Last year, when I asked my church to be placed in a Women's Sunday School class, I was taken to the youngest ladies class in the church, where I was the youngest person by a good 20 years. The same was true for the Women's Bible Study classes. It highlighted the need for more programs for women in the church.
I began praying that God would lay on the Bible Teacher's heart topics for Bible study that would be interesting and draw more women my age in the church. As I was praying one morning... (maybe more like whining my lack of bible study choices), I heard the very clear voice of God telling me to have a bible study in my home and do the studies that I have been waiting for someone else to do and to use the studies to reach women in the community.
You know sometimes you hear God's voice, but its faint, and you can talk yourself into ignoring it. You start wondering... did I really hear that? No! That's not what he said! I was mistaken! I said it to myself! I can just ignore it! That's not really what he meant! But this was not the case... it was so clear it was unmistakable and there was no way to talk myself out of it.... I tried, and then I delayed,and then I found some excuses.
My house is not finished and ready for company.
I am not a teacher.
There is only one working bathroom and that in the master bedroom (and even that one doesn't look so great).
My furniture is not nice enough.
I get nervous talking in front of a group.
I work full time and don't get home in time to get the house ready.
The dog is in the house and will drive everyone crazy.
But as I was delaying I found confirmation in every direction. My Sunday School teacher would look directly at me! In a class of 30 women! Directly at me! In my eyes! and speak about obeying God's call. I would pray one night for confirmation and the next morning read Hebrews 2, all about what happens when we do not obey. Every sermon preached focused on hearing from God and then doing what he said to do.
Above my many objections... I dragged myself to the bookstore, got the books and posted the signs and started the study (The frazzled Female by Cindi Wood- I cant link well right now- google it for information about book and study-it is a really good one.)
About 12-15 women came to the first study and are anxiously awaiting the next one to start (Victoriously Frazzled) and other women in the church in other neighborhoods are being recruited to hold studies in their homes.
I know this was not accomplished through my own trying, but through God's power. I think the key is to make yourself available, first to hear his voice, then to respond and he will accomplish what his purposes are.
I have found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, whatever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.
Philippines 4:12-13 (The Message Bible)
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