Acceptance and Gratitude
These are two tough topics for me in my daily life. Being able to find acceptance and keep a heart of gratitude while life goes crazy all around me. Everyday there is some crisis in our home and family. Finding time to stay grounded in the Word can be a challenge. I love how the author calls these Holy Habits.
This Bible study has four studies on the spiritual qualities of Acceptance and Gratitude. Each section includes studies that can be used alone or in a group setting. There is also a leaders guide for group studies.
Acceptance is covered under four lessons:
Chapter 1: Can’t Get No Satisfaction: Fighting Discontent
Chapter 2: It’s a Decision: Lessons from Leah
Chapter 3: Who Do You Think You Are” Lessons from Job
Chapter 4: When God Says No: Lessons from Gethsemane
Each section includes an area for notes and prayers.
Gratitude is covered under four lessons:
Chapter 1: It Would Have Been Enough: Remembering God’s Faithfulness
Chapter 2: It Mattered to Jesus: The Value of Gratitude
Chapter 3: Thank God Anyway: Gratitude in the Midst of Uncertainty
Chapter 4: We Bless your Name: Gratitude in the Midst of Suffering
The spiritual disciplines of acceptance and gratitude are easy to practice when all is going well–when the sun is shining and our relationships are fulfilling, when work is going great and the sermon on Sunday touched our hearts. But when all is not well, discontent can rear its ugly head. All of a sudden we’re no longer satisfied with our appearance, our friendships, our lives. When we’re suffering, acceptance and gratitude can seem impossible.
In this two-part study guide, learn about acceptance and gratitude from biblical characters who managed to find both in the midst of suffering.
Learn from Leah how to fight discontent and “choose” to see God’s goodness and faithfulness.
Learn from Job’s grief and confusion how to humbly accept difficult circumstances and move on from them.
Learn from Mary how to trust and praise God when the future is not clear.
And learn from Jesus–the most incredible example of acceptance in history!–how to relinquish our own will and to accept the Father’s.
“”Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. . . . For when I am weak, then I am strong.”” —2 Corinthians 12:8-10
The purpose of this study guide series is to help you use spiritual practices to make your own life richer, fuller, and deeper. It can be used as a stand-alone Bible study guide for groups or individuals.
About the Author:
Wendy Murray is a former editor and senior writer for “Christianity Today.” She has served as writer-in-residence at Gordon College and has published eleven books. She is a featured blogger on Patheos.com.