Daughters of Promise November/December 2014 - Page 53

A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place, by Beth Moore. On the whole I would recommend Mrs. Moore’s books, though they have a bit more book work and may be difficult for some to keep up with. Some also come with videos. There are several books by Jennie Allen that look excellent. Though I have not used them yet, they seem rich and substantial and I plan on trying them in the future. after the group study to split up into smaller prayer groups. Each would have no more than four people (so as to keep it more intimate), the groups were different every meeting, and the leader of each prayer group would have a list of relevant questions for discussion and prayer. At times we enjoyed these moments of being together almost more than the study itself! It helped us to really understand one another better and be real with our fellow sisters. Again, I will say to stay open to the Spirit. I had found a book that I wanted to use for our next session, but felt the Lord nudging me to something else. So once you get some ideas together, pray and maybe get a second opinion before making any investments. And speaking of prayer, I’d like to us this space to encourage you as the teacher to spend alot of time in prayer - for the study, for your students, and for yourself as well. Your class will only go as well as you yourself have prepared for it, and your students will only gain from you what you have invested as well. Don’t get so busy that you neglect this most vital part of having an effective study time. It is meaningful to pray as a group before beginning the class as well. Now that you have targeted your age group and have a topic in place, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty practicalities of organizing it all! There are important details to consider, such as deciding where you will host your meetings (at home, rotating between houses, at church, etc.) and collaborating with the ladies to work out schedules (always difficult! ). We found it worked well for our group to meet every other Monday evening. But, perhaps your clan would do better in the morning or afternoon, or even weekends. Don’t get discouraged by schedule Our last study took about three months to finish, and our first one took six months. When you’ve invested that much time into something, it’s nice to have some closure when it’s finished, so we plan a final “huzzah” for our last session! Again, get creative! You could pull an all-nighter and do a pajama party, host a special tea, plan a girl’s campout under the stars, etc. Last year we planned a movie night and watched “Fiddler on the Roof”. The movie was about Russian Jews so we hosted a traditional Shabbat meal, having different people bring different aspects of the meal and everyone had to dress the part. I prepared some questions in relation to our topic and had a final discussion around the table. Make it as serious or silly as you want, but the point is to make it memorable! rest assured THAT YOU WILL AND NEVER REGRET IT! conflicts - be flexible! One thing my group found helpful with hosting was to delegate out tasks. Since I was leading the study, and my co-leader was hosting the meetings in her home, we divided up