The Ladies Coffee Group at Macedonia Baptist Church in Hiawassee, Georgia, recently completed The Beatitudes Bible Study, led by Becky Woodard. She sent me these comments from various participants at the conclusion of their study. They’re powerful and I want to share them with you! I have them separated by Beatitude.
“I am happy to hear the Word of God. About the ‘poor in spirit’….I am nothing without God. God is so good to us…I feel happy every time I listen to the Word of God. I know that He will make my life wonderful….Amen. Evilyn White (from the Phillippines)
“I have always loved the Beatitudes. Now I believe that I understand them better, particularly “the poor in spirit.’ I now see that it is a starting place, a beginning of recognizing my failures and needs. That is the start of dealing with them and doing what God wants me to do. However, ‘the peacemaker’ is what I focus on almost daily. I feel a strong need to be a Peacemaker. Anger and anxiety must be kept away, so that Peace is present in my life as I talk and deal with people. ‘Peacemakers who sow in peace, raise a harvest of righteousness.’( James 3:18)” Mary Lynne
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
“All of the Beatitudes were extremely meaningful to me…I selected this one.’ I wanted to see something in this reading to reassure my children. 1) Our Lord imparts and overwhelming a sense of peace that ‘surpasses all understanding.’ (Philippians 4:6-7) 2) God promises a blessed uniting with those who have preceded us and are now residents in our future heavenly destination (John 11:25-26), and, most importantly, 3) Our indescribable and long-awaited encounter with Jesus Christ in heavenly form, more personal and real than we could ever imagine.” Linda Millians
“This was the Beatitude that stood out most to me. After numerous deaths in my family, my mother, both of my brothers, my husband, and the unexpected death of my oldest son, left me feeling loss in a way I have never felt before. Jesus is now my constant companion and I feel comforted. He will never forsake me. His very presence fills my heart with joy in spite of my grief. To think that God would even notice me is a wonder, how awesome it is to know he loves me and you. That is an overwhelming thought, to be cherished, and I am looking forward to seeing my loved ones again. Thank you for sharing with us through your blessed book.” Darlene Bradshaw
As I read the powerful Epilogue about Wes and how he went through losing his daughter, this really jumped out at me. It sounded like a description of myself when I lost my daughter to cancer, November 22, 2014. It gave me a lot of insight of what I need to do with myself. I finally prayed for Jesus to take matters into His Hands. I turned all my sorrow and pain over to My Lord, Jesus Christ.
After this I hungered and thirsted to learn more about Jesus Christ, and that when I came across the Beatitude, ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.’ Thank you for this book, it’s made me see my life differently.” Patsy Giddens
If I have a favorite Beatitude it is this. I pray from now on I can have these same characteristics by being humble, denying myself, show tender mercy and genuine care for all people in this world.
I was especially blessed by the Holy Spirit as I scaled the Mirrored Mountains of Meekness in the Land of the Beatitudes. As I exhaustedly climbed that mountain, I felt that I left bits and pieces of “self” hanging on every other tree branch. As I reached the summit, my own reflections had faded away, but the peaks were glowing with Christ’s love, mercy, and grace that He so freely gives to all who will receive Him. “He must increase, and I must decrease.” John 3:30
“This study has blessed me and I have grown spiritually because of it. I have a much better understanding of the lessons Jesus wanted his Disciples to learn before sending them out into the world. Now, I can apply these same lessons to my personal Christian walk. Kathleen Cole
“In this busy life it is a challenge to seek Jesus and God’s Will for the day. My prayer is that I see Jesus and His Will, give up pride and self. I want to decrease and for Jesus increase each day.” Jean Kendall
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
“This is my favorite Beatitude. I realize that each Beatitude prior to this one actually led up to this one—our holiness—our sanctification, which come with our understanding of our salvation so freely given by a merciful God to sinful man, and our desire to let go of our old grievous ways, and our hurt and bitterness—leaving them at the cross. The joy and desire to please Him makes us long to see Him and be like Him. He refines my soul as I walk daily with Him. My fiery trials purge me and slowly mold me into the holy person God wants me to be—transparent before Him—Close to Him, and effective in witness and purpose. It is my prayer to always bring my cares and my failures to Him—asking to be purged and cleansed daily. I desire God’s smile upon me always.” Becky Woodard (Group Leader)
“The entirety of The Beatitudes is God speaking to us as we will use them every day to re-create ourselves in His image and likeness….I especially connect with spiritual poverty at times when my God connection should be the strongest. Self gets in the way. I will definitely refer to my readings of this book many times in my future to keep me focused on, pleasing, and identifying with the everlasting love of Our God.” Marilyn
My heart was touched to watch these ladies participate in this writing exercise. They were prayerful and thoughtful as they expressed themselves. After our class dismissed they continued to share their comments orally, and stated how they would treasure the book and refer to it often.
THANK YOU FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL STUDY BOOK ON THE POWERFUL BEATITUDES. Becky Woodard
The Beatitudes Bible Study (with lesson powerpoints), the study book (pictured above), and The Beatitudes Life album are available at discounted prices under Purchase on this website. Please get a copy of the book, read it, and let God lead you to do this Study to help carry these precious spiritual jewels from Jesus to our generation for Him! They change who we are in Him, draw us closer to Him, and make us even more effective instruments for Him here on earth!