We kicked off our Couple’s Small Group by doing the Transformed study from Rick Warren. Our group is made up of 7 couples and it has been fun getting to know each other. This weekend we will be doing the 4th session which is about Emotional Transformation. So far I think the study has been going pretty well and generating a fair amount of discussion during our time together. One issue is that our group meets twice a month and this study is set up as 50 days of transformation with devotionals and readings for every day. Because we don’t meet weekly, the timing is a bit off which isn’t the end of the world, but it is something to consider when choosing future studies for our group.
What I personally love about this study is that Rick encourages participants to set 90 day goals in each of the 7 key areas in their lives. It has been the kick in the butt that I’ve needed to make sure that I work on those goals and am held accountable by other group members. I don’t mind sharing my personal 90 day goals so here is what I’m doing:
Session 1 – Spiritual Health: My 90 day goal is to memorize a new bible verse every week. I actually found a pretty good app called Scripture Typer that I’m using for this goal. I will admit that I’ve put all the verses in the app, but I am slightly behind on the actual memorization part.
Session 2 – Physical Health: I already eat pretty healthy and exercise, but I get stressed and often forget to relax and enjoy the world around me so I set a goal of going outside to get fresh air and drink in the world’s beauty for 10 minutes every day. I’ve done pretty well with this one except on days when it is gloomy and rainy. When it is sunny, 10 minutes isn’t enough 🙂
Session 3 – Mental Health: In an effort to cut back on the mental garbage in my life, I set a goal of reading one non-fiction book or watching one documentary a week about the social issues facing our world. I love learning so this one has been fun for me. I’ve watched Poverty Inc on Netflix about global poverty assistance programs that might be doing more harm than good. Now I’m reading A Billion Bootstraps about Microfinance and Business Solutions for ending poverty. I’m almost finished and I have to say that I have LOVED this book!
It is my hope that these 90 day goals will become lifetime habits!
As the founder of Small Group Advisor, Janice enjoys sharing her experiences, advice and tips for small group bible study hosts and participants. She’s passionate about making small group life accessible to everyone and hopes that the resources shared here will make things easier so we can all get down to the important tasks of loving God and loving others.