Welcome to the Stress Point Online Summer Study! This week we will dive into the topic of our career. It is my hope that by the end of this week you will be LIVING OUT! the Kingship of Christ in your job and career!
Also, in case you didn’t get a chance to see my welcome video I posted last week, I will repost it below, too.
Stress Point Welcome
The Real (video blog)
The Raw (discussion questions)
~At the beginning of this chapter in Stress Point I shared some stories from a few women dealing with their career. Did you identify with any of the girlfriend case studies? If so, tell us how you identified.
~Do you have a dream job? What is it?
~What do you think about the idea that sometimes we have to take stepping stone jobs to gain experience and knowledge?
~In the video above I mentioned that we need to align our dreams with God’s true will for us. For me, this is hard. I am a dreamer and a planner. I concoct grand plans for my life. We will get into this topic later in chapter 9 but I wanted to throw this out to you. What would it look like if we sat down and prayed, asking God to reveal to us (in His perfect timing) what direction we should take our career? Would this be hard for you to give up control? It is definitely something difficult for me, but I see the benefit now that I have experience with putting Jesus in the center of my career. What do you think?
The Relevant (Bible Study questions)
When we determine that we are, in fact, going to allow God to guide us, direct us and show us His plans for us ––for our dream job––we might very well find our selves in a holding pattern. Waiting on the Lord is tough. I mentioned the concept of trusting in the Lord. Here is that verse again:
Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely;
never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.
Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish,
and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead. (Proverbs 3:5-6 THE VOICE)
In verse 5, the word trust in Hebrew is bāṭaḥ
which is pronounced baw-takh’
It is defined as: to be confident, to be bold, to hope, to be sure
~How do you think bold factors into trusting God with our career as we wait on His ultimate guidance and direction? (hint: think about the world’s standards for taking control of our own career, forging our own path in the world.)
Through out chapter 1 I focus on Jeremiah 29:11-14a
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord…”
I love love love the promise God makes to us that when we seek Him (wait on Him and trust Him) with our whole heart, we WILL find Him.
Flip to page 22 in Stress Point. In the very last paragraph I give scenarios in which we can seek God. How can you seek Him today with boldness and confidence (in God) that He will come through with a job and career best suited for you?
~What are some steps that you can take today to seek, trust and wait on God?
When we are bold and confident in our God that He is in control of everything, we also come to know that He only wants what is best for us.
In your Bible, take a look at Romans 8:28.
~List out some things regarding your job/career that you just don’t understand. Do you trust that He orchestrates it all for your good?
Sometimes our career takes a turn that we are not happy with. Sometimes we don’t understand why we don’t yet have our dream job. But when we worship, wait and find focus on the throne of the King –– even with our career–– we can go to work every day with bold confidence and trust.
Ok ladies…your turn. Let’s chat. Please feel free to share your thoughts on any of the questions. Or, if you want to chat about something else I wrote in Stress Point, ask away. Leave a comment with your thoughts and jump in on someone else’s thoughts by replying to that comment. I’m super excited about some great conversations!
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