It all started in Family Christian Bookstore a few weeks back. I went looking for a new devotion to start for the new year. As I stood there staring at all of the options without a clue where to start, I prayed. I knew what God had been speaking to me and I knew the direction He was leading me, but I had no idea that this devotion would be a part of that. I just wanted something good to read with my coffee in the morning. So I prayed for Him to direct me to which one. I was hoping one would just stick out in the sea of options.
Then I saw a title that caught my eye and picked it up ..."What Happens When Women Say to Yes to God" by Lysa Terkeurst. Skimmed the back, read the first page and knew it was the one. I started it the very next day and went through the first few days before God stopped me with the idea of sharing it with other women. I've been asked before about the different books and devotionals that I read and I love sharing about them. In fact it is one of my favorite things to do.
So one afternoon, I found myself posting a picture on instagram inviting women to join me in an online study group of it. I had no idea what it would take to start or how to start, or even what to call it but I knew God was telling me to do it. I stood there with my finger on "publish" about to post the picture and told Brandon "everything in me is telling me not to do it."
And he said; "Then that probably means you should"
He knows me well. I was warring with my flesh that said 1) I have to have every detail figured out BEFORE I start and 2) that no one would be interested in joining.
After the first day of putting my feelers into the instagram world, I had about 50 women interested. And then 100. And now we are somewhere around 300 women who've joined the study either through the WomenAnchored Instagram or Facebook page.
Y'all, I was seriously just hoping for like 5 women.
I mean it's amazing what happens when your obedient isn't it?
But then I needed a name...If you know me, you know I'm big on words, so I didn't take naming this group lightly. I remembered that over the month of December, while dealing with the loss of our baby, I just kept hearing the word Hope, and what it means to be truly ANCHORED in it. In His word, His truth. Because Lord knows my emotions were up and down during that time, but deep down inside, at the root of everything I knew, I clung to hope and I never lost sight of it. Or of His love & plans that He has for me.
So, -Women Anchored- was born.
I have no idea where this women's group will go or what will become of it, but I know that right now & today, it's a group of women committed to studying together, learning, growing, inspiring, connecting, encouraging and empowering one another to live a life Anchored...steady, strong, and firm in God's truth.
It's not too late for you to join if you'd like! We are just on day 4, but I post a new "note" with key points from the days devotional each day on the Women Anchored Facebook page. You can keep up that way, or get yourself the book. Either one is fine by me! I just ask that you join in! Give some input, meet other women...it's all about growing together in Christ and connecting with one another! If you prefer to kinda sit on the back row, but still join, that's fine too! Just give me a little shout out somehow to let me know you're joining us and so that I can be praying for you :)
You can get the book on Amazon, download it on your iTunes, nook or kindle, or find it at Lifeway & Family Christian Bookstores. You can get the book itself if you like, but we are studying the actual "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God" devotional, so make sure you get that one too.
Hope you'll join us! I honestly feel like this is a study and group that will change and empower so many women!
Hope your having a happy Sunday. The weather here in Texas has been gorgeous this weekend!