Share Night

I used to kick “Share Night” to the curb. I had made it through another year of bible study, so I was gonna sit at home and relax. Skip listening to other folks talk about what God had done during their year. I had collected all my points all year by going to class, doing my lesson and even sharing on the personal questions. That was good enough. I was in my 30s and didn’t get it.

Share night is the last night of the study. The whole group meets to hear what others have learned and experienced during the study. There are questions designed to prompt this sharing.

Needless to say, I did not do the last lesson which caused you to reflect on all that you had been through that year. I was so stupid, but God didn’t tell me that. He just continued to nudge me forward. I did not stay stuck on stupid. I did start to attend “share nights” and discovered the Living God working in the lives around me. When you are wrapped up in the media, you can miss what God is doing right in front of your face.

Share night puts God in your face.

One of my favorite share night memories comes from the South Fort Worth class. A majority of the women who got up to tell what God had done in their lives, first thanked Judy Brewington who invited them to join the BSF class. Judy takes the study of God’s word serious an shares it will all who comes into contact with her. She is an incredible woman of God.

Through the years of Share Nights, I have laughed and cried with many woman. Through this journey God prepared me.

What I have learned this year in Bible Study Fellowship through the study of Moses’ life is that taking time to reflect on your journey is a good thing. Whether you know it or not, you are on a journey. And all of the people who are travelling with you are not experiencing the same things as you, but you can still journey together. God will entrust you with a vision that not everyone will understand or comply with. Moses had to bury all but Joshua and Caleb in the desert because they did not understand God’s plan.

During the study of Moses I experienced the most loss I have experience in my life at one time: my mom, my job, some good friends and more. As God revealed the mortality of things on earth, he revealed the immortality of heaven.  The joy is that God does not get old and frail. He does not become forgetful or weak. He can be all of the things we have lost. He has taught me He is the one thing I cannot do without.

My overall principle was He was with me. The Third Day song Spirit hit the nail on the head. When all else failed, His presence was always with me. He would always be my guide.

This year I prayed show me what He wants me to know and protect me from what He doesn’t. I choose to know Jesus Christ and him crucified. That is enough for me.

Thank you for your support

I want to say Thank you for supporting the Queens project to Bettye Merritt Wortham. You will help me tell the stories of women like Shirley Chisholm who ran for Congress in 1968 with the slogan Unbought and unbossed. She was the first African American woman elected to Congress. She represented New York’s 12th congressional district.

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Thank you for your support

I want to say Thank you for supporting the Queens project to David Cegelski. You will help me tell the stories of women like Betsy Ross. She triumphed over tragedy after losing two husbands to the Revolutionary War. She continued to run the upholstery business she started with her first husband John Ross, raise her family and support the war. She is also credited with sewing the American Flag.

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Serving Others

TAB 2 Tarrant Area Food Bank

My pastor is preaching a series on serving others. His theology is God knows you are serious about putting Him first if you are serving others. He defines serving others by doing things for people who can’t reciprocate. Dr. Tony Evans said that others’ special needs are designed for divine intercession, it allows God to teach us about Himself.

I have had an amazing walk with God this week sitting in hospital rooms. Sometimes I got to sit quietly, while other times the rooms were filled with conversation and laughter. I have the best family. These people will show up and stay when you are in need. I got to see a compassionate God who cares for us in our weakest moments. We are all heading for that moment. Oh but for grace that will meet us there.

Last night I worked at the Tarrant Area Food Bank with a group of good friends. It was a blessing to be with folks who gave their time unselfishly. We had a good time doing something for someone who could not pay us for the work. God revealed what unconditional love looked like through these people.

That is what I love about God’s word. He gives us examples to live by. We know that if we serve others, we are in His will. If we are selfish, we are not in His will.

I know who I am in Christ. I know my strengths and my limitations. This week I got to be His hands and feet to the point of exhaustion. When I scheduled the Food Bank, I had no idea the other events of this week would take place. I am confident that I am in this season of life for this purpose.  My confidence is from Christ and His power at work in me.

Thank you for your support

I want to say Thank You for supporting the Queens project to Deidra Hightower. You will help me tell stories of women like Sacagawea. She was kidnapped as a child by another tribe and later married Toussaint Charbonneau, a Quebecois trapper. She traveled thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean on expeditions with Lewis and Clark.

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Thank you for your support

I want to say Thank you for supporting the Queens project to Keisha Robinson. You will help me tell stories of women like Sojourner Truth who was born Isabella “Bell” Baumfree. She delivered the speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” at the Ohio women’s Right Convention in 1851.

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Thank you for your support

I want to say Thank You for supporting the Queens project to Brenda Derrick. She will help me tell stories of women like Charlotte E Ray. She was born in 1850 and was the first African American attorney in the United States. She was the first woman to practice before the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia.

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