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A Reason To Celebrate.

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 “Life has meaning only in the struggle.
Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods.
So let us celebrate the struggle!”

Swami Sivananda

Today we celebrate an end of a journey. A faith journey through two books that are blessings to us. Me, Ribka and Wati are accountability friends to each other for the past… umm… 8 to 9 years. We commit ourselves to meet regularly and study the Word of Gods together. We set times together to listen to each other, pray to one another and have fun together. And today, we have just finished two inspiring Bible Study books; Learning to walk by faith and learning to make better choices.

September 11, 2010. That was the date I wrote on the first lesson of Book 1. This time around we decided to study from English Bible Study Books because we wanted to increase our English. We were hopeful to converse and discuss in English. We chose “Learning To Walk By Faith: Ruth & Hannah” as our first book. Ruth taught us, in 2 chapters, how to see God in our dailiness. As a Moabites, she did not fail to see God in Naomi’s life. She did not fail to see God in Boaz actions. One quote that I love from this part addressed when Elimelech chose to take his family to neighboring Moab is:

“Distance in the Bible is often measured not in miles but in distance from God.”

H. W. Morton

We then entered a sad depressing life of Hannah. Which, like it or not, should I admit to be somewhat similar life of mine, full with unending of unanswered prayers. A Cynthia Swindoll put:

[It was] black as a thousand midnights in a cypress swamp.

[It was] loneliness that is indescribable.

[It brought] confusion regarding God.

[I experienced] frustration with life and circumstances.

[It was] the feeling that you have been abandoned, that you are worthless.

[I felt] unlovable.

The pain was excruciating.

The second book brought us back to The Garden of Eden and learned firsthand from the first woman ever alive, Eve. Indeed, we learned from her mistakes in her life hoping we would not make the same mistakes. Fingers crossed! And lastly we learned from a prostitute, Rahab. It was interesting to learn from this character. When she chose to lie to the Jericho’s army to protect the Israelites spies. I had earlier discussion on how her lies were permissible while other lies were not. And it was indeed interesting that she lied to a corrupt people for the glory of The One True God, The Living God.

Indeed, our prayers are, as we had finished this book, that we can be women who are wise in making choices and who are faithful to our Lord, Jesus Christ. They are definitely easier said than done. But I am thankful that we are together.

Thanks be to God because through His grace only, we can start and finish these books. Looking forward to studying more Bible truths with you gals!

Keep the faith! 🙂

Written by Vallaura

November 11, 2012 at 12:06 AM

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