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Looking Back With Mercy - The Landscape of Our Lives (2 of 8)
Series: Becoming Myself - Embracing God’s Dream of You
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Session Two Study Guide: Looking Back With Mercy/The Landscape of Our Lives
Before you begin responding to the questions in this session, please read chapters 2 and 3 in the book Becoming Myself (included in this download).
You know that saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees”? It means that when you are very near to something, you are unable to see it clearly. Being in close proximity to anything—a situation, a relationship, or your own childhood— can hinder your ability to perceive it correctly. That’s another reason why I love asking God how he sees things. The Scriptures say that his thoughts and ways are as far above our own as the heavens are higher than the earth (Isa. 55:8–9).
If anyone sees and understands things well, it’s God. His view on our life is clear. His understanding of our history is perfect. He looks at our life and does not become exasperated as we might. God’s mercy is new every morning (Lam. 3:22–23). He is rich in mercy, abounding in love (Eph. 2:4). We can ask for his view on our life and know that we don’t need to brace ourselves for bearing the weight of eternal disappointment. His view is different from ours. We must ask for his eyes on our life. He is merciful to us. We can be merciful too.
Do you remember much about your childhood? What were you like? What did you like? What games did you enjoy? Were you enjoyed? Just take a few minutes here and ask God to help you remember. What was your childhood like? What do you remember even now? What did you love, dream of, play, feel, believe? Invite Jesus into your memory and into your perception of your youth.
Dear God, please prepare my heart to remember my childhood. I pray for the grace to remember honestly and the gift to see my life, to see myself, through your eyes. Holy Spirit, come into all my memories. Sanctify my memory. I need you. Come and fill this time. I consecrate it and myself to you. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.
Shaped by our childhood
1. How would you describe the soundtrack of your childhood? What sounds do you remember?
2. What were you like as a young girl? Take a few moments and remember. Describe yourself as a little girl. (Pretty, lively, lonely, scared ...)
3. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
It’s important to remember. But it’s also very important to remember honestly.
My childhood was not idyllic. Since no one’s was, I’m guessing it’s a pretty safe bet yours wasn’t either. But a deeper understanding of ...
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