It just occurred to me that some of you may wonder what qualifies me to write a Bible study, since that was my first published book. I know I wouldn’t trust just anyone to write a Bible study worth journeying through.
To be honest, I asked myself that same question many times as I wrote it. As I said before, “Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises For Our Lives was born from a need in my church for an adult VBS class that had no curriculum.” (read my entry “Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises Available” for more specific info on the book.)
I’ve been in ministry since I was a teenager; however, just because I’ve served in various capacities in different churches, does that automatically mean I know how to put together a Bible study? Maybe, but there’s more to my story.
I spent 3 1/2 years at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas, working toward my Master’s of Divinity. It was during this time that I re-discovered my calling — writing. Ministry had always been a struggle, as if I was trying to eat with my feet while walking on my hands, yet writing was almost as easy as breathing (so long as I didn’t let my perfectionism get in the way).
So I decided to quit the ministry and devote my time to writing. (Well… okay, so it took two more years, but I did it.) I’ve still been active in my church, but not as part of the staff. When the opportunity to write some curriculum came up you would think I would have jumped at the chance. After all, it would be a blend of a former passion with a life-long passion.
I hesitated. I wasn’t convinced I was qualified. I was a ministry dropout. What could I possibly offer? Then my husband reminded me that many of the greatest people in the Bible weren’t “qualified.” In fact, Moses, the man whose story is the main part of the first six lessons in Fear Not, kept giving excuses to God why he shouldn’t be the one to go to Pharaoh.
Keeping that in mind, I dove in and gave it my all for two (long!) months. Is it the best Bible study ever written? Probably not. Is it a Bible study anyone can use to meet God in a new and, perhaps, unexpected way? Most definitely. Each lesson begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.
I don’t plan on writing another Bible study, but if the opportunity arises I may just turn that corner and forge ahead.