I just started reading an online Bible study by The Preachers Wife and here are the discussion questions.
1. I am going to present to you a little acrostic to begin our discussion today. What is your latest NLIP? (Not Like I Planned?) Just getting back from a wonderful weekend with my hubby.. nothing comes to mind.. but just give me a few day’s of ‘back to normal’ and I shall have a NLIP day, I’m sure! I’ll just speak in general…..
2. How did you react to your NLIP? Are you still upset about it? Happy about it? Baffled by it? Explain. My normal reaction to a NLIP day is frustration.. which turns into snippy remarks to my husband usual. (just being honest!) Why do we so often take our frustrations out on those we love so much? Maybe just because he’s there… and it’s easy.. but oh how wrong it is! Ouch.
3. Have you ever attempted to step into an area of ministry and found your desire rejected? Did this cause you to question God and yourself? Perhaps distrust what you perceived to be your calling? Honestly, this has never happened to me. I am typically soft spoken and more of a ‘behind the scenes’ kind of gal. If anything it is ME that tends to cause doubt in MYSELF, when it comes to ministry. I have to remember that if God does the calling.. He also does the equipping!
4. Based on Moses’ response of faith to his own rejection, how will you re-evaluate your own experiences or look at future ones differently if a NLIP presents itself? I love looking at Hebrews 11! I think just reading those who God called… and used is such encouragement (and, of course, Moses is included in that too!). They were normal people who had faith in an awesome God! And the most important thing to always remember is that it is HE who completes these works when others may say it’s impossible, it is He who we rest in when things do not go as planned… Our faith is in a God who is faithful!