Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Words from Charon on "Jonah" (by Priscilla Shires)......

First, let me say that I am ill-equipped to do JONAH justice in one blog post!  This, by far, was my favorite Bible study in years!  I'll admit when I first saw the title I thought "what on earth is there to know about Jonah and the whale?"  A LOT.  That's what!  Girls--if you're about to start Jonah, know that you will be BLESSED!

This Bible study will change the way you look at life's circumstances, or, as noted in the Bible study, interruptions.  Jonah certainly was interrupted when he was directed by God to go to Ninevah!  Not only did Jonah run, but he was interrupted AGAIN when he was swallowed by a whale!

We've all had interruptions--good and/or bad.  Some shake us to our very core, some are challenging, and some interruptions are exciting.  A few of my personal interruptions are

-My brother's Naval ship being bombed overseas and us not knowing if he was alive for 2 or 3 days
-My Mom dying at 44 years young; I was 20.  This happened only 7 months after my brother's ship being bombed.
-Having my children "planned" out.  I thought I would have 2; one boy and one girl.  2 rowdy, rambunctious boys later, "why 2 boys Lord" was on my mind all the time.  (I know many women suffer from infertility and this in no way is meant to offend you--it simply goes to show that OUR plans are not HIS plans.)  A necessary and somewhat emergency hysterectomy when I was 27 years old would make me thankful to have children period.  (though I still have days when I yearn for baby dolls and tea parties rather than super heroes and hot wheels, ha-ha).

Our yielding to God during life's interruptions is what is important.  As Priscilla notes in the study, the interrupted life is the privileged life.  We are such a privileged people that our God lives AND speaks to us!  (although I'm guilty of running just like Jonah when God does speak).

While God's call to you might seem like an interruption to you at first, you will find through the JONAH Bible study that this call is actually DIVINE INTERVENTION.

May you be blessed as you venture into JONAH!


Thank you, Charon!! Hugs to you.

7 comments:

  1. I can "hear" your enthusiasm and excitement.
    It's very contiguous.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a thought-provoking post! And I so agree that we are a privileged people. God is so gracious to work daily in our lives to accomplish His purposes.

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  3. thanks for sharing this. i love a great Bible study (i love any Bible study!) i am sure we will do this one soon, we have done priscilla's other studies....be blessed Charon & Diana ;)

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  4. I love this! I think I'll recommend this study for our next Ladies' study. Keep it coming! :)

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  5. I have heard it is really good. We did a study a couple of years ago about Jonah that was similiar, but wasn't Beth Moore. No one does a bible study like Beth. She really brings things to light. Glad it touched you.
    Hugs,
    TARA

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  6. I read your post last night after writing mine and thought....yep, those were definitely "chutes"! SOounds like a wonderful study..I'm glad it blessed you so!

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  7. Our Bible study group will need a new study for the fall, so I'll keep watching for more posts about how you are enjoying the series. So much to learn from this man and the choices he makes.

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