I'm a regular reader of Through Heather's Looking Glass (formerly known as Running With Sass) and she participated in this thing called a "Blog Hop" as part of an online Bible study that she was participating in with Proverbs 31. Okay, I'll admit right here and now that I didn't fully pay much attention to her posts each week that were specific to the bible study. I kind of skimmed through them and then continued on, but not necessarily because I didn't care - but I was skimming through a lot of the blogs I was regularly reading due to time constraints.
But then I found myself thinking that I needed to find a really good devotional because I was feeling like I needed that deeper connection and inner peace that comes when I'm walking the path with God and not by myself. Call it a lot of life stress or whatever, it was just the place I was. So I went online, of course, and started doing searches on Amazon and Barnes and Noble but wasn't really finding that anything was jumping out at me. Then I read a few blogs and Heather's was one of them and it was the final post in the study that had been going on. And the light bulb went off. Maybe I should have been paying better attention or checked them out earlier, but whatever - I finally decided to check it out and a even though the current study was ending, a new one would be beginning in just a couple of weeks, so I signed up - FOR FREE (best part)!
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*I guess a side note is that I consider myself a Christian and I feel like I have a pretty darn good relationship with God even though it took me a long time to feel like that. I don't care about denomination, religion or what brick and mortar church a person goes to. I think that each person's relationship with God is theirs and theirs alone and it will look different for everyone. For me it means that I don't go to church on a regular basis but that doesn't mean that I don't have church in my car, or my home, or in a random field somewhere all by myself. I don't think any of that really matters, but I wanted to give at least a little perspective for anyone that follows along during the study. :-)
I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm really hopeful that I will just draw closer to God through this study. It's interesting that this particular study is about overcoming doubt because there's a lot of that in my life right now. So as a reader, you may not even believe in God or whatever and that's okay. But I truly do believe that God led me to this study because it's what I need to be more confident in Him and His plan for me and my family. So I'm hoping that at the conclusion I will have A Confident Heart - which, hey what do you know, is the name of the book we will be studying! Coincidence??? hahaha
Anyways, I'm going to do my best to participate in the Blog Hop each week and if you're not interested in following along on that part of my journey, then feel free to skip those posts each Thursday. No harm, no foul! Or feel free to do what I did and just skim through it. You never know when something might hit just the right note in your own life.
The study starts this Sunday, October 13, and the blog hop will happen each week which means that they provide us a couple questions and we choose which one to answer on our blog and then we hop to the others. Oh, and if you want to get in on the bible study there's still time to sign up!