And that’s what’s coming up on Sunday, February 14. Just show up at church and look for the smiling ladies selling cute bags of Valentine yumminess. You will be blessing someone (or yourself) with delicious, homemade treats, plus blessing our church women’s ministry with funds that allow us to host amazing events throughout the year as well as provide partial scholarships for our fall retreat.
Wow! That was a mouthful. Well, just getting you ready for February 14th!
… for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
— Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
As I consider the work of an author—creating, writing, re-writing, and editing until every word is shaped into a cohesive manuscript, I think about Jesus as author of my life. Jesus, the Living Word, entered in and took residence as the Author and Finisher of my faith. What a remarkable deposit of power and desire to see me prosper!
Jesus, as the author of my faith, writes his truth on my heart. In difficult times, he writes it again to encourage me. When I repent, he deletes my sin. He inserts the fellowship of believers, which sharpens my faith. By the power and authority of his Word, he edits out the enemy’s lies and deceptions that try to creep into my mind. He expands the vocabulary of my circumstances, either to test the placement of my trust or faith in his “I AM” and “I CAN.” With wisdom, he inscribes his words on my heart, line-by-line, until faith is established (finished) in me.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV). Today, as you run the race of your Christian faith, contemplate that Jesus is authoring and finishing (or perfecting) your faith. Allow this to free you from all striving. You can be “…confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion …” (Philippians 1:6 NIV).
I’m forever grateful, Jesus, that you are my faith giver. I don’t have to muster faith on my own, for you dwell in me to perfect me to the end. Amen.
Thought of the Day:
When I said I believed, the Author of faith came in. Faith reigns in me.
Pray for the weak and weary to look to Jesus, the Author of Faith.
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13 NIV) My Russian friend Natalia adores her grandchildren. She loves to delight their hearts by creating memorable experiences out of ordinary events, even just walking the familiar route to their house from hers. On their way through the downtown traffic, they pass a market surrounded by thick, knee-high ropes affixed to concrete pillars, which separate the sidewalk from the hazardous parking lot. Eugenia and Mita cannot resist their granny’s urging to hop up onto the rope and pretend they are circus performers on the high wire.
“Look straight ahead to the next post,” Natalia encourages, “and hold my hand tight. You cannot fall beyond my reach. Don’t be afraid! Granny knows the way.”
Such a bright illustration for our walk of faith in Christ. As we reach out our hands to the Father, he grabs hold and promises to help us cross the treacherous tightropes we so often find ourselves balancing upon. The place of safety is straight ahead—on the Rock of our Salvation—Jesus.
Lord, help me to keep my fragile hands outstretched in faith to your mighty ones.
Connecting with one another is something we could all use a little more of these days. And so as a way to bring back some connection, we are bringing back Secret Sisters for this season.
Have you ever participated in a Secret Sister program? If not, this is the way it works.
Fill out the attached form (click the image to the right to get to the full form)
Return it by clicking next at the bottom of the page
Wait for us to return a form to you so you know who your Secret Sister is
Pray for your Secret Sister
Acknowledge her on her birthday with a small gift
Send notes to her throughout the year (once a month if that works)
Reveal yourself at a designated time at the end of the year.
If you or someone you know would like a paper form, you can either print it out on the link above or pick one up at church. Please return your completed form to Cindy Gould and let her know if you have any questions.
Hi ladies … we just wanted you to know that unfortunately we will not be having a retreat this year. We will miss being with all of you! We continue to pray for you and to consider what we might be able to do as a way of providing some sort of service or ministry for you.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our team if you need anything.
Carolyn, Jeanette, Diane, Diane, Cindy, Nicole, Sue
You are loved … and thought about … and prayed for …
We are trying to make plans for our annual fall retreat … this year it’s so difficult …
We NEED your help! 🙂
We’ve sent you a survey via email … did you get it? We’ve received less than 10 responses and would love more.
Here is what was in the email …
Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you! – Psalm 143:8
God is good, and He has given us each a gift of each other to love, cherish and grow with. Fall is upon us once again and the Father’s House Embrace Ezer Women’s Team is at a cross roads of making a decision to go forward or not to have our annual Women’s Retreat. We have come up with four possible choices but would like your input of what you are comfortable with during this time of uncertainty. If you could please respond by September 30th that would give the EE Team time to discuss the census and share that with you lovely ladies.
Also, we have already engaged an outside speaker for our retreat November 14th. Her name is Kim Donaldson.
Ladies retreat at the Father’s House, outside patio during the day – 3-4 hours
Ladies retreat via Zoom – 3-4 hours
Ladies retreat via Live Stream like we do each week for church service
Ladies retreat postponed until next year. Please RSVP by September 30th.