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The Longing In Me

Week One - The Longing To Be Chosen
Reminder: Watch this video the week of Jun 16 - Jun 22

What on earth are we supposed to do with all the deep longings in our hearts and souls? Are they bad? Good? Neutral?

We all long to be chosen, to be protected, to have control, to find happiness, to enjoy God's grace–we were all designed and purposed, to long for God!

Beginning in this initial week's installment, we'll examine all of these longings, and we'll compare the way these affect us and the way we should harness them for our spiritual good, with the way they affected the life of King David from the pages of the Old Testament. David often found himself unfulfilled, aching, craving for "more". We're an awful lot like him, and hopefully we can learn from his story, and avoid some of the dead ends the wrong pursuits to satisfy his longings led him to!

This week's topic deals with how we long to be chosen, accepted, appreciated. You'll find great encouragement in this area as we begin with our Week 1 session...

Scripture of the Week

You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.
~ John 15:16-17 (NLT)

Discussion / Journaling Question

We sincerely believe this six-week online study will encourage you as you learn to direct your God-endowed longings to the One who longs for you. Let us encourage you, after watching each weeks' video teaching segment (and reading the corollary readings in the book and study guide if you've purchased those); to review the discussion/journaling questions we provide below. If you're doing this study "solo", let these prompt you in your prayer time, as you journal, or simply to ponder during your study time. If you are in a group setting for this study (face-to-face with others, or via social media or online tools); you may wish to discuss these with others in your "group".

Questions to ponder, journal, or discuss with others enjoying this study with you:

  1. Can you recall a situation or circumstance when you felt rejected or overlooked, wondering if anyone recognized the true value in you?
  2. What are some of the ways that we tend to try to meet our longing to be chosen, to be accepted, that can be destructive our counter-productive?
  3. Understand that your longing to be chosen is a God-given drive within your soul. Why do you think God put that innate desire in each of us as He created us?
  4. Is your longing for God currently strong, weak or somewhere in between?

Week One Study

Watch: Session 1 video

Read: The Longing In Me Study Guide, pages 9-27

Suggested: Read this week's Blog

Optional: The Longing In Me (Book), Chapter 1 (pages 1-16)

Next Week

Session 2: The Longing For Protection

Available Jun 23 - Jun 29

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