I’m grateful you’re doing the Take Courage Bible study; and, I want to give you heads up about a possible speed bump on Day 3 of Week 1 that could slow you down or trip you up.
Here’s the deal. On page 21, I ask you to read Ezra 4:24. And then my comments indicate that the people stopped working on the temple because they became discouraged. But, if you read all of Ezra 4—which you don’t need to and aren’t supposed to yet—you would read that the people were “compelled by force to stop” in response to an order by King Artaxerxes (Ezra 4:23).
A few years ago, I was in a low place. My BFFs—Joan and Paula—noticed something was wrong as we sat down at one of our favorite restaurants. Over teriyaki chicken and hot and sour soup, they asked, “You aren’t yourself. What’s wrong?”
Several years ago, I began most days coaching myself to get up and be the grown-up I was supposed to be. You see, I didn’t want to face the day because it would probably be like all the yesterdays that had come before … dark, hard, and long.
If you’ve listened to the 4:13 Podcast for long, you know I’m an Anglophile. Yep, I’m a British Wanna-Be … I’m a bit obsessed with all things England, its history, its culture, and its dead authors like C.S. Lewis.