Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

I Am Available

photo On Thursday nights I attend a Bible Study class.

The women gather with Bibles in hand, but more importantly with stories in their hearts.  We lose track of time searching for God's answers, leaning in to God's word, sharing the life moments where we find God's strength.

Sometimes we cry.

These conversations?  They circle around God's scripture.  We are fast becoming friends whose commonality is holy words bound in soft leather.  Our friendship is based on a love of His words.

There is a strength that is borne of friendship like that.

These are women I admire.  Not because their lives are perfect.  Oh, they are far from perfect.  Sometimes they share the imperfection ––they way life is handing them lemons, the unexpected detours, the sadness that keeps them awake at night.  What I admire is the fact that in the midst of carrying the weight of the world, of trying to keep control of the chaos, of constantly treading to stay afloat they set aside one night a week to study God's word.

One night.  For two hours.

They could choose a movie with buttered popcorn and milk duds. They could go to dinner and laugh and catch up. They could go to the gym.

But they don't.  They use those precious hours, their short glimpse of respite, to gather and contemplate holy words.

I admire that.

And I am so grateful to be a part.

My friend Sarah and I had a conversation as I was leaving last night.  About the group.  About how she put it together and how the women came from all different walks of life, unexpectedly, gathering.

She prayed.

A simple prayer.

Lord, I am available, and I am willing.

Because of that prayer we are experiencing blessings.  Each of us gathered there in that home.  Souls are expanding.

All because of one simple prayer.

And I wonder, in the midst of the weight of the world, of trying to keep control of the chaos, of constantly treading to stay afloat, what I could be doing more for His cause.

Not something extraordinary.  Something simple.

So this morning I prayed.

A simple prayer.

Lord, I am available, and I am willing.

Emily Freeman