For the last several months, I have been participating in an online Bible study that a lady at my husband’s church invited me to attend. At first I just read it… it led to me WANTING to read the Bible again, EVERY DAY. Praise God. Since getting married, I have not been as disciplined.
Then the original leader asked another lady from church to take the study over, and I was even more engrossed in the words on the screen. People shared daily what God was showing them, and it was deep.
This new leader asked me over for lunch, and I went…
the year before when my husband 1st met her at church, he liked her instantly, and oddly said as she walked away, “you can be her friend.” He had never said anything like this in all the years I had known him, so I felt it was significant. We had talked as a couple with her and her husband shortly after, and they too seemed to be open to a connection. I was happy for the lunch-invite. I do better one-on-one… not in groups.
For the current study, another member of my husband’s church is now leading the group. She is one of those amazing women who is ALL female: loving & encouraging, kind & gentle… always, AND she home-schools. She has a loving-husband that is gentle & kind, super hard-working, and a leader to his children.
She reached out to me previously after learning about my 1st miscarriage. She invited me over – loved on me in many ways… shared food & drink, asked & listened… shared her own experiences & losses. Then invited my husband to join me, for dinner & a movie with their family that same evening.
It helped. It all helped. All of them… each step of the way.
Acceptance in a new place.
Being let into people’s lives & hearts, some of which I have never even met.
Hearing & reading God moving in the lives around me… answering prayers. He is an awesome God!
Today, I’m catching up on my Facebook Bible-study group, reading several days worth of entries as the week was full, and I was gone for most of it. I tried reading some of the posts while I was at the hospital,
that didn’t work.
Home. I needed to read it while I am home. Peaceful, quiet home.
God still works that way.
I wrote this several days ago, but it would not post on WordPress… then when I went back to my draft a few days later, I had lost over 900 words of my original post…
here’s what I wrote on Facebook on the 17th:
“My 1st encounter w/God – I had an experience at kid’s camp one summer when I was 12 that forever changed me. I had already asked God into my heart, I had already been baptized in water… but this was different. I remember feeling happier than I had ever felt before… dancing with the other children – feeling free & weightless. I had already lost all but one grandparent by the time I was 10, and grade-school was a fierce-place… full of bullies & discrimination based on wealth. Middle-school was unpleasant, full of hormones & unkind words to any who didn’t fit into the herd… so this was refreshing to say the least. I had not particularly liked the camp or activities (only time & fellowship with the girls from church) until that night, when I asked God a question, and He opened my eyes. Then a few hours later, after the nightly sermon, I was angry… again, but He met me at my obedience … even though I didn’t want to obey… even with my friends from church encouraging me.
Humbling yourself is never easy.
Repeating the same thing… night after night is not easy for me either,
met me in the aisle.
After being given the beautiful gift of speaking in tongues & dancing with other camp-attendees, I wanted some alone time with God. My Mom found me in the kids’ dorm – checked on me as the rest of the camp was still praising God. .. Pentecostals can go for hours. :) She prayed with me, then left me to seek God alone as I had desired.
My favorite times with God are still my alone times with Him. He is so loving & kind, gentle & strong, protective & encouraging. I cannot imagine life without Him.”
“But God” was on my cousin’s T-shirt earlier this month. She had gotten it at a gospel concert,
a week or so later I found it in scripture:
Ephesians 2:4 – NLT: “Made Alive with Christ
2 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world.[a] He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Oneness and Peace in Christ ”
I LOVE how God’s timing is perfect in ALL things. This month has been VERY interesting, and “His grace & kindness toward us” has been most beautiful. He is an AWESOME God!