Week 8 Sisterhood is Powerful: Discussion Questions

Hello sisters! We had a great discussion on week 8 in our Monday Night group. I hope you are finding this study just as valuable as we have. “God has fashioned and equipped us a women to be “mothers,” to bring forth godly fruit for His glory and for the advancement of His kingdom. There is no higher calling or more vital responsibility.”

Scripture makes it clear that God did create women with a unique “bent”and responsiblility for the home. Marrried ro single, women cna glorify God by creating warm, inviting spaces that are conducive to welcoming and nurturing life.”

Here are some discussion questions. You can share your thoughts and comments here, write them down in your book during your quiet time or discuss them with another sister doing the study with you. These all come from the homework.

1. What opportunities has God placed in your current life situation to “joyfilly mother children”?
2. How does the meaning and value that the Bible places on woman’s domesticity differ from the meaning and value culture places on it? Does God’s design for women to be welcoming keepers of the home call for any adjustments in your heart and /or habits? Explain
3. How would you explain to someone that woman’s design to be a helper to man is a high, noble calling, rather than a demeaning or inferior role?
4. How well are you filfilling your mission to “pass the baton” on to the next generation? Stop and ask the Lord if there are any futher ways He may want you to be invesing in the lives of younger women.

Click here to watch our Monday Night group discussing week 8. I hope you enjoy it! Please let us know how we can be praying for you!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Women’s Ministry

True Woman 101: Week 8 Sisterhood is Powerful

Hello dear sisters and welcome to the last week of our study. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for and now we begin to celebrate Christmas. Oh what a beautiful time of year it is! A time to remember and reflect on the coming of our Savior! I just began reading Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado. FaithGateway is doing a 4 week online study for Because of Bethlehem. Click here if you’re interested learning more.

What an awesome week of study this was. Our topics say it all, aim to be fruitful, aim to be welcoming, aim to be helpful, aim to leave a legacy, and aim to make a difference. I don’t know about you but I want to aim for all of those! Here are some quotes from the authors for each day.

Aim to be fruitful! “God gives us different gifts and callings. The gift of marriage is not given to every woman, nor is the gift of bearing children. It is not a given that every woman will marry, or that every married woman will be able to bear children, or that every woman ought to bear as many biological children as she possible can. What IS a given is that ALL women are called to be spiritually fruitful. The Lord wants all women – including single and childless women and women past childbearing age – to have a “household” and be the “joyful mother of children.”

Aim to be welcoming! “This world is a messy, chaotic place. But we have the privilege of creating a home environment that makes people long for heaven. Whether married or single, our goal as women is to create a place, physically and spiritually, that beckons and welcomes people “home.” A place that ministers to their needs – where they can find comfort, healing, rest, love, and a sense of belonging. A peaceful nurturing place here they can retreat to renew their hearts and be untroubled. A place that gives them a sense for how wonderful our eternal home will be.”

Aim to be helpful! “But we are never more like Jesus than when we are helping and serving others. And if a woman’s help results n God’s ultimate purposes being fulfilled, her work is vital, no matter how “small” the task may be.”

Aim to leave a legacy! “The biblical pattern for womanhood involves passing the baton of faith to the next generation. It requires that we first model what it means for women to be filled with the Spirit and to live in accordance with sound doctrine (Titus 2:1). It also requires that we proactively teach the upcoming generation what True Womanhood is all about, and how to live lives that reflect the gospel of Christ.”

Aim to make a difference! “We believe it is time for a different kind of a women’s movement – a quiet counter-cultural revolution of those who stand against the tide of culture and dare to delight in God’s design. Our prayer is that by the power of His Spirit, godly women will ward off the destruction of gender, sexuality, male-female relationships, morality, marriage, and family, and will use their influence to impact their communities for good and for godliness. Only God knows how great will be the ripple effect of that influence – for generations to come.”

Once you’ve completed the homework for this week click here to watch the True Woman 101 Week 8: Sisterhood is Powerful.

