"What He ordains for us each moment is what is most holy, best, and most divine for us." Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Seasons of Study

One of the greatest delights and privileges I have had on my faith journey has been that of leading women’s Bible study. My very first study was in 1999 at Richmond Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond Hill, GA where we undertook Beth Moore’s first study, “A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place.” I was as green as the dear woman sitting next to me in that circle in those days, but I knew it was something I just had to do – or bust.

That was ten years ago. Much water has flowed under the bridge since those days. A major move to another city; basketball games; proms; graduations; the excitement of beginning a new church and the heartache of losing an old one; three marriages (my children’s, not mine); tragedy; triumph; and the renting of more U-Hauls than I thought imaginable in a lifetime. Even the word “change” itself has become normal vernacular for this 50 year old body.

But one thing that has remained constant for me through this period has been the joy to meet with women each season both in the calendar year and in the seasons of their lives to study God’s Word. Some of us have been together since the fall of 2000. Others have joined as recently as this past January. Some have come in for a season only to depart. And some have even departed this life for another more glorious one. But one truth stands out: the Word is the power of God unto salvation, and when He sends it forth, it does not return void.

You have sent Your Word into the hearts of these women, Lord, and nothing is impervious to it. Allow it to dwell within them in all its richness, imparting life to their spirits. May it truly be a light unto their path and a lamp unto their feet for they have shown themselves approved unto You. Some plant and some water, but it is You, O Lord, who gives the increase. Accomplish now in them all You please.

Spring 2009 Ladies Morning Group

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