Last week I was given an awesome Christmas gift! I was invited to do a two day taping with Kay Arthur, my bible mentor and THE matriarch of women’s bible studies. It was such an honor to spend two days studying with Word of God with her. Well, she taught, I gleaned. I have pictures that I wanted to share with you. However, I left my camera case at my sister’s house which contains the necessary wires to transfer the photos to my computer. Sigh. But I promised to post them as soon as I can. In the meantime, here’s a picture of Kay.
I’ve been a student of Precept Ministries for 18 years. I didn’t beginning studying the Word because I wanted to know God or anything spiritual like that. I wanted answers. My husband was badly burned in a house fire and died at Vanderbilt Hospital 8 days later. I had been a believer since I was 7 years old. I could hardly believe that God would allow my husband to die. I wanted to know why? Ever been there? I felt betrayed mostly. Betrayal is a normal emotion to have when God doesn’t behave like we think He should. The truth is God is faithful in all things. He never abandoned me. What I learned most was that He is enough in all things.
I also realized that all those years, I had a religion instead of a relationship. Bible study opened my eyes to see God has He truly was. Not who I made Him to be. True knowledge set me free. Before I knew it, I was head over heels in love with God and have been ever since. My greatest desire is to know God and then make Him known to others. I realize that there are lots of people sitting in church every Sunday who, like me, have a religion. They are in desperate need of a Savior. Through my years of study, God not only healed my broken heart but He prepared me for ministry.
Everyday I shake my head. I don’t get it. I don’t know why such an awesome God would use this southern talkin’ braces wearin’ hometown girl to communicate His truths to others, but I’m having a blast just hangin’ out with Jesus and going wherever He leads! Besides, He does the work. I just stand there and marvel at Him.
Kay’s faithfulness to teach the Word of God has played a key role in my life and ministry. While meeting her was a great gift, the best gift I’ve been given is—Jesus. He never goes out of style. He never fades, breaks or wears out. He never needs returning. He’s one size fit’s all. And He just keeps giving more and more. If you would like to know my Jesus and receive the greatest Gift on earth, check out my Meet My Best Friend section.
And…to add a bit of Christmas sweetness, you can win a gift today, too! To win the cool Christmas give-away which consist of a signed copy of God’s Purpose for Every Woman Devotional book and a gift certificate to Body Works then be sure and leave a post on my blog or Lysa’s! Good luck! I’m pulling for you!!