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Study on our Role as Mothers

 

Study and related thoughts on the Prodigal Son

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Widow for a Season Studies

Study on the Role of Mother

 

 

We will concentrate on concepts from three main passages for this study

 

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Proverbs 22:6

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Deuteronomy 6:4-25

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Luke 15:11-32

 

Let us recognize first and foremost that our husbands will be the ones accountable to God for the direction of our children by virtue of the position of authority God has placed on them.

 

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1 Corinthians 11:3

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Genesis 2:18-22 (notice that a help meet was needed by Adam, not Eve

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1 Peter 3:7/ vessel (4632) means an implement, equipment, goods, ďspecifically a wife contributing to the usefulness of the husband.Ē

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Psalms 68:5

 

God is concerned about the fatherless child.  Accountability and protection is the responsibility of the father.  For this reason the absence of a father must not go unmet and God Himself chooses to fill that missing role; this may also be linked to spiritual protection.

 

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Proverbs 22:6 (notice the two parts to this verse)

  1. Train up a child in the way he should go Ė our assignment   empowered by God. 

Train (2596) means narrow or to initiate so we are to begin this process of channeling the child, but it is the work of God that completes it.

   

  1. When he is old he will not depart from it Ė Godís promise to us; one which involves His work in that child's heart.

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    Philippians 1:6

 

Clearly Proverbs 22:6 is speaking of the spiritual nature, character, and training of the child.  Our role as mothers in influencing this area will have more to do with our relationship with our husband, God, than anything we could say or teach with our mouth.  Again, the importance of our obedience to 1 Peter 3:1-6 is dominant. 

 

 

 

What is our focus then and how do we pray?

          FOCUS:

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    Gentle and quiet spirit (verse 4) will be the Christ that they see in us and which we need to pray for and focus upon in the training of our children.  It is by this spirit that our children learn how to wait on God and go to him for their perceived needs, wants, and desires.  They will learn from our behavior to not be argumentative with others but wait on Godís timing and will when they donít agree and are becoming impatient.

 

Examples of godly mothers:

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    2 Timothy 1:5

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    Exodus 2:1-10

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    1 Samuel 1:1 Ė 2:11, 218-21, 26

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    Genesis 25:21-34, Chapter 27-28:3

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    Matthew 1:18 Ė 2:11

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    Mark 3:31-35

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    Luke 1 Ė 2:51

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    John 2:1-12

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    John 19:25-27

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    Matthew 10:34-39

 

 

Training process as outlined in Deuteronomy 6:4-25

 

Verse 4-5

  We have looked at this carefully already

  

Verse 6

Matthew 12:34-35

 

Verse 7

   The Word of God should be so filled in your heart that it saturates your daily conversation Ė donít preach or quote Scripture Ė God will put the words on your tongue spontaneously as you pray for Him to speak through you.

 

Verse 8

   When your children see you making daily decisions based on your trust in God they see His influence bound as a sign upon your hand.  They see that your vision for the future is through the eyes of God as directed by His Word.  They see your peace and dependency on the Lord and how you pray over every decision.  They learn how you wait for the Lordís answers to the difficult issues you face as a family.  The trust you have in the Lord is a powerful tower before them.  They see the invisible through His visible provisions as you give Him acknowledgment for them.  That which is your anchor in the Lord will become theirs.

 

Verse 9

   The very way we decorate our home is a command from the Lord.  Is your home splashed with Biblical truth?  How can we do this?

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Decorate with pictures that have Scripture references on them

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Verses taped to your mirrors and refrigerator

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Constant reminders of God and His truth all around your home (Even our government sees the merit in this practice and works to defend the right to have Scripture mounted onto government buildings all around the country).

 

Verse 10-12

   The difference between our homes and the world that our children must live in should be a striking difference!!

 

Verse 13

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Proverbs 16:6 (reason for fearing God)

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Deuteronomy 5:29

 

Verse 14

   Some of the gods of our childrenís world today include pornography, drugs, sexual lust, alcoholism, love of money that directs their life choices, and eating disorders.

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James 1:13-16/ temptation

 

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   Have you shared the testimony of how you came to trust the Lord with your life with your children?  Remember, they cannot ride on your shirttails but must at some point choose to embrace this faith on their own.  Donít let Satan bring fear to your heart over this.  God is faithful! 

 

 

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The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

   Really take your time as you examine this passage.  Cross-reference as you feel led and consider these thoughts as you read:

 

        Look at the fatherís response to the younger sonís decision to step out.  We do not know how old this son was, but there is no evidenced of anger or arguing over the request.  It appears that the fatherís response was immediate even though as we know from the end of the story that this action was not the fatherís desire for his son.

        Verse 14 (possibly Godís intervention through natural events; these are the consequences of poor choices made).

        Look at verse 18-19/ reveals what a great humility on the sonís part and amazingly without hesitation over what the fatherís reaction might be Ė no doubt due to the manner in which the father handled the sonís poor decision to begin with.  This kept pride out of the formula concerning the sonís decision to return.

        Verse 20 tells us that forgiveness was unconditional and even before the confession of the son in verse 21.

        Verse 30-31 indicates that even though a great celebration was entertained, the father made no attempt to restore what was lost by the son when the son squandered his wealth.

 

This father was at peace over these life events.  He set no expectations or goals for his sons.  He was able to trust God with their lives and his responses were evidence of that.  How often do our expectations and ungodly goals get in the way of our responses to our older teen/adult children?  Have we given them up to God or not?  Can our peace be obtained from a different source than how they are living their lives or is our mother role and life so intertwined with theirs that our self-worth and sense of accomplishment is determined by their actions? We cannot afford to believe that God will in some way evaluate us based on their behavior.

 

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