I wish this study had an easier beginning. But it doesn’t.
Here is today’s suggested assignment:
Monday– Read the Introduction and Chapter 1 of An Untroubled Heart. Highlight in your book anything that stands out. Share it with the girls on my blog. Write this week’s memory verse in your notebook and also on a few notecards . Place the notecards around your house, in your car, at work, etc.
Words of the Week:
Usually we just have one word of focus for the week, but this week, we have three…all taken from our memory verse of the week (below).
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
So ladies, it’s time to dive in. It’s not pretty. Micca’s story that she shares in Chapter 1 is messy. Read it and soak it in, but don’t let it bring you down. Let it encourage you. If she can survive that…..you can too.
Begin to memorize this week’s verse to help you. Do you realize how powerful God’s Word is?
Yesterday was hard for me. I knew it was coming. I even talked to my family before it got here. I asked them to just leave me alone. Allow me to have my time of reflection and grief.
You see, 2 years ago, I lost my mom to cancer. She was only 63 and I wasn’t ready to let her go. I still need her today. But she’s not here. Still, I’m ok….because God is taking care of me. That’s the only reason why. Read here how God willed me to grieve my loss in “God’s Will For Me to Grieve.”
As life would have it, my grief and reflection was also interrupted by a mouse. Yes, we had a live mouse in our house that sent me screaming with fear up to perch atop a chair in my den….where I remained throughout the day! How ironic that the day we begin a Bible study on fear, that one of my fears confronts me head on. Yes y’all, I’m afraid of critters in my house! I know that may sound silly and pales in comparison to some of your fears, but it was big to me.
We haven’t caught the mouse, but my family has sure had fun with my fear:
Just FYI, this is a fake mouse. Not funny. (if you receive my blogposts via email, you probably can’t see the picture. Visit my blog to see it. Click here.
For those who don’t have the book yet, Jennifer Rasor, one of our Bible study sisters, found this link where you can actually get the full introduction and Chapter 1!!! http://davidccook.com/catalog/resources/samples/105953.pdf For today, there is no excuse for everyone not to get started Thanks Jennifer for sharing this!
I also have a very special treat for you. The author of An Untroubled Heart, Micca Campbell, has a message for all of you on her blog today. Make sure you stop by her place, check it out, and leave her a note. She is ultra sweet and how often do you get the gift of personally hearing from the author of a book you are reading? It’s rare. Thank you Micca <3
And speaking of Micca, she is the first guest on our conference call series that begins tomorrow, March 27th.
Ok ladies, I know it’s not easy to face your fears, but it’s time. Today I encourage you to read Chapter 1 of An Untroubled Heart. Digest it. Soak it in. Pray for the Lord to speak to you where you are…He will.
Y’all, let me know how you are feeling. How do you feel about what Micca went through? How are you feeling about your life? Do you think God is speaking to you in this study? What’s He saying?
Share your thoughts with us today in the comment section about all this and our words and verse of the week. We need to hear from you! Your thoughts matter.
Love you so big.
I can’t wait to hear from you!
Praying for you big time!