Reading and studying the Bible is exciting to me; it stirs my soul with passion to share what the Lord is graciously teaching me. So leading women’s Bible studies is an outlet to share and learn at the same time. In God’s Word we share its truth from our faith and hope. Then, hopefully, we are challenged by the truth we learn so that our character is transformed to more fully reflect our Savior.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” [2 Timothy 2:15 NKJV]
How we teach God’s Word is of vital importance. It cannot just be a passion, an emotion, an excitement for excitement’s sake. It must be a passion in the right understanding of this holy Word. Because our hearts are so quick to be deceived (Jeremiah 17:9), it is important that we are seeking the Spirit’s wisdom and understanding in rightly handling God’s Word. Therefore, the preparation for leading is time to be guarded that the Lord might fill one with His understanding. Yet, a vital part of the preparation is to marinate in His Word, so that it seeps into the mind and the heart to impact the very foundation of the belief system of the soul.
Often in these times of marinating, soaking, and meditating upon God’s Word my heart is stirred. It overflows with the richness of God’s mercy, grace, love, peace, and abundant goodness. From this outflow I write poems as an expression of the truths that God is instilling deep in my very being.
I collected twenty of these poems for editing by Tell Tell Poetry (Kallie Falandays). This process has now been completed and the collection of poems is titled, “Yet I Will Joy: Poems of Faith and Hope.” (The collection is now at Wipf and Stock Publishers going through the various publication stages.) Kallie did an interview (16 minutes) with me of the editing process of Yet I will Joy and about the book itself. Check it out!
I continue to marvel at God’s goodness as He carries me step by step through this dream of many years of being published. It is truly a work of His abundant mercy and grace to me. My utmost desire is that God be magnified through the work and through me His daughter.
Next time: Why do I write?