The twists and turns of life can sometimes feel like an assault on our confidence that God is good. Doubts can begin to surface, directing our attention away from God and negatively impacting our relationships with Jesus Christ and others. In these instances, we must actively and intentionally engage our hearts in loving the One who first loved us and surrendering to His will. In loving and surrendering to God, we are able to receive Him. As we receive Him, we realize again how wonderful and loving God truly is.

There are circumstances that can cause us to question the love between us and God. What has caused you to question that love? How have you responded in those moments of doubt?

Considering the story from Matthew 14:22-31 mentioned in the sermon, would you define your moments of doubt as skepticism or vacillating?

John Eldredge writes on page 92, “Turning our hearts toward God in love opens our being to receive him like no other practice. And it is a practice, something we consciously and actively engage in through the moments of our day-to-day.” In what ways do you practice turning your heart to God in love daily? Consider more/different ways of doing this.

Read Proverbs 3:6. What does it mean for God to “make your paths straight” or “direct your paths?” How does this benefit you as a follower of Jesus?

Eldredge advises on page 102, “As you go through your normal day, practice saying “I love you” to God. Not once, but repeating it as you turn your heart toward him.” How often do you say “I love you” to God? Try doing this during the pauses of your day.

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