I was flat-out overwhelmed on Sunday by what God did at the end of our worship service.
Our Youth will be participating in a DNOW (Discipleship Now) event next weekend. I’m part of the DNOW Prayer Team and we had written the names of our students on DNOW bracelets we had purchased. Our Pastor helped us to distribute them by inviting anyone who wanted to take a bracelet to come forward during our time of invitation. We had placed a popcorn bucket (our theme is superheroes) filled with the bracelets on the stage.
I don’t usually mind being the first to step out and get a line started, but I purposefully held back. I wasn’t expecting all of the bracelets to be taken, but I also didn’t want to take one that someone else wanted.
I had to fight back tears as I watched the men and women of our church step up boldly to take on the task of praying for our students. Ya’all there was a line. Folks were asking our Youth Pastor to point out the student whose name was on their bracelet.
Part of me could not believe the response.
That so many would be willing to pray for our kids completely humbled me.
I knew in my heart of hearts that God was more than able to make certain every bracelet was taken but to see His people step out eagerly in obedience to pray for one another blew me away.
Oh, sweet sisters, God wants to overwhelm us. He wants to overwhelm us with His love. And He wants to be loved with a love that is overwhelming.
He wants us to live boldly. And love boldly, So that others see Him in us.
It’s a message God’s been speaking to me repeatedly as of late.
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You see I’ve also been working my way through Beth Moore’s latest book, Audacious, for the last couple of weeks.
A sweet friend back in Kentucky had posted on Facebook a few months ago that it was “AMAZING” and her mom thought so too. Knowing what incredible Godly women those two are I added Audacious to my reading list.
I admit, I was worried that my experience might not meet my expectations.
I shouldn’t have been.
Maybe you’re in a place where you need God to overwhelm you (in a good way).
Perhaps God has burdened you for the weary hearts of your women that are so focused on their to-do lists that their love for God has slid to the bottom of that to-do list.
Audacious will light a fire in your soul. And their soul.
As you dig into the scriptures along-side Beth (Can I call her that? Mrs. Moore sounds too formal, but Beth too familiar…) you’ll rediscover your passion for the One that knows you, that formed you, that came down from Heaven to secure your place in eternity.
You’ll tackle real questions that stand in the way of audacious faith. You’ll be challenged to live life boldly following the Holy Spirit’s lead.
If you or your Bible study girls need to get fired-up – this book will do it!
Our Bible Study Review Team sometimes selects books, rather than Bible studies, for our groups. However, one problem we often encounter is the lack of a study guide. Without a guide, our facilitators are left on their own to come up with a plan to fill that 90 minutes. Some of our facilitators have struggled.
With that in mind, I have created a Study Guide for Audacious. It’s yours to use as you see fit. Take out the pieces and parts you think most fit the needs of your group or use it in its entirety.
I hope you’ll find it helpful.
Click the link below to open the free PDF file.
Dear Lord, I pray for myself and for others whose love for you has been anything but audacious of late. I ask you to overwhelm us. To show Yourself in big, mighty, and powerful ways in our lives so that we cannot but help to tell others about you. May it be said of each one of us that our faith was bold. That we loved others and that we loved you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Disclosure: I am a member of the B&H/LifeWay Bloggers group. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. However, all opinions are 100% my own.