There is beauty in sharing your story, by faith, before it is resolved. It tells others, “this has not been resolved, but I trust God.” I learned this in a study by Lori Povich called “40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith”, so I wanted to recommend small group studies about it.
Start off this plan with “In the Meantime” led by Andy Stanley. As one Amazon reviewer said, “This study puts trials we all face into the right perspective, reminding us to focus on the character of God and what He is doing through our circumstances, not on the circumstances themselves or on our own perspective”.
In the middle of the story we need to to know who God is and why it is good to wait on Him. We need to have the kind of strong faith that is built in the middle. We need hope. which comes from a long view of our lives (an eternal one in fact).
For a stronger relationship with God in unsettled times, check out, “The Power of Knowing God” by Tony Evans. It is a powerful look at real intimacy, relationship and knowledge of God. You’ll see that the middle of your story is part of His bigger one, when you keep your eyes on Him.
Studies to build your faith include “Everything is Possible with God” by Rick Warren and “Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith” by Andy Stanley. These are both on this website and would be excellent to study back to back.
Pete Wilson’s “Let Hope In,” would great to close out a series on living in the middle. As it says in the description for this study: “Embrace the freedom of being okay with not being okay.” That attitude is a hallmark of life in the middle of the story.
Doing these studies as part of a series, under the topic of living in the middle of your story, will take about half year. As the pandemic enters its second year with more unknowns, even as there is increasing hope, many of us feel unresolved. Knowing God, having faith in Him and hoping in Him can be a beautiful part of your walk with God, before your story is resolved.
Hi. I’m Allison Olson and have been blessed enough to be friends with Janice and Bill since 2016. I’ve been in a small group ever since Bill ran an Alpha course at our local church which turned into a small group that lasted a little while. My husband and I joined with Bill and Janice when they began their couples’ small group.
Janice, knowing how much I love to write, invited me to be a blog contributor on this site. I formerly wrote blog posts for the Never So Broken Ministry for women. I’m a transplanted Southerner (Tennessee and Florida), who has happily lived in Minnesota for 21 years with my husband and two grown children.
Small groups have been my second family and I hope we can help you with yours!