05.31.2020 | JUST BE | Wk 6: “Just Be Trusting”
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What is the most scared you’ve ever been? What happened?
How do you define trust? What does it mean to trust someone?
How does trust relate to fear?
Where do you struggle the most with fear?
Read Psalm 3. Here we find David processing through his fears as he is being chased by an army led by his son Absalom.
What stands out after the first read? How does the Psalm impact you?
Next, walk through the Psalm as a way of reflection as discussed in the Sunday message.
David begins by identifying his fears – both the specific circumstances/stimulus (his danger) & the story about what that means (that God has abandoned him).
Where are you currently experiencing fear in your world? What is the specific cause of that fear? What internal stories that you believe about yourself might it be colliding with?
Next, David reorients his focus in three ways. First, he moves from focusing on his circumstances to seeking God’s presence in his circumstances. How might this reorientation of focus impact how you are experiencing your own experience of fear?
Second, he moves from what he wants to happen to how what is happening might be able to teach him. How might this reorientation of focus impact how you are experiencing your own experience of fear?
Third, he moves from focusing on what he’s done to who God is. How might this reorientation of focus impact how you are experiencing your own experience of fear?
Finally, David gives full vent to his emotions, but doesn’t act on them – instead, he surrenders the situation, story, emotions, fear, & what comes next entirely to God.
What emotions do you need to let out from your situation?
What would it mean to live without fear in that situation?
What is one step you can take to surrender what comes next?
Getting Out of the Hole
Take time this week to pray the Psalms. Each day:
- Pick a Psalm
- Read through it in its entirety
- Sit with it in silence
- Go through it one verse at a time & do your best to apply the emotions, struggles, or movements of the Psalm to a situation in your own life
- Close by praying to God for discernment & wisdom on how to apply the Psalm to your life
Journal about your experience with this practice. Note anything that stands out or really hits home. Share your experience with your growth group next week!
The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun
Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating
The Naked Now by Richard Rohr
Coming Up This Week:*
Sunday, June 7: Join us for the next week of our series Just Be, where we will be looking at how to just be grateful.
* Please see mye3.org for details.