I only wanted to make sure that I said something meaningful, but short to everyone in my life who I feel had part of making this whole bible study thing happen. So, pretty much everyone. Of course, I can't do that so I have to condense it all down to people groups.
Thankfully that is okay for me, because I tend to put people in to groups in my head anyways. Not in a bad way, just as far as what bubble they belong in in the sphere of my life. I put certain people in my friend bubble, some in my really close friend bubble, some in my mentor bubble, some in my not-so-awesome friend bubble (yes, I have one, don't judge) and various and a sundry other bubbles. So which ones were the most influential, the most worthy of my acknowledgement in printed form?
I am struggling because honestly, I can see the influence of so many in this process. Because this writing has spanned a number of years (I think around 4, or maybe 5...its fuzzy) and so many thing have happened in that time, so many different groups have influenced it. I have close friends who influenced the writing of the earlier chapters, but they were even closer friends when I brought the study to a close. When I wrapped up the study I had new friends that I didn't have when I started, and different people were influencing me and teaching me as I documented my journey.
It is not an exaggeration at all to say that I was not the same person when I started as I was when I finished. I had at least one more kid, possibly two if I could just remember when this actually took place. I had that many more years of marriage experience under my belt, and had had a number of new crises and experiences that influenced me throughout the process.
Its hard to acknowledge so few people, because truth be told the number of people who have moved this process along is innumerable. Looking back, I realized that I have had a variety of cheerleaders along the way. Some, like my mom, husband and bestie have been there every single step of the process. Many of them were only there for one section or spot in time when I was writing, editing, sharing or refining the study. One of these trusted me even though they didn't know me, and used my unfinished lessons to teach a ladies day. Several of them took my unedited, very rough study and shared their hearts about it. Some let me teach these lessons in bible classes, bible study groups or as a speaker at a ladies day. Each one of them has refined the work and made it better.
I couldn't possible acknowledge everyone for everything they did, so if you read it and you knew me in the last few years assume that I am grateful for your participation. And know that I am aware that without you, the EYN study would not have happened.