Back to Course: Resilience

Introduction | Perspective Shift

Instructor: Aliene Thompson

When you are the wife of a great outdoorsman and the mother of two boys who love exploration, on summer vacations you either join the party of outdoor adventure or sit in the condo. (Can I get a witness?)

One summer our family embarked on a two-day rafting and camping trip in the Colorado wilderness. As our guide, Erika, prepared us for rafting down the roaring Arkansas River, we watched the safety video detailing rafting risks (which included death BTW), and I felt my stomach flutter in fear.

Make sure you listen to your guide and let him or her lead you. Don’t worry about the rocks and the rapids. Your job is to listen and follow the guide’s lead so you can live the great adventure.

Got it. Listen to the guide and remain alive. As we signed our life away in the release form, I thought, Maybe I should just retreat back to the condo.

Erika must have caught wind of my fear. She held my eyes with a reassuring look, quickly calming me with her confident voice. “Don’t worry. If you fall in, I will rescue you. I know the river. I know what’s ahead. Just listen and let me lead you. Look up and enjoy the amazing scenery. Just keep listening to me.”

Erika was nothing short of amazing. She gave us clear directions to follow as we successfully navigated around seemingly impossible obstacles of rock and rapids. I can still hear her confident call: “Forward four! Left, give me two back. Lean in.”

Without rocks there would be no rapids. She used my fears as leverage to help us flow to our final destination.

Shifting my sight up, my eyes rested on the beautiful snow-capped mountains. The rushing river echoed in my ears and soothed my soul. My grip relaxed on the paddles and I started to smile.

Sometimes God uses life’s moments to paint pictures of spiritual principles. Jesus often used stories from everyday life to help others capture kingdom concepts. He did this for me on that two-day rafting trip in Colorado.

As we paddled, I pondered this modern-day parable the Lord was painting for me:

  • The adventure of abundant life is not without adversity.
  • As I listen to the Lord and let him lead me, adversity becomes my advantage and pushes me in the direction of my final destination.
  • Resilience to bounce back in a broken world comes from resting in God’s leading, not retreating from life.

Welcome to Resilience, a nine-week study on 1 Peter. Inside this study you will…

  • Break free from generational patterns, toxic relationships and unforgiveness God’s way.
  • Discover practical bible principles to navigate through difficult relationships and circumstances we all experience inside a broken world.
  • Study the entire book of 1 Peter using the Nourish Bible Study Method and uncover truth to nourish your heart.
  • Find inspiration to keep your faith strong inside this broken world with a devotion to begin each week of study.
  • Be encouraged at the end of your week with a teaching message revolving around the weekly Nourish Scripture as you gain truth to face life’s challenges with confidence.

Resilience to bounce back in our broken world comes from resting in God’s leading, not retreating from life. You are God’s child, and whatever happens in this crazy world of ours, you can bounce back and become the woman God created you to be. ONWARD!

So excited you are coming to join me for this adventure! Let’s do this!

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