“Never doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light.” V. Raymond Edman.
What an awesome quote! It’s so easy to see God’s love, wisdom, and plans for us when everything is going brightly. In the light, lessons often feel as easy as a good old fashioned Dixie Whistling! But in those moments when it feels like the dark is threatening to take over, it isn’t always so easy, is it? Finding Him when we feel empty can be hard. That’s why filling up our spiritual tanks and keeping them as full as possible is so very important!
Just like an empty well will not yield any buckets of water, no matter how many times you send the bucket down, you cannot recall what you never learned in the first place, no matter how many times you will it to come to the forefront of your mind! So how do we make sure we are “loaded for bear” when the darkness feels like it is closing in around us? We need to read, study, and apply His word (yep, the Bible!) on a regular basis so that it, quite literally, saturates our bodies, minds, and spirits. One of the best ways I know is through Bible studies! They give us amazing opportunities to learn God’s Truth, transfer it over into our own lives, and effervesce it out to others! (I LOVE that word…!)
This winter/spring, I’m SO thrilled that a group of 30 amazingly awesome women will be joining me in person to delve into a fantastic Bible study called Becoming More than Just a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst. It’s a really cool study that talks about how to take what you learn from Bible study and quite simply, put it into play on a daily basis – 24/7. How great does that sound?! Talk about filling up and having a pantry full of goods to sustain you!!
While our PHYSICAL space has us at capacity for this study, I still want you to JOIN US! How? By getting the books yourselves and following along on this blog each week with us for 14 weeks or so as we take this journey TOGETHER, beginning on Monday, January 29, 2013!
Here’s how this is going to work. Each Monday, I’ll post what you need to read and complete for that week. In addition, I’ll give you a little of my own thoughts about what Lysa has to say in those chapters, as well as, how it plays out in MY life. For anyone who comments on the blog for that week, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a giveaway that is a tangible takeaway that directly relates to what we are learning! (For instance, if we are talking about LIGHT – I just might find a cute, purse-sized flashlight with a relevant scripture attached to it to give away!). It’s just one way to make everyone (physical group and online group) feel connected to a community of Bible study sister friends (and brother friends, too!), committed to filling up on Truth!
I triple dog dare you to join us! Get yourself the following two books and a Bible before 1/29/13 and reply to this post so I know you’re in: Becoming More than Just a Good Bible Study Girl (ISBN #: 978-0-310-29325-5) and Becoming More than Just a Good Bible Study Girl: PARTICIPANT GUIDE (978-0-310-32208-5). Both the book and participant guide are available at Christian books stores AND on amazon.com. There is a DVD that goes along with this series that we will be watching in our physical group. If you are part of our online group, you can purchase the DVD as well, but it is not necessary. If you are interested, that DVD is available on amazon.com as well.
I’m hoping you’ll take this challenge for 2013 to fill up and become all that God has planned for you to be! Delicious possibilities – who is with me?! C’mon, you know you want to!
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