(New to the blog? This group devotional series is a place for women to fellowship via social media. All are welcome to participate, even if you haven’t read. See my post, “Flourishing in Social Fellowship” for more info. Gather at my instagram page every Friday for discussion.)
Today has been an emotional day and I’m honestly having a hard time writing and muddling through my thoughts. God moved deeply this morning at my weekly Women’s Bible Study. I’m not sure if there was a dry eye in our sweet circle of women. There was confession, transparency about struggles, and women speaking life and truth over one another. I’m quite literally sitting here with tears landing on the pages of my devotional. I am still so moved from earlier, and my eyes have been weepy all day.
I could write an entire post on my experience from today, but I will leave you with this overwhelming thought running through my head. It’s something that I have known my whole life, but today is resonating deeply. Maybe you need to hear it too. Go ahead, read the following statement several times… and HEAR it in your HEART!
God is an incredible healer and forgiver. His grace knows no end. He loves you, and has all of that in store for you.
Now, on to the study! This week, we are diving into Week 2 of Margaret Feinberg’s devotional, “Flourish”.
“The Nature of Love”
Feinberg opens up, speaking of how the the Bible describes the beauty of God’s creations and how their purpose is to remind us of His love. We can literally ‘stop and smell the roses’ and find restoration in admiring the beauty that He created for us. The soft touch of grass, the sweet aroma of a flower, the blue sky, our feet in the sand. All of it. Beautiful. Singing his glory, and reminding us of His love. We were designed to admire and find joy in it.
As a little girl, my mom and I would analyze the intricacies of a butterfly’s wing, and talk of how no 2 are alike. Our response has always been, “Tell me there’s no God.”, and it’s a phrase that has continued into adulthood. Anytime we are in awe of something, we call it a “Tell me there’s no God” moment.
Feinberg reminds us of several verses in the Bible that compare how God takes care of “the birds of the air” and “the flowers of the field” (pg 15) yet how we, his children, are much more valuable than that. If he takes care of the birds and flowers, he will take care of us. Blessed assurance!
We are precious to God. His love is free. His reminders are everywhere. We just have to ‘stop and smell the roses’.
Thank you for reading with me. I am excited about diving into this study with women from all over the world. Please head to my instagram, @amyleecreel , and find the Week 2 post. Discuss thoughts, prayer requests, or how God is moving in your life.