Life Hacks • Part 3

Lean Not, Trust More :: Proverbs 3:5-6

Every day, we are bombarded with having to make decisions. Some are simple, like “What should I fix for supper?” Others may have long lasting effects, such as “Who should I marry?” Do you find yourself procrastinating about what to do because you are afraid you will make the wrong choice? You are not alone. What can we learn from the book of Proverbs to help us?

Large Group

1. What used to stress you out as a teenager? Looking back, what advice would you give yourself?

2. On a scale of 1-10 (1=not at all; 10=overwhelmed) how stressed are you on a weekly basis? How would your spouse or closest friends say you handle stress?

3. Read Proverbs 3:5-6. In the past, what important decisions have you fully handed over to the Lord? What has been the result?

4. Our level of stress decreases when our level of trust in God increases. How does the truth of this statement decrease the stress in your life and take the pressure off of the decisions you're making? How is the stress in your life an indicator of your level of trust in God?

5. Direction begins with a decision to give control over to God and completely rely and depend on Him. Which areas of your life have you given God full and total control, by trusting in Him with all your heart? Which areas are you still holding back? What blocks you from trusting God fully in certain areas of your life so you can receive His wisdom in your life?

6. Pastor James said that God's direction is not a list of instructions, but a deepening of your relationship with Him. How should this lead to freedom or less stress in our lives?

7. Read Proverbs 3:6 again. “…acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” What is a decision that you face right now in which God is challenging you to trust Him?

Small Group

1. Do you handle stress in your life right now in a wise way? What is one step you can personally take to depend more completely on God this week?

2. Share how you will tangibly help each other fight the stress in your life in a wise and godly way. Spend some time praying for each other.