This study has been in the works for about eight months now. Our pastor and adult ministries director were totally on board from the moment I first asked to do this. During the summer I wrestled over which study to do. I had it narrowed down to three, but in the end we went what was available to us to borrow from another church. So we are studying the fruit of the spirit in Living Beyond Yourself.
In fact, last night the elders and the worship committee had scheduled meetings that overlapped Bible study time. Early in the day I got word that the worship committee meeting had been postponed and around 6 the elders meeting was cancelled. Small bits of hope, but would anyone come? At 10 till seven the house was clean, chairs were set up in the living room, and the kids were ready to head upstairs. Just then I saw a car slow down in front of our house. And then another and another. By seven o'clock sharp we were a full group ready to go. I couldn't believe it. I have never led a Bible study where everyone was on time!
Right away we were running over the schedule, passing out books and introducing ourselves. Beth got laughter and chuckles within minutes of the play button press and I relaxed. All would be just fine. The group immediately clicked and they participated fully in all she asked of them. We are going to have a great semester of Bible study.
We let out a little early this week since we didn't have any homework to discuss. I can't wait to gather again. I already love this group of women!