One of the activities that’s been keeping me so busy lately is the Beth Moore Bible study I’m attending on Mondays, called Jesus The One and Only. It’s great; I’m learning a lot, getting to know other women from my church, and it gets me and the kids out of the house for a few hours every Monday morning. The kids can blow off some steam while I go through the workbook with my small group and watch the dvd. A fun class, but there is a side effect of all the learning: homework. Our workbook is divided into weekly sessions, and there are 5 days of homework for every week’s lesson. Each day has about 4-5 pages of homework that involves creative thinking and looking up passages in the Bible, contemplating them, comparing them, and answering thought-provoking questions. Time-wise, it’s intense, especially for this pregnant mother of 4. This is the 3rd week of class, and so far I’ve been able to get all my homework finished on time and am really enjoying it. I struggled a bit at first with the stress of trying to find those extra hour 5 days a week that I was sure I didn’t have, but I’m managing and reaping the rewards. Before I begin today’s homework, I thought I’d share some things that I’ve highlighted in my workbook.
Before I do that, however, I will recap in a nutshell what the study itself is all about: Jesus. We began our discussions talking about Mary, and Beth Moore is really great at delving more deeply into things and encouraging the student to give more thought. We talked about what Mary might have been like as a young Jewish woman (Mary was probably around 13 or 14 when she was told she was about to carry the Lord’s child – did you know she was that young? I didn’t!), and we talked about her pregnancy (of particular interest to me right now), her thoughts and feelings, her journey to see her cousin Elizabeth, and then we moved on to talking about Jesus himself. We talked about him as a baby, a child, and about how he was led into the desert, all while relating it to our own lives. Some of Beth Moore’s statements that stuck out to me in the workbook are:
God seems to love little more than stunning the humble with His awesome intervention.
Seasons of intense temptation are not indications of God’s displeasure.
God emphasized that the road to redemption would be costly and confrontational.
Luke was the only Gentile God inspired to write a Gospel.
God allows circumstances to exist in our lives that drive us to dependency on Him.
God is far too faithful to let anyone make it through life without confronting seasons of utter helplessness.
The good news Christ may want to preach to you today is that you don’t have to subsist. You were meant to thrive.
I’m quite sure if my healing process had been painless, I would have relapsed.
Many people sincerely love God, but I don’t think anyone stands to appreciate the unfailing love of God like the believer finally set free from failure.