I am a big supporter of online Bible studies. There are so many women who could not participate in a study if this was not an option. Yes, I do realize that an online study means that you have to commit to putting more effort in to being connected with the group. However, it is not that difficult or unattainable. With that said, I have been participating with Melissa Taylor since her first study over Lysa Terkeurst’s book, Made to Crave, that study changed my life in so many ways. I have been hooked on the studies ever since. Therefore, when Lysa’s new book, Unglued was going to be the next study, I didn’t even have to think about it, I immediately signed up.
Being a mother of five children, I tend to come unglued more times than I would care to admit. So, I thought this study might be able to help. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how deeply this study would impact and change my life. You see, for far too long, I have been one to try and fix things. I’m a mom; it’s what I do. Anyhow, I was reading through the book and thoroughly enjoying the study and then I hit chapter 7. Right now there are several family situations and outside issues that I have been trying my hardest to figure out. I have been looking at the circumstances from all different angles and trying to get the pieces to all fit together. I liken my attempts at this as to a toddler trying to put together a puzzle for the first time. My youngest son, Quintin, loves puzzles and is quite good at them now. However, I remember a time, not long ago that he would get frustrated that he couldn’t get the pieces to all fit and so he would try and force the pieces together. As a mom, I would attempt to explain to him that they don’t go that way. However, he was determined that he knew best. It wasn’t until after lots of futile attempts and frustration that he finally gave up and let me help. Thinking back on this, God really spoke to me. This is exactly what I am doing in my life right now. I am trying to get all the pieces to fit together. However, this is not my job. I love how Lysa explains it, “We’re not responsible for figuring it all out. Our job is simply to be obedient to God in the midst of what we’re facing. God’s job is results” (112). We can all breathe a sigh of relief; we are not responsible for getting all the pieces together, that is up to God. All you and I need to do is be obedient to God and do what He is asking us to do. He will lead and guide us every step of the way – fitting one piece in at a time.
This study, similar to the others I have participated in, has brought me closer to God by revealing what He wanted me to learn at this particular time. At this point in my life, I know that there will be times that I will lose it and come unglued. However, I know that by having a “game plan” of how I will respond set out ahead of time, those moments will not occur as often. As long as I continue to dig into the Word and draw close to God, He will take care of everything else. I do not need to worry about it. I just need to give it all to Him.
I would encourage you all to consider signing up for an online Bible study. It is a wonderful way to learn more about God, grow in your faith and meet some incredible women from around the world. Melissa Taylor’s next study will be over Steven Furtick’s book, Greater, starting November 11th. Be sure to go to her website, www.melissataylor.org, for more information and to sign up. God is reaching out to you and asking you to join Him on this journey, what will your choice be?