A few weeks ago, I left bible study feeling like my heart was going to burst. I had news, good news and there was one particular person with which I needed to share this wonderful news... Heather.
The next morning I shared the Good News.
"Did you know that anguish is meant to lead to a birth?"
"Do you know how good this is? Do you realize what this means?"
Repeatedly, anguish is associated with childbirth in the Bible. Anguish. Sorrow. Pain. Torment. Distress. Anguish is like labor. We are laboring, and what is the result of childbirth? One of the greatest joys in this world!
3. Be ready to dive into the book of James.
Now, you may be wondering why I want to do this study again. James has always been my favorite book of the Bible. The book of James, to me, is like the whole New Testament squeezed into 5 short chapters. James doesn't sugar coat anything. In this study, I have learned about the man James, his life, what it must have been like to be the brother of Jesus Christ. In this study, I have been comforted by James' words. I have also felt like I had the wind knocked out of me when realizing the ugliness in my heart. In this study, I have shared tears with and for the other women in my group, women I didn't know before the study started. I have prayed with and for the other women. The fellowship this study brings is why I'm doing it again.
I can't wait to go through this study with all of you.