In second grade, my son had the most wonderful teacher. Meritta is an extraordinary woman, friend, and sister in Christ. She has been a mentor to me and I want to honor her. She taught me how a women’s group should feel, what it should look like, and that true sisterhood in Christ is an awe-inspiring thing. I learned to pray constantly, worship constantly, and most importantly to care for other women.
My son is 19 now, so it has been some years since Meritta and I first met. I am so glad that God saw fit to cross our paths – I will forever be changed because of the Godly love she showed my son as his teacher in the public school system, and for reaching out to me and inviting me to join her Bible Study with a group of amazing women. Women like Donna, and Jane, and Leslie, and Zella – I loved the years I spent learning with, and from them. Although I don’t get to see them often anymore, they are always in my heart, and in my prayers.
I had been in Bible studies previously, but we didn’t start with worship. Worship was something reserved for “church.” With these ladies, worship happened on Wednesday evenings, whether we sang along to a plugged in iPod, a CD, or to Leslie’s wonderful piano playing – it was how we started. It set the tone for the evening and opened us up to let the Spirit take control of the night. We prayed, we studied, and we ended in groups of two or three, praying for each other. It was the Lord’s Prayer brought to life.
I have been thinking about those years of my life a lot recently, as I have started to lead a group through my church through one study, and now a second one. I am thankful to have had such a good example years ago. I see how so many past experiences have brought me to the place I am today. My last blog post ended with “more to come…”
That “more to come…” is writing, creating, and worshiping our great God, and stepping out of my comfort zone to do something bold and brave for Him! He has been leading me to write a women’s study. For the past few months I have felt his gentle prodding, the quiet whisper in my heart, and the moment I start to type, the words come from Him.
I am excited and scared – it will be a vulnerable journey. It is called “Created to Create” and it is part of my heart. I have always wanted to pack everything I love about God, up in a suitcase, and then unpack it all for others to share in and experience. The creativity, the worship, the feeling, the scripture – all bound up together as one incredible journey – the journey the Father has taken me on up to this point in my life.
It is shaping up to be a 10-week “journey.” Each week will have songs and scripture that go along with it, and a creative “project.” It is a study about how we, as women, are primarily created to love and worship God and to love others, but also to create. We are the homemakers, the baby-makers, the memory-album-makers, the decorators, and the designers of our family’s lives – ALL with God in the center of it! He gave us that spark of creativity, as He created us in his image, and He is the ultimate creator.
Thank you Meritta, and thank you to all the other women God has used to shape me into who I am today. Thank you Jenn, for pushing me to continue on in group leadership, and thank you to the sweet ladies in my current group for being so precious, and honest, and lovely! Thank you to my husband, son and parents for supporting me in this venture. This journey is dedicated to you!
To all – please keep me in your prayers over the coming months as I write, select songs and scripture, and art projects. Pray that I would listen only to God and let Him do his wonderful work! I can’t wait to share more with you all!