Come back on Wednesday for our Discussion Questions. You can share your thoughts and comments with us here, jot them down in your book during your quiet time or discuss them with another sister doing the study with you. Please let us know how we can pray for you throughout the study. Have a great week!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Ministry

Week 7 Total Makeover: Additional Resources

Happy Thanksgiving dear sisters! I hope you all had a wonderful day with family and friends. I pray you were able to take some time to reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for!

As we end week 7 of our study I would like to share a few additional resources for a deeper study. All these can be found on the True Woman 101 website at http://www.truewomanbooks.com.

I hope you enjoy this video with Kay Arthur The Powerful Influence of a Godly Woman. Click here to watch the video.

Here is an article that can be found on the True Woman Blog. Click here to read Today’s Woman by Nancy.

Click here to read an article by Mary, Is Meak for the Weak?

Revive Our Hearts has a radio with lots of great programs on this very topic we’re studying. There are 2 series in this program titled True Woman 101: Part 7: Total Makeover that I would like to share. Just click on the title to read or listen to each program.

Developing Inner Beauty

A Gentle and Quiet Spirit

The second series titled Beauty of Meakness has 9 programs. Click here to listen to them.

I hope you enjoy these additional resources. Please let us know how we can be praying for you throughout the study! Have a great weekend!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Woman’s Ministry

Week 7 Total Makeover: Discussion Questions

Hello sisters! I hope you’ve enjoyed this week of our study. Our Monday Night group especially enjoyed day 4. “According to 1 Peter 3, the disposition of a truly beautiful woman is gentle, quiet, and amenable (that is, agreeable, submissive, honoring proper authority.”

“Gentleness isn’t self-abasement. It’s the mark of the wise woman who remains calm even in the face of other people’s shortcomings. Gentleness is a “tree of life” (Proverbs 15:4). David noted that it was God’s gentleness toward him that “made him great” (2 Samuel 22:36 &37).”

“A quiet spirit is the opposite of an anxious, distressed, disorderly, and clamorous one. Quietness goes hand in hand with trust. “In quietness and in trust shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15). Both are a result of righteousness: “the result of righteousness is quietness and trust forever” (Isaiah 32:17).”

“An amenable woman says “Yes, Amen!” to input. She responds positively to guidance and direction. She welcomes it. A godly woman is a “lead-able” woman.”

Here are some discussion questions. You can share your thoughts and comments here, write them down in your book during your quiet time or discuss them with another sister doing the study with you. These all come from the homework.

1. What are some ways in which a woman might demonstrate a sincere and pure devotion to Christ?
2. Read 1 Peter 3:4-6 and describe the type of disposition that Peter associated with godly womanhood.
3. When you encounter a difficult or challenging situation, do you respond with “gentleness” or “loudness”? What do your responses reveal about your heart?
4. Which aspect of a womanly disposition do you find to be the most challenging: gentleness, quietness, or amenability? Why and how can you grow in this trait?

We had a great discussion in our Monday Night group. Click here to see our video. I hope you enjoy it! Please let us know how we can be praying for you!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Women’s Ministry

True Woman 101: Week 7 Total Makeover

Hello dear sisters and welcome to week 7 of our study. I can’t believe we’re almost done. Even more so, I can’t believe it’s Thanksgiving. “For the past two weeks, we’ve been considering how sin damaged and marred the beauty of true womanhood. Womanhood needs a total makeover. Culture tried to give it one. But it failed miserably. That’s because it didn’t consult the right expert. It didn’t enlist the help of the One who has the knowledge and power to set things right. God’s Son, Jesus Christ, died in order to break the power of sin’s grip on us. He’s the ultimate makeover artist. He  enables us to reclaim the beauty of who God created us to be. He’s the expert on manhood and womanhood. In this week’s lesson we looked at how the gospel of Christ redeems (rescues, saves, and makes over) true womanhood from the ugliness of sin.”

On day 1 we were asked to write out a prayer asking the Lord to do a beautiful, complete work of restoration in your life. I hope you’ve taking the opportunity to do so.

