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We invite you to act on the things you have been reading and to discover the difference that acting makes in your healing.

Below are a list of readings that each have specific questions to ponder and journal about.  After you have completed the readings and the questions, we invite you to try one of the challenges.  Keep track of your progress and then use the link to post back about your experience either on the forum or in the comment section of the related blog post. As you LEARN, ACT and SHARE your experiences you will find growth and healing in the process. Be patient with yourself.  Move forward at the pace that you and your circumstances allow, but try to do a little everyday and you will find relief from the pain of your grief.

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Today we will be discussing how understanding our relationship with God and His purpose for us can be a foundation in helping us deal with difficult trials.  We will cover how to discover what God’s will is and how that can help you  to move forward and do difficult things even when you may feel panicked and overwhelmed.

LEARN: Read Post- Giving up My Plan and Learning to be Content with God’s PlanMy New Theme SongWise Words of a Seminary Teacher

ACT: Questions to ponder and journal about:

1. Do you have an experience from the past, where God’s path for your life was different than your path?  What have you learned from that experience?

Challenge:  Consider and write about how your life might be different if things had gone according to your plan. Detail what you have learned about trusting God’s plan.

SHARE: your experience

LEARN: Read Post- Giving up My Plan and Learning to be Content with God’s Plan, Looking Down the Hole and Finding the Faith to JumpMy New Theme Song

ACT: Questions to ponder and journal about:

2. Are there circumstances that you are trying to “will” to work, but are not coming together?  How does learning and submitting to God’s will and timing for your life bring you peace?

Challenge: Through prayer and reflection, seek to understand your circumstances and to discern God’s will in your life.  Use faith to choose to accept that path and ask what you are to learn as you pray.  Record your thoughts and act on promptings to do good.  After a month, journal about how this has helped you to feel a greater measure of peace.

SHARE: your experience

LEARN: Read Post- Changing DriversHe Sees What I Don’t SeeFinally Taking that Step Forward

ACT: Questions to ponder and journal about:

3. How does trusting God help you do scary and hard things?

Challenge: Identify a new role or task that you are now required to fulfill. Pray and ask god for help to overcome your fear and to give you the strength, ideas and abilities to do what needs to be done.  Then move forward in faith.  Consider how trusting God helped you.

SHARE: your experience