Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cultivate: Honesty

God clearly does not want me to forget my word for 2012 -- He has structured my entire Monday morning bible studies that I teach at my church around this word!  Since I've been writing about the theme of cultivation on Thursdays, I thought I would give you some of my teaching points that I used in my class.  After viewing the vlog, take a look at some of the reflection/sharing questions that we used during class (I've cut and pasted some of the slides from my talk).  Would love to hear your thoughts on the answers to your questions in the comments!
To access the video via YouTube, click here.

Journal Reflection & Sharing Questions:

  • How is Habakkuk's cry similar to your own?  (past or present)

  • Are you a runner or a wrestler?  In the spirit of cultivating honesty with yourself, reflect on your previous behaviors during trying situations in your life.  In the spirit of cultivating honesty with God, write down questions that in your heart of hearts, you long to ask God.

  • Has God ever answered a prayer in a radically different way than you expected?

  • In the spirit of cultivating honesty, ask yourself:  Do you compare your circumstances with someone else's?  Do you try to answer questions about your life by looking at what happens in someone else's?  If you considered another perspective, could you see God's goodness?

The verse that I mentioned at the end of the vlog is 2 Corinthians 4: 17-19, which reads:  "For our present troubles are small and wont' last very long.  Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever."  Melanie Dorsey has an excellent teaching that really expands on applying this verse.  To check out her talk, please click here (it is a Facebook account, so you need a FB account to view it).  Click here to view it.


  1. Good teaching, Jen. I listened to the end. Thanks for linking my video.

  2. Thank you Jen....that was very nicely done...I'll be looking at the reflections...your fourth point is probably something I struggle with most...I think it's hard not to compare ourselves to others, especially when the tendency of others is to compare you. =) Have a beautiful day!

  3. Jen, thank you so much for sharing this video with us. I really enjoyed listening to you lead this study.You really nailed the points very well. I am sure thankful we have a God who lets us wrestle with Him. Yes HE can take it.

  4. Is it possible to be a runner and a wrestler? I run from conflict but I wrestle with God sometimes when what He asks doesn't make sense. Thankfully the wrestling period is getting shorter as I learn to trust Him. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is funny, I just wrote about honesty on my blog and came over here and what are you writing about, but honesty?

    I am parts runner and wrestler. Sometimes I let myself run when I'm angry (at events I cannot control), but then wrestle with Him when I'm angry (at myself, usually).

    I agree with Jean, I am so very grateful for a God that allows us to wrestle with Him. Wonderful post as always, thank you!


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