Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pressing On

I can't bear to talk health anymore... so quick update and then we're pressing on. Feeling much better, after having a nasty 'adverse reaction' to the meds I was on. Apparently Advair and I are not friends. Now, I have a new medication (that's the 8th in four weeks for those of you keeping count) that seems to actually work pretty well most of the time.  I have an appointment next Wednesday to have a pulmonary function test and hope to get some more answers in the breathing department that very day. Also, I'm all done with the Prednisone. The drug-induced POW is gone, but I am so happy to not be feeling horrid I am appreciating the natural POW that comes with hope and rest.

Okay, so here's the deal: I've been reading through the Bible, with commentary, daily, chapter by chapter for the last three years. I am currently in the book of Daniel and I am love, love, loving it so much I can barely stand keeping it to myself. THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD STUFF IN THERE!!!

I have this harebrained idea that I'm letting God stir around in my heart... I am thinking about writing an online, 4 week long bloggy Bible study that takes us all on a trek through the book of Daniel.

What do you think? How many of you would be interested in joining me? Here's how I think it'd work:

Sundays: You'll get emailed to you the study guide for the week. Included will be 4 days' worth of materials. Each day's materials will be designed to be completable in around 20 minutes (including reading).You'll have all week to finish them at your own pace.

Mondays: We'll meet again to discuss 2 discussion questions on my blog and/or you can post this information on your own blog.

I'm super excited about this idea- and would love to get your opinion...What do you think:

a. Is this something that would interest you?
b. If timing is your only obstacle, what timing would be better?
c. Is there another obstacle we could work through?

I've long wanted to write a through the Bible devotion book- and though I've written kid's curriculum, I've never done anything like this for adults. You'd be like my guinea pigs, so I can't really make a lot of promises. I can promise you that I'll be open to input so the study might be something that doesn't add another thing to your plate, but maybe instead opens the door for God to be able to lighten your load. I can promise you I'll pray about every word I write. And I can promise you that God will be glorified. Also, because you're being my test subjects, I'll be happy to provide the study guide to you via email for free.

Daniel is a book full of intrigue. So far I'm seeing themes of weathering trials, silencing satan's lies, standing firm in our faith... and *gulp* end times prophesy. Should be QUITE a safari.

You don't have to commit now, but if you think you might be interested, virtually raise your hand in the comment section below. (and don't worry if this isn't calling your name right now... I also can promise not to take it personally!) If I get the green light from God, and there are enough interested, I think we'll kick this off the first week of the new year.

 *holds breath* okay, I'm all ears- what say you?

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."
Daniel 3:16-18



Kellie said...

I think its an excellent idea...And I love that it is only 4 weeks long because that is time-frame that feel doable with everything else that is going on!

I would say maybe tackle it in the New Year though, my blog life always slows down this time of year!

His Girl said...

Yes! Exactly! New Year! That's what I'm thinking too! :)

Shanda said...

I love the book of Daniel and I would be thrilled to do a 4-week study in the New Year! I might even be back to blogging then myself...we'll see.

Sorry you and Advair didn't fair well together. Praising God that you are having hope and rest!

Deidre said...

I'm leading a bible study group on the book of Daniel now (Beth Moore) and it's the most intriguing book. I think this is an excellent idea. I will be in prayer for you as you prepare.

The "McLean" Family said...

sounds good I think I would be interested...keep me posted!

RosieRed said...

Sounds great...I'm in!

Vindiciti said...

I am excited and the timing is great. If we are moving, I will not be able to get in on a study for a little bit. Though I feel like I'll be needing some down time and God is hinting for me to slow down, I think it'll be small compared to what is a norm which I am having a hard time picking which good is best. Blah, blah, I'm long winded tonight. Hope that makes sense!

Glad to hear you're doing better! Will pray for the study, too, instead of just air. :)

Andrea Frazer said...

I'm interested. I'm thrilled you've found a medication that is kind of working for you.

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

It sounds wonderful. I will follow you guys, but I have another study I'll be starting in the new year...personal journey for my circumstances.

Great idea, and such a cute button!


Jenster said...

Oh please, oh please, oh please!! I love Daniel. IMVHO it's one of the most fascinating books of the Bible. And I will be your guinea pig any day!

Becky said...

I'd SO be interested. The traditional Bible Stories that come out of Daniel were always my favorites. Plus, you know...all the prophecies and such that tie in with the end times and all that.

Just Me said...

I love the book of Daniel! You go girl! So fun I found your blog! =)

Angela said...

Hi, I found your blog through a link on someone elses. I would be interested in trying an on-line Bible study.
amarieproctor at yahoo dot com

Sing4joy said...

Can guinea pigs even raise their hands? Do they have hands? Will we discuss this in the study?
Whatever the answers, I am TOTALLY IN!

Gretchen said...

Done! See you on the 1st with Daniel.