In Lost on a Familiar Road, author Kimberly Sowell helps readers discover what their minds were created to do—love God completely. Using one of Jesus’ most basic directives, she encourages readers to let God change their minds and transform their lives.
1. The author encourages us to declutter our minds and take time to think creatively, spiritually, and with God’s perspective. How can “mind clutter” keep us from seeing God’s perspective on our lives, our actions and on other people? How can making time for communication with and meditation on our heavenly Father change our perspective, our daily lives, and our relationships?
2. The Biblical illustrations in chapter 2 are largely stories of surprise. Think about the element of the unexpected. Professional fisherman pulled up nets full of fish where they had been sure there were none. Sarah gave birth to a child at the age of 100, years after God promised she would be a mother. Shepherds, sitting out in a quiet field, suddenly saw and heard angels—a multitude of them! How do these stories of God’s unexpected faithfulness, in His own perfect time and way, encourage you in your own quest to trust His timing? Can you share a story of God’s faithfulness in your own life and how that experience impacted you?
3. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Matthew 12:34 reminds us that “out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.” Our minds, hearts and mouths are closely connected—as are our actions. How do your thoughts—even those you never directly share—impact your decision making?
4. With that in mind, why do you think the Bible instructs us to think about things that are lovely, true and right (Phil. 4:8)? How can you train your mind to focus on God’s work and presence?
5. Each day, from the time we open our eyes until we crawl back under the covers, is filled with opportunities to make decisions. How often during a day, a week, a month, do you seek God’s guidance in your decision making? How can the practices advocated in this book—getting rid of mind clutter, focusing our thoughts on God, trusting His faithfulness, training our thoughts on Him—positively influence our decisions? Share a time you earnestly sought God during uncertainty and how that impacted a decision you made.
6. Think of a passage of Scripture that has helped you discern more about God—His plan, His will, His character. What about that passage speaks to you? Under what circumstance did you find it? How do you plan to continue to seek God through His Word?
- That you will earnestly seek to focus on spiritual thoughts rather than earthly clutter, and that God will draw your mind to Him daily.
- For the grace to see yourself and others through the eyes of our Heavenly Father, as people who are loved and have great purpose.
- For a companion—a friend, a spouse, a coworker—who will read this book and practice the disciplines it teaches alongside you.
- Every day for a week, set aside time to identify thoughts that clutter your mind. Write them down. Pray about each one and write down anything you feel God saying to you about those things.
- If you are not sure of your spiritual gifts, seek out a spiritual gifts inventory that will help you identify them. Commit to a tangible way of putting at least one into practice over the next six months.
- Using a concordance, write or type two meaningful verses or passages about God’s Word. Put them where you will see them each day to remind yourself of the importance of reading God’s Word in order to know Him more.
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.