people share one
reason they are thankful for that person.
3. Is there a way that God met you in a challenging time this year? If so, how?
4. Did you receive an unexpected kindness this year?
5. Is there a Scripture passage that became more meaningful to you this year –
if so, what is it, and how did it help you?
6. Is there something a little child said that delighted you?
7. Was there wisdom received from a book, a mentor, or a sermon?
8. Was there a time when circumstances lined up so you knew God was
9. God said He would shake our world so that what was unshakeable would
remain – give thanks for one of those unshakeable realities.
Thanksgiving Day Through Saturday
Ann Voskamp speaking at Wheaton College. The 1st fifteen minutes is on the power of praise, including our lesson, and the 2nd fifteen minutes is a wonderful video on her newly released book: The Broken Way
13. What stood out to you and why?
14. What is your take-a-way this week and why?