I just love our little Bible study community we have here! You are amazing! Thank you so much for being a part of this group!
If you are visiting for the first time and are looking for the Week 1 assignments for the Hidden Joy Bible study, they can be found HERE.
I was touched that so many of you commented and shared so openly and honestly in the first two days of our study. I was blessed by your encouragement for one another and moved by your prayers. We are a little community here, population 3000.
Two weeks ago in church, my pastor taught about 3 excuses we often give instead of trusting God and being obedient to Him. I’m not going to go into details about the whole message, but these excuses are the same ones I used for years instead of moving forward.
“I’m not worthy.”
“It’s too hard.”
Some of you may be feeling this way about this study. You think that hope and healing aren’t for you. Here’s what my pastor had to say about that:
“Holiness is not what God wants from me, it is what He wants for me.” Worthiness not required. We don’t have it and God doesn’t need it. It’s only because of Him in us that we can be called worthy in the first place.
“We go to the wrong sources to find fulfillment” and when we get there we are still empty! Sure it’s hard, but until we finally give into God, it’s never going to get easier or better. We will be missing something.
“God doesn’t want to change you in the future, He wants to change you NOW.” Like in today.
This community is here for you. This community cannot save you, heal you, or fix your problems. This community can encourage you, love you, support you, and pray for you. As a part of this community, I ask you to take ownership of this Bible study. Make friends, be real, and open your heart to God.
Monday, you were asked to write a prayer for yourself. I hope you will make it a habit to prayer for yourself. It’s important. (Gotta put your oxygen mask on first before you can be of help to anyone else!)
Today I’d like for you to write/say a prayer for your sisters here in this community and in our Bible study group. I encourage you to share your prayer with us in the comment section of this blog. It will be such an encouragement to read how we are all lifting each other up. Doesn’t it make you feel fantastic to know that someone is praying for you??? Imagine how you will feel to know that 3000 are praying for you??? Wow!
Here’s my prayer for you:
To My Loving Father,
I am overwhelmed and in awe of this group that you have brought together. I celebrate the work You will do in their lives through the transforming power of Your Word.
Lord, for each and every person in this study, I pray:
*for hope to become real
*for her to believe that healing is possible for her
*for her to give You the control over her life
*that she know she is loved
*that she know she is valued
*that she open her heart, let You in
*that the walls of shame, fear, rejection, and unworthiness are broken down and remain down
*that she would turn to You for shelter and refuge and she will find You at every turn in her life
*that she feels Your love, acceptance, and sweet desire for her to have a full life
*that she finds her joy and will proceed through her life depending on You and living free.
In Jesus’ Sweet Precious Name, I pray, Amen.
You are a blessing to this group! I am so thankful to be on this journey with EACH of you. <3