Whew, Lord! This was the closest call yet! I arrived with just enough time for “Catching My Breath“ before getting out of the car! I so needed that moment to Breathe! Even one breath can make all the difference in the world! Tonight was Breathing With Friends, Week 5 Our Last Night, so I really did not want to miss out! Thank you for helping me make it with a few minutes to spare!
I always cherish the fellowship time, and those few minutes gave me enough time to realize even more changes in the environment. (In case I did not note before, this church began some renovations while we were doing this Breathe Ladies Bible Study and it keeps progressing!) I get signed in and found a seat. I see Keitha is involved in conversation, so I have to wait for my Keitha hug (But I did get it! 🙂 ) Yay! for just as I am getting my seat Sarah comes in and sits right across from me. We catch up a bit. Her baby nephew is still in the NICU, but is showing some improvement! Praise God! We get snacks while Keitha greets us, does door prizes, and hands out a paper of an upcoming event.
Helping friends and good food! ❤
Lord willing! 🙂
Then we got into homework discussions.
Yes, I did mine! 🙂I can’t tell you how needed it was, but admittedly very challenging. The moment we got into looking back to Recall what we used to be in bondage to, to remember what God led us out of whatever our own personal Egypt/slavery was, it became a personal challenge for sure. Sometimes God has us to put our past behind us, but sometimes He asks us… tells us… to recall what He has brought us through already. When it feels so fresh (like it did this time), it can be very troubling. But that is exactly why God has us recall…
to remember we’re not there any more!The enemy wants to convince us that some things will never change, that WE will never change, especially when everything SEEMS to say the same thing. But God reminds that Satan is just another Pharaoh that does not want to let God’s people go. If He can bind us up with false guilt, he will. But God is there to remind us that He has cast that old Pharaoh and his army into the sea of lies, and that we are FREE from those days/habits/burdens/Pharaohs/slavery mentality. Yes we are still stuck in a fleshly body and caught in a spiritual warfare, but we are NOT the ignorant slaves we once were.
We are His! Bought and paid for! Free!
We then take our chairs with us (because the pews have been removed for the new carpet), and watch our final Priscilla video, Breathe, Week 5, Discussion Groups. We have our discussions and testimonies, and even get a couple of group pics.
Keitha taking a picture!
Keitha in the picture! 🙂
Kristy taking the picture!
I’m so going to miss these ladies! This bible study! And most certainly Keitha and Sarah! At least just until the next study! Lord willing! 😉 I was blessed to get my Keitha hug! My Sarah hug! And several hugs! But I missed out on getting another hug from Stephanie! 😦 She has so far to travel, is in school, and it’s been VERY snowy! But I trust the Lord to provide that hug sometime in the future! 🙂
So many of you have been reading, sharing, and tagging this series, so here is a recap outlining each one. They were from a ladies bible study with friends who were using Priscilla Shirer’s Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath. Please know that I have NOT forgotten the 30 Day De-Clutter Challenge, nor the 14% Challenge, and WILL blog on them. I hope to even do an afterthought for each week of the study we had, focusing more on the material, and what God gave me along this journey. I will add them below as I add each post.
Catching My Breath
Breathing With Friends, Week 1 The Freedom of the Sabbath
Breathing With Friends, Week 2 Stops Along the Sabbath Journey
Breathing With Friends, Week 3 Double-Portion Friday
Breathing With Friends, Week 4 Coming Into Focus
Breathing With Friends, Week 5 Our Last Night
Thank you for such love and support. May God help you each one to stop, pause, rest, and catch your breath as you take time to breathe with Him! ❤