Here I am in yet another season of resting nesting. Bible study leading has concluded for a time as I figure out what God would have me do next with that dominant gift that effects who I am, what I do, how I think…and even how I rest.
My Bible study reading has grown rather routine (RUT-ine) because I seem to read to secure answers to questions in the lessons and to gather information for leading a discussion each week. It’s a rather dry spell for me. I am looking forward to drawing closer to the Trinity and lingering over passages with meditating on them in mind…learning the basics and profound just me in school with God.
Last week’s conclusion to three parts of four was bittersweet. No fanfare. No big deal. Just another day. Yet, when I returned home I McCauley Culkin style delightfully walk-ran through my house in celebration of a rest from the routine.
I’m preparing to fly in whatever God’s next is for me. I often type “empty nest” as “empty neXt” and the irony doesn’t flutter by my eye or my mind as I have wondered some almost four years now what God’s next is for me. I have thought my next was empty many times.
But, for now, the preparation includes resting from routine reading. Repentance has been a big thing this week…too sobering to write. It’s rather personal between me and God. Doodle praying in my journal has revealed much as I still process much of life past wondering about life future.
My God says He will launch me into full flight, but for now this lone eagle flying needs to sit down and rest.
As today would have it, the sweet soul of another is preparing to fly from her nest to lead the fourth part of this study and I am putting together a few tips for her with much thanksgiving for her answering the call to lead the ladies.
My first tip? Rest before flying.
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I just returned home from doing an interview at a local non-profit Christian radio station. 88.5 The Truth.
The interview is about an upcoming luncheon (December 5) that local Bible study leaders plan every year now for almost 30 years. Kay Arthur is the keynote speaker every year and this year we have Babbie Mason gracing us with her music. The Wednesday evening (December 4) prior to this event on Thursday, December 5, we have a leaders’ gathering for all those who have led a Precept study or who have interest in leading.
I got involved in this ministry 24 years ago when I heard another radio station leading into an upcoming program with this, “Do you want to know how to discover truth for yourself? Do you struggle with knowing how to study the Bible and understanding what you read?” Uh, yes, and yes.
I was driving my then infant around in the car and pulled over into the Steak and Ale parking lot, grabbed a scrap of paper and took notes for the duration of the 30 minutes that the program was on. Having never heard of this ministry nor its founders, I was taken by the fact that the lead in for the program was those questions I had prayed to God to help me with…I truly wanted to know how to study the Bible for myself.
Shortly thereafter, I went to a local frozen yogurt shop (I was pregnant with our second baby and my craving for Columbus Honey Almond frozen yogurt was tremendous!) and saw an ad for a local Bible study using this ministry’s materials…2 Peter was the study.
I signed up.
I met women who were engaged in the Bible, in encouraging one another, in loving the Trinity, in learning the Truth of God from His Word.
I fell in love with God all over again as I began to study the Bible inductively, looking at it word by word, line by line, precept by precept. Application became easier. Understanding became more clear.
The Truth of God’s Word as I studied inductively changed my life as a young wife and mom. It revived my spirit and it renewed my commitment with God through the power of the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah. God did all that. Not the ministry, not my attempts, but my faithfulness to sit with my Bible open, engaged in the words on the page, asking the Holy Spirit to be my resident tutor and illumine the Words to change my life.
His Truth prepared me for a long season of a blessed and smooth life and it prepared me even more to know God is faithful as we entered our tough 2010. One crisis after another hit us.
God carried us.
Interestingly enough, the place of this radio station from this morning’s interview was, in 2010, the place of a local prayer ministry. My husband and I gathered with old and new friends that Spring of 2010 so I could be prayed over…the awesome prayer that anoints with oil, that lays on hands, that quotes the Truth from the Bible as prayers are prayed in prayer language and in clear English.
My return to that very place today was a sweet balm as I got to thank one of the men (my morning’s interviewer) who prayed for me and he got to see what God has done to heal me in so many ways…that healing still continues.
Oh, I bless Him today and shout out a glory hallelujah to His faithfulness and covenant-keeping love towards me, especially during that year.
His Truth never fails.
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