I'm sitting here, trying to figure out how to condense God's goodness over a whole six months into words. It's so hard to put feelings on paper. I think I would almost get closer playing a heart-stirring piece of music instead.
But I am a wordsmith. So I must try.
This spring, we had the opportunity to be part of a live audience as Nancy Leigh DeMoss recorded radio sessions for Revive Our Hearts. It was a blessing to meet her and be a part of that day--not once, but three times. Her teachings on the Hallel psalms, Balaam, and ten personal prayers left their mark on each of us.
The first day, though, I was on a mission. At the back of the room they sold books from the ministry--books like Lies Women Believe, Lies Young Women Believe, and Girls Gone Wise. And at that time, they had just released a brand new 10 week Bible study for women: True Woman 201, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian.
I bought True Woman 201 and brought it up to Nancy to sign. I thought that was pretty cool. What I didn't know was that it would have a profound impact on my life.
[From Amazon] Having a talented designer come in and create a new look for a home is a popular topic of TV reality shows. These shows are a great illustration for the object of this study. The Lord is the ultimate Designer, and He has a divine design for womanhood. He wants to come in and do a radical renovation of your heart. He wants to change you from the inside out. If you let Him, He’ll give you an extreme makeover... a brand new interior design.
Dive into this study, embrace God's design wholeheartedly, and just watch beauty fill your heart and flood out into your life and the lives of others.
Mary and Nancy take Titus 2 and work through it one phrase at a time, one phrase per week. Short of Bible Study Fellowship, I don't think I've been so changed on a weekly basis. Each week was full of eye-opening, mind-blowing, heart-changing truth--and each week I felt God's grace and the Holy Spirit working in my heart. This study is an extremely joyful work. A lot of it is convicting, but at the same time, it's like two older women are taking you by the hand and saying "You have things to learn. It doesn't mean you're failing. It just means you have more to grow in. Let us teach you God's Word."
And I grew. I learned a lot about what slander is, and how much I've allowed in my life that I need to
Just wow. I can't say much, except that this summer has been one day after another of sweet fellowship with Jesus. I come to him and drink. He gives freely, and I am satisfied. And He is enough, and He is good. As one of my BSF leaders taught last year, "I can be most satisfied when God is most glorified." I feel like that's the heart of this study. When we set aside all the messy junk of what each of us have imposed on womanhood, and seek to obey God as he lays it forth in his Word, doing it for His glory--then we are beautiful, and we are fulfilled.
Another thing I learned in this study was the power of writing out prayers. I never wrote out prayers before this--but each study had a prayer prompt, and I decided to write out my responses to the prayer prompt in my notebook. There is something tangible about writing out a thoughtful, brief prayer--a connection to God that I definitely want to continue.
God used this study to change my life. I know He can use it to change yours. It's about letting God redesign your heart, mind, and priorities. If you're ready for a wow glimpse at the love of God and a deep hunger for growing to be more and more like Him, then this is a book you should get. True Woman 201, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian. Learn more at www.truewoman201.com