During Debbye Turner Bell’s reign as Miss America, she was asked countless times, “How did you do it?” Everybody wanted to know how—in her words—this little black girl from Jonesboro, Arkansas, ended up winning one of the most iconic titles in the world.
But Debbye quickly realized the question really wasn’t about the process; it was about the possibility. They wanted to know how they, too, could overcome the odds and find success, especially when facing opposition.
Hey, 4:13ers! I’ve got big news … Lifeway Women is featuring Take Courage: A Study of Haggai as their spring Online Bible Study! This means you can receive FREE access to the seven teaching videos that accompany the study, and you’ll also get to be part of their online community full of women just like you.
So, in anticipation of this special event, I’m bringing back a past episode of the podcast as a reminder of how you can take courage when you feel like you can’t take one … more … thing! You’ll learn some biblical choices you can make to help you be the woman of courage God created you to be.
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).