Last night was our ladies’ book study and we are still looking at the book Real Love for Real Life by Andi Ashworth. We covered chapters 5 and 6. I have been praying that the time that we spend together would grow the relationships that are present and would grow our understanding of caring for others in a fallen world. Last night was an encouragement to me as we shared how and where we grew up and how that impacts our views and understanding of family. We were able to consider different generations within our church and discuss the benefits of relationships among those generations. We thought about how to cultivate those connections. And my favorite part of the discussion was working through where we find our identity and value. Often we find it in success (of whatever kind we can), possessions, behaviors of our children, our own gifts, etc. Rather than in the value that we have as being children of God. We have been made sons and if sons, then heirs. We were chosen and pursued by Him first. And my favorite question was to imagine what might change in your life if you grew deeper and more secure in your understanding of God’s complete acceptance of you and your value and identity in Christ?
What would there be more of? What would there be less of?
I am so thankful for this book and again want to thank Andi Ashworth for her work and Hillary Coffee for creating a study guide that helps us consider all that Andi has written.