On day 1 the authors use the restoration of a great masterpiece, the Madonna del Cardellinon as a spiritual parallel.  After the restoration process was complete it was found to be more beautiful than the orginal.  On page 167 the authors say, “No matter how greatly sin has damaged your life…no matter how many dull, ugly layers of paint and veneer you may have applied in an unsuccessful attempt to cover the cracks…no matter if the colors are faded or the picture is so obscured that you can barely see the original…God is in the restoration business. He is a great, redeeming God who is making all things new, through the work of Christ on our behalf. His divine power and love can re-create and restore your life to its original design – that beautiful work of art intended to display the loveliness of Christ!

Once you’ve completed the homework for this week click here to watch the True Woman 101 Week 7: Total Makeover.

Come back on Wednesday for our Discussion Questions. You can share your thoughts and comments with us here, jot them down in your book during your quiet time or discuss them with another sister doing the study with you. Please let us know how we can pray for you throughout the study. Have a great week!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Ministry

Week 6 Hear Me Roar: Additional Resources

Hello sisters! As we end week 6 of our study I would like to share a few additional resources for a deeper study. All these can be found on the True Woman 101 website at http://www.truewomanbooks.com.

Click here to read an article by Nancy titled Becoming a Woman of Virtue.

Here is an article that can be found on the True Woman Blog. Click here to read The True Woman CLICK by Mary.

Click here to watch a video with Mary called You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

Revive Our Hearts has a radio with lots of great programs on this very topic we’re studying. There are 2 series in this program titled True Woman 101: Hear Me Roar that I would like to share. Just click on the title to read or listen to each program.

Have You Been Affected?

Sacred Motherhood

The second series titled Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild has 3 programs. The last series titled Becoming a Woman of Discretion has 5 programs.

I hope you enjoy these additional resources. Please let us know how we can be praying for you throughout the study! Have a great weekend!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Woman’s Ministry

Week 6 Hear Me Roar: Discussion Questions

Hello sisters! Wow, what a week this study has been! We can see the affects of femism everywhere we look in our culture today. We had a great discussion Monday Night and really enjoyed digging into day 2 and 3. On day 2 the author says, “I think of women who have ben influenced by the world’s model of womanhood. They lack discernement, and discretion; they see nothing wrong with being flirtatious, using suggestive or coarse language, carrying on covert Facebook exchanges with old boyfirends, wearing clothing that exposes or empasizes private parts of the body, or numeous other “wild” patterns. In some cases, they are ignorant or naive of what the Bible teaches. In other cases, they are more interesed in fitting into the world than in honoring and reflecting the Lord. Some of them have already shipwreced their lives and the lives of others; others may be well on the path to doing so.”

Here are some discussion questions. You can share your thoughts and comments here, write them down in your book during your quiet time or discuss them with another sister doing the study with you. These all come from the homework.

  1. Can you identify any ways in which feminism has influenced or shaped our attitudes, values, behavior, or your thinking about womanhood?
  2. Read Proverbs 7:6-27 in your Bible. What are some behaviors and characteristiscs of the Wild Thing that stand out to you in this story? What do these qualities reveal about the Wild Thing’s heart and her relationship with the Lord?
  3. According to 1 Peter 3:4, how does the Lord feel about true womanhood? How do you need to adjust your attitude toward womanhood so that it matches His?

We are currently experience some technical difficulites and will share our week 6 discussion from our Monday Night group soon. Please let us know how we can be praying for you!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Women’s Ministry

True Woman 101: Week 6 Hear Me Roar

Hello dear sisters and welcome to week 6 of our study. I can’t help but think of our recent election after studying this week. On page 139 the authors say, “Women’s Issues” become a hot topic in politics – with legislators pushing the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion rights, reproductive rights, divorce rights, affirmative action, pay equity, public day care, and other efforts to “advance” the rights of women.” An article was shared with me this week that is very fitting for our study. It screams feminism and is a great example of the worldview, the complete opposite of God’s Divine Design. Click here to read the article from The Washington Post titled What does President Trump mean for feminists?

