Welcome back to the Womens Bible Cafe as we continue our study of Loving Well by Beth Moore. This study has fulfilled every expectation I had: it’s from the heart, it speaks to the heart and it brings light from the heart. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I’m enjoying the simplicity of the video format for bible study. It’s unique, and yet it works well. I can imagine how those 19,000+ women and men felt as they saw this live as Beth Moore spoke from the platform. At home with my computer screen I can still feel the power and weight of her words, enjoy the nonverbal expressions and let the teaching fall right into my heart. A few times I had to pause the video and shed some tears, or say a prayer. A few times I had to pause the video and re-play Beth’s words. I am so excited to watch the final video. Once we’ve finished, I imagine I’ll go back and replay the series over and over again- it’s just that GOOD!
Our guest post is written by Raye Holmes. Raye is leading a small group study in her home and sharing her experiences with us at the Womens Bible Cafe to create a more intimate community. We’ve encouraged her to get personal and share her story with you…a story of love.
Loving Well Bible Study has forced me to deal with some really deep roots and allow God to pull them out of me. Had it not been for the Power of God’s Love I know I would have never made it through. If my last week’s blog update offended any of you or if you felt it was not what you needed, please know I posted what was in my heart. Not as an “all about me pity party” but as a testimony to the Power of God’s Love for me.
As I think of the Power of God’s love I am reminded of the song Power of Your Love that was written by Geoff Bullock and has been sung my many various other artists. I am sure most of you have heard and sung this song and if you have not I encourange you to listen. To those who have heard it; have we ever really listened to the words and mediated on them. This song goes so well with the Loving Well Bible Study because it brings out what Beth Moore brought out, just differently. And that the only way we can love ourselves and others is by God’s power!
Before we can ever love, rather, it is ourselves or others we must first grasp that power of God’s love! That no matter our past or weakness or any other issues God’s greatest power is there- and will always be there. When we struggle with the testy’s in our lives, that power of love is there. We must look at testy not with our own natural eyes, but with the power of God’s love. When we see a ‘foe’ – that enemy in the grocery store or even in church; we don’t go down another aisle, but we reach out to our enemys in the power of God’s love. When we feel as if we messed up once again, or may think God has abandoned us, we don’t allow the enemy to condemn us, but we look up to the mighty God and we call out to Him to pour down the Power of His Love in our hearts!
Once our hearts are full of God’s Love – it is then that love begins to leak out and goes to others. To the homeless person on the street, holding the sign up for food, we won’t look the other way, but we will roll our window down and give them money or go to the nearest fast food and bring them back some food. When our hearts are full of God’s Love – it is then we take testy out to lunch or day of pedicures and medicures and love on her. When our hearts are full of God’s love it is then we see that person whom we have hated, we embrace with God’s mercy and grace that He has embraced us with.
I pray as you go through your week that you ask God for the Power of His Love to be upon you and fill you up with such overflowing love that is spills out to everyone you come across this week!
Homework For This Week
- Watch the last video session for Loving Well by Beth Moore
- If you are using the Loving Well Journal, complete week four
- Register for the new James, Mercy Triumphs online bible study
Group Discussion- Please post a comment and answer one or as many questions as you want
- What can you do to minister to your testy or foe?
- How do you feel when you give, with no earthly possibility of being repaid?
- What might you gain by forgiving?
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s lesson.