|5. In chapter 13, Rowena struggles with jealousy over Lucy's talents. She nearly takes credit for Lucy's painting and is wary about giving Lucy an outlet to shine. And yet "friends help friends be their best." Name someone in your life who has many talents. How do they make you feel? How have you provided a way for them to showcase their talents? How has someone given you a chance to showcase your talents?
6. In chapter 14, the ladies of the dress shop finally take Sofia seriously. "Losing her title of 'Baby Sofia' made her feel like one of the group again, which made her want to work harder." When have you felt separate from a group of peers? How did it make you feel? How did you respond? How did the situation change?
7. In chapter 17, Mamma is uncertain about going to a different church. Lucy pats her hand and whispers, "It's all right, Mamma. God lives here too." Where have you been where you had to remind yourself of God's presence?
8. Rowena realizes that without Lucy coming into her life and taking Edward away, Rowena would not have been open to acknowledge the love Morrie has for her, and realize her love for him. And without the scandal and the boundaries of society broken by Edward and Lucy, Rowena would never have been willing to break the bounds herself. God works through all things for good. When have you seen His hand in your life, where something "bad" turned into something "good"?
9. In the epilogue, Edward tells Lucy to close her eyes, to trust him. But she has trouble surrendering control. In the end he shows her a surprise beyond her imagining. Here are two verses that speak to this: "Watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told" (Habakkuk 1:5), and "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3). When have you surrendered to God? As a result, what amazing surprises did He show you? If you haven't surrendered...why not? And finally, why not do so now and see what amazing things He has in store!