New Bible Study, New Opportunities to Grow Together

We’re just plain giddy over our newest six-week Bible study, Abigail: Living with the Difficult People in Your Life, so we’re giving away two book bundles (five copies of the Abigail study are included in each bundle). We know leaders love to organize group studies, so we’re making it easy for you!

To enter the drawing, drop a comment below to let us know we can count you in our first-ever online study, July 31–September 11. Keep reading below for more details on the Abigail study and the Facebook launch party with Paula Marsteller (and yours truly!) on July 31. Who doesn’t love a party? Leslie Bennett, Women’s Ministry Initiatives

Difficult people—if you haven’t had one in your life either currently or in the past, then you’re probably living alone somewhere in the wilderness. I’ve worked with some, lived next door to others, and even attended church with a few. And if I’m honest, I have to admit that at times the difficult person has been me!

If you can relate, then I’m excited to introduce you to our brand-new Bible study, Abigail: Living with the Difficult People in Your Life. This six-week study based on the teachings of Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth gets real about what it’s like to live with someone who’s extremely difficult—while also offering practical, godly insight on what we should do about it.

A Short Story with a Lot to Teach

Parts of Abigail’s story in 1 Samuel 25 can almost sound like a blockbuster movie—there’s the handsome king, an angry and churlish man who dares to cross him, and a wise woman who intercedes in an attempt for peace. But the reality is that the story of David, Nabal, and Abigail isn’t that different from what a lot of us live every day.

Ever think about your own needs ahead of someone else’s? I sure have.
Ever react impulsively out of anger? Guilty as charged.
Ever wish you knew the right thing to say . . . at the right moment . . . to the right person? All the time.

Abigail’s story in Scripture might be short, but it’s jam-packed full of powerful lessons about how to interact with—and even show love and respect to—those hard-to-love people in our lives. Here are just a few takeaways from the study that spoke to my own heart:

  • A godly woman who is wise and discerning has great power and influence on the people around her.
  • A woman who walks with God will be prepared to act wisely in a crisis. But don’t expect to get a crash course when the crisis hits—you need to have been already growing in wisdom and discernment.
  • We need to respond to the foolish people in our lives in a way that doesn’t make us become foolish ourselves.
  • If you’re a child of God, then you are under His eternal protection. No matter what you face in this life, you can rest knowing He will protect you forever.
  • God can use difficult people to make us wise, discerning, and even beautiful.

Join the Online Study!

Sound intriguing? Then I invite you to study Abigail with us in our first-ever online study via Facebook Live from July 31–September 11. Our own Paula Marsteller (and an occasional guest) will meet Tuesdays from 7–7:30 p.m. ET, with a chance for you to join in the conversation and go deeper into your own study.

So whether it’s online or on your own, I hope you’ll join in! There’s much God can teach us through Abigail as we navigate the ins and outs of our relationships with others, and I want to learn as much as I can. What about you?

Leave us a comment that you’re participating in the study, and you’ll be entered to win a book bundle which includes five copies of Abigail: Living with the Difficult People in Your Life.

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About the Author

Mindy Kroesche

Mindy Kroesche

Mindy and her husband, Jon make their home in the heartland of Lincoln, Nebraska. They’ve been blessed with a son and daughter who remind them daily of God’s goodness and grace. Mindy is a stay-at-home mom who has the privilege of working part-time for Revive Our Hearts from home. She has degrees in journalism and French and has worked in ministry for over twenty years.