Psalm 119:71 (NIV) It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.

  1. What has been the easiest season in your life—that period where it was closest to, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.”
  2. What has been the most difficult season of life? It may be easier to give several answers.
  3. Do you look back on that season and say, “It was good.” Why or why not?
  4. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn famously wrote, “Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realize that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul.” Can you relate?
  5. What good have you seen come from the difficult seasons of life?
  6. Still, should we avoid difficulty if it is in our power to do so?
  7. Another quote; this one from Lewis: “We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” What is it about pain that gets our attention?
  8. How can we support each other in seasons of pain?
  9. What do we want to avoid doing in seasons of pain?
  10. How can we pray for each other today?