The HOSEA Intensive|Prone to Wander

A Phone Tree Bible Study Series based on HOSEA: Unfailing Love Changes Everything by Jennifer Rothschild  


“We’re all a lot like Gomer – prone to wander. Maybe not unfaithful in marriage or other relationships, but we are all prone to wander from God and our identity in Him.” 

In Real Time: The words that Jennifer speaks are not foreign to me. I know all too well how easy it is to wander away from the One I desire to be closest too. 

How quickly we tend to lull ourselves into a false sense of intimacy with God. We say we want Him and yet out loud, we shun Him, we reject Him, we choose another over Him. When that dreadful thing happens, we put ourselves at risk. We put ourselves on dangerous ground. As such, we forget who we are in Him. And where there is no identity in Him, there is no sense of trueness. There is only a lost, wandering, wondering soul. 

3 Questions: 

1) Have you ever left God in order to pursue another? 

2) How did you feel when you separated yourself from God?

3) What, if anything, brought you back to God after your season of wandering? (Are you still there, in the place of wandering?)

Spirit-to-spirit Wisdom Lesson: James 4:8

The HOSEA Intensive

A Phone Tree Bible Study Series based on HOSEA: Unfailing Love Changes Everything by Jennifer Rothschild 

Hi All!

Over the next few days and weeks, I will be engaging in a Bible study intensive. I will be focusing much of my attention and posts on the book of Hosea. I love that story so much! It speaks to life in such a profound way. Profound, in truth, is what I really, really need right now. In fact, I need an intense, deeply penetrating, in-depth, dig-into-the-Word study that allows me to experience God anew and then even beyond that. (#truth15…it’s an accountability thing, y’all)

I invite you to dialogue with me or to comment, as you feel, in response to my #HOSEAintensive shares. Please know that I will be writing in real time and that my posts will come as they need to, meaning that there is no set schedule. 

I send you sincere Christ-love from my heart, and I pray that God will delight you today and every day. Stay close to Him, guys. Don’t stop running! 



Just Released! 



A Phone Tree Bible Study Selection

Missing Pieces…A New Bible Study from Jennifer Rothschild

“Does God care? Is He fair? Is He even there? Although you may know all the right answers, they don’t always feel right. This Missing Pieces: Real Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense – Member Book provides a personal study experience for this video-driven women’s Bible study. Explore these and other questions in this realistic look at the messy, mysterious uncertainties of faith. God’s ways don’t always make sense, but He is trustworthy. Come close to Him. Trust Him more than your feelings. God will reveal Himself and fill in your missing pieces.

As a result of this study, participants will:

  • Experience unexpected peace in spite of unexpected heartache
  • Hang on to God’s answers when you feel you are at the end of your rope
  • Move forward when you feel stuck in your circumstances
  • Have a greater sense of peace through every storm you face
  • Strengthen your faith when you feel beat down by life
  • Survive unexpected storms knowing God is in your boat
  • Experience stability when tidal waves of emotion hit
  • Trust God more than your feelings”

 Features of Study:

  • Video-driven Bible study – 7 group video sessions approximately 25 minutes each
  • Member Book included in Leader Kit
  • 6 weeks of personal Bible study

Watch the promo video on YouTube:

Missing Pieces: Real Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Video-based Bible Study)

The Things I Say to Myself

(A Message based on Jennifer Rothschild’s book, Self Talk, Soul Talk – What to Say When You Talk to Yourself)

So…you talk to yourself. Don’t think it strange if you do so. Many people do. In fact, many engage in one-sided internal monologues, while others participate in a back and forth inner dialogue. There is nothing necessarily wrong with you if you do either one or both, for that matter. Intrapersonal communication is normal. But the most important factor to look at as you consider intrapersonal communication is the type of things you say to yourself when you talk to yourself.

Last week, we were able to engage in a revealing conversation about Self Talk, Soul Talk. We established that many of us talk to ourselves. In fact, we learned that we say both positive and negative things. We also learned that it’s essential that we center our soul talk on the truth of Scripture and on our faith in Christ. (Umm…What Did YOU Say?)

This week, Jennifer Rothschild, author of Self Talk, Soul Talk, makes key points about seven things we should say to our souls.

