Women's Bible Study Ideas on Relationships

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Relationships Teaching Notes

The Art of Getting Along: Living the Life God Intends by Jill Briscoe
Harmony is concord or agreement. Another word for harmony is “peace” – and making peace is often very hard work. For example, it took a few hundred diplomats to work out a peace agreement in May 1983 to end the conflict between Israel and Lebanon that began in 1982. Then it took thousands of soldiers to enforce and maintain the peace. The same principle is true for believers: achieving harmony is hard, but being a peacekeeper once a truce is declared is even harder. It’s a spiritual art.


Missionary Dating by Renee Fisher
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. - James 4:4 The phrase “missionary dating” applies when a Christian pursues a relationship with someone of a different faith. This is a hot topic today, just as it was in biblical times. Paul said that we are not the same as those who do not believe. So do not join your- selves to them. Good and bad do not belong together. Light and darkness cannot share the same space (see 2 Corinthians 6:14).


Loving Those Who Drive Us Crazy! by Jill Briscoe
Paul writes, “Love is patient and kind” (1 Cor. 13:4). Most of us find that we can love those who are easy to love, but what about those who are hard to love or those who drive us up the wall? We have been told to love, for love is not an option. We have been given by the Spirit the ability to love with agape love. Patience is another name for love, for Paul explained that “love is patient.” Therefore, as we work through our difficult relationships, we will need to be patient...


Our Mothers, Ourselves by Stasi Eldredge
I am keenly aware that for many women, these two chapters about our mothers can be difficult. If we are mothers ourselves, part of the difficulty comes from our awareness of how we have failed our own children. And for every woman, the larger difficulty comes from the fact that our relationship with our mother is fraught with many emotions...


Still Single by Renee Fisher
I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them . . . and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. - Jeremiah 32:39-40 One of the exhibitors at the True Woman Conference in Chicago asked me, “How it is possible that you’re still single?” I thought I’d found my new best friend. I would love to find out the answer to that question...


Somebody Should Have Said Something by Debbie Stuart
rab your Bible, and turn to Joshua 1. Lord, I pray you’d use this lesson in a very personal way to bring comfort, breakthrough and revelation to the sweet soul that needs a fresh word from you. Speak personally and specifically and grow in us a desire for your Word and a passion to pursue you at all cost. Through the various stages of life, especially the one I’m in now (hello, 50!), I’ve been a little shocked at the weird things that are happening to me.


Relationship Wisdom That May Move Mountains by Jennifer Waddle
There is, perhaps, no better time to evaluate our relationships than right after a big event or holiday celebration. Our truest colors usually make an appearance after only a few hours with close family and friends. How those childlike tendencies seem to come out of the woodwork, and our relationship issues rise to the surface before we even serve dessert! A few years ago, I was really struggling to figure out how I was supposed to navigate through some difficult things within my relationships. I was at the point where I was ready to start shutting people out. I found myself growing weary of being nice. I didn’t feel like keeping the peace any longer. I was done.


When Life Does Not Go Your Way by Christina Patterson
Jesus however is not fooled by the enemy. Although the enemy tries to use the God’s Word to trick Jesus, Jesus is not discouraged to stop using God's Word for Himself. Jesus again, replies with scripture: Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 6:16 which reads: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.”


The Gift of Prophecy for Every Believer by Jamie Rohrbaugh
Do you want God’s best for you in every way, including in the spiritual gifts? Do you want everything He says you can have? Then you want the gift of prophecy. Today’s lesson will help you gain a foundational understanding of the gift of prophecy. However, please understand that there’s no way one week’s lesson could teach everything there is to learn about the gift of prophecy. Prophecy is a huge subject...


The Invitation by Sheila Wise Rowe
"Whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never be thirsty. The water that I will give him will become in him a well of life that lasts forever." (John 4:14, New Life Version). The Lord has placed within each of us a yearning for this water, and He will accompany us on our Journey to The Well of Life. Yet we struggle to accept that the water Jesus offers will completely satisfy our thirst. God alone is our Healer...


