So, I’ve been through Breaking Free, James-Mercy Triumphs (Beth Moore studies) and now, we’re studying The Living Room Series, Nehemiah, a heart that can break (Kelly Minter). Consecutively, back-to-back. One step at a time. And now, we’re in Nehemiah. I wasn’t sure how to study in this book, with its different layout and being (only) familiar with Moore’s studies. I opted to read up to Video 1 and read the Book of Nehemiah. Upon the first session we had together, I learned I should have read up to Video 2. That’s 36 pages as opposed to 10. I’ve been doing double-time to catch up this week. I’m almost on target with the studies for this week. But, I’m stunned. Once again.
Switching from the familiar Beth Moore studies was a little daunting. We had met Kelly Minter in the study on James. She does the sit-down interviews with Beth and Melissa (Beth’s daughter) at the beginning of the DVD sessions with Moore. Our first session on the Nehemiah study brought tables in a different array, wait, different tables in a different array. I think several of us missed studying like we should have, and I wasn’t alone in trying to figure out the layout of the study. Several of the ladies were out and we had several (wonderful) new and returning faces. The videos were different. The study felt so . . . foreign. But I did read Nehemiah. I did verify the seasons for the months of Chislev and Nisan, start my own timeline and look up the walls of Jerusalem to understand the picture that Nehemiah painted when he spoke of first one group of people and a gate or wall, and another.
Turns out that Minter has a timeline in her study book. Plus, today I found out that tomorrow, when I read Session 2, Day 02, (on page 42), I will be labeling a diagram of the walls in the study book. I really smiled at that. But, what am I really writing about here? I mean, really. Continue reading