- Anna TenPas
A Rocky Start...
Updated: Dec 30, 2021
I am the leader of the Middle School Girl’s Bible Study on Tuesday nights. We had just finished a video study called “This is the Day” by Tim Tebow. That study was about how we as Christians are often fearful and scared to do things that the Lord is calling us to do, but we need to just dive in and say, “Today is the day!” I had been really excited about this study, but after going through the first couple sessions, I knew the girls weren’t really getting into it. This had made me pretty discouraged because I had been so excited for it, and the last study I did didn’t really go as planned either.
One of my girls had mentioned wanting to do a study on Proverbs, so I decided that after this video study, we would start Proverbs. I began looking around for Bible study books to supplement our reading, but I just couldn’t find any! Most of them were for adults and too hard for the girls to understand, or they were about being a Proverbs 31 woman (a great study, but not quite what I was looking for). I had started to give up on that study and began looking for new studies, but I couldn’t shake the thought that I should do Proverbs. So I started my process over again. Searching on Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, and other sites trying to find a good study. No luck. Finally, I had a thought: “Maybe I should just make a study…” Part of me thought that I didn’t have the time or knowledge to be able to pull this off, but after searching around for the third time, I decided that this was my only option. I began playing around in Canva, a great designing software. After playing around, I began to get much more excited. I worked on the study for about a weekend, and it was done. I LOVED the questions, activities, and aesthetic of it! When I introduced it to my girls a few weeks later, they were super excited about it! Finally, I had found a study that the girls were excited about and that I thought they would really be able to benefit from!
The other week, I asked, “What is wisdom?” and one of my girls was super excited to give me the answer, and she proceeded to open up to a specific verse that she had read that explained exactly what wisdom is. Another thing I had them do was to draw a picture of a fountain, because Proverbs talks a lot about being a “Fountain of life”. Almost every single girl came the next week with their drawing and were able to explain why they did it and what it meant.
This year of Bible Study may have started rocky, but I am now confident that the girls are learning and taking away a lot of practical lessons and wisdom from the book of Proverbs. God used that time of discouragement to really push me to do something that I didn’t think I would be able to do!