well. i've failed miserably at reviewing my study weeks here on the blog!
and, i even had almost two weeks with not participating at all in our group study!
thankfully, this week i was able to catch up on lessons missed and get back into study mode.
what a blessing it has been! the sad part is, we're nearly finished!
i have one video session to watch this week, and i'll be wrapping things up in a post
at beautifully rooted next sunday. i'll share more on what i've learned throughout the study then!
so bittersweet to end such a rich time of study, for real.
i've loved going through the book of james again.
and this time, i've learned more historically than any study before.
we've been all over the bible.
that's been a treat.
and even though this is familiar stuff to me,
god's word has penetrated my heart in new, transforming ways.
meditating on the law, redemption, mercy, doing, my motives,
god's purposes, friendship, giving, prayer, jesus...
so much excellent heart-challenging stuff.
this quote (from week three, i think) has not left my mind:
"we need eyes pried wide open to mercy so great and so rescuing
that it cannot help but make us merciful. we need the mercy of a holy,
righteous god who is good enough for us."
i'll end today with my focus for this week and my very last little session:
"Be patient, therefore, brothers,
until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,
being patient about it, until it receives the early
and the late rains. You also, be patient.
Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
As an example of suffering and patience, brothers,
take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold,
we consider those blessed who remained steadfast.
You have heard of the steadfastness of Job,
and you have seen the purpose of the Lord,
how the Lord is compassionate and merciful."