Saturday, November 8, 2008

Heart Story - Tea Time With God

Women's Bible Study Christmas Party - December 2007

Heart Story by Lois Skinner and the girls

Tammy asked the Women's Bible study to write their story and I was delighted when the following women were willing to tell what was on their heart. I have led this study for eighteen years and it has been a challenge and a joy to share the scriptures, balancing the Old and New Testaments. At the present we have six different churches represented. Every Thursday from September into May we meet from one to three to share our thoughts as the scripture leads us.

Consider this an open invitation
if you are looking for an opportunity to learn,
share and just be loved. - Lois Skinner

I enjoy Bible Study.
I have learned to use the Bible
and apply the knowledge from it to my life.
I enjoy the new friends I have made.
I also get to see my granddaughter. - Lesty Baxter

Come and study the Bible with me
At a wonderful place called A Spot For Tea.
The more we study, the more we learn.
Things thought hard and difficult
Were easily explained
And put into the proper order.

Our leader is knowledgeable, patient and kind
Her dedication and love of God is so clear
When she clarifies HIS many parables and signs.

Come and study the Bible with me
It's held on Thursdays from one till three
At a wonderful place called, A Spot For Tea
The ladies are nice, sweet and charming.
They are learning the same as you and me.
We all want to know the Bible more.

That's what my good friend told me
And really true. Poem by Mary Ann Poindexter

Lois Skinner was called by God and confirmed by Gene Nease our pastor, to lead a Women's Bible Study in 1990. I was still working 8 to 5, so it was not convenient for me to attend and I was envious of the ladies who were able to attend each week. I was wishing retirement was not so far in the future. Finally retirement arrived and my anticipation became a reality.

We study the Bible, just as our name WBS implies, I have read the Bible but had not taken time to really "study" it. We take each book of the Bible and spend time really getting into it and how it connects to the rest of the books, how they complete and support what God wants us to know about Him and His word. How He loves each one of us, how we can depend on His promises, how life is much better the more we have Him as a part of it. Each time I read a passage of the Bible something new will be more clear and my understanding of God is better.

Tammy is a very important part of our WBS, attending when she can. We love hearing how God is working through her to spread His faithfulness in all parts of her business and family. She is a great example of how we can show God and His love to others and to be blessed by it. - Barbara Shryock

This Bible Study has been such a blessing to me. Along with the study, we have a discussion on the individual scriptures we read for each day. At times this has been a therapy session for me. We always have prayer requests and then prayer. It is great to see all the PTL (Praise the Lord) for the answered prayer. The Tea Room is a wonderful place to meet and enjoy fellowship with one another. Tammy always provides different flavors of tea for us all to enjoy. This is a very "special" group of ladies of all ages. - Ruth Nieman

Psalm 119:105 "Thy word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path."

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