CRAVING CONNECTION; FINDING GRACE
Michele Jancola

As women, we crave connection. During the summer months, we can feel disconnected when all of our typical activities like small groups or Bible studies are on break. So a few months ago, when I sensed the Holy Spirit prompting me to hold a summer Bible study, it was an easy thing to commit to since I, too, crave connection with other women and with God.

More than 100 women signed up for the 6-session study, Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed. Ladies attended with their sisters, mothers, daughters and friends.  College students to great grandmas and women of every age in between came together to connect with each other and with our Savior. At the end of each session, women shared with me how what they had learned from the study was impacting the way they viewed themselves as daughters of the King and how they were deciding to think and act differently in view of who God is. Praise God!

Many women also commented to me how much they enjoyed the rich discussions around their tables and that they were amazed at how they and the women in their table groups were so comfortable being very open and transparent with each other. The Bible study speakers helped set the stage for a safe space by teaching that our God is so grace-filled and forgiving towards us as believers that we can be honest with Him and one another about areas of sin and shame in our lives.

During this study on the life of David, we gathered every week to learn more about who we are as God’s beloved daughters and who God is as our grace-filled, trustworthy, Holy Father and redeemer. Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, and Kay Arthur taught how we, like David, can embrace God’s call on our lives, that with God’s empowerment we can move past our devastation in life, and when we are at crossroads in life we can trust God to help us make the right choices.

We would love to have you join us this fall for one of HCC’s Women’s Bible Studies, small groups, or support groups so that you too can experience a deeper connection with God and other Christian women. For more information check out the Women’s Studies website page.

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