Monday Night Bible Study

I’m rarely plagued by loneliness. I can spend hours alone in my home and be perfectly content. In fact, the only time I ever experience loneliness is when I’m in a crowded room. It can be difficult for me to build connections with new people and even more difficult to sustain those connections.

As a person who enjoys lounging in my comfort zone, I’m tempted to avoid large group settings. Even so, I’ve always enjoyed attending the women’s Bible study at my church. There I am able to worship alongside a large group of women, and then we break up into small groups for discussion.

However, for almost two years, Monday night Bible study has conflicted with my school schedule. Even though I wasn’t able to attend the study, I continued to do the Bible study by myself. I believe time spent in the word of God will always be fruitful. I can say the Lord ministered to me in the comfort of my own room and that it was a necessary season.

This semester I no longer have class on Mondays, and I have been able to officially rejoin the group. This past Monday, we met in someone’s home to belatedly celebrate Valentine’s day. While eating spaghetti and lasagna, I witnessed the love of Christ in these women. We vary in age; some could be my sisters, mothers, or grandmothers. Some are single; others are married. Our group is composed of a stay at home mom, a surgical tech, a teacher, a nurse, an executive, a student, among many other occupations. God has also empowered each of these ladies with unique spiritual gifts. Some are listeners. Some serve.

For this reason, I wholeheartedly praise God for the diversity within the body of Christ.

Upon opening a valentine,  Colossians 3:14 was taped inside.

“Above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Colossians 3:14-16

Nobody cares about your dreams…

“Nobody cares about your dreams as much as you do.” – Rachel Hollis

If you’ve read my blog post about podcasts I’m currently listening to, then you know Rachel Hollis is currently an influential figure in my life.

I recently pre-ordered her new book, Girl, Wash Your Face, and I cannot wait for it to arrive this February! Each chapter begins with a lie she once believed such as, “I’ll start tomorrow, I’m a bad mom, or I need a drink.”

Although Rachel and I are at completely different points in our lives, her quote about dreams resonated with me.

Her point is that we cannot depend on people out in the business world, our spouses, significant others, friends, or even our moms to love our dreams as much as we do. Don’t get her wrong, she encourages people to find support in others, but sometimes our dreams will cause us to walk alone.

My dream is to become a published author. I know that as I pursue this goal, there will be several close friends and family members that will have my back, but I’m also growing more and more aware that most of the physical work will be accomplished on my own.

Except, I’m never truly alone. I know my writing ability is a gift from God, and my confidence is in Him. This past summer, I recognized that when I’m prompted to speak, I regularly pull a Moses.

Then Moses said to the LORD, ‘O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

How I love God’s response…

“So the LORD said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

If you know the whole story, Moses manages to squeeze in one more “send someone else,” and the Lord directs Aaron to help Moses.

I can definitely relate with Moses’ lack of confidence, but I’m also aware that God empowers and uses the weak.

xoxo

T. Shaw

P.S My posting schedule was supposed to be Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, but that lasted a week. I’ll be posting when I can.

 

 

 

Podcasts I’m currently listening to…

Happy Tuesday! Tomorrow is my 3rd wedding anniversary, and it is also the first day of Spring semester! I am SO ready to go back to school. Christmas break was slightly overrated. I got a Christmas cold, and then I got the flu. But I’m healthy now, and that’s all that matters! I’m also ready to have a routine again and see some sun. I’ve been inside way too much.

Anyway, I wanted to share with ya’ll what podcasts I’m currently listening to. I haven’t been listening to podcasts for very long, probably just this past year. Really, I’m always eager to learn about how different people do life, and podcasts are another way I can get inside some fascinating minds.

So, let’s begin!

1) Dais Podcast- Find Your Platform

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This podcast is hosted by the brilliant Rachel Hollis. I originally found Rachel on Instagram, because of my interest in adoption.
At that time, her and her husband were seeking to adopt a little girl to complete their family, and they will actually finalize the adoption next week! However, that is not what Dais is about. Although Rachel is a mom of four, she is also a CEO and an author. Her main goal is to empower women in life, but more specifically in business. Therefore, she introduces her listeners to “fellow business powerhouses” so that we can kick butt too! She talks about:

  • How to start your own business
  • How to grow your business
  • How to sell your product
  • How to balance work, life, and family
  • How to dress for the job
  • How to achieve a goal
  • How to ask for a raise/negotiate pay
  • How to get your book published

Let me emphasize, the advice she gives is tangible. She be breaking things down into bite size pieces for those of us with a lot of fears and a lot of excuses. I forgot to mention, I’ve never been interested in business (I blame the English major in me), but Rachel has me hooked, and she’s convinced me it might be nice to have money one day. 😉 Also, although this podcast is geared toward women, I wholeheartedly believe men can enjoy it too!

2) The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

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Jamie Ivey is a Christian, wife, mom (she’s also adopted children), author, and Texan! Each week she interviews a new guest, and they somehow never disappoint. I say that because she has SO many episodes. You’d think there would have to be at least one dud. Jamie only interviews women, and as you could probably glean from the title, her show is meant to make you feel like you’re sitting around a table among friends. Every conversation includes God. Her atmosphere is chill and lighthearted, but every now and then you get those deep, serious conversations. Often her topics include:

  • God/faith/ministry
  • Marriage/family/parenting
  • Community
  • Adoption
  • Authors/books (She interviews quite a few authors)

She also may interview people you already know. She has interviewed Kathie Lee Gifford from Today, and Catherine Lowe from Sean Lowe’s season of The Bachelor. (Which may or may not be a good thing 😉)

3) After 10 with Dave & Joe

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This is a brand-new podcast started by my brother and his friend Dave! Although they have hit some bumps in the road, I especially recommend episode 2-goals. Beginnings are difficult. Even this blog can mess with my head sometimes, and I’ve already started to question whether I should be writing at all. But, this is NORMAL. It is scary to step outside of one’s comfort zone, and that is one of the issues addressed on episode 2. It is vital for people to go for things beyond their reach. Otherwise, we grow stagnant and crusty. Ha, what a visual. Although this podcast does not have a fixed direction yet, you can be sure Dave and Joe are gonna share matters close to their hearts.

That is all for today! I hope you all had a marvelous Tuesday.

If you have any podcast recommendations for me, please leave them in the comment section! 😊