Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Holy Smokes!!! - Literally

Okay, God has just been stoking my fire about our new Bible Study group. We started the latest Beth Moore study on Esther tonight. I have just about been inside out over the deal the last few weeks - Holy Smokes from a Holy Fire!!! Well, tonight we FINALLY got to get our feet wet.

And what sweet feet we are wetting!!! We had such fun as we introduced ourselves. I asked them to share either what brought them to this study, their most cherished beauty tip, or a great party tip. FUN!!~and funny!

Such an incredible, diverse, precious group He gathered tonight - younger & older, veteran Bible Studiers & novice Bible Studiers, single & married & divorced & dating & engaged, moms with young children & moms with new grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but all Jesus seekers. WOW!!!! And I'm thinking we will have a few others join us next week. There was already such a sweet spirit of fellowship tonight. Can't wait to see what He does with this study and this group.

Beth shared in the intro that the study would, in part, be a study about our destinies. Our personal destinies. I began to ponder the idea of Esther and her destiny...and ours. At the end of the session, I had the ladies close their eyes and envision the most beautiful starry night sky they had ever seen. I reminded them of God's promise to Abraham about his descendants outnumbering the stars. Then I asked them to find the brightest one in the night sky they were seeing. I told them THAT star was them. They are the spiritual descendants of Abraham and reminded them of the incredible spiritual heritage they have as a result. I reminded them that as a star in God's sky, they not only have a heritage, they also have an incredible spiritual destiny as well. I am so excited that I get to observe their sweet destiny unfold for these next 10 weeks!

Those who might read this ~ please pray with us and for us!


Lyndsey Newton said...

Cindy, I am SO sorry that I missed last night-I was so very looking forward to it. Whatever is going around bit me and I have been one sick puppy. I hate that I missed the first session, but I will be there will bells on next week....

bee'nme said...

Hi Cindy,

It is SO good to get over here and catch up with you. Boy, there's nothing like the first night of a Beth Moore Bible study (or any Bible study)...oh my how I love the precious women He assembles to banquet with Him...and how such unity is achieved in such a diverse crowd. Sweet, sweet stuff. I look forward to checking in and hearing about how Esther goes...I know it will be awesome!

I was also very blessed to read about how the Lord showed up for you at the youth service - He is so faithful, and He delights in using a surrendered vessel. My heart rejoices with you!!

May this new year of promise be filled with awesome manifestations of His goodness and His unfailing love!!

Thank you for your kind, sweet words of encouragement to me about my illustrations - you'll never know how much that means to me...

Hugs and Blessings,
Becky S.

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