Become wise by walking with the wise;
hang out with fools and
watch your life fall to pieces.
-Proverbs 13:20 MSG
Since the beginning of Summer, our church has had a Women Empowered Bible Study every other Thursday Morning. It has been a wonderful time of fellowship and learning from each other. In our efforts to not overwhelm our ladies, we put a starting date and ending date on this particular Bible Study.
Today is our last one for the year.
Throughout these weeks of study, we have learned about strength...Biblical strength, physical, emotional, professional and etc. I love getting into the WORD and discovering the heart of God. But something else happened in these one hour bi-weekly meetings. We have discovered the wisdom and strength in each other.
Pastor Lorraine (my Mom) and I took turns leading the Bible Study but we didn't do all the talking. Each lady has had the opportunity to share (each week) her heart and give nuggets of encouragement and wisdom to the rest of us. One day last month, our study time went over by almost an hour. We were ministering to each other and loving on the hurt ones. It was a God moment for all of us.
I love our ladies at CTK. We come from all walks of life, different social and economic backgrounds. Some have pastored, others are pastoring, some from broken homes, pastor kids, farmer kids, kids of the streets...no matter what,
WE ARE ALL GOD'S KIDS!!!
Each of us have value. Iron sharpening iron. These ladies have so much wisdom and love. I am thankful that I get to be a part of this group. Praying for each other, encouraging with lots of laughter, coffee and muffins. Very seldom does any lady come in and make her own coffee. Usually, another lady in the group, gets up, hugs her and pours her a cup of coffee...Servants hearts here.
It all started with one lady...the first lady of CTK. By her example, we have learned to serve, study, pray, encourage, share, laugh, love, cry with each other, the power of a touch, a hug, a smile. She has shared her stories (good and bad), her heart, struggles but most of all, she has and continues to share Jesus with us. We are very thankful for our Pastor, Lorraine Estep. Yes, she is my mom. I want to be more like her than I already am.
|Me and my Mommy|
|Me, Mom and Daddy|
The scripture says, To become wise, you have to walk with the wise...makes sense to me. That is what the Women Empowered Bible Study Class has been for me. Gleaning from the fields of these wise women. Seeing how God has brought them through.
Let me encourage you today, find someone to fellowship with. Someone who will encourage you to dig deeper into the WORD. Someone who ignites the desire to find strength in GOD. And then be the iron for someone else.