There a was time in the not-too-distant past (read January/February timeframe) that I felt a “tug” beginning to pull at my heart.
I remember a conversation I had with a sweet friend after Bible study that evening. She and I both volunteer with the youth at our church: she with the senior high girls, I am blessed with the junior high girls.
Our conversation shifted from the topic of our Bible study to our girls and how much of the studies and lessons that are taught to children and youths center on Bible stories more than focusing on the Word as a whole. We talked about how many Christians are good at recalling stories from the Bible but how many of us truly study the Word to study the Word in its entirety, book by book?
I think that’s where the “tug” truly began. I shared with the sweet ladies I was volunteering with on Sunday evenings that I was sensing the Lord’s leading for us to focus on a book of the Bible, not topical studies as we had been doing for most of the year. So then began the quandary: are there book studies written for junior high school-age girls? We never found one. If you find one, please share!
What began as a tug to focus on a book study with my girls then progressed to a genuine need for me to find one for my own spiritual growth. To my dismay, there aren’t any offerings in the area.
To my astonishment, Hub and two of my friends looked at me and said, “Why don’t you lead one?”
Talk about a jolt … a whiplash moment … you name it. I was shocked, humbled, scared.
You mean … me? I should lead a Bible study? For women?
Surely the Lord was toying with me.
After all, I’ve never been to seminary. I had only recently begun walking again with the Lord and my limited knowledge of the Word is still rusty … shaky at best. I’m not biblically scholarly in any way, shape, or form!
So I did what most Christians do: I politely told my husband and my friends that I’d “pray about it.” For most, that’s code for “Ain’t no way!”
Truthfully, I did pray about it. I prayed that He would provide a study for me to go to at one of the churches in my area; I prayed that one of my friends would be called to lead a study.
And the more I prayed about it, the more I realized that He wasn’t going to let it go. He was slowly, surely, persistently fulfilling the desire of my heart: to bask and dwell in His Word and to share that time with other women.
My prayers have changed over the past couple of months. From begging Him for a study to go to, where I could “sit & soak,” to asking Him to use this cracked and messy vessel and share His Good News with the women in my community.
So then I asked my friends to pray for clarity on the details of the study. Where was I supposed to do this? At my house? If it was at my house, oh boy I’m going to need to do some serious deep cleaning! At church? If it’s at church, do I need to get pastor’s blessing? Will I have to turn in a syllabus, sign a contract? And when was this going to take place? What book was I going to study? Oh gosh, what about snacks????
As soon as I asked for clarity, the Lord revealed to me that I was overthinking this. Go figure! 😀 Once I managed to kick myself off the throne and let Him take over the planning, I was in awe. He is so amazing that way!
It combines two of my loves: walking and the Word.
If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you know that I’m a walker. I may attempt running every now and then and who doesn’t love a good bike ride or hard session in the pool swimming laps to decompress? My favorite cardio workout of choice, however, is walking. Just slip on a pair of running shoes, harness up the poochies, head out the door!
A few women have asked what book we are going to study. That, amazingly, took absolutely no thought at all: our senior pastor and youth pastor on several occasions had stated that if you’re going to start somewhere, start with John.
So there it is: A Walk & The Word
Our journey begins on August 3rd. I hope you’ll join me.