(This post is written to honor the amazing, godly women in our Gather and Grow Bible Study group.)
Overwhelmed with appreciation and love. That’s an understatement. Let me share with you how I was completely overwhelmed in March.
In 2007, the Lord put it on my heart to host and lead a Gather and Grow Bible Study group. After prayerfully following Biblical truths to reverently begin a Bible study, the Lord brought together a group of amazing women to worship, study His Word, pray and fellowship.
We gather in His Name. We grow in His Word.
God is faithful. God alone brought and still brings the growth.
Though the group has changed a bit each year according to the Lord’s perfect design, God has blessed our Bible study and has knit together these sisters in Christ. They seek Him. They pray for each other. They minister to each other in tangible ways. They reach out and welcome others. They minister God’s love and share the Gospel in their communities and beyond with their own unique God-given gifts.
A few months ago, these lovely women surprised me at my sweet friend Jen’s home with a brunch at which 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 was their theme scripture. Overwhelmed with appreciation and love?? Truly, that doesn’t even begin to say how my heart felt and still feels. Their love, appreciation, encouragement and blessings were a perfectly-timed gift from God. Overwhelmed indeed. Tearful and speechless, I received their love and blessings with humility and deep gratitude.
Gathering and growing in Him ~ it’s what we are meant to do as Christians. As God leads and blesses Bible studies, He builds lasting, meaningful, fruitful, iron-sharpening-iron friendships. Today, I honor the women with whom I have had the privilege to Gather and Grow! “…honor those that fear the Lord.” Psalm 15:4