Written by: Dcs. Heidi Goehmann
School begins in 3 weeks. I do my yearly pep talk to myself. “This year is going to be great. We’ll get up on time. The kids will actually get out of bed before I threaten life and limb. There will be hot breakfast. And freakishly healthy bento box lunches made with love and care by yours truly.
Instruments will be remembered, folders checked with joy and zeal. Writing assignments completed with vigor.
Husbands will be kissed before work and on their return home. Nothing will stand in the way of this goal, least of all small things, like preschoolers hanging off legs and pots boiling over.
There will be no yelling, particularly of the mom variety that scars small children for life. No one will be rushing out the door with tears streaming down their face. And my personal favorite:
“I will do a daily devotion. This is happening, people. This is happening.”
It’s like the start of a scholastic year gets in my blood and I think my sinner-saint-self will magically manager all of life better with the introduction of tabbed folders and a new pack of washable markers.
It’s a good thing. The breath of a new season in our lives is a great time to make some changes, adjust some habits, but I need real tools. And mostly I need some community. I need people to ask me, “How’s that no yelling going?” and women who will offer me forgiveness and mercy enough to help me dust myself off and keep on keeping on. For people in ministry this can be even more important and an even wider gap in our lives. It’s hard to find a safe place, a Bible study where we can be truly open and ourselves and just grow for our own benefit and not just the service of others. We need to be filled too.
This is why I created Fall Online Women’s Bible Study. Are you looking for an easy to access but consistent and thorough way to get the Word into your day? Do you need something new, something fresh, something that adds life and joy to your day? This is what Fall Study is all about. It’s not meant to replace any group you are in, but it is meant to get us into the Word everyday in a different way.
Let’s gather. From our own place, in our own time – whether over our cup of coffee, in the quiet before bedtime, while we throw some lunch down mid-day or while we wait in line at the grocery store.
How does it work?
Our online study offers 5 days of devotions a week for 8 weeks. You read the studies from your phone or computer, in about 5-15 minutes a day. You can start some discussion by commenting or you can rest in the Scripture just for yourself.
Each devotion reads like a blog post, but they dig deep into the Word and into our hearts and minds. They ask one or two questions to ponder for your own insight and growth. They can be easily shared with a friend or even a group.
We start at ilovemyshepherd.com, Monday, September 12
To follow the study,you can receive the blog by email here: (http://ilovemyshepherd.com/)
This assures you get each study post in your inbox and it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle and busyness of life. Miss a post? No problem! Use Saturday and Sunday as a catc up day, or simply skip it with no worries that you’ll feel behind or “missed something.”
The Book of Isaiah is overflowing with God’s realness, God’s passion, and God’s unrelenting affection for His people, for every one of us. Throughout this Old Testament book God speaks truth into our lives by sharing with us His vision of who we are. His vision is oh so different from what the world tells us.
8 weeks of study, 5 days a week. We can do this 🙂
I hope you’ll join us. Invite a friend along! Let the Word seep in and bring a little more grace into everything. EVERYTHING!
If you have any questions, please contact Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, Deaconess for Ministry Wives and Families at firstname.lastname@example.org
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