One thing that really annoys me is when people make promises they can’t keep. At the beginning of the year, I promised I would be back on track with my posts. I would write one post every Monday, participate in Wordless Wednesdays, and post a pattern on Friday. Unfortunately, time got the better of me.
In mid-February, I began a research class that just about kicked my butt. It was, by far, the most difficult class I have taken as part of my undergrad. I know I have many more classes to dread once I start my graduate program.
In all of the craziness that the last few months have been, I finally became a college graduate.
My whole life has been preparing me for this time in my life. The Lord is pouring out immense blessings on me. I have felt His overwhelming peace more in the past couple of weeks, than I have ever allowed myself to feel in my entire life. It is a crazy thing when you finally allow God to have complete control over your life.
Over the past couple of weeks in particular, I have felt the desire to begin a Bible Study that I am dubbing Prepare Your Heart. This series will occur over the next 12 weeks. It is going to be designed to help the single woman begin to prepare her heart as Esther did before she met her King.
This study really comes from a statement my grandmother told me at lunch last Saturday. As Women of the Faith, we should not be hiding back in the corner waiting for our prince charming to come rescue us. We should be actively living. We should be focusing on work, on a career, on educating ourselves. We should be trying our hardest to become the best possible version of ourselves.
It is time for a disclaimer. This is not coming from a girl who believes women are less than. This comes from a strong woman of Christ. This is a study that is as much for myself as it is for anyone else. This is not a study that helps you learn 12 easy steps to finding that perfect man. It is a study that allows you to learn who you are in Christ. My prayer is that when we are done we will be able to recognize the things we are willing to compromise on and those that we are not. It is meant to be empowering not degrading.
I am sure I will say some things that you do not agree with. I have a tendency to rub people the wrong way, and I am perfectly okay with that. This is not going to be an easy journey. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth it.
Reading plan for the next 12 weeks:
1. Genesis 2:5-25; Esther 1
2. Ecclesiastes 4:7-12; Esther 2
3. Ephesians 5:1-14; Esther 3
4. Ephesians 5:15-32; Esther 4
5. 1 Corinthians 7:1-19; Esther 5
6. 1 Corinthians 7:20-40; Esther 6
7. Colossians 3:1-11; Esther 7
8. Colossians 3:12-19; Esther 8
9. 1 Peter 3:1-6; Esther 9
10. 1 Peter 3:7-12; Esther 10
11. 1 Corinthians 13
12. Proverbs 31:10-31
Every Monday, my plan is to write my comments over that week’s verses. Now, I cannot promise anything great. I am not a Bible scholar. I have very little theology training. If you see something you feel I need to be corrected on, let me know. I am human and am fully aware of how fallible I am. I do not pretend to be more than I am.
Here’s the other thing. I want to know how each week is sitting with you. Let me hear your thoughts. Let me see how you are fulfilling the challenges. Let’s take this journey together and inspire our communities. Instagram, Facebook, Tweet, or Pin using #prepareyourheart.
Over these next few weeks, I will be reading a couple of other books as well. The first is C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves. I also reading the AMAZING devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
I am so looking forward to see how God moves in each of our lives over the next three months.