Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Ladies' Bible Study

I've started a Bible study with Lisa McKay of The Preachers Wife blog. My responses will be posted here as I progress through it.

Lesson 1: I AM Your Beauty
Just In Time

Are there any circumstances or relationships in your life where you can see God has intentionally placed you to be a light for Him?

I don't believe in coincidence. I believe everything is the providence of God. My husband and I wanted to be involved in a church start in our community. Our denomination placed its new mission in a building across the highway. When they started Sunday morning services, they scheduled them for 2 pm, giving us time to attend our current church, get home to eat, and then attend the mission church.

Our ladies' Sunday school class is composed of women at various places in their growth as Christians. We are just finishing up a study of Cynthia Heald's book "Becoming a Woman of Prayer." Learning to be a woman who prays first and foremost has been a passion of mine for many years. This study has allowed me to put my passion where my mouth is as we have studied and prayed together. I have learned so much!

I've been working on writing a book for women who desire to be homebuilders according to Proverbs 31 and Titus 2. God has placed many women in my life who are great examples and He has lead me to several recently for whom my book is intended. When I hear their struggles, I stay motivated to keep on task.

Can you honestly describe yourself as a woman with a 'yes' in her spirit?

I can honestly say that my natural response is to say 'yes' before I think, while sometimes shouting 'NO' in my spirit. When I take time to quiet myself, then I can hear the still, small voice guide me to willingness.

Are you in an emotionally and spiritually healthy place today? If so, what will you do with your series of unrecurring events? Will you commit to ask for spiritual eyes to see opportunities to defend a weaker sister?

At this point in my life, I may be the healthiest I have ever been spiritually. I am looking for what God is doing and trying to see how He has designed the series of unrecurring events in my life to equip me to meet Him where He is working. I will commit to asking for spiritual eyes to defend a weaker sister. I have three in mind right as I type.

If no, are you taking steps to seek out wise counsel from a sister you admire or perhaps a Christian counselor if needed? If not, will you resolve to do so?

I rely on counsel from sister in Christ~a woman who has a spirit of peace and service that is almost so obvious that it seems to clothe her with a beautiful fragrance.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Thirteen Story Starters to Break Writer's Block

  1. The door to the little cottage was open and the sound of a tea kettle whistling merrily guided me up the gravel walk.
  2. With the non-refundable airplane tickets in my hand and my packed bags waiting by the door, I stared open mouthed as I read the email that said my old high school boyfriend had signed up at the last minute to attend the class reunion.
  3. My hand shook as it hovered over the mouse pointed at the send button ready to shoot my first novel out into cyberspace.
  4. Late into the night the thunder crashed and the rain pelted the windows.
  5. My mother-in-law stood knocking on the front door, last night's dishes were stilled piled in the sink, and the baby's toys were strewn across the living room floor.
  6. The picture in the catalog lied.
  7. He tried to remember who had talked him into this.
  8. I should have listened with both ears instead of one.
  9. It was the scariest thing she had ever seen.
  10. No one said being a mom was easy.
  11. With just minutes to get to the interview I parked in the first available spot, ignoring the blare of the horn from the SUV that had been waiting in the oncoming lane to park there.
  12. It was the last thing I expected my husband to say when he got home from work.
  13. Just one week away from my 45th birthday and not even the second cup of coffee was cheering me up.

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