For the last seven months
showing up every Wednesday
for Bible class has helped me a lot.
The class has provided structure in my weekly schedule.
I have a place to go. I wake up, shower and dress up, and show up at a church.
There, I join a group of women who talk about the Bible.
Discussing God and our Savior Jesus Christ is what my whole
body and soul needs during the time of transition in our family.
The women in my group are going
through empty nest syndrome, knee replacement,
cancer, being newly widowed, and difficult or messy life mishaps with their grown children.
Of course, what happens in BSC (bible study class) stays in BSC.
However, I can share some
golden truths about God and
how I have applied his truths
in my life based on listening and participating in BSC.
Here are a few golden truths on how God
has helped me live during this transitional season in my life.
1. He has taught me that every morning I need to decide on whether to live in fear or in faith.
I have a basket full of fears. Many of my fears are about my adult children living on opposite sides of the globe. My fears are endless. I worry who their friends are—are they drug
dealers? I wonder can they support themselves with the jobs they have?
I worry about the kinds of ladies are they dating.
If I didn’t have God in my life and faith in Him. I would be a complete basket case. Everyday I take whatever fearful thought I have about my boys and give it to God.
I have faith that he is the only one who knows their every move.
He can guide, protect, and watch over my two sons.
2. He has shown me (often through my husband!) that my words and actions reveal what is in my heart.
Sometimes what is in my heart is crud. This trips me up every time. I constantly have to keep my behavior in-check especially in front of Ole Wise One.
Just last week I was busy doing the dishes and running my mouth at the same time. I was judging a dead uncle (my whole family never liked him) and going down the list about how he took up nothing but space in my aunt’s home. To this day, I still can’t let it go.Then, I got on my aunt’s case how she never left his lazy a–.
“And you attend Bible study, right?” Ole Wise One chimed in as he peeled an orange.
“Yes, once a week. I know. I shouldn’t be talking about my dear aunt like that.” I tell him. I continued, “I wonder if my uncle was just really good in bed? He was bright with his remote control and knew all the NBA players and never left his chair during March Madness . . . ,” turning to my husband, I add, “You are a better person than me, for sure.”
“That’s right, hon. You need to let it go. The man is dead for crying out loud.”
See that, he is so right on and he puts me in my place.
3. God encourages me to do everything without complaining or grumbling.
When we complain we focus on what we don’t have.
We are ungrateful.
I used to complain many times during the day— but now, not so much.
My husband and I are blessed. We have food in our frig. We have our limps, but we can still paddleboard or run a 5K. We have shiny cars that run smooth.
We have jobs that pay for trips to Maui or Manhattan.
We have all our digital toys—iPads, iPhones, laptops–attached to us or around us all day long.
When we complain we are saying to God, “Is this the best you can do? Is this it?”
When I question God if this is his best, I’m being downer, soul-sucking, spoiled person.
I don’t want to be that person. It’s contagious.
When I catch myself trying on a pair of shorts and notice lots of varicose veins. I stop, turn my thinking around, look down at my legs, and say, “Thank you God.”
“I have my legs that can bend and take on a 10-mile hike. I don’t need a knee replacement
and varicose veins are not cancer.”
4. With God, I know that when I’m confused about something or feel that something is beyond my control, I can turn to Him. I can pray about it.
God is the God of peace, not confusion.
Attending Bible class once a week has been good for me and it came at
such a perfect time in my life.
Thank you for blessing our group with talented leaders. Thank you for groups such as this because they provide a way to get to know you, learn what you are all about, seek your guidance, receive your forgiveness, and appreciate your wisdom. Bible study classes provide a way to know that you love us and that we are always within your reach.