Welcome back to womens online Bible study! We’re discussing Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby, and we just finished reading unit eight in the workbook. More and more this Bible study reminds me of a beautiful tapestry or quilt, as we put the pieces together and find a finished product at the end of our study. Or adjusting our life like a compass, always headed in the direction God leads. This week we learned how to adjust our life to God and we’re having small group discussions based on these adjustments. You are welcome to join these online discussions, even if you’re behind on the reading or just staring with us now. To see the small group schedule click here.
Blackaby writes “adjusting your life to God is the second critical turning point in your knowing and doing the will of God.” Last week we discovered the first turning point which he calls a crisis of belief. In our weekly lessons, we saw many examples of churches and individuals who adjusted their lives. Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and a few others were mentioned as men who made major adjustments when called by God.
During my study this week I examined what adjustments God might require of me to fulfill His purpose. One adjustment that I have struggled with is keeping a healthy body through diet and exercise. I realize this is important for longevity, physical energy and even physical beauty as I reflect the Glory of God inside me. This means that I need to exercise daily, though I dislike it, and resist the tempting foods. My attitude needs to adjust from self-centered (not caring how I look or feel) to God-centered (living Psalm 139). Until I make this adjustment in attitude, no diet plan is ever going to satisfy my hunger.
This week I was also convicted to reinstate the WBC Scholarship Program. Some of the women in our small groups observed women who were in financial need and could not afford workbooks for the Breaking Free or Wonderstruck study. They even asked me if they could make a donation to buy workbooks, and I said no. In the past, I’ve purchased almost $4,000 in workbooks, often with my own money. As this ministry has gotten larger, the demand for books has exceeded my ability to provide them, even with the few donations we receive. So I terminated our scholarship program because I did not have the funds to provide 50-70 books for each study. We’d need $1,750 in donations to purchase and ship 70 workbooks.
About 24 hours later, I was convicted to change my mind. Several women started asking me if they could make donations, and I decided to surrender to God and allow Him to work. In 24 hours, we received both donations and requests for scholarships and I saw God working. If you’d like to make a donation towards this scholarship fund, use the link in the right column and 100% of the funds will go to these books. It’s not tax-deductible. If you have a financial need and we can help provide a workbook, please use the contact us button at the top of the page. If we do not have the funds to provide you a workbook, we’ll place your name on a waiting list until God provides the donations. We cannot ship books internationally, though we hope God will open the door and make this possible too!
Did you make any adjustment discoveries this week? Please share them as a comment below, or keep praying until the Lord reveals it to you. As a ministry leader, it’s very exciting to see your personal journey through Bible study. Please share them with me!
Our Prayer Wall is the place to reach out with your prayer needs and praise reports. Please visit the page and pray for those people who are asking for you to lift them up in prayer. Pray for the leaders of this study and the women in your small group.
Homework For The Week
- Read Unit Nine in your workbook.
- If you’re using the video or audio for this study, watch Session Nine.
- Join a small group this week. To see the small group schedule please click here
- Get your workbook and register for the next Bible Study when you click here
Discussion Questions- Discuss with your small group or answer them here when you post a comment below
- Have you ever had an experience in which your adjustment or obedience to God was costly? Briefly describe the cost you had to pay.
- Can you recall a time when your family had to pay a high price for you to do God’s will? Briefly describe your experience.
- Is there a time when you chose not to obey God because of the high cost to those around you? Briefly describe your experience.
- What are some things you know about God that could help you trust God to care for your family?