The Reckoning by Paulette Phillips
Zechariah 2:8 states that anyone who tries to touch Israel touches the apple of God’s eye. Haman was about to pay the consequences for trying to hurt the people of God! After Haman felt the humiliation of leading a parade for Mordecai, Haman’s wife told him that he was beaten and undone. She informed him that he would “never succeed.” But Haman still went to the second banquet full of hope. I wonder if he had a cool exterior or if he was edgy and nervous inside! He likely had no idea that the massacre he had planned for the Jews would never be a reality. Instead, Haman would be destroyed and his name would live on in disgrace forever...


My Driver, My King Teaching Guide by Deb Waterbury
It seems to me that lots of people on this planet have a problem with Jesus Christ. Some doubt His supremacy; others doubt his sufficiency. Those who doubt His supremacy are normally non-Christians. They may be atheistic, they may be religious, they may actually be members of another religion than Christianity, but they doubt what Paul claims here in Colossians about the supremacy of Christ. Some of them honor Christ as a great prophet or a great man or teacher, but they do not believe that He is Lord over the universe, Lord over all that Paul is going to argue in today’s passage...


God’s 3D Glasses - Seeing Yourself through God’s Eyes by Shanna Gregor
In spite of my turbulent home life, I was a pretty confident child and teenager. I remained opinionated and outspoken. I didn’t know what I wanted out of life—but I did know what I didn’t want. I didn’t want relationships that caused me pain. I like to think I had a lot of friends growing up. For the most part I think I was well liked by my classmates and high school friends, but I had rules. Trust was a big factor in my relationships. People only got one chance with me—with a few exceptions...


The Impressive Resume of Boaz by Christy Fay
But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatsoever to him (Romans 5:8 MSG). Yesterday we looked at Naomi’s character, her relationships with her daughters-in-law, and her choice to move towards God instead of away from Him in the midst of her very painful and difficult circumstances. Today, we move to the second chapter of Ruth, which introduces us to another of our story’s lead characters. What is his name and what do we learn about him in Ruth 2:1?


Those that Know Their God by April Motl
''The people who know their God will be strong and carry out great exploits.'' - Daniel 11:32b NKJ What does a really ''great exploit'' look like to you? What image does the word ''strong'' conjure up in your mind? For me, the definition of these words varies from day to day. On those bone-dry-so-tired-I-can-hardly-stand days I think a really great exploit consists of facing down yet another load of laundry, dishes and a grocery list...


Remember by Nicole Unice
“So, tell me about your first date.” From the look on her face, you’d think I just asked her to recite the periodic table of elements from memory. “Uh...” she replied, “um...I don’t know. I’ll have to think about it.” Melissa had come to counseling because she “wanted to figure out if she should leave her husband.” We were in our first session together, and it was already getting a little rough. Melissa recited a common litany of complaints against Jake, her husband: he didn’t help out around the house enough. He didn’t listen. He didn’t support her...


Pour out Your Heart to God by Courtnaye Richard
There's really no other way to put this...we have to have an authentic relationship with God today. What I mean by this is that we have to surpass the action of just ''going to church'' and press into a more meaningful and deeper relationship with the Lord, personally. And I'm not talking about getting up and saying your prayers at night or in the morning and going about your normal day. That's good too! Yet, I'm talking about having a rich conversation that takes place throughout your everyday life. The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, ''Pray without ceasing.''


No One Wins Alone by Devi Titus
He Says: In 1936, King Edward VIII of Great Britain announced that he would be abdicating the throne of the United Kingdom. He was king for less than a year and was never crowned. What he gave up his throne for was to marry the twice-married American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Edward had had relationships with a succession...


Why We Need Women's Retreats by Lori Hatcher
We have a hundred reasons why we can’t go on a women’s retreat. Some years the voices win out, and we stay home. Later, when we hear the glowing reports about how wonderful it was, we feel a pang of regret, but it doesn’t last long. “Oh well,” we say, “maybe next year.” Other times we make the extra effort, and we’re the ones sharing happy stories and telling how glad we are that we attended. I’ve been a Christian for over 30 years, and I’m a firm believer in women’s retreats. Here are a few reasons why, with accompanying reinforcement from Scripture.