We provide opportunities for women to connect with other women, study God’s Word, and encourage each other in love as they journey together while growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Women’s ministry is for women of all ages and welcome all who wish to be a part of our family.
June Reading and Journaling Plan
A letter from Kari Powell
Wisdom. Something we all wish we had more of. Life keeps coming at us with new problems to deal with every day. So many decisions to make, with so many implications, affecting so many people. If I didn’t have God to turn to, I think I’d go crazy. So this month we’ll do some digging in the scriptures about what God says about wisdom.
Solomon famously asked for wisdom in I Kings, Chapter 3. As I recently read this chapter, I like that Solomon asked for wisdom to govern God’s great people. He didn’t ask for it to be the wisest person ever, or for personal gain and fame. He asked for wisdom to do his best for God’s people. God was pleased with Solomon’s request, granted it, and much more because Solomon asked with his heart in the right place.
He definitely wasn’t a perfect king, but wisdom is what he is remembered for. I know we’re not perfect either, but God is willing to give us wisdom as well. He’s a loving Father that wants to be by our side. He has great things planned for us if we walk in step with his spirit and seek his will. Our main purpose in this life is to bring glory to Him and be used by him. Shouldn’t we check in and see what HIS plan for our day is?
As we tiptoe our way back to “normal”, we’re seeking the wisdom of when, how, where, etc. with so many things in our lives. One of my favorite authors, Jennifer Dukes Lee, recently wrote something that I’d like to share. She said as she returned to normal she wanted to take stock of what she didn’t want back from pre-COVID life, and what she definitely wanted to keep from her “new normal”. She didn’t want back the frantic pace of not enough hours in the day, and of never getting enough done. She also listed three things she wanted to keep that helped her slow down and embrace life: daily walks, family dinners, and generosity toward others. She went on to say how she (like all of us) had to get creative to show our love for others. Sharing toilet paper, checking on neighbors, making grocery store runs for people, drive-by birthday parties, sending cards, etc. This hit home with me. We don’t want to get back to being so busy we can barely survive the day, and don’t have the time or energy to show God’s love to our neighbor.
You can check out her blog and read the whole post (and some other great ones) by going to her website www.jenniferdukeslee.com.
(She has a new book out by the way! Growing Slow, lessons on unhurrying your heart from an accidental farm girl. I can’t wait to read it!)
One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5 & 6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. The first step is seeking God’s wisdom and direction for things. The next step is to DO IT when he shows us the way.
Hugs and Prayers,
What to Expect…
We create an environment that is centered around loving and supporting each other in the same way that Christ loves and supports us. Our goal is to help each other to follow Jesus in the best way that we can. We have several events throughout the year including a ladies tea in the spring and a ladies retreat in the fall. If you are interested in being a part of women’s ministry, or want to know about upcoming events, Please feel free to contact us.
Every fall, the ladies spend a weekend at Falls Creek Retreat Center in Raymond, Washington. It is quite a nice getaway for a weekend of Biblical inspiration and fellowship. We have a guest speaker who will provide Biblical teaching. The grounds are beautiful and peaceful. There are times to hike the trails to the waterfall, enjoy the solitude as well as fellowship, crafts, and games. Times to find rest, peace, strengthen relationships and rejoice in God’s creation. Good food is provided for you. The rooms are nice and homey.
This year, the retreat is scheduled for October 9th-11th. Please check back for further information as the event gets closer.