Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Chapter 12 - In the Mist
Hey all! The Sunday "Hinds' Feet On High Places" study will start on May 3rd 3:30 Central. Make sure you check your time zone! Plan on spending between an hour and an hour and a half at the study. You do not have to have read the book by the start of the study. We will take it a chapter or two a week with posted study guide questions. If you are planning on attending, please leave a comment here, or contact me @ deniPath4Change @ yahoo dot com. Thanks and see you then!
There's a discussion about young adults, chronic illness, and employment on the blog, A Chronic Dose. Laurie Edwards, the author of the blog, has chronic illness and is the author of A Life Disrupted. She is both looking for feedback from those who experience or have experienced chronic illness as a young adult and has some ideas and experiences to share.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Sorry to take so long to get this up, but I'm still not doing too well. There will probably be a sub for me for this Monday too. No new questions this week. (Don't get used to it! :) ) The personal question to Christ as if you were M.A. at that point in her journey will be discussed as will the questions from the last chapter, as time ran out due to your great discussions!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Folks seem to be able to get in the room again. It looks like it's coming up for different people at different times. If you can get to www.parachat.com, you should be able to get the room to load. If you can't get in, I'm still in the temporary backup room, so come in there.
Nice to see the mountains again! lol
All of Parachat's servers are presently down because of damage to an optical fiber in the San Fransisco area. Since our room is hosted on their server, this means our room is down. I have created a temporary room on chatzy for us to use until the normal chat room is working again. To get to our temporary room, go to http://www.chatzy.com/348891275838 (you probably want to open it in a new window), type your user name ("name or alias") and click on "enter room". No registration is required.
You can see what's happening in the chat room from there; to talk, click "join chat" at the bottom right.
If you need to change the font size, you'll need to tell your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc) to use a larger font size. Click "visitor list" on the left to see who is in the room. I'm there now and plan to stay in the room. I think I have it set up so I'll know when people come in but please be patient if I don't see you right away.
Hopefully, the problems Parachat are having will be solved soon (perhaps 9 pm eastern), and we will be back to our normal room soon.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Please read all 3 Chapters: 9, 10, and 11
Remember the questions are study guides. Don't be overwhelmed by the 3 chapters - they are an easy read and flow together. One of the questions is a bit different. At the end of Chapter 10, M.A. has been through an amazingly difficult ordeal. If you were M.A., what questions might you have for the Shepherd as He approaches you on the mossy bank?
In the Forests of Danger and Tribulation
1. What do you fear most when you realize that the Shepherd means to lead you through danger and tribulation?
2. Read Psalm 23 and Psalm 91.
3. What does the Shepherd say about trying to picture the situations ahead of us? Do you find this to be true in your own life?
4. What cuased M.A. to limp more painfully? Why do you think that is so?
5. What does God tell us to do with our own bitter, resentful, self-pitying, and prideful thoughts?
6. When and why does M.A. experience peace?
7. Have you ever asked to learn Sorrow’s song?
Ascent of the Precipice Injury
1. What does M.A. learn about anticipation?
2. What does the bridge that M.A., Sorrow and Suffering find suggest to you?
3. What do you think of the resting place they find? Why is it there? Has the Shepherd provided a “resting place” for you?
4. What is the meaning of the little flower “Bearing the Cost”?
5. What is M.A.’s fall symbolic of?
6. What does she remember?
7. If you were M.A., what questions might you have for the Shepherd as He appears on the mossy bank?
Great Precipice Injury
1 What does M.A. see when she gets to the foot of the mountain before her? How does she respond/ Have there been times in your own journey when you have felt the same way? What did you do?
2. What does Suffering point out to her? Why do you think it was Suffering who pointed this out rather than Sorrow?
3. What impossible situations has the Shepherd put before you?
4. Who does M.A. encounter? Why do you think he appears in the story at this point? What challenge is being placed before M.A.?
5. Why does M.A. not want to call for the Shepherd? Have you ever been so afraid of what is happening that you feel the Shepherd will only make it worse?
6. How does M.A. respond to the Shepherd when He quickly answers her call?
7. Why do they end up laughing?
8. What meaning does the rainbow have in this story? Why were Sorrow and Suffering at each end of the rainbow?
9. Why do you think the Shepherd choice Mount Precipice for M.A.?
10. What are your thoughts on the cordial the Shepherd gives M.A.?
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
This week we will be going through Chapters 7 and 8.
Chapter 7 On The Shores of Lonliness
1. What was the deep inner change that had taken place in M.A.?
2. What new and impossible thing was happening in M.A.? Has this happened to you? Does it seem possible that it can happen to you?
3. How does M.A. view the cove?
4. Why do you think the relatives descend upon her now? What is different about this “attack” from them? How is M.A. different?
5. What voices do you listen to? How do you defend yourself from them?
6. What does the Shepherd say is the reason that M.A. was overtaken by her relatives?
7. What did M.A. learn about herself?
On The Old Sea Wall
1. How did M.A. respond when she saw that once again, her path turned away from her goal?
2. How did Bitterness gain a foothold?
3. What does the Shepherd ask of M.A.?
4. What do you make of the different settings of the journey? The desert? The sea wall? The woods? Can you see parallels in your own life?
5. What is happening in M.A.’s heart? Yet, how does she respond?
6. What does she ultimately find in her own heart?
7. The Shepherd says “Now shalt thou see what I will do.” When was that spoken in scripture and under what circumstances? Do you see a parallel here?