So, yesterday was a super long day. I am not complaining, just explaining. Because in fact, yesterday was a great day! GGRRR-EAT (Tony Tiger great) day!
I got to bed at 1:30 am yesterday. I tend to fill my plate pretty full, and then I tend to procrastinate. So, if you add those together it equals some late nights. There, that is my confession for today.
Anywho! Yesterday was the last day of our ladies Bible class. We voted on our next study, completed the current study, and then enjoyed a potluck luncheon. I think we all had a great time!
After class, I had to run a few errands and the first stop was Wal-Mart, aka Wally World or Wally's Family Fun Center, and noone enjoys going there. Oh, it is such a dreaded place. But, I walked in that door with my head held high, a smile on my face, and my list running through my head. I am also very bad about making a list and leaving it at home.
The first thing on my list was a copy of Ree's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of Holidays. As I approached the cardboard Ree standing in the middle of the aisle I noticed that there was a woman standing there with a rather unhappy look on her face. She was staring off as if she was day dreaming, but as I passed by she glanced at me. A little jolt of excitement went through me as I grabbed the book. I wondered if my grabbing one would draw her attention to the book as well. Not that Ree needs any help selling books, I just wanted to see if the "monkey see, monkey do" thing would actually work.
It did! This monkey, got that grumpy monkey to pick up Ree's book. In my own little way, I helped that monkey have a better day. Who can flip through any of Ree's books and not smile.
Then, as I was heading down another aisle I got the sudden urge to jump on the cart and ride down the aisle. I didn't do it, but it made the smile on my face even bigger. That is kind of how my day went. It was a good day!
I sat down to watch one of my favorite shows, NCIS, on television and completely forgot that I needed to write a blog post. I had even thought about telling you all of this yesterday, and then I forgot! I blew the whole NaBloPoMo thing! I can't believe it! I meant to post! I really, really did! So, if I publish this and try to add the time and date as yesterday at 11:59 pm, will that count?
You can be assured that the peace foretold by Old Testament prophets and promised by Jesus and His apostles is attainable. It's as simple as following the instructions in a cookbook. Janie Craun has found a recipe for peace in the Bible, our spiritual cookbook.
In 13 lessons of study, you will be encouraged to seek "the peace that passes understanding" using seven ingredients called for by Paul in Philippians. Like any good cookbook, A Recipe for Peace offers appetizers, somethings to chew on that require a little thought, and, of course, recipes, specifically bread recipes.
The saying "No God, no Peace; know God, know peace" describes the dilemma of today's woman perfectly. By following the ingredients provided in the Bible and following A Recipe for Peace, women can create a life that is well done.
What a delightful book!
I was attending a church retreat/conference last June (2013), and I came across this book. Teaching a ladies bible class had been heavy on my heart, and I was looking for some good material. I wasn't teaching at the time, and when I came across this book it looked like a great book to start teaching with. I showed the book to my granny, who has taught bible classes all over the world, to see what she thought. She liked it.
At this time, I am teaching my very first ladies bible class and we are loving this book. I have read the entire book, and while I feel like most of the content has been kind of a refresher for the ladies in my class, I think it would be a great book for new/young Christians.
We, as women, really like the way Ms. Craun refers to our bibles as our spiritual cookbook/recipe book. The recipes and helpful tips are a wonderful addition.
We have had many great discussions while studying our bibles using this book as a guide. I am very interested to see what the author comes up with next.
There's a lot about me that you might not know, but there is one thing I am going to share. Just one for now.
For a long time, our church had a ladies bible class every Tuesday morning, and I attended for at least a year. I loved it! I loved getting to know the women in our class, having people that I could talk to, ask questions of and not feel ignorant.
But then life happened, and the ladies class was no more. I was bummed, and after talking to several other ladies, I learned that they were bummed too. I prayed about missing the class, and about the class starting up again. Little did I know that I would be teaching the class.
I teach a ladies bible class.
Yea, yea, quit your laughing! Pick yourself up off the floor, and finish this thing. :)
I've never been one to speak in front of a crowd. During speech class in college, I nearly cried during every speech I had to make. I got sick to my stomach, had the sweats, and the shakes. Just so you know, people don't notice the shakes as much if you lay your notes on the podium in front of you. So, why in the world did God think I could teach this class? That was my question to him. But, after praying, and praying, and praying, and more praying, I felt drawn to teaching this class.
I asked a friend, Luann, what she thought and she just said, YES! My hopes were rising a little bit at this point. Of course, I asked McD and he thought I should go for it. Then I asked my mom what she thought, and she said yes. Then I asked my granny, another couple of friends, and finally I talked to someone at the church and well, here I am teaching my first bible class.
I don't feel qualified to teach the ladies I am teaching. So I have decided to say that I am not really teaching, I am facilitating this class. I go through a lesson, and hopefully I will bring up things that we can discuss. And sometimes, we get off on completely different subjects but at least one of us learns something each time we meet.
Teaching/facilitating this class has given me purpose. I feel like God must have wanted me to teach this class, because the while I was preparing for my first class I was calm as a cucumber. (I have no idea how cucumbers are calm, just sayin'.) The day of class came, and I was ready. I read the whole class from my notes, but I wasn't even nervous. I felt a calm about me.
Today, we decided that we didn't want the classes to end so, I get to teach this class again. I hope you read that right. I don't "have" to teach the class again. No one is making me teach the class again. I *get* to teach the class again.
You have no idea how blessed I feel!
Come back tomorrow and I will share the book we are studying from in our ladies bible class.