“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. . . .Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.
For this reason the gravest question before the church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at any given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.” A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy
Well, I mentioned before that we were planning on talking about our identity in Christ this last meeting, but God ended up changing that plan. We realized (through prayer) that we can’t know who we are unless we know who God is. We also realized that the Enemy’s number one target for his lies is the character and identity of God.
Now, obviously we can’t possibly explain who God is in His entirety in three hours (or even in a lifetime, or several lifetimes…), so we didn’t try. Instead, we just talked about the importance of getting to know Him better. Not just knowing *of* Him–actually getting to know Him.
First, though, we did a “Check up” to see how everyone had done on their media challenges. I was pleasantly surprised and very happy to hear that nearly everyone had followed through with their personal challenge, and had definitely positive results. Way to go, girls!! 😀
We’re finding that we have lots more free time when we take out or limit social media, and that we are able to focus better. Now the challenge is to find ways to keep a positive “relationship” with the media. We obviously can’t completely get away from it, but we can limit it. I also find that it’s helpful to take regular fasts from the media that is especially difficult for you to handle. It helps break its “hold” on you and helps you to see that you really can live without it. 🙂
Before we got started with the message part, we all wrote down something that was distracting or troubling us, and then we prayerfully went and threw it away (symbolically under the cross.) It was just a visual of letting go of our worries and distractions and clearing our minds to focus on God. We also spent some time in prayer for the meeting and that God would soften our hearts.
During the message, we talked about different ways we can get to know God…. we came up with: 1. Read the Bible 2. Pray 3. Listen to the testimonies of other Christ followers 4. Surround yourself with good fellowship 5. Go outside and marvel at His creation. We also made a list of some of God’s attributes (by the way, I do know how to spell sovereign. Usually. Just not last night… :D), and we talked through a wee bit of what they mean. We talked about how even though we can say these things, we don’t really know the fullness of what they mean in God. But we can learn, and we can worship Him in faith for what we do and don’t know.
Next we split up into two groups. (This is my group. We chose to talk about God’s faithfulness.) Each group picked an attribute of God and looked up several verses from the Moms in Prayer (formerly moms in touch) list of God’s attributes. We talked about that attribute and then we picked a verse to memorize and share with the other group.
And here’s the other group, doing their verse for us. They learned about God’s justice.
This was the verses my group did. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Here’s the moms and girls enjoying each other’s company…
We had tea an hour early this time, because about half of the girls had to leave early…
These ladies did a sort of drawing contest type thing… at least, it sounded like a contest. I’m not sure… 😀
Lovely ladies… (Elisa, Emily, and Heidi)
(Rosalia (you’ll have to correct me if I spelled it wrong…))
And then after the others left, we had some time of reading– a little about Andrew Murray and a poem from Amy Carmichael. We talked about how helpful it is to read about the faithful Christians who have gone before us, and about praying hard prayers. Then we all went somewhere alone and just thought and prayed, and as we got done we read some from the books I had brought.
As for the assignment… I didn’t give one in particular, but I think it would be great if you could use your list of God’s attributes (you can print one if you don’t have one) in your devotional time. You could go through one a day or take a week to really dwell on one aspect of God. Remember the ways we talked about to get to know God more, and seek to implement as many of them as you can in the next two weeks. Remember, also, the value of just sitting quietly and pondering how awesome our God is. Learning about God and getting to know Him is an amazing at adventure that will change your life like nothing else can. I’m excited to see how He works in all of your lives!! 🙂 I am praying for you all!
The next meeting will be on Monday, April 8th, starting at 6:00 and going till 9:00. We will (probably) be talking more about who God is, and (probably) transitioning to talking about who we are in context of who God is. Looking forward to seeing you then!! NOTE: If you have questions about God, or if there’s something you want us to discuss, just comment or send us an email and we’ll do our best to study it and talk about it!
Remember that you can contact us anytime during the weeks in between Bright Lights–we love hearing from you! And, as usual, please remember to keep praying for the group and for yourselves. 🙂
P.S. I added a link to a “Christian” audio book company on the Recommended Resources page–check it out! 🙂