ALL I NEED IS JESUS AND A GOOD PAIR OF JEANS: The Tired Supergirl’s Search for Grace
Susanna Foth Aughtmon
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You know the pressure. To have the perfect Christian life and the perfect family. To be the perfect friend. To look perfect in those jeans. To be a supergirl. Instead of feeling good about yourself, you’re left stuck in the gap between who you are and who you long to be.
Susanna Foth Aughtmon knows what it’s like to be a tired supergirl, fighting the enemies of pride, worry, jealousy, busyness, loneliness, and many more. With humor and courage, she lays bare those times in her own life when she found it a challenge to live the life God wants for her. But even tired supergirls have a secret weapon: God’s Truth.
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1. In what part of your life do you struggle with the Tired Lady? How do you feel like life is pulling at you? Do you identify with Peter and his struggles? What is your prayer as you ride the edge of imperfection and are caught on the cusp of crazy living?
2. Do you feel pressure to look a certain way? Where does that pressure come from? From yourself? Your peers? Your family? How do you think God views how you look? Do you give more care to your "inner beauty" or your "outer beauty"?
3. What does worry rob you of on a daily basis? Why is it so hard to turn to God and trust him with your needs and concerns? Do you believe that God has the ability to meet your needs? How can you change the way you worry about things into a prayer that offers God your concerns?
4. What is your substitution of choice? Is there more than one? Do you identify with the woman at the well who keeps trying to fill her heart with the same thing over and over again but canít seem to find what she needs? What is the hole that you would like Jesus to fill in your life?
5. Do you have the unspiritual gift of judgment? Why is it so hard to examine our own issues, while finding fault in others comes so easily? How do you think your view of others will change if you concentrate on removing the "log from your own eye" before judging them?
6. What are the areas in your life where chaos reigns? What disciplines could you incorporate in your life to help you invest in your future? What are some ways that you can say no to yourself that would add to your life? What are the reasons that you want to see past the momentary and look to the eternal by incorporating discipline in your life?
7. How can you go about having a "devotional life" versus a "devotional time"? What do you think about the JOY song and the idea of putting Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last? How did Jesus remain so secure in his purpose and remain unmoved by the Pharisees or the multitudes of religious expectations of him? How can you model yourself after Jesus and learn from his dealings with others?
8. Is it hard for you to admit that you are wrong or do you find it easy? Why? Is there an area of your life where you would rather pretend you are "righteous" than admit that Jesus is right and change your behavior? Why is it so easy to become like a Pharisee when all you really want to do is follow Jesus?
9. Do you ever struggle with finding your lifeís purpose? When you look at who Jesus picked to be his disciples, does it give you hope? Why or why not? What do you think "the potter" sees when he looks at you?
10. Are you friends with people who donít know Jesus personally? Who? When was the last time you talked to this person about Jesus? What are your fears about sharing your faith? What is your main motivator in sharing the good news about your relationship with Jesus?
11. In what ways do you feel lovable? In what ways donít you feel lovable? How does John 3:16 change for you when you substitute your name for the phrase "the world"? (ex: For God so loved "Susanna" that he gave his only Son . . .etc.) Do you identify more with Simon the Pharisee or the woman with the bad reputation? How do you think Jesus feels about you and your "lovability"?
12. What is that moment you are waiting for in your life right now? In what areas of your life do you feel God has been pruning you? In what areas of your life do you feel God is trying to grow you? What hopes and dreams do you have this year as you are following Jesus and growing in him?
© Copyright 2017 by Susanna Foth Aughtmon. Reprinted with permission by Revell. All rights reserved.
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