Thursday, September 15, 2011

Breaking Free

I love back-to-school sales!
All the new notebooks, pens, glue and stuff... just makes me happy.
Does anyone else feel that way?
There is just so much POTENTIAL in a new notebook!

When Mike reads this he's going to have a different reaction.
The mention of back-to-school sales makes him feel a bit queasy.
The same happens to Sam.
I just don't get it!

For me, it is hard to pass those sales now that we have no children going to school.
Well, Sam is going to college but it is not the same.
Most of his assignments are handled electronically now.

Just when I thought I was totally on the outside looking in, I have need of a pen.
We just started a new Bible Study at our church this week.
It is a Beth Moore Bible Study presented by Lifeway that is called,
 "Breaking Free".

Have any of you previously attended a Beth Moore Study?
Part of our evening is spent as we watch a video of her presenting the study
 to a group of women.
  For those of you who have not experienced her, try thinking of a cross between
Billy Graham and Carol Burnette.
No, No, silly, I don't mean in looks!
Beth Moore is quite lovely, but her personality is kind of a mix of those two, with a lot of "Southern" thrown in.

She's very Bible-based and can really speak a serious word, but she is also quite funny.
It makes for an informative and fun video to watch.

Most important, though, is that we also have WORKBOOKS and HOMEWORK!


Of course in class I kind of groan and act like the homework will be annoying.
But deep down I am loving it.
I have not one but FOUR pens in the pocket of my Bible.
One is orange (thank-you Michele).
Yes, that's a lot of pens.
It makes me  happy,
especially the orange one.

Even the first night of introduction I picked up some nice little tidbits.
My favorite quote from this workbook so far,

"A Christian is held captive by anything that hinders the abundant and effective Spirit-filled life God planned for her."

Another quote, from the video part of the lesson,

"Christ's disciples are meant to be profoundly effective."


Those are words to ponder!

So, things like insecurity or anger can hold us in bondage.

What other things do you think can put us into bondage and keep
us from being the most effective version of ourselves?

And "profoundly effective"? 

Do any of you feel profoundly effective?


Kate W. said...

Our family group just started "Believing God." I LOVE Beth, and completely credit your church for starting that addiction! Mary always went to the studies, and then we went to Beth Moore events, and then started a phone study! It's a great way to keep in touch with family and God all at the same time!

Susan S said...

I remember your sweet Mom being at one of the first ones I attended at POP. And yes, Kate, thank you for reminding me of Mary doing the phone study. In fact, on at least one occasion she was doing it WHILE I was giving her chemo! I sure miss her!

Susan S said...

And Kate, she'll be here Nov. 4-5 again...perhaps you need a trip to WY about then?

Dorie said...

What a blessing Beth Moore's studies are! I haven't seen this one, but if it is anything like her other ones, you will be blessed tremendously. I'm liking that "profoundly effective" - wow, to think on these words, and pray to become this for Christ.
Thank you for stopping by, I am so glad to meet you!

The Frat Pack + Me said...

I just started a Bible study last week on Hebrews. I am excited!! Last year we did 1st + 2nd Cor. and I learned so much!!

AKM said...

I've never done a Beth Moore Bible study, but I've heard they're very good.

I'm fond of Michelle McKinney Hammond's books...ever read those? She often writes from a Christian single woman's perspective, but she has a few books that are applicable to all women. Check 'em out if you're looking for something new for Christian women's nonfiction.

I also picked up Heaven Is For Real from the library. Read that one?

Susan S said...

AKM, I don't think I've read any of Michelle McKinney Hammond's books, although I find I often forget the authors' names...I hate that I do that.

I have read Heaven is For Real and it will stick with me forever. There is a similiar one I enjoyed as well. I believe it is called The Boy Who Went to Heaven. It is also very compelling.

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