TYLER, TX (KLTV) — Making the most of lunchtime takes on new meaning for some East Texas women of faith. They nurture a thirst for spiritual growth through an hour-long Bible study.
Every Wednesday at noon, “She Studies Downtown” meets at Rick’s Downtown in Tyler.
There are light meal options, but people like Mary Fowler come for spiritual nourishment.
“There’s a reason I’m here. I’ll find out by the end of the nine weeks.”
She says it’s a perfect fit for her busy schedule. Her work with Smith County Animal Control keeps her on the move throughout the day.
“Things tend to explode very quickly, you know, especially in my job. I need that time to settle down and give it to God,” Fowler said.
Leading the Bible study is Debbie Stuart, women’s minister at Green Acres Baptist Church. She teaches from a program called “Five Habits of a Woman Who Won’t Quit.”
“I want to be sure that they know how to study the word of God, that they know what to do with it. They know how to hear the voice of God above all those other voices shouting at them what to do.
Drawing on principles from the Book of Ruth and other scriptures, bite-sized messages reinforce, encourage, and inspire action.
“It’s kind of like a shot in the head. You have to take the time to stop and listen,” Fowler said. “You never know when God is speaking to you.
This food for thought feeds the soul. Throughout the weekly presentation, you’ll find practical advice, memory exercises and tips for coping with life’s distractions.
Mimi Youngblood, Women’s Ministries Administrator at Green Acres, helps plan the Bible study.
“We want to make room for the Lord and for him to be the best and first thing in our lives. And all the other things will come into play.”
Stuart says the discussion topics are timely and can impact each attendee differently.
“Often we need answers and I want us to learn how to turn to the word of God to find them. Sometimes we need comfort, breakthrough or revelation. Hey, whatever you need, you can find it in the word of God.
It’s an opportunity to grow closer to Christ and to each other, according to Fowler.
“I have to pray every day. And I pray for everything I do because it’s in God’s time and will. It’s not my time. He is the one who will show me what to do.
For those interested in the “She’s Studying Downtown” Bible study, they can drop by any Wednesday at Rick’s. Lunch is offered for 10 dollars.
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