When tragedy strikes and grief fills your heart, very often you find yourself evaluating your life, the purpose behind what you do.
You understand better your own mortality and suddenly the “why” behind what you do becomes clearer and more important.
I have had such an epiphany.
The fact is that her death shook me.
By “shook me”, I mean that it began to shake the very foundation of everything I do. In a sense, it was like God was shaking loose everything that wasn’t for His glory.
I think there are times when we get so busy doing ministry that we minister for ministry’s sake.
In the days following Mandy’s passing, as I seemed to walk about in a haze, everything was pushed aside. Blog promotion, social media, all of the “stuff” that I did to spread the word about A Little R & R.
It was at that point that it became very clear to me how much time I spent in what can only be referred to as a hamster wheel. I was very busy doing all kinds of things, but was going no where.
As I looked a A Little R & R and my 2017 editorial calendar that I had planned through the end of the year, it suddenly didn’t feel right.
Something was off.
I contacted my subscribers and added the post to my Facebook page, asking my readers to share what they felt their basic needs were in their spiritual lives.
The answers surprised me.
They had literally nothing to do with what I’d planned to write about in 2017.
I was missing the mark by a country mile!
I wanted to tackle the hard topics of the Bible by addressing what the Bible says about the sanctity of human life, homosexuality, marriage and submission, and being an older, single person…
but my readers wanted Bible studies.
That’s when it all changed.
In my own personal spiritual walk I felt dry.
I knew I needed to just dig in the Bible in the way I used to before I became a mom. Obviously, I don’t have 2-3 hours a day to just grab my Bible and get lost in its pages.
So, I decided to start in Galatians and take one chapter a week. That way I could still dig down deep and mine out everything I could.
I sat down with chapter 1, and by the end of the week…..well, all I can is: MIND BLOWN!
I knew I couldn’t keep it to myself, so I started to blog through it — but not in my usual style of writing. I decided to do more exegesis (detailed explanation and interpretation of Scripture).
And with each chapter I grew more excited about writing. I couldn’t wait to share what I was learning and how my spiritual life was being turned upside down and inside out.
This is what came of it:
This is my newest Bible study workbook – Walk Free – a Study Through the Book of Galatians. It is similar in style to 14 Days of Agape, in that you have 5 chapters with study questions following and 1 lined page after each chapter for notes.
At the end of the workbook you have the 30 Day Prayer Challenge for Galatians that will help you pray through the entire book of Galatians in a month.
What’s even more exciting is that earlier this year I completed the preparations for a video-based study on Galatians 5:22-23.
These two were not coordinated at all!
It wasn’t until I was halfway through my study in Galatians when it hit me that I was getting ready to lead my new study 10 Days to a Fruitful Life next month.
There are no coincidences with God. But He does have a sense of humor and He does have a way of blowing our minds!
10 Days to a Fruitful Life is a 10-day video-based course that takes you through the fruit of the spirit in a way you’ve never seen them before.
Writing the material for this study impacted me and deeply convicted me.
But what was even more amazing was doing my study through Galatians this month really put this this even in greater context!!
During this study, I will be doing live videos in the private Facebook group to connect with all those who sign up. I hope you’ll join us!
But that’s not all – there’s more! (sorry – bad infomercial line!)
I got to the end of Galatians this week and was a little bummed.
It was like when I was a teenager and finished the final book in the Love Comes Softly series by Jannette Oke and I felt like I was saying goodbye to life-long friends.
Seriously – so bummed!
But friends – I have decided that this Galatians study is just the first one.
Here’s the scoop – I’m taking the month of June off…..almost.
My Friday posts through the book Grieving with Hope will still go up as usual. You may see me pop in here from time to time when the Holy Spirit puts something on my heart to share….
because that post to older, single people in just burning in me like a bonfire! I really want to share it!!
But for the most part, I will be taking June off to prepare the next study, but so that we can all do it together…..right here at A Little R & R!!!
And do you know what the next one will be?????
Wait for it…..
But the Ephesians workbook will be bigger than the Galatians one. The Ephesians workbook will include an exegetical chapter for each chapter in the book of Ephesians plus the study questions, but it will also include all of the material I’ve written on our identity in Christ, plus both the 30 Day Prayer challenge for Ephesians and a free printable list of verses that talk about your identity in Christ.
This will be huge, ya’ll!!
There will not be a new 30 Day Prayer Challenge for June.
I’ll be honest….a lot of work went into the Walk Free Bible Study for Galatians, I need to step back for a bit and recover from some device fatigue I’m feeling, but if there is a 30 Day Prayer Challenge you don’t have, but have been wanting to purchase, during the month of June all of my prayer challenges – from 2016 and 2017 will be discounted to only $1.99 each.
Okay – I know this is long. I tend to be long-winded anyway….
I look forward to joining you all again in July as we dig into God’s Word!!