Sonja Corbitt2019-05-05T11:11:08-05:00

Sonja erupted on the scene with her explosive book, Unleashed, where she shared how the Holy Spirit is freeing her from her patterns of toxic relationships, self-medicating habits, awful circumstances, and overwhelming desires.

Now she’s showing up everywhere. Her 13-episode Unleashed series, perfect for study groups, aired weekly on CatholicTV, Focus TV, and Christian Associates TV. Soon after, Fearless also aired on Catholic TV stations across the country, and her radio show Bible Study Evangelista launched on Real Life Radio, Breadbox Media, and St. Gabriel Radio.

Look for her newest release: Fulfilled, Uncovering the Biblical Roots of Catholicsm with Ascension Press, spring of 2018.

Sonja writes regularly for Jeff Cavins’ The Great Adventure Bible Study Blog and in Magnificat magazine, and speaks around the world.

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05_Elijah: Digging Out of Depression

Elijah was one of God’s two greatest prophets, and he dealt with extended depression over what God was not doing in his life and ministry. He experienced fear, suicidal tendencies, excessive tiredness, and feelings of rejection for over two months, well past the time modern doctors would diagnose clinical depression. Elijah was angry at God.
In Romans 11:2-5, St. Paul uses Elijah as an example of how God considers our complaints against the people we serve, and our dejection when we think He’s not busy “doing something.” Find out how God helped Elijah dig out of depression.

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L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

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O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – Step one in God's treatment plan was to send Elijah to His Word. Do you have a daily scripture habit?
I | Ignatian –  Step two in God's treatment plan for Elijah's depression was to go to Mt. Horeb, a type of “church,” if you will. 
Science confirms that that attendance at a house of worship is related to lower rates of depression and anxiety. Prayer and meditation have been shown to lower the risk of depression and heart disease and improve immune function. Time alone with God in prayer and Bible study is a powerful anti-depressant.
Do you go to Mass at least every week?
A | Augustinian – Twice, God asked Elijah, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (I Kings 19:13). Hear God ask you that question. What is your answer?
T | Thomistic – Take a look at the following studies on depression and faith. What do you learn?

Smith et al, 2003. “Religiousness and depression: Evidence for a main effect and the moderating influence of stressful life events”. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/bul/129/4/614/.
Dew et al, 2008. “Religion/Spirituality and adolescent psychiatric symptoms: a review”. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18219572.
Law et al, 2009. “The Effects of Church Attendance and Marital Status on the Longitudinal Trajectories of Depressed Mood Among Older Adults”. http://jah.sagepub.com/content/21/6/803.abstract.
Blazer, 2011. “Religion/Spirituality and Depression: What Can We Learn From Empirical Studies?”. http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleID=181239.

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

O Christ Jesus, When all is darkness, And we feel our weakness and helplessness, Give us the sense of Your Presence, Your Love and Your Strength. Help us to have perfect trust In Your protecting love
And strengthening power, So that nothing may frighten or worry us,
For, living close to You, We shall see Your Hand, Your Purpose, Your Will,  through all things (St. Ignatius of Loyola). Amen.+ 
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04_Balaam and Haman: Stubborn as a Mule

Balaam got really ticked off at his donkey. The animal just would not do what he wanted it to do. Balaam had a goal in mind and circumstances were not cooperating with his objectives. It is natural for us to pursue objectives and goal, but what if they don’t work out?
The obstacle Balaam was encountering in his donkey was actually a merciful blessing from God, a hindrance designed by God for his guidance and protection. Rather than receiving God’s message to him in the event, Balaam got angry at the donkey. Of course, Balaam’s motives were not right to begin with. But even if I am trying to do a good thing, how do I respond to circumstances I cannot control?

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O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – Take some time to cuddle your pet. Have you every thought of pets as gifts from God? 

I | Ignatian – Using all your senses, imagine you are headed on an important errand, but your donkey will not cooperate. What do you do when your donkey speaks to you?!
A | Augustinian – Chances are you will face a pop quiz soon involving an unexpected and unwelcome delay. How is that delay a gift from God?
T | Thomistic – Can you list the who, what, where, when, why, and how of this story about Balaam and his donkey?
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

St. Anthony, how tongue-tied I can be when I should be praising God and defending the oppressed. My cowardice often strikes me dumb; I am afraid to open my mouth. St. Anthony, Restorer of Speech to the Mute, release me from my fears. Teach me to praise God and to champion the rights of those unjustly treated. Amen.+ 
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03_Moses: Whack a Rock

Moses suffered from an inability to control his temper. He killed an Egyptian, smashed the Ten Commandments to bits, and eventually forfeited the Promised Land. Like Moses, our anger may be justified, but our actions often lack self control.

