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Be Still My Soul by Elisabeth Elliot, Week 1

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We had a great start to our first week in our book study, Be Still My Soul by Elisabeth Elliot.  Over 50 women are participating with me.  This book has changed so much about the way I view the relationship I have with my Heavenly Father and I’m not even halfway through it.  I hope it will do the same for you.  Grab a group of friends and get started.  You can pick the schedule you want to use and just come back here for everything else.  (You can also just read this on your own, but why not grab a group of friends to work through this with you?  There might be coffee and talking  and cake.  Yes, there might be cake!)

Seriously, in this book she says things like this,

“Do I really believe that God is governing this world and everything that touches me with perfect wisdom, justice, and love?  He who keeps us neither slumbers nor sleeps.  His love is always awake, always aware, always surrounding and upholding and protecting….If His Lordship is really established over me, it makes no difference (I might say it’s “no big deal”) whether I live or die.  I am expendable.  That knowledge is freedom.  I have no care for anything, for all that I am, all that I have, all that I do, and all that I suffer have been joyfully placed at His disposal.”

Do I really believe this?  Do I live like this?  I really can’t answer that, but I can tell you one thing…I’m working on it.  This Christian walk is a journey, and bit by bit, day by day, and grace heaped on top of grace…I’m getting there.

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Since we have such a large group, I decided to divide us in to smaller groups.  Some of our first meeting was spent meeting with our small groups, getting our books, and hearing what is expected during the study.  If you just have a group of friends meeting and everyone orders the book on their own, the first meeting would not be necessary.  You could just jump right in with the discussion questions.  (Which will be posted later this week.)

 

This is the reading schedule we will follow:

Week 1-Receive books, Meet with group, Look over schedule

Week 2-Come prepared to discuss the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2

Week 3-Come prepared to discuss Chapters 3 and 4

Week 4-Come prepared to discuss Chapters 5 and 6

Week 5-Come prepared to discuss Chapters 7 and 8

Week 6-Come prepared to discuss Chapters 9 and 10

 

You can certainly feel free to adapt this to work for you and your group.  You could meet once a month or spread out the reading.  Just read it.  It’s worth it!!

 

These are the expectations for the duration of the study:

Memorize one passage of scripture while we are studying this book.

Get together with your group at least once during this study outside of our specified time.

Encourage each group member once a week.

Read selected pages throughout the week. (You will not want to read it all in one night.)

Pray for your group by name.

Be on time. Your group is counting on you. (We will begin each week at 6:15 p.m.)

Spend at least 5 minutes a day still, alone, and quiet.

{I think I mentioned this when I first invited you to join me, but it won’t hurt to mention it again.  This is a book.  It’s a great book.  But it’s not the Bible.  This does not and should not take the place of your daily time in God’s Word and your personal prayer life.  Elisabeth Elliot is definitely worthy of our imitation and I think I have a lot to learn from her, but she’s a fallible human being just like me and you.   Please don’t allow it to take the place of Him.}

Elliot titled this book based on one of her favorite hymns, Be Still My Soul.  Since we are running through this study and it’s based on the hymn I thought I’d look up the words.  I really only knew the first line of the hymn.  My goodness, these words are good and true.  If you are going through a difficult season or just need some encouragement, I would encourage you to listen below and be blessed.  I can’t wait to walk through this with you!

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