by Cindy Cochrum, Women's Bible Study Ministry
It’s super early on a Wednesday morning. Still dark outside. The temperature is -8 degrees. And my alarm is going off. Not because I need to get to work or because I have a baby that needs to be fed. Certainly not because I’m naturally an early riser. —Julie
I was up all night with my crying infant, who refused to be comforted. We finally fell asleep as the sun came up, and now two hours later I’m up again, taking my older children to school and getting everyone ready to head out the door. —Heather
It’s 5:30 on a Wednesday evening but it looks like midnight and the traffic is insane. As tempting as it is to head home and burrow in for the night, I’m actually headed in the opposite direction, where I will walk through a lobby filled with crazy junior high students. —Cassie
I’ve lived in another country for a long time. Life in Wheaton is different than when we were here 40 years ago. It’s hard for me to relate to some of the questions and challenges of women here, but I’m craving relationships and am happy to share my stories of God’s faithfulness over the years. —Jeanette
I’m barely holding things together right now. My life is filled with frightening questions and very few answers. I’m tempted to withdraw, and I wonder if anyone else struggles with such overwhelming challenges. But it’s Wednesday. I’ll push myself out of my comfort zone to get there. —Laura
I have never opened a Bible before, and I’m curious. What is so different about this book that it has endured for all these years? —Brooke
These words and thoughts represent many of the women who attend Women’s Bible Study each Wednesday. More than 400 women are currently studying the Book of Joshua together this year, and while each woman’s story is different, we come together each week unified in our desire to study God’s Word and to pray for each other.
As we learn together, we experience the truths of Isaiah 55:10-11: “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
We’ve seen the Lord planting his Word deep in our own hearts and in the hearts of other women we are coming to know and love. We’ve been reminded of how God has provided everything his people need for a life of courageous faith, as we listened to his words to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.” We’ve marveled at his incomprehensible mercy, demonstrated in the life of a prostitute named Rahab. We were touched by God’s care for his people as they passed over the Jordan River and were encouraged to follow their example as they gathered stones to serve as reminders of God’s goodness. And we’re still in the first part of the book!
In all of this, we are constantly reminded that the main character in the Book of Joshua is God himself—the same God who graciously sends out his Word, like rain and snow from heaven to give his people life.
Each week we’re reminded that we all have needs that can only be met through God and his Word, and week after week we have the privilege of coming together and drinking in God’s words. Each week we see the Lord feed women who are craving his living water. We see him lifting heavy burdens, softening hard hearts, and opening blind eyes.
What could be more exciting than watching the Lord use his Word to transform his people, removing hearts of stone and replacing them with hearts that are passionate about loving and serving him?
New women continue to join us each week. If you are in the demographic that is eligible to attend (i.e. a female!), we would love to have you join us on this journey through God’s Word.
Women’s Bible Study meets on Wednesdays. The morning session is 9:15–11 a.m. and the evening session is 6:45–8:15 p.m. (with hors d’oeuvres served at 6:30 p.m.) There are programs available for kids during both sessions as well. Kids’ Korner, for Nursery–Kindergarten children, meets during the morning session and Pioneer Girls, Treeclimbers and Boys Brigade, for children grades 1–6, meets during the evening session. For more information and to register, go to http://college-church.org/adults/women.php.
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