Thursday, March 19, 2009

So I put on my dancing shoes....

I write to this to you as one sleepy woman this morning!

*Mental note to self: Always take Tylenol PM after bible study because your head will spin for endless hours and keep you awake until the wee hours of the morning, if you do not.

When Wallflower's Dance, the bible study, started last night at our church! I was so excited to get going on this journey of teaching another study of Angela Thomas's but can I just tell you something? I have never........and I mean never.....experienced so many emotions and battles and opposition as I did this past week in preparing for this bible study.

Seriously, part of me, wanted to just stay against the wall, because it's just a whole lot safer there!

But I kept pressing through....because I knew the Lord must have been up to something! And my oh my.....was the Lord there last night.

The room was packed. I was a little nervous because about 10 minutes before the study was supposed to start...there were maybe five people there! And yes, I would have totally sold my heart out for those five women, but I knew more had signed up and there was a battle raging to get them there.

So I started praying, "Lord, I know you called these women to come and I pray that they would press through every battle to get there!"

Before the night was over.....we had 56 women in that room!

We laughed, We cried, We worshiped. And we got our dancing shoes on!

Person after person just kept saying to me, "I almost didn't come tonight!"

Thank you for those that prayed for me and for the women that would come. I know had this thing not been surrounded by prayers from all different parts of this country.....that last night would have been a flop!

I know God has some amazing things to do in the precious souls that came last night. One of the things I talked about was how the church is supposed to be the place to bring all our "stuff". It's where we need to turn for help, guidance and love. And to many times we are met with so much opposition, so much pride and so much judgement that instead of bringing our stuff there.......we take it to the world.

My hope and prayer is that this bible study will be a time of changing that.....that we would know that the cross is always the place to come. And that we would all have some new girlfriends to pray with us, love us and build us up before the Lord!

We had an alter time. Just a time to get right before the Lord. To hold our hands up in complete surrender for what He is about to do in our lives. There was a woman that came to the alter.....and just wept, and wept and wept. I don't know what was overcoming her last night, but wow......a few of us ladies gathered around her and prayed and prayed and prayed!

Sometimes the Lord has to get us to that place of brokenness to start to do something beautiful. One of the things I prayed though was that I could tell hearts were stirred and emotions were high......but oh something with that! Change us! Make us into some incredible women filled with the righteous confidence from the Lord!

I really could go on and on......but it might be my coffee IV starting to type through this blog!

Thank you for letting me share just a bit of what happened last night. Please, please keep praying for this bible study!! I know that this is just not possible w/o tons of prayers. I am forever grateful to you for praying........thank you. =)

Not taking ONE step without my Lord today,


Joyful said...

Nicki, rejoicing with you!!!! I just know the Lord is going to do great things as you continue to trust Him throughout this study. May He annoint you and empower you to proclaim His Word with boldness. May lives be changed for His glory alone.

Enjoy the dance,

Melissa said...

Don't you love it when God shows up like that? Yay God and yay for you! I am glad you sensed Him so strongly last night. He's more than we ever expect and that's what makes ME dance girl!
See my blog today for a little prize!! :)
Love ya!

Deidre said...

I loved reading this for many reasons. One ... confirmation that I'm not crazy when preparing for and leading a bible study. Each and every time I go through such intense spiritual battles that make me want to throw in the towel. But, God's grace allows me to press on and it's ALWAYS worth it. And, two ... I love hearing about women surrendering fully to in-depth bible study and allowing God to CHANGE them. What a sweet time to witness. I pray this study is life-changing for all of you and I will pray for you as you lead. Keep pressing towards the prize ...

We just finished Esther and are getting ready to begin Jennifer Rothschild's 'Me, Myself and Lies'. We start April 6th. I've never participated in any study other than Beth Moore, Angela Thomas and Priscilla Shirer, but I love the topic of this one and know it will allow women to break free of some bondage.

Okay, I've hogged comments long enough ... Praying for you!!

Ginger said...

First of all I am laughing out loud about the Tylenol PM! Hilarious. I can only take 1/2 of an Advil pm and I'm out like a light! Having trouble sleeping in these middle age days!

Sounds like you had a great night! Blessings to you!

Sharon Brumfield said...

Stopping by to check in....sounds like things are going well and the Lord is moving mightily in your life and the lives of those around you.
What a blessing to have that many women excited about this study and moving forward in their relationships with God.
Keep walking it out!

Kay Martin said...

How wonderful. I would love to be that 57th woman. Keep dancing!!! kay

Mimi C said...

Nicki, glad to hear things went so well.. Keep doing what God has called you to do since the very early age of 4...share Gods's word. Love Mom

the alleys said...

hey---i have 2 VERY COOL things to tell you that happened at DWP tonight concerning the Bible study. call me or remind me to tell you Sunday. do you have my #? i will email you. so exciting!!

Jenny said...

I'm glad it went so well! I'll be praying the attacks get less as the time goes on.