Beautifully Rooted's First Bible Study!

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.

If you're not familiar with Heather's testimony, please read it. You will be blessed. After losing her six week old son, Heather began her journey of finding joy. Anything having to do with joy reminds me of Heather, so naturally when I heard this news I had to share it with her. The problem was it was midnight in Arizona. So this news sat with me, it sank deeper and deeper into my heart. It raced through my mind... "Did you know?!?!"

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!

I wanted to reach through my computer and squeeze her and tell her that her anguish hasn't been for nothing. My anguish hasn't been for nothing. Your anguish hasn't been for nothing!

This bursting in my heart lead to many emails, tweets, texts, etc. about how we could bring this to all of you. I'm so excited to invite you to join us as we go through Beth Moore's study of the book of James, Mercy Triumphs.

How it will work:
The study is 7 weeks and is going to start September 9th. Every Sunday, there will be a post here at Beautifully Rooted with comments open to use as a discussion board. We will be "meeting" weekly at these posts to ask questions, engage, and share with each other what we learned from the homework. We want to encourage you to write weekly posts on your blog and link up with us on Sunday as well. If you don't have a blog or you don't have time to write a post, please still join us for discussions on our weekly posts. We'll also be discussing the study on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram so there will be plenty of opportunities to share and connect.

What you need to do:
1.  Email Heather (heather @ beautifullyrooted .com) to sign up! She will provide you with information regarding purchasing the video/audio sessions and the schedule.

2.   Order the Mercy Triumphs member book or purchase it at your local bookstore. Here are a few links to where you can find the book- LifewayAmazonBarnes & Noble. 

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.


  1. We just finished this study at our ladies Bible class at church. It was truly awesome and amazing! We are beginning Beth's Breaking Free in a couple of weeks and I can't wait! I know you ladies are gonna have a blast!

  2. I'm so incredibly excited for this!! Studying the bible with other women (and usually a whole bunch of kids too) is such a passion of mine!! I can't wait :)

  3. I love this, love this, love this! Can't wait to dig in!

  4. Carly, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful heart with everyone! I am so excited just thinking about getting started!

  5. Beautiful post! Sounds great!! Looking forward to starting! xo Heather

  6. Oh I LOVE this! SO needed! Yay!

  7. I just discovered this blog... What an awesome concept. I'm looking forward to the Bible study!

  8. Sounds awesome!!! On the Lifeway site there are Levels.... what "level" should we purchase? or does it matter? This seems to be a pretty inexpensive Beth Moore study at just 14.95 got the book... is it more for the video sessions?

    1. Hi! The member book has all the different levels in it. The levels include extra reading, memorizing the whole book of James, and handwriting the whole book. Email Heather for more info about the video sessions! Hope you join us!

  9. i would love to join! looking forward to this study!

  10. I'm so looking forward to it! Very excited to be a part of an online bible study group :)
    Daniela xx

  11. I look forward to joining the study. It would be helpful to have the cost of the audio/video sessions upfont, though, so people know right away if they can afford to join (I initially believed my only cost was the member book). I greatly appreciate this opportunity as I'll be housebound for a while and won't be able to join a local cell group or get to church for a time so a big thank you :)

  12. I can't wait to get started. This will be my first "online" bible study; what a great place to start...the book of James!