Encouragement & Real Stories of Changed Lives
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Following the tragic loss of one of my children in 1992, I was invited by a neighbor to attend Debbie McGoldrick’s NBS. Through understanding God’s presence and purpose in trials and receiving the encouragement and love of neighbors, my heart began to heal. I know personally the power of NBS to change lives and grow women in their faith journey. I began an NBS when I moved to a new neighborhood in 1998, and I am passionate about making NBS available to women at all stages of life. Whether they are exploring the Bible for the first time or desiring to grow in their faith, women love to meet in the comfort of a neighbor’s home to study and discover together God’s life-transforming Word.“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 NIVTo watch Jan tell her story in her own words; click here: Jan's Story To subscribe to this blog, click here and enter your email on the right, then click “subscribe.”
Ok, so you have planned and prepared…you have prayed and prayed… your invitations have been sent… some have expressed an interest …you have picked the perfect study…and FINALLY it is time…it is your first gathering…you are so excited! And it happens. The thing you most feared… no one shows up or only one or two women come.WHAT DO YOU DO? If no one is there, go ahead and have a good cry. Really, you deserve it. If you have company, you will need to hold off on crying till later though...This probably won’t happen to you, but if it does, here is what I learned:(1) It is not about you. How can it be? You are just beginning! Don’t take it personally! You are not a loser or a bore or whatever else may be going through your mind...(2) God may be testing your faithfulness. If God’s desire is that none should perish, if He would leave the 99 to go after the one, will you lead just one or two if that is all He sends? Is it about you or Him? Are you willing? Can he entrust you with a few? Will you prepare for the one like you would for the crowd? Will you serve Him with all that you have no matter the number?(3) You may need a friend, just one friend, who will show up with you every time you meet. Having just one other person with you will make it easier for others to come and will definately help you to feel better too!(4) Keep praying and keep doing what you believe God has called you to do until He tells you otherwise. I promise, He will reward you for your faithfulness. In fact, He will bless you beyond your wildest imagination!!!