This should be my intro post to an awesome Bible study I started Monday with 28 other bloggers. I think Satan had it in for me this week since this is something I really need at this point in my life.
It's coming, I promise. Right now my proiority is trying to retrieve my Sunday School lesson off this computer beast who seems to have lost it!
In the meantime, read what this great bunch of bloggers are saying about Beth Moore's "Living Beyond Yourself" Bible study:
Late? That always seems to be ME!
As promised, my take on the first week of LBY.
I think when you're doing a Bible study, you tend to pull the pieces that fit with where you are RIGHT NOW in your life. At least I do.
I have a friend who lost her nearly 4 year old son in a choking accident last August. He stuffed his mouth full of pancakes and jumped down to hurry off and watch a video and choked. He died about 2 days later.
She's been grief stricken. I've really kept my distance from her because being around her is painful for me. Right now, she seems to be "stuck". She's assoctiating with other grieving parents who are "stuck". I want so much for her to find the peace that only He can bring but she doesn't seem to be searching for it.
A verse this week stood out for me - Acts 14:22 - ".....we must endure many hardships to enter the kingdom of God......"
When does the bad stuff stop happening? Well, I guess it doesn't. God uses pain in our lives to show us the substance of our faith. He uses sorrow and pain to strengthen us.
Hardly seems fair, but it's right there in the Bible. We were never promise a "fair" life. We were promised He'd carry us through the hard times. Rain falls on the just and the unjust equally - no one is immune.
My heart hurts for my friend right now. Grieving is such hard work. I've been praying for her strength to increase and that her heart will be comforted.
Another verse from this week's Bible study: Jeremiah 29:11-13 - you know the first verse, The last one got me - you must seek with all your heart to find Him. It's hard to put your whole heart into something. Especially when it's in pieces.
Grieving is very much done alone. Not even my wonderful husband can help me through some of the roughest points.
From the Bible study - "In the midst of some of your deepest difficulties, have you ever looked around and thought, "Where is everybody?"
Sometimes God reserves the right to withhold others and to pull you aside with Him so you can experience what David did in I Samuel 30:6, "David found strength in his God."...."
Even Jesus prayed alone when He was struggling facing His death. He took two disciples with Him, but He prayed alone - he sought the face of God and the peace only He could bring.
For me, I realized that only the Father can bring my friend the peace she doesn't even know to seek. I want to scoop her out of the grief she's in and help her see all that God may have waiting for her on the other side. But I can't. And I shouldn't.
She needs to do this herself. She needs to make the first step towards Him and he'll run to her and scoop her up.
I've stepped outside of myself. I've relived my own grief to try and help her. My role now is to pray and pray and pray for her.
I know this is different from what the others got from this first week. But God meets you where you are and gives everyone what they need right then. This is what I needed this week.
I have to admit, this Bible study is more involved that I anticipated and I fell behind. I'm making it a priority not to let this happen thsi week. It's an absolutley AWESOME study and I'm so excited to get more into it. I can't wait to see what else is in store for me.