Our Ladies Bible Study meets with a few purposes in mind on Wednesday mornings. One is to study the Word of God. Another is to visit and get to know each other better. The third reason is to pray for the needs of the participants and for broader concerns. We pray for our country and for people with sicknesses or financial distress or in need of spiritual re-birth, etc.
Sometimes practical concerns come up. Today we got talking about clutter and the stress and the confusion it can cause. One of the ladies suggested those of us who may suffer from too much stuff could remove five things from our home every two days or every four days. Just five things, it’d be easy.
We talked about exercising and eating healthy. Small steps in the right direction can make such a difference in our energy level, our brain feeling joy from the endorphins that exercise releases, our circulatory systems functioning at a better capacity. One of the ladies said when she exercised one day when her auto-immune system was acting up and causing lots of pain, the activity caused all the pain to leave her body once she got past the initial discomfort. After we talked, she got motivated to go home and pull out her low impact exercise DVD. She had forgotten all about it until she shared her remarkable discovery with us.
I hoped to eat healthier after our session, but the choices before me weren’t conducive to giving up some of the foods I hoped to avoid. So, I drank more water today. I figure I don’t drink enough good water and that always helps the body function well.
We also took the time to pray for each other and our loved ones. I felt more peaceful after that time of seeking God and asking His favor. I’ve been praying the “Our Father” from Mat 6:9, (KJV): “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Jesus taught this prayer to His disciples. When I pray this with the ladies, it becomes more than just words I learned as a child. God will help us to have discipline to de-clutter and to do other things that are pleasing to Him if we’ll ask Him for strength and wisdom and time.
I hope this finds you well. God bless!