That Ain’t Right! God Wants You to Be Happy
Psalm 6:3,10:1,13:1; Jeremiah 2:5-8.
- Every person that’s loved by God is loved through a desert.
- The lament is how the people of God have always dealt with the desert.
- Laments push you into God’s presence and lead to belief.
- The most used example for lamenting is a call to arms.
Get talking: a conversation starter for your group.
- When have you felt the pressure to put on a mask and act happy when you were really going through something difficult?
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
- When do you feel it is most difficult to be your most authentic self?
- Who in your life is a safe person to share the difficulties you face?
Start sharing. Ask a question to create openness.
- When Jesus prayed before the cross, we see His lament before the Father (see Matthew 26). When have you had a desperate time in prayer before?
Get to growing- choose a resource to explore to learn more:
- Read A Praying Life by Paul Miller.
- Watch the movie, Inside Out (Pixar/Disney) and discuss the different ways your emotions have been managed in healthy and not so healthy ways.
- Read A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson.
“God, help us and give us your peace. May we sense your power and your presence. We know that you care about every single detail of our lives- as we call on you, we pray that your presence would be felt- especially for those of us in the valley, right now, may we feel your comfort. We know your strength is made perfect in our weakness. We lay down our strength to receive your greater strength- make us whole and new, we pray, in Jesus’s strong name- Amen.”