Thursday, December 04, 2008

Women's Discussion Group

So we have a women's group at Vintage. It's not a Bible Study and it's almost too big to be called a small group. I said from the outset that it is a lab. It's a lab where we work out the stuff we already know, but have trouble implementing or haven't given much focus to.

I confess that I struggle with this a bit. My training often leads me to fall back on Ladies Bible Study as a method, but I just feel strongly that this group just needs a place to talk it out. So often, I just feel like people need somebody to listen. They might be wrong. They might be mistaken. But in saying it out loud and having a real live human to bounce it off of, our questions become more manageable.

We talked about fear a couple of weeks ago. And last night we talked about contentment. I threw out the topic thinking of it only in the realm of money and materialism, but the girls took it to other realms, which was great.

How about you? got any thoughts about contentment? Is it ever good to be discontent? How do you manage your ambition for your home and family? Where do dreams fit into a Christan world-view?

12 comments:

Candice Houston said...

It is a process...;)
I love our discussion groups, I think it gets emotional b/c we are getting real, and I love that it is not a Ladies' Bible study, but women who are perfectly imperfect and dedicated to Christ.
Plus we have the hostess with the mostest!

Sara said...

I think that there are times when being discontent can be good. Especially when it's the discontenment that can often drive us towards making necessary changes in our lives.

Jasmine said...

Sara! Do we share brains?! Because I said the same thing last night. Preach it and AMEN!

Jess said...

Such a good question. For me, I NEED to process further what my dreams really are and where they came from. I'm in the process of letting go, in some senses, of my "American Dream" of having a fantastic home where fantastic people eat fantastic food and tell me I am fantastic all the time. :) Honestly though, some of our dreams are cultural. I want to know what God's dreams for me are, and I think that takes some digging to discover.

Sara said...

Jasmin, maybe just maybe we do...lol

Jasmine said...

That is okay Sara. We will share custody. I will take Kwanza you will take Advent. But please don't tell my brain that I don't know what I am talking about... then I start stuttering when it comes home and it just not good.


;)

I suppose this just means Vanessa is pretty congruent about picking her friends. Heh.

Matthew said...

Dreams? What dreams? I gave up on all that nonsense years ago. ;-)

Matthew said...

Dreams? What dreams? I gave up on all that nonsense years ago. ;-)

Matthew said...

Dreams? What dreams? I gave up on all that nonsense years ago. ;-)

Matthew said...

I'm sorry, Ness, I wound up posting three times somehow. Oops!
I'm not even sure what I did.

Candice Houston said...

Jess, that is where I am at, too. It is really hard not to get sucked back in, or think you are lacking. I feel like I learn so much at each group, and it HAS to be a process, because some things I really didn't think much about are really impacting me now. This is cool, to continue the discussion.

Life with Kaishon said...

I think discontentment can lead to change so it is vital. I have lots of dreams and I am a christian! If our dreams are dreams that lead to honoring and worshiping God I think they are blessed by Him.

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