1) Tune In: Awake, My Soul
2) Look Up: Hope in God, My Soul
3) Calm Down: I Have Stilled and Quieted My Soul
4) Look Back: Forget Not His Benefits, O My Soul
5) Chill Out: Be at Rest, O My Soul
6) Press On: March On, O My Soul
7) Lift Up: Praise the Lord, O My Soul

Quotes from Jennifer:

– “When we wipe away the dirt from our lives by confession to God each day, we become useful, pleasant, and effective vessels.”
– “Questioning your soul allows you to honestly assess your emotions so you can calibrate them with truth…”
– “Our trust in God is inextricably linked to our peace from God. Peace comes when we loosen our grip and let down our guard before our heavenly Father.”
– “Tell your soul to look back only to what is profitable. Profitable memories are those that add to your soul wellness rather than subtract from it.”
– “Speaking rest to my soul should be part of my daily conversation.”
– “All feelings are real, but they aren’t all based on reality, and they certainly aren’t all productive!”
– “Recognize that who you are and what you struggle with are not the same thing.”
– “When we tell our souls to get the spotlight off our own preoccupations and onto the needs of others, we reopen the potential for joy in our lives…”
-“When we lift up others, we grow smaller. And ultimately, as we lift up God, we find unlimited satisfaction in our own lowliness.”

3 Questions 4U:
1) What do you tell yourself when you want to focus your attention on the good within yourself (versus the “bad”)?
2) Is your “thought closet” filled with memories that haunt you and/or control you?
3) “What promises from God do you need to remind your soul of to help you not lose hope?”

Umm…What Did YOU Say?

(A Message based on Jennifer Rothschild’s book, Self Talk, Soul Talk – What to Say When You Talk to Yourself)

Words. They can beautiful. They can be deadly. They can influence growth, promote change, and facilitate transformation. They can also wound, poison and destroy.

Typically, when a woman stops to consider the concept of words, she thinks about them as it relates to her relationship with others. But if she were to pause and think about how she uses her own words with herself, she might find a disparity between what she says to others and what she says to herself.

You can’t do it.

It will never work.

You’re fat.

You aren’t as good as her.

Why can’t you be more like your sister?

Why do you even bother?

He doesn’t love you.

You’re not good enough.

Do it. You know you want to.

One bite won’t kill you.

Just do it this once.

You’re stupid.

Get over yourself. You didn’t do it. It was luck.

There isn’t anything special about you.

Uh…does any of that sound familiar? Yes. I thought it would.

What you just read is a snippet of what might go on inside the mind of a woman. It is her inner dialogue, of sorts. Of course, in real time, you would get a sprinkling of good stuff. Positive messages. A replay of the sermon she might have heard or a bible lesson that resonated with her on a particular Sunday morning or Wednesday night. But on the whole, negative thoughts, doubts, insecurities, and a multitude of chaotic, uninspiring mess is happening in her mind. Add to that the regular day-to-day drama with work, children, and household responsibilities, plus extracurricular pursuits and you get a whopping soap opera just waiting to happen.

That might be one of the reasons a woman has the type of inner dialogue she has.

In Part I of Jennifer Rothschild’s book, Self Talk, Soul Talk, she introduces us to a sobering reality. She shares hard messages with us about how we look at ourselves. The words we say. The songs we sing. The thoughts we think. What she also does is walk us to the closets of our minds. She teaches us to open the doors and to peer into our roots and fruits. More than that, Jennifer challenges us to begin speaking truth – truth to ourselves and truth to our issues.

Quotes from Jennifer:

– “I wish I could count how many times I’ve stood and sung those words [it is well with my soul] after speaking before thousands, only to sit right back down and feel a complete lack of wellness with my soul.”
– “You should hear some of the unkind things I’ve said to myself.”
– “Your soul talk will affect who you are.”
– “We should refuse to let untruths and destructive words and thoughts occupy prime space in our minds’ closets.”
– “Words matter. We cannot risk speaking untruths to ourselves because of the strong likelihood that we will believe them.”
– “Even the hard truths we speak to ourselves should not be condemning. They should build us up.”
– “…replace the lie with the truth, and…relabel the old with the new. And that’s soul talk.”
– ” Soul talk is faith’s companion, not its replacement. Soul talk cannot be a replacement for prayer…”
– “…it’s essential that we center our soul talk on the truth of Scripture and on our faith in Christ.”

3 Questions 4U:
1) What 3 things do you say to yourself to build yourself up?
2) What wrong-thinking thought repeats itself over and over again in your head?
3) Does your self talk, soul talk match up with the Word of God? Why or why not?

Self Talk, Soul Talk by Jennifer Rothschild

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