“Amanda, it is just so nice to have a time where we can just read the Bible, talk about it, and pray for each other. Thank you.” It sounds simple enough, but those words were a gift of encouragement from the Lord. It was a Wednesday night after our women’s small group. I was feeling tired and a little discouraged. I needed to be reminded that it’s the simple disciplines—reading the Bible, talking about it, praying for each other—that are so vital to our spiritual lives.
For the seven young women that have been coming to small group this semester, reading and discussing the Bible in a relaxed setting and praying for each other every week has been a brand new experience. They ask questions, express their ideas and learn together how to apply the Bible to their lives. It is exciting to see them get excited about sharing God’s Word with each other.
This small group has been a new experience for me as well. I’ve been leading small group discussions with college students for over ten years-- in English. This one is in French. Even though my French is much better than it was a year ago, trying to not just keep up with but lead a Bible Study results in a headache, some frustration and serious lessons in relying on the Holy Spirit. I’m learning to trust that God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness!
The Next Generation