Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It's in the Mail!

'Call to me and I will answer you.  I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know.'  Jeremiah 33:3

Have you ever had an answered prayer just drop into your lap?  Or your mailbox, in my case?  I must say that I have not, until today.  A few weeks ago, my pastor approached me about doing a Women's Bible Study at our church.  My first thought was no, not me.  Someone else would be better suited for that than me.  Then I remembered that I lead a small group for the local women's fellowship in our area, so why couldn't I lead a study for the ladies at my own church?

Actually, I can't.  In my own strength, I can do absolutely nothing.  Ah, but in His strength, I can do anything.  So I emailed my pastor yesterday and told him that I'd be glad to do a study.  I gave him the stipulation that it had to be on Sunday nights (because we have our kid's programs then and FREE childcare) and it needed to be a 7 week study...I am not starting out with Beth Moore :)  With these stipulations, I was still trying to get out of doing a study.  Did I mention that I'd have to be the one to purchase the study material?

Well, wouldn't you know, when I got the mail this evening there was a nice brown package addressed to yours truly.  I first thought it was my next book for review from Bethany Publishers.  Then I noticed the return address was from Canada.  The only person I know there is Grace Fox, who's study we've been doing on Monday nights.  I open the package and there it was- a copy of the seven week DVD study as well as a study guide for Grace's Moving from Fear to Freedom.  Hello!  If that's not an answer to prayer, I don't know what is!

I guess if you don't want Him to answer, don't pray about something.  I could say this was chance and choose to ignore it, but I think I'll take it as the answer it appears to be!  I want to walk in obedience to my Father at all times and in every way.


Lisa said...

There's no such thing as coincidence, right? I think you have your answer. :) How awesome! God will guide you. Many blessings, Allison!

Anonymous said...

I just love how God shows us His plans! May be bless you in your studies and teaching.

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Allison, I love it when things like that happen. You can commit to it whole-heartedly because you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is in control of it. Enjoy your study. I'm sure it will be very fruitful.
God bless

Kelli said...

Wonderful! It's always so amazing getting undeniable confirmation from God. Praise the Lord He qualifies the called! Thank you for your sweet comment yesterday!:) Will be praying God uses you to glorify himself through this study...

Eileen said...

Oh, I love this, Allison. Good for you for stepping up and stepping out! I giggled when I read your comment about not attempting a Beth Moore study. I did the same thing when I started leading! 7 weeks good... 12+ weeks bad! ;)

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

Isn't it wonderful when God makes His desires for us known like that Allison? :-)

I have no doubt you'll do a wonderful job with the study!

Have a Blessed Day!