Last fall I stepped way outside my comfort zone and began a small bible study in my tiny beach house. Currently we are living in 550 Sq Ft, while we build our dream home out in the small town of Seabrook. You can learn all about here the transition I made from the big city to our small town here.
To say I was scared and apprehensive, was a HUGE understatement. I mean, I really didn’t have a spacious home to host such a study. I certainly wasn’t a bible scholar and often am confused by the bible. However, I knew I was suppose to step outside of my ability and my narrow thinking and do this.
Fellowship over Fear
My heart so wanted to get to know other women in my new town, as well as share the special bond we all have with Christ. I knew the best way to do that is through small group bible study where space is made to share together.
We had our first gathering last fall, on a rainy night in October. Over the months since that very first night of study God has been faithful in adding a few more to our precious group. We started with five ladies and now currently have seven in our second session.
Do you know the best part – the size of my house didn’t deter anyone from coming! Nope – God is always one to deliver and be faithful. Actually, many enjoyed the cozy feel and were just so happy I opened my home.
God began giving me a vision to host a bible study, fellowship retreat in my home. Fortunately, we were in a season where our family was renting a larger home for two months, in order to start construction on our dream home, so I had space to accommodate the group. First great answer to prayer!
My vision included having the bible teacher come and teach LIVE in person. You see, we had been following the bible study sessions through Flourish, a community bible study I participated in located just outside Seattle, where I use to live. The weekly session teachings Marjie Schaefer does are recorded and anyone can view them!! So, that is how I began my study here in my home, I just followed along and let her teach all my friends. I truly did just need to open my home!
Not only did I ask Marjie to come and teach in person, she was thrilled to come and pour into these women. It was such an answer to prayer and also showed her sweet dedication to pouring into women, even those outside the Seattle area.
So, two weeks ago I hosted the first, Flourish By The Sea Ladies Retreat Day.
Was it outside my comfort zone – YES!
I didn’t know if anyone would come – but I did it anyway.
I had no idea exactly how it would turn out – but God did, so I pushed past my fear and insecurity.
I planend a simple outline for the day, created some invitations, put together an easy lunch menu for us to enjoy and began inviting ladies and waited for God to do the rest.
Because this wasn’t really about me at all – it was all about trusting Him and what He had planned for the vision he gave me.
You all…. it was just amazing.
We shared stories, worshipped together and dove into Gods word.
What an incredible day for me and to be with these ladies, forever grateful for their desire to come and trust me.
The Glory goes all to the one and only – He gets it all!
However I am truly grateful for Marjie Schaefer and her amazing ministry, Flourish that is a life-line for so many women, not just in Seattle but all over the Pacific NW and country!
It’s dedication like hers where you see Kingdom growth.
I wore this special necklace that day to remember Gods love for me and to help me be Brave. It had been a gift from two special friends, and it has helped me keeping going when things get a little rough.
What about you?
Are you needing to find fellowship with Christian women?
Why not host a study in your home?
You can do just like I did, invite a few friends, play the video and coordinate a discussion.
You do not have to be a bible teacher, believe me, I am not! That is not my gifting, however I can invite and create a space to allow women to bloom together and flourish.
I will likely post a reminder about hosting your own study in late summer. New sessions of Flourish start in the fall, and I would love to have you step outside your comfort zone and join me in being the hands of Jesus in your own sphere of influence.
Start praying now so God can work in your heart and show you how you can make a place for Flourish in your home with a few ladies.
Be brave for His Kingdom!