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Faith Over Fear

with Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey and Shellie Arnold

Episode 4: The Courage to Live with a Limp (Embracing Our Weakness)

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Former pastor Victoria Mejias shares her struggle with multiple sclerosis. Prior to diagnosis, she received satisfaction in feeling as if she could accomplish whatever goals she pursued. But then, mysterious symptoms drove her to the doctor. After a series of tests, she learned she had multiple sclerosis. She was forced to face her fear of weakness. Initially, she wrestled with God, but she’s since discovered the secret to true strength, and that isn’t found within herself. Though outwardly she may appear weak, by God’s grace working in her, she believes she is now stronger than ever.

Resources:
Wholly Loved’s Bible reading plan 30 Days of Emotional Health
Find Victoria at https://www.VictoriaElizabeth.com

Find Jennifer at: https://www.jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenslattery
Find her ministry, Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com

Group Discussion Questions:
1. In what ways have you seen our culture over-emphasize outward strength or personal achievement? How can this mentality prove dangerous?
2. What are some areas where fear of weakness might show up?
3. Do you have a fear of appearing or feeling weak, and if so, in what area?
4. When do you most tend to rely on your own strength? How can relying on our own strength distance us from God?
5. When you feel strong, how apt are you to recognize God’s power and presence?
6. When have you most clearly experienced God’s strength revealed through you during a time of weakness? In what ways can weakness draw us closer to God?
March 10, 2020
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Jennifer Slattery is an author, speaker, and ministry leader passionate about helping God's children reach their full potential and live fully surrendered to Christ. Find her online at https://www.JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com.
Jodie Bailey is a Carolina girl who believes in the transformational power of the story when God is allowed to hold the pen. As an Army wife, she developed a love for serving and speaking to other Army spouses as a Protestant Women of the Chapel study leader, a Family Readiness Group leader, and an Army Family Team Building instructor. She began her writing career by creating content for PWOC’s international e100 women’s study and contributing to military family devotions and blogs. She is also a multi-published inspirational fiction author. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. You can stop by and say hi at http://www.jodiebailey.com.
As a writer and speaker, Shellie Arnold has published articles, written weekly devotional curriculum, taught at writers’ conferences, spoken at homeschooling events, and conducted classes, seminars, and retreats for various church groups. A home school mom of over twenty years, she knows the unique challenges stay-at-home moms face. As a sexual abuse survivor, she understands the long-term effects trauma can have, even for believers. She has three published novels: The Spindle Chair, Sticks and Stones, and Abide With Me, all of which depict the “perfect storms” in marriage - what happens when our weaknesses hit head-on, and we’re both left wondering if anything can be salvaged. Visit her at http://www.shelliearnold.com.
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