- What have you been taught about what a mature Godly woman should look like?
- Is it a new thought to you that your heart as a woman is the most important thing about you? What does this mean to you?
- What were your dreams for your life when you were a little girl? If you could do or be anything you wanted now what would it be?
- How would your living that life (described above) impact others? How is the life you are living now impacting others?
- Have you ever thought of your struggles and longings as pointing to something great you are designed to be?
- Before reading this, did you think that because God created women second to man that woman are second to men in the heart of God?
- What does your heart do with being called the crown of creation?
- Think of the women that inspires you. What is it about their life that calls you to something more?
- Which way did your mother or the women who influenced you most while you were growing tend to fall?
- Which way did you tend to go? Controlling and driven or desolate and needy?(explain)
The core desires that God placed in our hearts as women go largely unmet on this side of Eden. We ache. God longs for us to bring our aching hearts to him so that he can speak to and touch our deep hearts.
- Where do you go instead of to God when the ache of your heart begins to make itself known?
- Underneath our sin is a deep fear. What are you most afraid of?
- What does Psalm 56:8 tell you about how precious your tears are to God?
- Read Ecclesiastes 12:1. What does the author (Solomon) assume about “the days of trouble”?
- What are the core questions in every little girl’s heart?
- What are the things you have come to believe about yourself through hurts you experienced as a little girl?
Go back over the chapter, skimming the pages. Did you make note of anything? What strikes you? What does it evoke in your heart?
What do you like about this chapter?
What do you not like about it? What are you struggling with?
Is it a new thought to you that all that has come against you in your life has not been from the hand of God? That Satan has played a role in trying to destroy you, your heart?
What do you do with that?
Please talk about this chapter with your room this week.
When you first became a Christian, what did you think Christianity was primarily about?
Did you know it is primarily about your restoration?
How might God be inviting your heart to come alive?
- Let yourself dream a little. What would be an incredibly romantic day or evening for you?
- What would you love for God to say tenderly to you?
- What is the one thing that is needed that Mary chose?
- If God dwells in your heart by faith, and God is altogether lovely, what does that say about your new heart?
- Read 1 Peter 3:3-5. What is the “unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit?
- How has fear kept you from living a life of love and offering your true beauty?
1. What changes do you want to make in your relationships with men?
2. Did this chapter bring any insight to you about men?
3. Do you remember looking to boys for you validation as a young woman?
4. Who do you try to be beautiful for these days?
- Did your relationship with your mother change when you became an adolescent?
- Would you like to see change in your relationship with your mother? How?
- Friendship is a great gift. How can you nurture, guard, and fight for your friendships?
Captivating 11 Due 4/24
- What rises up in your heart, when you read that “We are needed”?
- How may God be calling you to take a stand to fight for your freedom and healing?
- As a part of learning how to fight. Who would you love to see come into the kingdom of God?
Captivating 12 Due 5/1
- Do you have a sense of what God is calling you to?
- Are you beginning to believe that you posses a beauty to unveil? A beauty the world needs?
- What is God calling you to risk? What is he calling you to offer? Where is he asking you to step out in faith that feels scary to you?