Dear fellow Scripture-diggers,
You did it. You made it through nine weeks of digging, chewing, confronting, praying, and worshiping. I just realized that my scheduling was off and this post wasn’t published when it should have been. I just shook my head when I saw that, and smiled. Because something like that always has to happen, right?
I feel like I want to quietly tip-toe out of the internet-room to leave you to bask in His holy after-glow. To reflect on the last three months. Where you were when you started and just how far you’ve come. And I’m not sure that I have the words proper to wrap this thing up. Other than this: those dark seasons – the ones that leave you wrestling with all the things we’ve spent the last nine weeks exploring? You will survive them. Because His story for you is good. Riveting. Sometimes hard to watch. Sometimes too good to be true. But it is always good.
I want to end our time together with one last reminder, in the video below. Because there are always Treasures of Darkness to be found in the land of the living.
Thank you again, a million times over for journeying alongside me. And for your patience today with this last post.
this week in review
Rather than a day-by-day recap, I’d love to hear your overall thoughts about this week. What struck you? What made you think? What overwhelmed you with the understanding of His absolute sovereignty?
One Last Thing:
Now that you’re finished, how did God reveal Himself to you over the course of this study? What ways did you expect? In what ways did He surprise you? How are you leaving this study changed? Leave your notes in the comments below. I can’t wait to read them.
Sorry, I’m late responding to this. It was my daughter’s birthday Friday so lots of running around and planning.
I think I’m still astounded that God sent this study to me when I wasn’t in a dark place but He knew I was headed there. It just shows me how truly faithful and full of love He is for me. I didn’t really have any expectations of how He would meet me during this 9 weeks. I think the one week that surprised me and that I needed most was on Thankfulness and Joy. I had lost what felt like all my joy. After reading that week, chatting with some friends, “breaking some chains”, and fighting for my joy it’s back. The situations are not completely resolved but I find myself choosing joy when I feel depression and lies begin to sneak in.
I’m actually looking forward to going through the study again some time. Thank you, Jane, for being vulnerable and using your story to help others.
I’m not sure that I can articulate what’s been stirred up in my heart, what has been healed, the gifts of letting go what does not serve me or glorify God, taming my tongue and accepting affliction. It was day 3 of The Tabernacle and Prayer that God clearly spoke to me and put it in my heart to “love and forgive her” and that for now to keep my “distance”-my sister. Oh, I was not happy about the love and forgive her part. It brought me to my knees as I knew I could not do it alone and I didn’t really want to. But He told me to. I needed Jesus to help me with this part. After years of anger and an unforgiving heart for the pain and years of mistreatment towards me with God’s strength and grace I was finally able to forgive her. I am working on loving her in a different way. There is so much more! I am still absorbing this grand gift Jane, that you so beautifully captured in 9 this nine week study. I can tell you that it won’t stay at nine weeks, I will come back to this study again because I know there are more treasures that God wants to show me and I’m coming to it with a different heart. A changed heart.