Day 1 page 140, “Did feminism identify some valid problems? Yes. Did it propose some helpful changes? It likely did. Can feminism be embraced along with our Christian faith? Absolutely not. Why not? Because it introduces a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) distortion into the way we approach gender and male-female relationships. It contains truth, but it also contains some powerful and destructive lies.” What are your thoughts? Do you agree?

Day 4 page 154 & 155, “In October 2009, Time magazine devoted an entire issue to “The State of the American Woman.” One writer pointed out that, ironically, as women have gained more education, more economic independence, more power, and more freedom, they have become less and less happy. According to evidence gathered by numerous surveys, they are unhappier now than when the feminist movement set about to solve the problem of women’s unhappiness. Clearly, the new model of womanhood is even less fulfilling than the old one was. The solution isn’t to try to rewind the clock to the 1950’s and squeez women back into that culture’s “Leave It to Beaver” stereotype. No. The solution – the biblical solution – is to embrace the Word of God, and ask Him to help us figure out how to live out His divine design in this culture. Truly “smart girls” know that the place to get more know-how, freedom, and joy is in a relationship with Christ – the One “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col.2:3)” Do you personally see women becoming less and less happy? What about your family, friends, you? I pray that we will be women who look to Christ for how how to live out His divine design for us.

Once you’ve completed the homework for this week click here to watch the True Woman 101 Week 6: Hear Me Roar.

Come back on Wednesday for our Discussion Questions. You can share your thoughts and comments with us here, jot them down in your book during your quiet time or discuss them with another sister doing the study with you. Please let us know how we can pray for you throughout the study. Have a great week!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Ministry

Week 5 Battle of the Sexes: Additional Resources

Hello sisters! As we end week 5 of our study I would like to share a few additional resources for a deeper study. All these can be found on the True Woman 101 website at http://www.truewomanbooks.com.

Click here to watch a video with Mary called The Genesis of Gender.

Here is an article that can be found on the Revive Our Hearts Blog. Click here to read Does the Bible Believe in Women? by Paula Hendricks Marsteller.

Click here to read an article by Carolyn McCulley, My Liberation from Feminism.

Lastly, Revive Our Hearts has a radio with lots of great programs on this very topic we’re studying. There are 3 series in this program that I would like to share. Just click on the title to read or listen to each program.

A Battle in the Garden

Healing from Hurt in Relationships

Investing in the True Woman Movement

I hope you enjoy these additional resources. Please let us know how we can be praying for you throughout the study! Have a great weekend!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Woman’s Ministry

Week 5 Battle of the Sexes: Discussion Questions

Hello dear sisters! I hope you have been enjoying the study as much as we have. This week as we’ve learned how sin has affected the male-female relationship. ” God created the sexes to live in oneness and harmony. But sin changed all that. Sin damaged woman’s inherent softness. Sin also damaged man’s inherent strength. Sin twisted and distorts gender and creates pain in the male-female relationship. It pits male and female against each other.

Here are some discussion questions. You can share your thoughts and comments here, write them down in your book during your quiet time or discuss them with another sister doing the study with you. These all come from the homework.

  1. Is there a relationship, sin, or struggle for which you need hope and deliverance?
  2. Read Revelation 21:4 in the margin on page 123. What are some attitudes and/or behaviors in relationships that induce pain, which you would like to see “pass away”?
  3. Where do you see men in your sphere of relationships “battling” against the pain of manhood?
  4. How do you feel when a girlfriend confides to you about how she’s been hurt by a man in her life?

“The problem in the male-female relationship isn’t men. It’s sin. And sin is something that affects women just as much as it affects men. Men and women may sin in different ways, but the truth of the matter is that All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Women are not innocent. Women are sinners. Women can’t fix sin. So we can’t fix men. And we can’t fix the male-female relationship. But Jesus – the Lamb of God – is willing and able to cover our sin and clothe us with His righteousness. He will help get manhood and womanhood right.” How could our marriages and other male-female relationship improve we as a True Woman really understood this?

We had a great discussion in our Monday Night group. Click here to see our video. I hope you enjoy it! Please let us know how we can be praying for you!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Women’s Ministry