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!



Yippee!

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."

WOW!

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?