Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Being Brave

Whew.  I am plum tuckered out.  My feet ache but there is a smile threatening to break free.  My PT put me through the ringer on the weights today, but man, can she make a girl feel better.

My house is scrubbed.  Fresh flowers are on the table.  Brunch goodies overflow the fridge, waiting to be baked in the morning.

God told me to start a Bible study.

And tomorrow, we kick it off with a little brunch.

Today, a sweet friend came over and blessed me with a new candle, encouraging words, and prayer.  She even helped me rearrange a few pictures.  She knows that starting this new adventure takes a lot of bravery on my part.  Her presence spoke so much life into my new little journey.

Another friend told me that I didn't have to be the only one to dig the ditches.  We could all come together, study together, worship together.  It didn't have to be me, me, me.  When will I ever get that through my head?  What a sigh of relief, to know that God will minister to me through this study just as much as He will every single other girl.  We can dig ditches together.  We can praise God for rain together.  I don't have to make the rain.  What a burden removed.

While praying last night about the vision and plan, I asked God what His goal for us women was to be.  I knew He was answering me with Ephesians 3:17b-19 "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

His goal for us is to know His word so well that we become so confident of His love for us that we have so much of Him that we are spilling Him out onto every person we meet and every decision we make.  Have our lives been established on the solid foundation of His love for us?

Here's to a little bravery and a new chapter...


Kim said...

Praying for you, Becke'. And so excited that you are stepping out in faith, doing what God has called you to do...trusting Him to equip you and use you. The girls and I just finished reading about Gideon. God called him and was faithful to reassure him, equip him, and use him for what God needed him to do. I pray that you stepping out in faith will be a huge blessing for you, your family, and those in your study.

pbee ... said...

We are in our 14th year of a Bible study that began with four of us meeting together in our homes and now reaches women in the county from every demonination. One never knows what God will do. Praising Him for your willingness to take the first step!

Anonymous said...

Becke', I'm not at all surprized God has called you to this new ministry. You have been so willing to place yourself at the feet of Jesus to hear God's word on how to handle many heartbreaking life experiences. Many of us would have shaken our fists at God and walked away. You have a great message of God's love and faithfulness. Who better to share that message of love than one who has been willing to submit to God's plan and receive his grace, mercy and love. Just as it has been God all along revealing Himself, it will continue to be the Holy Spirit teaching of His love through you. Go forth and enjoy watching God do His Thing.
Can't wait to see what He does through this study.
Love you,