3. Embrace the Source

A FOUNDATION PRINCIPLE THAT RENEWS YOUR HEART

As you Embrace the Source, God, and respond to His love for you by trusting in Christ, you will have the foundation of purpose and power for your journey of living a life of significance. As you fully embrace an intimate relationship with your Creator, He transforms your life.

If you sense the need for a personal, one-on-one conversation with any of the women as a result of this particular session, be open. If you feel that someone needs to hear the gospel or understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit, you may want to use the "Beginning Your Journey of Significance" booklet or "Living a Life of Significance" booklet during your conversation.

 

Participant Book page 66

Please note that the last sentence of the paragraph on this page should read: "Here are six of the ways:"

 

Participant Book page 67

Please change the word "Truth" to "TRUST" in the lower left-hand box.

 

Facilitator Guide page 123 – Integration Activity: Is Christ at home in your heart?

If you have the women label the rooms with the seven areas of life, adjust the first bullet point to read:

  • Draw a home with at least seven rooms

If you do not plan to use the names of the areas of life in this activity, you may want to suggest that your women place one of the following symbols in each room:

Cross = I have given Christ freedom in this room
Box = Christ is in this room, but I need to give Him more freedom
"X" = I have not given Christ freedom in this room or area of my life.

 

Ideas from Facilitators

Facilitator Guide page 119

Visual aid: To help review the previous principle, Pursue Your Uniqueness, show two kinds of containers to the group. One might be a cream pitcher and the other a measuring cup. Explain that both are useful and effective. The cream pitcher is more glamorous but limited in use. The measuring cup is not as beautiful but it is more versatile. Help them realize that both containers can be used to pour out our lives to the Lord. Explain that when we are in the presence of the Lord, His acceptance and love doesn’t depend on how we look. Encourage them to take what God has given to them and pour it out to Him.

 

Participant Book page 61/Facilitator Guide 126 – Beginning Your Journey of Significance

Visual aid: Cut out four small footprints from colored paper. Label them with the four steps shown on page 61:

Law 1 – God loves you and created you to know Him personally.
Law 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.
Law 3 – Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our sin.
Law 4 – We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Place the "footprints" on the floor, or your flipchart, to represent someone walking on a path. Explain that these footprints represent the four steps to knowing God.

 

Participant Book page 67/Facilitator Guide page 139 – Life-Coaching Tool: Embrace the Source Intimately

Instead of thinking of characteristics of God that begin only with the letter "C," you can suggest that the group use the additional letters of the alphabet. Beginning with the letter "A" and continuing on with consecutive letters, the women take turns expressing characteristics they know and appreciate about God that begin with that letter. You or someone may keep a list of what the women share. Afterwards pray around the room, or the table, using the characteristics of God that have been mentioned. Praying and thanking God for who He is will show your women another way to embrace God and deepen their intimacy with Him.

 

Participant Book pages 70-71/Facilitator Guide pages 144-147 – Empowered by the Source

Visual aid: Do a "mime" (silent skit) performed by two people to demonstrate the difference between being filled with God’s Spirit and going one’s own way and ignoring God’s direction.

Props: 7-10 circles cut from colored paper, one chair, and a long rope.

  • Place the rope in a large circle around the chair.
  • Woman #1 will be seated inside the rope, organizing the colored circles representing various interests of her life. She becomes overwhelmed and frustrated with the task.
  • Woman #2, wearing white and representing Jesus, will approach the circle.
  • Woman #1 will stand, smile at Jesus, and invite him inside the circle.
  • "Jesus" will sit in the chair and show Woman #1 how to organize the circles in her life.
  • When Woman #1 begins to understand the process, she will suddenly take control of her own life. She will begin picking up the colored circles and spreading them in a variety of places according to her own preference. No longer will she smile, but she will frown and look determined.
  • She will gently pull Jesus from the chair and sit in it herself. She will stand up a couple of times and rearrange the circles.
  • Eventually she will sigh and lift her hands in defeat.
  • "Jesus" will come to her side and smile at her.
  • She will stand up and motion for "Jesus" to sit in the chair again. Her face will become joyful and peaceful again.

 

Participant Book page 70/Facilitator Guide page 145

Draw three circles on your flip chart to represent the conditions of man.

Circle one, the Natural Man (a life directed by Self)

Circle two, the God-Directed Man (a life directed by the Holy Spirit)

Circle three, the Self-Directed Man (a life directed by Self)

Ask the women to share at the table, or around the room, about which circle they used to be in and when they moved from one circle to another. This allows for a non-threatening approach to revealing their spiritual condition.

One facilitator shared with us what happened with her group as a result of this interactive activity.

"Lynn freely and immediately said she was totally in the self-directed circle and shared some of why she knew she was. The gal across from her said she struggled with going between the Self-Directed and God-Directed circle. That led to a great but brief discussion.

"After returning to the facilitator time, Lynn spoke up again and said she didn’t know if she even had a personal relationship with God. The gal next to her, Christen, agreed with her and said she didn’t think she had a personal relationship with God either.

"It was exciting to watch these women discover for the first time where they truly were in relationship to God and that God wanted a personal relationship with them. For the first time, they had to decide what they were going to do about God. Lynn prayed to receive Christ on her way home and called her Peer Coach to let her know!"

 

Facilitator Guide page 151 and 153 – Release Exercise

Options to using balloons for the Release Exercise.

Set up an altar some place in the room with a candle and/or cross. Allow time for each woman to identify something they need to release to God. Following are two suggestions for creating a special meeting time with God.

  • Activity materials: Small card and a butterfly card.Instruct them to write on the small card what they have identified to release. One at a time they will take their card to the altar, pray, tear it up and leave it there. Then they will pick up a pre-cut butterfly card as a reminder of their freedom in Christ.
  • Activity materials: Rough stones, smooth or glass stones, and a permanent marker.Pass out rough stones to symbolize the stumbling stone that is holding them back. One at a time they will take their rough stone to the altar, pray and leave it at the altar. Then they will select a smooth or glass stone. They may choose to use the marker to write a scripture reference or word on their smooth stone that will remind them of their new freedom in Christ. (Example: If their stumbling stone was legalism or performance they may choose to write the word "grace" on their smooth stone.)