Kickoff and Ice Breakers

Today marks the kickoff of Kelly Minter’s Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break study.

Kelly Minter, Transformed Deeper

Don’t click away if you aren’t planning on doing the study with us. I’ll try to bring you up to speed every week so you can join in the conversation too. Or if you want to join us (it’s open to anyone) there’s still time to get your book from LifeWay online or at one of the their stores. We will meet back here next week to discuss the first week’s study. Originally, I was thinking we would meet on Tuesdays but I think the posts will go up every Wednesday morning. I encourage you to comment every week and then come back and read the other reader’s comments as well so that we can all learn from each other.

I wanted to share part of what Kelly wrote in the introduction of Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break.

As God is forming me into a more whole and free woman, Ive begun to realize that freedom and healing aren’t just so I can have exquisite friends, dwell in a peaceful home, attend an amazing church, make a comfortable salary, and eat tick-fed chiken. These are sublime blessings, but christ has made us whole for far more than our own earthly comforts and pleasures. Essentially, wholeness is not the end but the very beginning, because wholeness allows us to give much more of our hears, possessions, time, wisdom, money, friendship and love away- a part of my Christianity that has been lacking.

Wow! Who doesn’t struggle with all of this and like her I believe this has been missing from my Christianity too. But I want more… I want a heart that can break… that breaks for others. This my friend is what this study is about. Oh, and if you didn’t understand the “tick-fed chicken” comment you’ll have to get the book to find out the rest of the story.

For my own benefit I have selected a memory verse for each week. I don’t know about you but memorizing scripture is one area I need lots of improvement in. This weeks verse is Nehemiah 1:11a.

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I have really been looking forward to this study and in preparation have already started on it. So far I have been completely blessed by it and know you will too. Since, this is our first time all together so to speak let’s take time to get to know each other a little better. Imagine we are all in my living room…

drinking coffee and eating chocolate cake or brownies (or both). Maybe we should all make an agreement to eat some chocolate when we read these posts every week.! Just so we can pretend we are together. Anyway, imagine we are all in my living room chatting away. Getting to know each other before we start digging in together. Let’s all share our names, where we are from (you can just say what state if you want) and something interesting about yourself.

For instance…

My name is Krystle. I live in Birmingham, Alabama. Thankfully, height doesn’t matter in the blog world because I am only 4′ 11″ tall. Which means still at 28 I am frequently mistaken for a teenager (it’s happening less and less though) and I am forced to wear children’ s shoes for the most part. Let’s just say excessive shoe shopping is not something I struggle with.

Ok, now your turn…

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11 thoughts on “Kickoff and Ice Breakers

  1. Laura Beth

    Hey! I’m Laura Beth and I live in Bham with Krystle! I’m excited to do this Nehemiah study, I’ve never done a Beth Moore or a Kelly Minter study! If that doesn’t count as my interesting thing, then I’ll also tell you that I love to play ultimate frisbee!

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    1. Krystle Post author

      Thanks for joining in Laura Beth! I had no idea that you liked ultimate frisbee… I’ve never played. The questions for tomorrow’s post are already up under the Transformed Deeper tab of the blog… just incase you want to be thinking them over. I will also include them in the post for tomorrow. See you soon and happy fourth!

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  2. Susan

    I am so aggravated at myself! Here it is time to begin the study and I don’t have my book yet. I thought I could download it to my Nook, but it doesn’t seem to be available that way. I will look for the book while I am out and about this week and try to catch up. I am still trying to process, take notes, and review the James study (Beth Moore)we did this spring. Powerful, powerful stuff!

    Besides begin a procrastinator, I also love all things vintage!

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    1. Krystle Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Susan. Like you I am also a procrastinator… so I completely understand. I hope you are able to get the book while you are out this week. The good news is that Kelly’s studies are a little shorter than Beth’s. So it won’t take too long to catch up. It’s going to be a great study. I have already posted the questions for tomorrow if you want to look at them while you read through this week’s material. The new post will go up on the 4th!

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  3. Erin McCoy

    Hi I’m Erin! in alabama as well.. excited to do the study.. like laura beth i have never done a beth moore or kelly minter study before, and i don’t recall ever reading through nehemiah (although i guess i did once when i did the read-thru-the-bible-in-a-year thing (which i don’t know if i’ll do it again like that because clearly i didn’t get deep enough to even remember that i read it! — oops) haha

    got awful excited when krystle posted the video… this study seems to complement my life the past few years.. well, since end of 2008 or so where God has broken my heart for orphans and revealed the numerous ways that can play out from a practical standpoint. In 2008, i prayed for God to break my heart for what breaks His.. which is a scary prayer come to think of it, but i was so fresh and naive in my faith that it ended up corresponding directly with my growth in my faith.

    if i were to pick the parts of the intro that stood out, then it was pretty much the whole section that krystle already wrote.. but another section in the study that really stood out to me was this:
    “I…have nothing close to the perfect equation for how much to give to those who have nothing to eat in proportion to how much to spend on a new piece of furniture. But then again, the command to love God and love other isn’t a science project. It’s a command intertwined with God transforming us into His own image and of us surrendering our lives back to Him.”

    for those of you that know me, you’ll know that due to my current predicament, i felt the ‘science project’ part to be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but on a serious note, this is something i have a really really really hard time with. It’s hard to know that there aren’t necessarily set limits, rules, lines, etc (when i apparently thrive when rules and boundaries are clear!), so it’s a little out of my comfort zone. Sometimes I feel like i tend to go a bit extreme, but….. well…. we’ll just see what happens! 🙂

    oh and an interesting fact: I am attending my first birth as a doula sometime this or next month!! yippeeeee!!! (i may be more excited than the momma.. well, prob not (this is her first), but i am soooooooo excited!

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    1. Krystle Post author

      Sorry for taking so long to reply… time got away from me. I am so glad you are enjoying the study so far and like you that same section also stood out to me. I guess because in some way I am always looking for something that says “If you gave X amount then feel free to spend Y amount on vacations, clothes, or whatever you want to on yourself.” Haha! Cause that’s how good works you know? When in reality if we work more on loving the Y amount becomes less of a focus factor. Not that spending money on these things is wrong it just becomes less of our top priority.
      Congrats on your first doula birthing experience this month. You will have to let me know how it goes!

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