I posted last Tuesday about being excited because I couldn't wait to get to the new Beth Moore Bible study after work. I have to say that I was not disappointed after all the waiting! As always, the atmosphere was charged with the Holy Spirit and the sound of 4,000 women praising God and then digging into the Word was music to my ears.
There were two reasons that I was excited when the evening came to a close. The first was the knowledge that if the introduction was awesome, then the next nine weeks are going to be phenomenal! The name of the study is "It's Tough Being a Woman" and we are going to be exploring some issues that universally plague women all over the world. I have been so blessed this past week as I have done the homework for the study, all the while anticipating what Beth will say about each point I cover during my private study.
The second reason that I was excited, was because my prayer and accountability partner was able to come to the study at the last minute, and we sat together. She rode with a group from our church on the bus, but opted to ride home with me so we could visit and catch up. It was sweet time of fellowship with her and I hope that we can do it again. God has been so good to me in the area of Christian friends and I spent a good portion of my prayer time the next morning thanking Him for it! Praise God for Godly friends!
Anyway, because the study on Esther is not published yet, I am unable to share details because of copyright laws, but I am sure over the next several weeks the effects of the study will shine through in my writing and life. I chose the scripture that is on the Living Proof Ministries blog to be my memory verse last week, and it has rolled around in my head every since then.
"For the word of God is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
I pray that as I study His word that I will be convicted, broken and reshaped into a vessel that God finds pleasing and more beautiful than before.