Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Musings - The Feast of Purim

This past week was the last meeting for the Bible Study I was leading on the book of Esther. After two years of not teaching or leading, I have to admit that I truly enjoyed getting back into studying, preparing, and teaching each week.

We concluded the last session of our study by reviewing (and implementing) four parts of the Feast of Purim.
1. Feasting - we went to eat at Cheesecake Factory after the meeting!
2. Joy - we acknowledged the joy of the Lord in our lives.
3. Presents - I presented each of the ladies with a bookmark.
4. Gifts to the Poor - we collected funds to buy Bibles for women in villages in Kenya, Africa.

My goal each week was to take the material we studied and apply it to our lives by asking the ladies to ponder a question. I've listed the four questions we've been considering below. I hope you'll take a moment to ponder them today also.

1. Are we so assimilated into our culture that others won't recognize us as Christians?
2. Are we in our current "place" for such a time as this?
3. Is God asking us to trust Him and step out in faith?
4. Are we allowing one bad/negative/frustrating thing in our lives to overshadow all the good things?


Ellyn said...

wonderful questions. I'll bet the ladies loved their bookmarks. Esther, what an amazing woman! Like you...

humel said...

Challenging questions, but well worth giving some thought to. Thank you xx