Would you risk your life for hundreds of strangers?
Would you sacrifice your time, comfort, and money to help someone you just met?
A fellow Dutch citizen betrayed them and their work with the Dutch Underground.
God does not have problems. Only plans.Corrie ten Boom
Her father died. Later, her sister Betsie died while they were interned at Ravensbruck concentration camp.
By a divine clerical error, Corrie was released from Ravensbruck one week before all the women her age were executed.
Corrie wrote a memoir, about her family’s experience: The Hiding Place. (One of my favorite books.)
You can also read the story of Corrie and Betsie ten Boom as part of Amy Sullivan’s wonderful Gutsy Girls Series.
Read an excerpt from Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place here.
Welcome to Week 3 of our 7 Days of Soul Care Book Club.
Excerpt from Day 3:
“To connect with God is to abide in God like we abide at home, or when we visit a friend at his or her home. We sit and talk, or we may also share a meal. Relationship with God, not productivity, is the goal. (Click to Tweet)
Yes, our actions change because of our relationship with God but that isn’t the primary focus.
We focus on the root, our relationship with God, then the fruit (our lives) will naturally change.” (Click to Tweet)
(Because the ten Boom family’s roots sank deep in God’s love, the fruit of their lives was sacrificial love.)
Excerpted Questions from Day 3 (Know Jesus, Know God):
When you read John 8:1–11 (aloud if you want a greater sense of drama), what strikes you about the woman’s situation?
What do you observe about Jesus’s response?
What do you notice about the religious leaders’ attitude and response, before and after Jesus asked his question?
Parts of this post are excerpted from Day 3 of 7 Days of Soul Care.
Feel free to answer questions in a journal, a blog post, or in the comments. If you leave the URL for your blog, I will visit you.
Shortened Prayer from Day 3:
Please give me the grace to see myself as both broken and beloved in light of who you really are. . . Help me to see others and myself with your compassion and truth.
Lent is a time for “giving things up” balanced by “giving to” those in need. The central question that guides our practice of Lent is highlighted in the reading from Joel 2: How will I repent and return to God? Ruth Haley Barton
Read the rest of Ruth Haley Barton’s post on Lent here.
How has Jesus’ love motivated you to love another?
(Sadly, we don’t always love like Jesus. Thankful for the gift of forgiveness.)
What are you “giving up” and “giving to” during Lent (if you observe Lent)?
I didn’t observe Lent until about four years ago. It has helped me to connect more deeply with Christ’s love and sacrifice for my brokenness/sin.
If you’re ready for soul care, you can buy a copy of the book here and read reviews.
Feel free to invite friends to join.
God is infallible, but fallible people often claim to represent God and end up misrepresenting him.From Day 3 of 7 Days of Soul Care
Remember soul care is not selfish. It’s wise because it connects us with our extraordinary God who is our life (see John 15:1-5) so we can be fruitful in our relationships and work.
If you want the scheduled questions for all 7 weeks, here is a downloadable PDF.
Why are we taking one week for each of the seven days in the book? Learn why and read an excerpt from the Introduction here.
Thanks for being here. I always appreciate your presence here.
Next week, we discuss “Day 4: Discern Your Soul’s Condition” with a new set of questions and activities.
P.S. Watch a video of the Samaritan’s Purse emergency field hospital in Iraq, eleven miles outside of Mosul (where fighting continues). Please pray for the many wounded (who are mainly women and children).
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