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O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – When you get angry, are you angry against the person rather than the offense?  Do you cherish a desire for revenge?  Do you have a hard time forgiving others?  Do you get angry easily?  Do you have a reputation for losing your temper?  If your answer is yes, then you likely have a problem with your temper.   

I | Ignatian – When you place yourself in this narrative, which of Moses' angry episodes do you identify with most? Are you angry at those you serve, angry at injustice, or angry at experiencing the consequences of your actions?
A | Augustinian –Moses' main difficulty was lack of balance. He was angry at the right things in the wrong ways. He broke the Ten Commandments, written by the finger of God Himself (Ex 32:16), after having spent forty days and nights talking face-to-face with God! When have you left prayer and launched into an angry outburst? 
T | Thomistic – Take a look at this entry on anger. What do you learn about your own anger?
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

O Lord, must I fear Your wrath?
Retribution is Yours by right!
May I never dishonour Your Divinity,
My soul seeking to maintain Your love.
Shape my being into earnest kindness,
A reflection of Your perfection.
Grant me the grace of self-control,
That I may not display any anger.
Should I have such an outburst,
Instantly remind me to seek redress,
For such is offensive to You.
Anger is Yours alone to avenge! Amen.+ 
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02_Esau: Cheaters & Losers

Esau’s life is the story of a man who traded his soul for fleeting pleasure, and grew incensed when he experienced the consequences of his presumption. He sold his birthright, which included not only material benefits and family privileges, but spiritual blessings as well, for a single bowl of stew. “He ate and drank, and rose and went on his way” (25:34) without giving a second thought to what he had done. He did it, it felt good, and only much later did he come to regret it.
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O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – The story shows that if you trade your soul to satisfy your flesh, you’ve made a bad deal. Do you eat because you're hungry, or because you're bored, or hurt, or something else?
As you eat your next meal, or catch yourself in your next self-medicating habit, consider what you trade for it: health? sin? wasted time? wasted money? a bad example or reputation? 

I | Ignatian – When you place yourself in this narrative, are you Jacob, the sneaky one, or Esau, the presumptuous one? When you imagine this exchange using all your senses, what feelings rise to the surface? When have you been angry like Esau for being tricked and/or presumptuous?
A | Augustinian – Someone said the difference between school and life is that in school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test which teaches you a lesson. 
Esau’s decision to sell his birthright to Jacob was like that. My guess is this wasn’t the first time the birthright had come up. Perhaps on other occasions Jacob had tested him: “Hey, Esau, what would you take for your birthright?” Had Esau said flat out, “It’s not for sale for any price,” that might have ended the matter. But maybe he left the door open a crack. Perhaps Jacob could tell the birthright just wasn’t very important to Esau.
Maybe Jacob was shrewd enough to spot Esau's attitude, and used it to take the advantage. Possibly he waited for Esau to come in from the field famished. As his brother, Jacob should have gladly given Esau a bowl of soup. But instead he used it to take away Esau’s birthright.
Where are you in danger of losing something priceless because of fleshly craving and presumption?   
T | Thomistic – Here are four possible lessons from this passage on Esau and Jacob:
1. You will lose the greatest blessings if you fail to appreci­ate them.
2. Small choices can have drastic consequences.
3. The flesh makes things seem essential that really are not.
4. It is sin to grab the right things for the wrong reasons or in the wrong way.
What area of your life is the Lord speaking to you about through these lessons?
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
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01_Cain: Sibling Anger

Why does God put us in families with crazy people? Turns out there’s a good reason! Although all of us have Jerry Springer moments, “the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:9). How do we deal with sibling anger properly so it doesn’t boil over to something even more dangerous and sinister?
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O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – Chances are you might experience what I call a pop quiz with a sibling or person in your family or church family in the next week or so.  How do you typically deal with anger? Consider taking it out on a pillow or tree limb, expressing all your pent up emotion as you enjoy harmlessly tearing something up.

I | Ignatian – Use all your senses to imagine this conversation God had with Cain: “Why are you angry? Why has your face fallen?” What would you say to God about your own emotion?  
A | Augustinian – Did you hear the Holy Spirit speak to you personally through this episode? What, specifically, does He want you to know or work on? 
T | Thomistic – Science tells us that anger provokes a “flight or flight” response in the body. How does your body feel when you are angry? Can you feel that your anger is localized somewhere (an aching stomach; perhaps, a migraine?), or does it wash over you somehow? What does God want you to know about how your body expresses anger, even if you don't express it outwardly?
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Lord Jesus, there is anger in my heart and I cannot root it out. I know that I should calm down and offer the hurt and disappointment to You, but my emotion is running away with me. Help me to overcome this weakness and give me peace of heart as well as mind. Let me learn from this experience and grow into a better human being. Amen.+ 
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