Remember a couple of days ago I told you I was so excited about a new surprise I would be sharing with you? Well, here it is!!!
If you've been a reader of Penless Writer for very long, one thing you know I never cease to be amazed at is HOW God works and HIS timing.
One year ago, on January 17, 2010 Mickey held the organizational meeting at our church that launched The King's Kitchen.
Last night, January 18, 2011, I held the first meeting of a new Bible Study group here in our home.
The Lord placed this on my heart the first of December when I ordered a book called BORN for BATTLE - 31 Studies on Spiritual Warefare by R. Arthur Mathews. Before I had finished the 1st chapter I knew this was a book that needed to be studied by a group of woman who were ready to press in to what God desires for us. I felt God was telling me to start a Bible Study in my home to do just that.
Just before Christmas my friend Sandra came by the house. Sandra held a Bible Study in her home, which I attended faithfully and loved, from March, 2009 until the 1st week in October, 2010 called Third Day Sisters. I wrote a lot during those 19 months about what a blessing that Bible Study and my Third Day Sisters were to me and my life. I shared with Sandra about the book and asked her about re-activating her study and doing this book. She said, for this time, the Lord has told her to step aside and it was my time to host. Then she said, "I'll come!" which totally surprised me as she lives some distance away.
I believed there were probably 4 or 5 woman who would be interested in joining me every Tuesday evening at 6:30 to use this book as a launching pad to becoming a strong, committed prayer group. I needed to wait until Christmas and the New Year holidays were behind us but I was going to be faithful to what God had placed in my heart and was calling me to do. During these few weeks I have been in daily prayer for God to bring in the women HE wanted to be here.
I knew God was truly in this when Sandra told me that Gloria was going to come!!! Gloria is the reason Sandra began her study in 2009. She is married to Sandra's husband and had asked Sandra to start a Bible Study group. She also lives in Tahlequah which is 50 miles from Coweta. I was so honored when I heard Gloria was willing to come that far to be here.
Here they are.
Left to right: Cindy O, Kathy, Thelma, Jeanne
Norma, Britney & Cindy W
Carmel, Wantha, Gloria, Sandra
and, of course me, makes 12 of us!!!!!
Six of us are from the former Third Day Sister group: Sandra, Wantha, Gloria, Norma, Cindy W and myself.
Last night I did a brief pre-view of the book, stated my objective of what I felt God wanted us to accomplish, told them I wanted a commitment to stay the course - "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." and planned for us to begin to just all get acquainted with each other.
Praise God, He had other plans and we ended praying and worshiping HIM.
I was excited before we began. I am REALLY excited now.
What a mighty God we serve.