Wednesday, January 15, 2014

When Wallflowers Dance by Angela Thomas – Week 1

Welcome to Week One of Angela Thomas’ “When Wallflowers Dance:  Becoming a Woman of Righteous Confidence”.

This week’s video, “Come to the Altar” had me reading 1 Peter 2:2-3 and 1 John 4:11.  Angela told a story about a trip she chaperoned to Italy.  And she left me with a couple of thoughts: “I’ve been a dorky disciple.”  Lord, would you make me passionate and alive?  “Have you tasted that the Lord is good?  Then it’s time to grow up in your salvation!”

This week’s homework, “Come to the Altar” encouraged us to create a space somewhere where we could meet God daily – like at an altar.  What a beautiful way to begin a Bible study.  My father-in-law’s old footlocker sits at the foot of our bed.  I think I’ll kneel here to talk to God.

Angela’s first activity each day is to pray a verse of Scripture.  Praying Psalm 8 on day one brought me to tears for the woman who was sitting near me during the video and decided to walk out of the study thinking it “wasn’t for her”.  I’ve been praying for her ever since.  I should have gotten out of my seat and followed her outside.  I made attempts to contact her, but was unsuccessful.  Live and learn, I suppose.

Throughout the rest of the week, we released burdens and received “A Girlfriend Nudge” to memorize the books of the New Testament in order.  I’ve always wanted to do this, but just never did.  Well, I did it as I walked a 5k around the .2 mile track at my YMCA.  Thank You, Jesus!

We also encountered several treasures of our inheritance:  we’ve been reconciled to God, we’ve been redeemed, we are saved from condemnation, we’ve been made children of God, we’ve been forgiven and justified and we’ve been made objects.  These are mind-blowing truths that must really be savored on a daily basis.  I’m not going to explain the last one about being made objects to you.  You’ll have to check out the study, yourself.  And, believe me, it’s worth it!

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