My life group (small group, bible study, whatever you want to call it), as previously mentioned on this blog, has grown by leaps and bounds this past year. So much so that we have had to branch off into two different groups to remain effective–a “small” group cannot have two dozen people, you know? Tonight was the first night of that break.
It was odd being in a group that small, but it was nice. We had six regulars, one new girl (who lives around the corner from me and I teach with her husband, so I gave her a ride–plus she’s our leader’s former roommate), and two that couldn’t come. So even being “dispersed” we are still at a pretty good size. (The word “split” or “divided” didn’t work for us, sounded too negative. Don’t remember how they came to use “disperse” but it cracks me up.)
I’m looking forward to this new study. The group was divided based on the book we voted on for the next session, and since I didn’t give a vote (I liked both books so I didn’t care) I was put into the ‘newer’ group. It’s nice for me as it is all of about six seconds down the street from me, but it was still a small pang of longing to be with the other girls. The book we are studying is regarding prayer. Ironically enough, it is also the subject of the new sermon series at church. I think it’s absolutely divine intervention that has me in this group as opposed to the other group which is focusing on another discipline. Prayer is something I very strongly believe in. Someday I might even write out the story of why I believe it actually works and that there is a God that listens to us when we pray. But it is a discipline that I feel I need a lot of work in.
I pray. I do, I pray. I tend to pray in a conversational style rather than in a formalized structured method, and instead of setting aside a few moments at the start of each day or at the end of the day to pray I tend to have conversations with God in my head throughout my waking hours. Some of the greatest conversations that I have with him take place while I’m swimming. Since I am in the water for so long, the meditative movement is a perfect time for me to have a chat with God.
Yes, I tend to pray without speaking. Yes, I have conversations in my head. No, I do not think I need psychological consultation for such a thing (although for other matters, well, that’s probably another story). I think that God hears my prayers and that he answers them, but I feel that there is room for improvement and for consistency in my prayer life.
So I am really looking forward to this study!