Hi, Kelly's Korner :) (I've got a bit of a preface here, and then I'll get to the actual purpose of this post.)
If you've been reading this blog for a week, you know that we're in a season of change. By "we," I pretty much mean everyone in my immediate circle of love. Part of that, for a few of us, means finding a new church home.
I'm not super in love with the idea of looking for a new place, because I like being comfortable. I like that I was dedicated in my current church. I like that I know people, and their histories. I like going to church with most of my family.
But more than anything, I have loved facilitating Women's Bible Study over the last several years. I've tried to explain what they mean to me, but I feel like most of my words come up short. Truly--there is nothing like sharing the word of God and your life with women who are making an investment in themselves, in you, in the Word and in a community of believers.
Leaving means I will be letting this ministry go. I've cried more over the loss of that support system than I have over just about anything else.
In the time that I've facilitated Bible study we've done (that I can remember):
* Breaking Free by Beth Moore
* Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore
* Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore
* Stepping Up by Beth Moore
* The Patriarchs by Beth Moore
* Esther by Beth Moore
* Seeking A Heart Like His by Beth Moore
* Believing God by Beth Moore
* He Speaks to Me by Priscilla Shirer
* Conversation Peace
I can honestly say that each study met me where I was and spoke to particular needs. But the ones that continually resonate with me are Living Beyond Yourself and Seeking A Heart Like His. The latter is the most recent study, and there are so many things that hit home with me (and likely more than I missed). I just needed to hear those tender words.
I plan to revisit Living Beyond Yourself and Seeking a Heart Like His at some point in time. And I'm praying that I will have the opportunity to get involved in a group like this when God leads us to our new home.